DEARBORN, Mich. – While the automotive world is all abuzz about the future of autonomous cars, the enthusiast world continues to set attendance records at literally hundreds of classic car events that take place all across the nation each and every year. It’s true that today’s new cars use technology as their calling card, but the style, power and personality of classic American iron have an enduring appeal that speaks to the very core of the car culture.
Because the tens of thousands of Blue Oval fans keep Ford at the forefront of car club life and the classic vehicle ownership experience, it should be no surprise to see so many notable Fords at the nation’s major car shows and cruise-ins. Unlike some big cruise events that allow new or late-model sporty cars and motorcycles to be on parade, one big Detroit-area cruise limits participants to “Nothing But The Classics” – or cars and trucks that are at least 25 years old or older. It’s called “Cruisin’ Hines,” made up of a huge parade along the rolling two-lane called Hines Drive that traverses Wayne County’s historic Hines Park, just west of Detroit.
Hines Park has a rich automotive history that traces back to the very birth of the industry, when Henry Ford‘s village industries sprang up in the area to support the manufacturing of parts needed to assemble early “horseless carriages.” Today, the six-mile cruise along Hines Drive is contained within the beautiful Hines Park, dotted with picnic shelters, playscapes, swing sets and soccer fields. The 8th Annual Cruisin’ Hines event took place on Sunday, August 26, 2018, so we sent Artisan Rich Media to head out to Hines Drive with a camera to snap photos of some of the Fords taking part in the cruise. They shared their selections with us in the gallery below:
FORD PERFORMANCE PHOTOS / COURTESY ARTISAN RICH MEDIA