In what other major city would the local cops shut down a section of a main boulevard so a bunch of gearheads could lay down a thick patch of roasted rubber for a chance at muscle-car glory? Nowhere but Detroit, on Woodward Avenue, during Dream Cruise week.
The first-ever street-legal drag racing in Detroit was a headline event for this year’s Roadkill Nights, which attracted more than 30,000 rowdy fans to Woodward Avenue and the new M1 Concourse performance complex in Pontiac, Michigan. Competitors registered for $50 for the chance to take home the $10,000 top prize for Dodge-branded drag cars, while a smaller purse of $1,000 was given to the fastest ride from other brands.
The 1/8-mile drag strip was specially prepped for Roadkill Nights, playing host to more than 350 registrants ranging from classic and new Chargers and Challengers, to Mustangs and Camaros, a Mazdaspeed3, a muscled-up Ford Flex, and even a Tesla Model X.
Victory honors for the 10-large, however, went to Mike Moran of Taylor, Michigan, who bested all comers with his 1969 Dodge Charger and its 5.6-liter twin-turbo Hemi V-8. Chances are he won’t be forgetting this honor soon.
Check out the gallery below for the highlights from Roadkill Nights, and be sure to follow up for more recap coverage of the Woodward Dream Cruise.