The Woodward Dream Cruise is one of the biggest auto events in the United States, and perhaps anywhere in the world. So, the ROUSH® Road Crew™ turned up the wick and made it into a three day affair this year.
On Thursday, August 19 the RRC was able to take a tour of the Ford AAI plant in Flat Rock, Mich. If that doesn’t sound familiar, this might – this is where the Ford Mustang is built. RRC members were able to walk through the plant with tour guides who explained the entire process of turning raw materials into our favorite pony car. We saw the gigantic presses stamping out the body panels, the robots welding them together with sparks flying, and of course the final assembly when the frame gets turned into a vehicle as the engine, suspension, interior, and trim parts are installed.
The following day the RRC group met at the host hotel and drove up to The Lingenfelter Collection, a private museum with more than 100 vehicles. There was virtually every type of Corvette represented, American Muscle Cars of all eras, and exotic Ferrari, Bugatti, and others to drool over.
From there it was a nice, scenic cruise through the Michigan countryside to the Irish Hills where Michigan International Speedway is located. Members were treated to a catered dinner in the ROUSH® corporate suite which overlooks pit road, and saw a presentation on performance driving by Rob Schemerhorn of the Great Lakes Region Hooked on Driving program.
Next came a real treat – the ROUSH® Road Crew™ members were allowed to climb behind the wheel of their own cars and take some high-speed laps around the NASCAR oval. Once that was completed, the cars pulled into pit road and went around one at a time so that Al Rogers, a professional photographer with Freeze Frame Images, could shoot their car on the oval for a once-in-a-lifetime memory.
The “weekend” (which really was Thursday to Saturday) ended at Mustang Alley during the Dream Cruise. Unfortunately, wet weather put a damper on the normal festivities, but it also kept the heat away. Members were able to show off their ride to the thousands of people walking along Mustang Alley, and check out the ROUSH® show display trailer. There, for the first time, the new 5.0L ROUSHcharger® that will soon be launched was on display, along with several eye-candy crate engines, an RRC member’s Cobra, and a 2011 Stage 2™ Mustang.
We are grateful to all the members that showed up for the events, and over the week between the ROUSH® Collection Open House and Woodward RRC members came from all over the United States and Canada to participate, including Texas, Colorado, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, Indiana, Ontario and of course, the “locals” from Michigan.
For more information on the ROUSH® Road Crew™, visit www.ROUSHroadcrew.com.