Superheroes, monsters and more will turn heads this week during Detroit’s Woodward Dream Cruise, mostly because local car fans have been collecting and recreating the rides used in popular movies or TV shows.
The parade might feature the Batmobile – in more than one iteration – the Munster Koach, Lois Lane’s Nash Rambler from the 1952-58 TV show “The Adventures of Superman,” the ’66 Chrysler Imperial sedan that brought Bruce Lee to American audiences for the first time in “The Green Hornet” or the shaggy Mutt Cutts dog-grooming van from “Dumb and Dumber.” “It’s fun to take these cars out and see people smile,” comments collector and car aficionado Mel Guthrie. “People love it. None of us take it too seriously. We just try to keep the cars running and bring them out on the road so people can share our enjoyment. It’s a blast to see kids’ eyes light up as when they see these cars.” These fan cars are among the spices that create the unique appeal of the Dream Cruise – which is well known for delivering a something-for-everyone attitude each year.
According to the experts’ opinion, some of the cars that are today valuable collectibles have become ominous for their on-screen work rather than everyday reality. Matt Anderson, curator of transportation at the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village uses as an example the DeLorean or the ‘80s Pontiac Firebirds. “The DeLorean was not a very good car, but it’s beloved because of the ‘Back to the Future’ movies,” he comments. And “1980s Pontiac Firebirds are becoming collectible because people remember ‘Knight Rider.’ ” Michael J. Fox has even said he sees no return to the series that made him famous because of the grueling task of using the DeLorean, which was highly impractical.