Legends of the Cruise 2019


Legends of the Cruise
By Chris Murphy

George Lucas’ American Graffiti was released in 1973 and since then, Modesto USA has been immortalized in one of the top 100 films of all time. There were so many people, cars and experiences that George drew inspiration from and these were all put together for this legendary film. For years, Modesto has been working on a variety of ways to celebrate our classic history, educate the public and draw tourists from around the world.

Located on 10th St, the street of the original drag is home base to the Modesto Historic Cruise Route and Walk of Fame founded in 2012. Like the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame, there are nearly forty Classic Tailfin Markers on the sidewalk and plaza between J and K streets featuring Modesto’s Legends of the Cruise. The first marker was presented to George Lucas in 2013. This is also the starting point for the Cruise Walk Tour featuring 25 interactive kiosks loaded with Modesto, music, car and cruising history.
To learn more, visit www.modestocruiseroute.com for pictures, video and history.

The 2019 Legends of the Cruise are:
Steve Pedego
Dub Kyle
Bill Terpstra
Bob Piccinini
Jerry Sauls
Road Rebels Car Club

Thanks so much to Mat and the crew at Flying Turtle Concrete for making our tailfin markers. Also, a Flying Turtle fun fact, Mat used to be lead singer for a band called the Cadillac Kids. Right on! Please check out Flying Turtle at www.flyingturtleconcrete.com

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About the Author:

Chris Murphy is the President and CEO of Sierra Pacific Warehouse Group and Publisher and Founder of ModestoView Inc. Chris worked globally in the cycling industry returning to Modesto in 1996. He is also the founder of the Modesto Historic Graffiti Cruise Route, Legends of the Cruise Walk of Fame, Modesto Rockin’ Holiday, the Modesto Music History Organization and co-founder of the Modesto Area Music Association. Chris is married to his artist wife Rebecca since 1985 and has two daughters Madison and Abigail, both graduating from Modesto High and UC Berkeley. He is lead singer and guitarist for his band, Third Party that donates their performances to non-profits.