BIRMINGHAM, Mich. – Any Ford fan worth their salt knows about Woodward Avenue’s link to Detroit’s automotive industry. But if you think the last time engineers and designers from the Big Three hung out “after hours” to on Woodward was during the Muscle Car wars of the late-1960’s to the early-’70’s, then you’d be wrong. These days, one of the coolest car rituals that takes place along the famed avenue (outside of the annual Woodward Dream Cruse itself) is the weekly “Cars & Coffee” gathering that happens every Saturday morning at Pasteiner’s Auto Zone Hobbies on Woodward in Birmingham, Michigan.
Steve Pasteiner Jr.’s storefront shop is chock full of car magazines, books, models and all sorts of auto memorabilia, and it often draws 100 muscle cars, hot rods, classics and exotics from 8:30-10:30 a.m. on Saturdays – as well as a mix of auto execs with their latest new rides and gearheads with their just-finished creations, and just about every other kind of car nut in-between. In preparation for this weekend’s Woodward Dream Cruise, local enthusiasts have been coming out to Pasteiner’s each Saturday for “Pre-Cruise” gatherings, and on Saturday July 7, our own Bill Cook got up early to check out the action at Pasteiner’s.
Cook lives in nearby Rochester, Michigan, and grew up in a Ford family with his Dad working at Ford Division Marketing and Sales. Throughout his own long Ford marketing career, Bill was well-known within the company as an active enthusiast and club member who could always be counted upon to show off photos of the many car shows and events that he attends regularly all across the Midwest. In retirement, it is no different. That’s why we weren’t surprised to discover that Bill is a frequent visitor to the “Cars & Coffee” on Woodward. He sent us a collection of photos he snapped of the Ford-powered rides that were parked around Pasteiner’s that Saturday, and agreed to share his photos with us below:
FORD PERFORMANCE PHOTO GALLERY / COURTESY BILL COOK