Author Archive: Chris Murphy

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.

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2021 Legends of the Cruise Walk of Fame – John Kearney

2021 Legends of the Cruise Walk of Fame – John Kearney

John Kearney My family moved to Modesto, CA in 1949. I attended Thomas Downey High School and graduated in 1961 one year ahead of George Lucas. Upon graduation I joined the United States Air Force and served 4 years in Strategic Air Command as an MP. While I was still in high school I started […]

2021 Graffiti Legends of the Cruise  Walk of Fame –  Jack Flower

2021 Graffiti Legends of the Cruise Walk of Fame – Jack Flower

Jack Flower Jack Flower was one of Downey High class of 1960s fastest graduates. Driving a 1955 2- door Chevy Bel Air, his car was known around the region. Soon after graduation, Jack went to work for George Reed, Inc, essentially building the streets he was cruising and driving on. In 1969 he had the […]

2021 Legends of the Cruise  Mike Fenley

2021 Legends of the Cruise Mike Fenley

Mike Fenley By Chris Murphy Mike Fenley met his future wife Lisa when she picked him up to cruise McHenry in 1968 and the rest is history. Mike worked in his family business of the 5 Minute Car Wash since he was 12 years old. The first location at McHenry & Mensinger opened in 1963 […]

2021 Legends of the Cruise Walk of Fame –  Marvin Narbaitz

2021 Legends of the Cruise Walk of Fame – Marvin Narbaitz

Marvin Narbaitz By Dennis Wilson Marvin moved to Modesto in 1958 and was a classmate of George Lucas in Downey 1962. At 16 he started driving his mom’s car that he took to Smitty’s muffler where they’d heat your coils for $2 a side to lower front but only did one coil hoping she wouldn’t […]

GreetingsView  – Graffiti Summertime

GreetingsView – Graffiti Summertime

Greetings friends. Here we are in August, on the verge of a rebirth of our culture, hopefully. August has brought the return of Graffiti Summer, so sadly missed last year. The cars are out, the chrome is polished, the music is rockin’ and we are taking tentative steps for some big celebrations as we prepare […]

Big View – Graffiti Summer 2021 in Modesto USA

Big View – Graffiti Summer 2021 in Modesto USA

The BigView – Graffiti Summer 2021 By Chris Murphy Graffiti Summer is here! Wow. In August! Does this mean that we have our own Hot August Nights as for a few weeks, the classic car universe revolves around Modesto USA? So yes friends, let’s get out the poodle skirts, your Bill Haley and Chuck Berry […]

PerformingView – Live On Stage!

PerformingView – Live On Stage!

PerformingView By Chris Murphy It is game on! At the time I am writing this, our local stages are open. I am hoping that people will do their part and get vaccinated so we can keep our stages open and not go backwards. Let’s take care of each other. A couple of big things you […]

RockabillyView – Rockin Rick & the Rhythm Wranglers

RockabillyView – Rockin Rick & the Rhythm Wranglers

RockabillyView By Chris Murphy Rockin’ Rick puts the “Wild” in Wild Records! When you think about Modesto’s Graffiti years, the music that comes to mind is the hard driving Rockabilly, with the big slappin’ bass and sounds that make it impossible not to dance. Rockin’ Rick has been tearing it up around our area for […]

Graffiti  USA for the Future

Graffiti USA for the Future

Graffiti Future By Chris Murphy Modesto is ready to celebrate the class of 21 and beyond. Modesto’s car culture is for everyone, young and old. There are many among us that lived the early years of the cruise and for those growing up now, this is an exciting part of our culture. To learn and […]

BacktoSchoolView

BacktoSchoolView

BacktoSchoolView By Chris Murphy Do you remember when school used to start the day after labor day? If so, you are aging yourself. Each June I do remember wishing for school to get out, but as the summer went on, I was anxious to get back and wished for school to start earlier. Now that […]

Graffiti View- Graffiti Summer at the Museum

Graffiti View- Graffiti Summer at the Museum

GraffitiView By Chris Murphy It’s Graffiti Summer All Year Long! The Graffiti USA Museum will be a place for people around the world to gather and share their Graffiti stories. It will be a place for kids to discover the magic of our classic car culture, it will be a place to explore and learn […]

Destruction Derby Mayhem

Destruction Derby Mayhem

Destruction Derby Mayhem and Annihilation at the Stanislaus County Fair! TURLOCK (July 13th, 2021) – Destruction Derby Mayhem and Annihilation are charging towards the Central Valley! On July 16 and 17, crashing cars, daredevil drivers, and demolition action that rivals The Fast and the Furious will be spotlighted at the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds Summer of […]

100 MJ Mangano Covers

100 MJ Mangano Covers

100 Mangano Covers By Chris Murphy ModestoView began in late 1997 as a hobby to help educate and excite our local community about how cool Modesto is with a couple of downtown webcams. The Quixotic mission has been a lot of fun as we evolved into a community resource, a marketing force and a champion […]

CocktailView – Retro Opening Soon

CocktailView – Retro Opening Soon

CocktailView By Chris Murphy As our community opens up, our friend Roman Wagner and his team have been working hard on a new downtown bar experience. Welcome to Retro. Ryan “Hondo” Johnson and the crew have been working day and night, creating a completely new experience, with state of the art lighting, 2nd floor dance […]

AllAgesView – July Water Safety

AllAgesView – July Water Safety

AllAgesView By Sofia Johnson Happy Water Safe July Modesto! As we climb into those 100° days this month, I want to share some activities to keep us cool, active, and safe. Recently, I have received my lifeguard certification and began working for the City of Modesto as a guard and swim instructor. This job has […]