Woodward Dream Cruise 2019: GM Designers Present Off Their Vehicles


A spotlight of the week main as much as Saturday’s Woodward Dream Cruise 2019 is the unique automotive present at Common Motors’ Warren tech middle. Unique as a result of it’s for GM’s design staff solely.

Not surprisingly, the bulk are GM manufacturers, however MotorTrend loves heading to the tech middle to see what staff have delivered to work to indicate their colleagues earlier than forming a parade, full with police escort, to a park alongside Woodward. Right here, the general public can admire the vehicles as half of a bigger Dream Cruise present.

We anticipated lots of Corvettes and weren’t disenchanted. There weren’t one however two 1963 Sting Rays (within the days when it was two phrases just like the race automotive that impressed it). The Sting Rays have the attractive hood and backbone that runs down the roof to the cut up rear window. Solely the ’63, the primary yr of C2, has the cut up window.

1963 Corvette Sting Ray

It took Jim Corridor nearly seven years to seek out the best one as a result of he wished sufficient facilities so he might drive it so much. Thus there was a necessity for energy brakes and steering, air con, FM radio, and an automated transmission at his spouse’s request. His black ’63 has the bottom 250-hp, 327-cubic-inch V-Eight and two-speed Powerglide transmission.

1959 Corvette Stingray

Ray Miller purchased his 1959 Corvette Stingray when he was solely 13, utilizing $500 saved up from working at his dad’s gasoline station, the bowling alley, and slicing lawns. He restored it himself, together with paint, and reveals it with the hood as much as show the purple and white engine covers he common over the LS1 motor. The automotive has had its motor, transmission, brakes, and suspension up to date as a result of Miller likes to drive it, so much, and even takes it to Milan for a bit drag racing. He says with the automotive’s Camaro drivetrain he has clocked the quarter mile on the drag approach at 11.9 seconds at 118 mph. Miller used to work within the metallic store constructing present vehicles, ideas, the vehicles within the Transformer motion pictures, and the restoration of the one-millionth Corvette that was broken when a sinkhole opened contained in the Nationwide Corvette Museum in 2014. When he retired in 2017, he handled himself to a ’17 Z06. In a pair years, he’ll have a look at including a mid-engine Corvette to his storage.

1978 25th Anniversary Corvette

Among the many polished and pristine Corvettes was a 1978 25th anniversary version with nothing however monitor on its thoughts—becoming because the Corvette was chosen to tempo the Indy 500 that yr. It has a roll cage, metallic racing seats, and facet exhaust. For 1978, Chevy rolled out a redesigned physique with fastback styling and anniversary badging. The brand new rear window improved visibility. Inside, you may discover brown basketweave materials adorning the middle console.

1983 Lotus Esprit

Then there may be the black 1983 Lotus Esprit that Brian Janik obtained in 1994 when he was 23. He lastly obtained it on the highway a yr in the past as a result of, effectively, life will get in the way in which generally. It was the earlier proprietor’s winter beater automotive and was a basket case that wanted love and time earlier than he might get it roadworthy once more. He had the two.2-liter turbocharged engine rebuilt and a mix of necessity and curiosity led to most different items coming off sooner or later. He additionally painted it black—he was uninterested in Ferrari feedback when it was purple.

Gerald Broughton is a relative newcomer to GM and introduced his 1957 VW Dune Buggy with a peace signal sticker on the again. He grew up with buggies and nonetheless loves them as a grown man’s go-kart. The orange buggy has a VW body and El Lobo fiberglass physique with unique paint, and a 1600cc engine with a four-speed handbook transmission. He’s additionally constructing a 1964 Meyers Manx.

A enjoyable automotive that takes many down reminiscence lane: a 1974 Honda Civic. Kevin Malak is barely the second proprietor, and the automotive is basically the identical as when it left the manufacturing unit, just a bit cleaned up. The fantastic plaid seat inserts are nearly immaculate. It has a 58-hp 1.2-liter engine and four-speed handbook transmission.

1972 Austin Mini

Equally sized is Adam Bernard’s 1972 Austin Mini. Bernard additionally has a 1963 Buick Riviera, however he introduced the mini Mini this yr to mark the model’s 60th anniversary. The front-drive automotive with a transverse entrance engine has a 1293cc, 80-horsepower engine and four-speed transmission. It is just 10 toes lengthy, weighing about 1,500 kilos. The four-wheel impartial suspension didn’t make for a clean parade experience although he has changed the unique 10-inch wheels with 12s.  However man did it look fairly doing it.

Different automobiles on show included some beautiful Chevy SSRs, a lifted K5 Blazer, a darkish and menacing 1990 Nissan Skyline GT-R, 1973 VW Factor, and plenty of Camaro, Impala, Cutlass, Chevelle, Corvair, El Camino, Biscayne, LeSabre, and GTO vehicles, in addition to different blasts from the previous.