300 classic car owners ready for Berkley’s CruiseFest car parade – Daily Tribune

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Hundreds of vintage automobiles are expected to roll down 12 Mile Road next week for Berkley’s annual CruiseFest Classic Car Parade.

The event at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, August 19 takes place a day before the Woodward Dream Cruise and attracts classic car owners and enthusiasts.

One of the nearly 300 classic car owners who have signed up to take part in the parade again is resident Greg Reid, proud owner of a 1965 Ford Galaxy convertible and a licensed reproduction of a 1965 Shelby Cobra.

“I like older cars and graduated from high school in 1965,” said Reid, who often leads one of the parade dignitaries. “It takes me back when I can load friends into the galaxy and run up and down Woodward.”

Like other cruise-era classic car owners, Reid enjoys being able to work on his own cars and eschews the high-tech styling of modern cars.

“(Old) cars are better,” he said. “It’s fuel, sparks and air – it’s not the computer.”

Berkley closes 12 Mile Road for the parade, which stretches west from Roseland Park Cemetery at Woodward Avenue to Greenfield Road.

Berkley’s annual CruiseFest classic car parade on 12 Mile Road began 26 years ago. (Photo by Berkley Parks and Recreation)

The city’s Parks and Recreation Department is working with the local CruiseFest committee for the event, which kicked off 26 years ago, a year after the Dream Cruise debuted.

Even since then, the Berkley event has drawn 15,000 to 20,000 people to town to view the classic cars and attend an after-party and entertainment.

This year, Denise Davis and the Motor City Sensations will perform their music along the south end of Robina Avenue.

There’s also an outdoor movie, “Back to the Future” and a face painting booth, as well as food trucks and a kids’ area.

Under the Berkley marquee on 12 Mile, a prime vantage point for the parade, the Berkley Chamber of Commerce will sell official CruiseFest 2022 t-shirts at their table.

“This is one of the biggest events we’ve been working on,” said Theresa McArleton, director of the parks and recreation department, which registers the cars for the parade.

The production of the event is a collaboration between community groups and municipal services.

CruiseFest also raises funds for non-profit groups in the city.

Berkley buys official Woodward Dream Cruise merchandise, which is sold during CruiseFest and Dream Cruise, McArleton said.

Groups such as Friends of Berkley Parks and Recreation, Youth Assistance, Berkley Junior Women’s Club, Berkley Hoops, High School Boosters and Berkley Days Association participate.

“Community groups sell Dream Cruise merchandise and the proceeds are split between the groups and the city,” McArleton said.

Reid, a 44-year-old city resident, will continue to drive his classic cars in the parade for as long as he can.

“When I can’t do it anymore, I’ll be disappointed,” he said.

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