ROCHESTER, Mich. – The “Rockin’ Rods ’n’ Rochester” car show is known as Detroit’s “Dream Cruise Warm-up” because it’s scheduled the weekend before the famed Woodward cruise and is hosted in Downtown Rochester, Michigan, not far from all the big cruise action. There are thousands of cruisers who come from all over the continent for the Dream Cruise, and those who get to town early team up with locals in this pre-cruise test-run to Rochester for a daylong party that typically draws between 8,000 and 10,000 spectators. This past summer, our own roving car-show photographer Bill Cook attended the 19th annual show back on August 12 to photograph all the notable Fords that he found in attendance.
More than 400 custom cars, hot rods, street rods, pre-50’s era classics, street machine and pro street cars, muscle cars, 50’s, 60’s and 70’s classics, sports cars, specialty vehicles, trucks, post-1980 and vintage cars and motorcycles were on display. In addition to the car show, the event features live music, a 50/50 raffle and door prizes, posters, automotive art and collector T-shirts, along with food and refreshments. The event is sponsored by the Rochester Lions Club, with proceeds to benefit “Leader Dogs for the Blind” and other Lions Club charities.
Cook lives in Rochester, 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 when Bill sent us a collection of photos he snapped of all the Ford-powered rides that he saw at “Rockin Rods.” He has graciously agreed to share his photos with all of us here on FordPerformance.com: