Detroit's Legal Drag Race Party Has Been Canceled

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The Woodward Dream Cruise is likely next.

While we wait for the official word on whether this year's Woodward Dream Cruise will go ahead, one thing has just been decided. What would be the sixth annual Roadkill Nights, basically street-legal drag racing, has been canceled this year. Why is this relevant for the Dream Cruise? Because it serves as the official kickoff for that event one week prior and is also held on Detroit's Woodward Avenue with thousands of people in attendance. Dodge has been the main Roadkill Nights sponsor for the past few years and was set to be this year as well.

Tim Kuniskis, global head of Alfa Romeo and head of passenger cars for FCA North America, did his best to hide his disappointment over the decision, which, in case you haven't figured it out, is because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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"One thing that can't be canceled is the passion our Dodge SRT enthusiasts have for performance car culture, and we fully expect to see our Dodge Challenger, Charger and Durango owners cruising Woodward throughout the summer, at a safe distance, of course."

Like the Dream Cruise itself, Roadkill Night organizers must work hand-in-hand with city officials and law enforcement in order to ensure everything goes smoothly. Given the very nature of the event, things could go wrong very fast without proper oversight.

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But what about the Woodward Dream Cruise? Will it also be canceled? As of right now, it's still scheduled to take place starting August 15. Last month, we reported that city councils around Detroit where the Dream Cruise also passes through voted against moving the event to August. Without those suburbs on board makes things all the more difficult for event organizers. And with Roadkill Nights officially off this year, it's not looking good for the Dream Cruise main event.

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