Ouellette Car Cruise Rolls through Downtown Windsor

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Classic cars took over Downtown Windsor Friday night.

The Ouellette Car Cruise kicked-off its parade from Festival Plaza on Riverside Drive East — heading south from Ouellette Avenue to Tecumseh Road East, before breaking east to Pillette Road and returning downtown via Riverside Drive.

Vintage, classic, custom, collector, special interest cars, hot rods and muscle cars participated in the cruise.

Organizers say the event builds on the nostalgia of Windsor's rich automotive history and rolls out on the eve of the Woodward Dream Cruise — held Saturday morning in Detroit.

Richard Mallat says downtown Windsor's cruise kicks off a great weekend for car enthusiast on both sides of the border.

"I'm glad that they've tapped into the Woodward cruise because, come on, we make vehicles here and it's just the perfect location with the waterfront, the casino. It's awesome and everybody seems to be happy," he says. "It's exciting for the people who own these cars that are able to do this and get together, it's a great thing."

Lou Tortola brought his vintage car down to the water front, but says he'd be there even if he didn't bring something to show off.

"Amazing energy here from some people who are really passionate about their vehicles," says Tortola. "It's nice to be here."