Monday, August 16, 2010
The Cruise and Birmingham go way back
Birmingham is a car town. For decades, auto execs have made their homes in and around Birmingham. The legendary Woodward Avenue, M1, passes through the heart of the city. On any given day you can find examples of the world's most prominent automobiles at parking meters throughout the downtown.
For one day in August, the Motor City celebrates the automobile along a 12-mile strip of Woodward, and Birmingham is literally right in the middle of it all. Our unique geography, with Old Woodward merging into Woodward Avenue just north of Lincoln, brings part of the downtown up close with the world's largest car cruise.
The city and the Principal Shopping District have overseen cruise activities in Birmingham since the beginning in 1995. The event has taken a variety of forms over the years, but one element remains the same: The cars are the stars.
This Saturday, we will present nearly 300 classic cars parked side by side along Old Woodward from Brown to Haynes immediately south of the 555 building. Then the grassy area we affectionately call the “triangle” will come alive with activities.
The whole family can enjoy a day fun, food, entertainment, and even some downtown shopping. Come out and enjoy a day of cars, fun and food. It's a day for the car lover in all of us, in our favorite downtown!
John Heiney is executive director of the Principal Shopping District