Woodward Dream Cruise with eBay Motors

by Michael Satterfield

As a car enthusiast, there are a few events that should be on your bucket list: Monterey Car Week, The SEMA Show, Villa de Estates, and The Woodward Dream Cruise. So, when eBay Motors invited me out to explore the Woodward Dream Cruise with them, I rearranged my schedule and made plans to visit the biggest car-culture show in the United States. Along 16 miles of the historic avenue, more than 40,000 cars attracted more than 1 million visitors, who came to watch all the cars cruise northbound on Woodward.

As you walked along the route, you saw license plates from states as far away as Alaska and Florida. The show’s appeal was truly international – enthusiasts from Canada, Mexico, Germany, and the UK brought their cars to the Motor City for an automotive tradition that has been part of Detroit for decades. The spectacle drew spectators from Japan, Europe, Australia, Central America, and across the U.S.

Right in the middle of it all was eBay Motors, who set up a pop-up garage to showcase a number of parts and accessories that can be purchased on eBay Motors. With three parts or accessories sold every second, eBay Motors boasts an impressive selection. Also on display was the 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback project that RutledgeWood, K.C. Mathieu, and Mike Finnegan have been putting together for the 2017 SEMA show since May. Mike Finnegan, known for his YouTube series Roadkill, was on hand to talk about the “On the Road” project and meet fans.

Dubbed “On the Road witheBay Motors,” the project has an awesome story and demonstrates how eBay Motors has changed the way we enthusiasts build our custom cars. The Fastback was purchased on eBay Motors as a solid project car and throughout the entire rebuild the team has been using parts all from eBay.

 eBay Motors is not just a place to track down hard-to-find used parts. In fact, 81 percent of all the items sold on eBay are new, so the team was able to order the brand-new sheet metal, engine parts, lights, and interior parts needed for the restomod. Plus, because eBay Motors is one of the top resources for hard-to-find used parts and NOS items that retailers just don’t carry, the team was able to track down unique components, too. Having one destination to buy a project car and search for both new and used parts makes eBay Motors an incredible resource for car builders.  I myself turn to eBay Motors for all of my project cars, from tracking down an original tail lamp for my classic Ford Truck to finding the transmission for my Austin Healey, eBay Motors is always the first place I check when looking for parts. 

The Woodward Dream Cruise was one of the last stops for the ’67 Mustang project before it heads to the SEMA show in Las Vegas. With each stop along the road, we’ve been able to see the car taking shape. I am looking forward to seeing the final car and can’t wait to see how they pull of the all-terrain Mustang look.  Between shows, the skilled team at Kenwood Rod Shop in Sharpsburg, Georgia, has been working behind the scenes to turn the team’s vision into reality.

At the Woodward Dream Cruise, their focus areas were the tires and wheels. They found the perfect setup from American Racing Wheels by shopping on eBay Motors. While Mike Finnegan wouldn’t let the details of the final vision of the car slip, he did hint that the Fastback would be “on all-terrain tires and be capable of leaving the earth.” I guess we will all have to wait until the SEMA show to see the finished car, but an off-road capable Mustang sounds pretty cool.

Walking along Woodward, you saw every car you could possibly imagine. You saw people of all ages, from all walks of life, united by a common passion for cars and motorcycles. From classic British sportscars to American muscle, low-riders to donk, and even people driving around in a boat, it was all cruising down Woodward. As a car guy, it was really almost overload. Talking to the locals, they were proud that the Woodward Dream Cruise is known around the world as the place to be seen in your ride.

Woodward Ave. has always been a main road in the Detroit area. Back in the early days, it was common to have carriage drivers race each other down the long, straight street. By the 1950s, it was solidified as the place to race from stoplight to stoplight and cruise on a warm Michigan summer night. It’s nice to see that some things never really change. The Motor City is still playing the soundtrack of loud exhaust and squealing tires.

For more on the ’67 Fastback project car, visit the eBayMotors blog. If you are going to be at the Goodguys West Coast Nationals in Pleasanton, California, on August 25-27th, you’ll have one last chance to see it in person with Rutledge Wood before it heads back to the shop for the SEMA show.

eBay Motors invited me to join them at Woodward Dream Cruise. My blog post was written as part of my collaboration with the eBay Motors, Airfoil Group, and Hire Influence team.

It isn’t just about witnessing these amazing rides, either. You can enter to win an eBay Motors “On the Road” giveaway to shop their large selection of parts and accessories and gear up your own car. To get in on the action, DM me on Instagram by August 28th with your email address to enter to win a $100.00 eBay Motors gift card and hat.