It was only April 23 – not quite Graffiti Summer – but it’s always a good time for a car show in Modesto. Classic car enthusiasts turned out for the second annual Autorama Car Show at Modesto High School, hosted by the famed local club the Faros. Proceeds from the event went to the school’s Sober Grad Night activities.
Ah, Graffiti Summer. You can still feel the nostalgia. We’ve celebrated with cars, stars and guitars. In case you weren’t around in ’62 or aren’t quite familiar with the movie and crusing in Modesto, we’ve compiled your own “Graffiti” handbook – facts, trivia and words of wisom that will take you straight back in time to Mel’s Diner (make that Burge’s in Modesto), cool cars, blondes in Thunderbirds, sock hops and poodle skirts.
Car fans and “American Graffiti” aficionados young and old turned out Saturday for the annual Kiwanis American Graffiti Car Show and Festival at Modesto Municipal Golf Course. More than 1,200 vintage cars are on site at the event, which continues Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with bands, DJs, vendors, food and more.
In the city where the legend began, the weekend celebrating all things “American Graffiti” kicked off Friday night. The parade drew hundreds of spectators on a steamy evening; it will be followed by a car show this weekend at Modesto Municipal Golf Course.
In June 2014, just three days after they wrapped up the 16th American Graffiti Car Show and Festival, members of the North Modesto Kiwanis Club met for what John Sanders, the event’s general chairman, called “a debriefing.”