Retirement is full of car shows and cruises

Holly Fournier
The Detroit News

Ken Lugar said he has filled his retirement with car shows, especially the Woodward Dream Cruise.

"This is my 21st year," said Lugar, 67. "It's amazing. Instead of one day, it's now a month long."

Ken Lugar's 1966 Ford Galaxy XL

Lugar, of Troy said he bought his 1966 Ford Galaxy XL convertible about five years ago from a friend's son living in D.C. and working in the Secret Service.

"It just popped out at me," he said.

Aside from the Dream Cruise, Lugar said he also targets cruises and car shows through out southeast Michigan, all summer long.

"The other one that just knocks me out is Frankenmuth," he said of the Auto Fest held Sept. 11-13 this year. "That's three days and Frankenmuth shuts down."

Like many Dream Cruise veterans, Lugar cruised Woodward earlier this week while the lanes were still clear. On Saturday, he parked along the road in Birmingham to take in the classical views.

"I look at all of them; I love them all," he said when asked about his favorite model. "But I don't like the newer cars too much."