While the Autobytel elite was hobnobbing at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on the West Coast, the Motor City department was on hand at the 2013 Woodward Dream Cruise to cover the Pebble Beach of the hot-rod scene. This year’s running of the Cruise was the 19th, and conditions were ideal along the strip of Woodward Avenue in metro Detroit that plays host to the event, which brought out hundreds of thousands of enthusiasts from around the world. Needless to say, it seemed like there were almost that many cool cars there, too, but things have been narrowed down to focus on one period in particular: from 1970-1980.
It was an era that no doubt saw its share of ups and downs on the performance side of the ledger, thanks to the vicissitudes of the petroleum market, yet the cars themselves would often make up for any go-fast failings with pure 1970s flair … as shown by this 1970 Plymouth Roadrunner Superbird.
Now, there was no power outage here, and you have to wonder what NASCAR—and the U.S. auto industry—would look like today if these 200-mph supercars hadn’t been outlawed from the track. Of course, just to be clear for anyone who hasn’t seen these before, that big wing and aerodynamic nosecone weren’t motorsports-only additions; that’s the kind of stuff that used to put the “stock” into stock cars.