Dream Cruisin': I love the smell of burning gas

Henry Payne
The Detroit News

Bloomfield Hills – To paraphrase Robert Duvall in "Apocalypse Now": "I love the smell of burning gas in the morning."

At Long Lake and Woodward, the machines are already out in force. A Ferrari 458, multiple Corvettes, and, bright green, 1970 Dodge Challenger cruise south past my eager 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Detroit News official cruise car.

A look down Woodward Saturday as the Dream Cruise picks up steam.

At Maple and Woodward, I pull alongside a gorgeous, red, 2015 Porsche Turbo GT3 – the fastest Porsche made outside the otherworldly 918 hybrid - trying to tempt him into a stoplight drag. The Porsche will do Zero-60 in 3.3 seconds vs. my Alfa's 4.1. But the lead foot in the left seat is always a big variable. He's a good citizen and resists (good advice on a day when police will be thick as flies). We cruise side-by-side for a mile.
At the 14 Mile and Woodard stoplight, a black, 2011 Mustang shows no such self-control when he sees my sneak up in his rear view mirror. He stomps on his big V-8 and burns rubber out of the stoplight with my little Alfa – which weighs two-thirds his 3,500-pound beast – in pursuit. Sixty mph comes quickly and then we back her down as traffic looms.

West-side of Woodard is already filling with lawn chairs and we get cheers from the early birds. It's a beautiful morning and the hoods of multiple muscle cars are already up and glinting in the sun.

I arrive at the epicenter of the Cruise – 13 Mile and Woodward – and there is no parking to be had. Lots are socked up, business spaces reserved. I roll slowly through the neighborhoods behind Beaumont hospital and fins parking on a leafy cul-de-sac.
Take a rest, little Alfa, we'll cruise more later.

Watch for me and my cruising brother, Tom Greenwood, in his convertible Mustang on Woodward all day.