On Saturday, June 28, 2014 at 10 a.m., the 15th annual Cruisin’ Downriver autofest begins. Classic cars and car enthusiasts will line Fort Street through the communities of Lincoln Park, Southgate, Wyandotte, and Riverview for the event, which is expected to attract more than a quarter of a million spectators and participants.
Cruisin’ Downriver was launched in 2000, according to a story by Alan Burdziak of the News-Herald newspaper. The event was conceived to serve as Downriver’s equivalent of the Woodward Dream Cruise, with the goal of bringing positive media attention to the region where many blue-collar auto workers live. Auto manufacture is still important in the Downriver economy—Ford maintains plants in Flat Rock and Woodhaven, Chrysler has an engine plant in Trenton, and GM has both a transmission and engine plant in Romulus. Cruisin’ Downriver honors and celebrates the area’s association with car manufacturing.
Cruisin’ Downriver has run every year since 2000, although the Fort Street route was curtailed at Pennsylvania Road in 2013 because of ongoing construction. This year’s event will be launched at Fort and Sibley Road in Riverview, restoring the original six-mile circuit, and it will circle up to Southfield Road in Lincoln Park.
The 15th annual Cruisin’ Downriver event is presented by radio station 104.3 WOMC, the Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber, and the News-Herald newspaper. For more information on the cruise and special events sponsored by Downriver communities and businesses, visit the Cruisin’ Downriver Web site: http://www.cruisindownriver.com/.