CHEVY VAN’S 50TH ANNIVERSARY IN
S.E. MICHIGAN FOR THE 2014 WOODWARD DREAM CRUISE
CHEVY VAN’s 50th birthday is in 2014. Not sure what GM and/or Chevrolet did in your part of the country on their 100th birthday (Chevy’s 100th was last year 2011 and GM’s was in 2008) but here in S.E. Michigan they sponsored a big parade on Woodward Dream Cruise day celebrating both events.
For those of you not familiar with the Woodward Dream Cruise here is the link to the web site for this years “Woodward Dream Cruise” http://www.woodwarddreamcruise.com/
(short info on the Woodward Dream Cruise)
Today, the Woodward Dream Cruise is the world’s largest one-day automotive event, drawing 1.5 million people and 40,000 classic vehicles each year from around the globe. North American cruisers from California, Georgia, Canada and all points in between caravan to Metro Detroit to participate in what has become, for many, an annual rite of summer.Link to the 2001 Woodward Dream Cruise Map
Anyway GM/Chevrolet sponsored a parade for both events that started at the GM Headquarters in downtown Detroit, went North up Woodward Ave. ran the “Cruise Route” and ended up in a special parking area along side Woodward Ave. in Birmingham Michigan for the day’s festivities associated with that year’s Woodward Dream Cruise at no expense to the vehicle owners that participated (except for fuel, room & board, etc….) They even feed us on Cruise Day (for the GM 100th anyway…not sure what they did for Chevy’s 100th) …It was a great time. They provided special events before the “Cruise” and a booklet and special window plaques for each of the vehicles in the parade. For GM’s 100th it included a vehicle from each year and for Chevrolet’s 100th it included a Chevrolet vehicle for each year.
I have been in contact with a couple other vannin members who at their end to trying to persuade the GM Marketing dept. to sponsor some sort of event for CHEVY VAN’s 50th birthday and this is going to be my effort here in SE Michigan.
I have a couple contacts at the GM Marketing Dept.through the Oldsmobile Club I belong to and would like to try and see if we can put something together with GM for CHEVY VAN’s 50th birthday here in S.E. Michigan for the 2014 Woodward Dream Cruise….
so here is my idea……(as ideas go anyway)
I am asking for any CHEVY VAN owner’s to get back with me via a special e-mail address I have set up just for this ( email@example.com
) who would be interested in coming into S.E Michigan for the Woodward Dream Cruise in 2014 (3rd Saturday in August) at their own expense and hopefully participate in a special parade of all CHEVY VANS to see if we can persuade GM to sponsor the event.
I would like to try and get a list of a CHEVY VAN (G-Series and the Astro’s) for each year Chevy made them starting in 1964, in both original looking (on the outside anyway) and custom versions. (If this does get off the ground I would think it would be up to GM to pick the vans they wanted in the parade but will cross that bridge if and when we come to it).
I would keep a database to start and all I would need to start is a name and a working phone number, e-mail address and year and model of CHEVY VAN (G-Series or Astro) and if it is original looking (again just on the outside anyway) or a customized van .
I would not worry about addresses or photos until it looks like we can get GM to agree to sponsor the event then as it gets closer to 2014 then we would have to start some more serious planning, photos of each of the vans, addresses, where everyone can stay either in hotels, motels, camping, as guests in private homes, etc…..
The list would at least give me something to approach the GM/Chevrolet Marketing Dept. with the idea.
So that’s about the extent of it at this point. My work schedule pretty much keeps me from attending the bigger van events that are held around the country so please feel free to pass the word around to all CHEVY VAN owners you happen to cross paths with. I wish I could afford to print up some fliers and mail them out to all the folks who put on those van events but cannot really afford that. Maybe some of you can make copies of this posting and pass them out to the CHEVY VAN owners…..hint, hint…..
And again the info I need is the van owners name, working phone & e-mail address and the year and model of van and if it is original or custom looking on the outside e-mailed to me at firstname.lastname@example.org And the info that I share with GM at first will only include the year and model of the Chevy Van and if it is original or custom looking on the outside. If for some reason they request photos then I will have to e-mail everyone for the photos thus the need for everyone’s e-mail address.
So hopefully we can get this up and off the ground and see what happens.
Please pass the word around at the different van shows you attend.
Thanks again for your time and keep on vannin”…..
Greg in Ann Arbor Michigan