American Dream

I meant to post these photos back in August, right after the Woodward Dream Cruise wrapped up, but I seemed to have taken a breath and we are now in the middle of September. If you are from Detroit, or have a love of classic cars, chances are you have heard of the Dream Cruise- the world's largest classic car rally. Many locals complain that the bevy of cars clog our streets & add extended time to our commutes, that the exhaust pollutes our lungs and the basic action of sitting along an otherwise commercial 4 lane road is simply ludicrous. Personally, I am not going to hate on an event that pumped somewhere in the neighborhood of 50 million dollars into our local economy. I am also not going to knock someone else's passion. I have said it before, and I will say it again, it is very cool to be from a town that created history and is sustained by passion. People think cars are cool. As someone who has collected stamps, coins, marbles, poker chips and numbers other items that an average onlooker might collectively call "junk" (!), I am most definitely not going to question someone's love and interest in American muscle. Not to mention that it is pretty cool to be a city defined by makers. It's how American was built and it is the entrepreneurial spirit that should continue to challenge us to set new boundaries, drive new roads and push us to create exciting design that will last for decades and generations to come.

Now, I could really care less what kind of car I drive. But walking around and admiring all the classics, I found myself bitten by the bug. At the end of the day it's all about design. It's about art. Cars embody both design and art- in conjunction with speed, horse power and a lot of other technicalities which I cannot even begin to understand. I couldn't help but feel inspired. By the colors, the craftsmanship, the sustainable design vision and most importantly the spirit of the makers, the passion of the collectors and, as always, the inspiration that stems from the past. Designs speaks to those who listen and if you listen closely it is everywhere.

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