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MAY 29, 2024 | PHOTOS BY BILL COOK

WITH SPRING COMES WEEKLY WOODWARD PASTIME OF PARKING AT PASTEINER’S

Green Mustang with hood up

BIRMINGHAM, Mich. – When enthusiasts hear the words “Woodward Avenue,” they likely think about Detroit’s massive annual Woodward Dream Cruise, where more than a million people and some 45,000 classic and collectible vehicles converge each August on the famed roadway. Beyond Woodward’s historic link to Detroit’s automotive industry, auto buffs come to celebrate that time from “back in the day” when engineers and designers from the Big Three hung out after-hours on Woodward to cruise-test their latest offerings during the Muscle Car wars of the late-1960’s. But for the rest of the fair-weather weekends of the year there’s another car ritual that takes place along the well-known avenue on a much smaller scale. It’s the weekly “Cars & Coffee” gathering that happens every Saturday morning at Pasteiner’s Auto Zone Hobbies along 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 or more 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. We count on our own photojournalist correspondent Bill Cook to keep us in the loop on what kind of rides show up during these early morning gatherings (weather permitting).

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 it’s no surprise that Bill is a frequent visitor to this cool “Cars & Coffee” on Woodward, and that each month he sends us a collection of photos that he snaps of the Ford-powered rides that he finds parked around Pasteiner’s. When the first event of the spring was announced, we knew we’d be getting a selection of photos from Bill -- so take a look at some of the rides he spotted on a cold Saturday on Woodward in the gallery below:


black mustang with red stripe

white

black mustang with orange outline

red shelby racing mustang

white mustang with blue stripe

red mustang

black vintage ford

FORD PERFORMANCE PHOTO GALLERY / COURTESY BILL COOK