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King of the Muscle Cars

King of the Muscle Cars

King of the Muscle CarsBy Middagh Goodwin The world may soon know about Modesto’s legends of the cruise and classic car culture.   Modesto is classic cars and cruising.  This, of course, stems from George Lucas’s 1973 film American Graffiti that focused on the stories of four young men with the backdrop of one last night of cruising 10th Street in Modesto, […]

By July 3, 2020 Read More →
Graffiti USA Museum – Coming Soon!

Graffiti USA Museum – Coming Soon!

GraffitiUSAView By Chris Murphy We are bringing 1962 back! There is only one home of American Graffiti in the whole galaxy and it’s here in Modesto USA. This is were George Lucas grew up, went to school, created his stories and raced his cars and then went to Modesto JC before heading off to USC […]

Larry Neville of the Legendary Neville Brothers

Larry Neville of the Legendary Neville Brothers

By: Abigail Murphy and Harrison Power In 1947, twin brothers Willis and Willard Neville opened up the classic institution that we know today as Neville Brothers. Located at 723 Needham Street and recognizable by the beautiful cars and murals that grace the exterior of the building, Neville Bros is known as a historical landmark and […]

AllAgesView – Happy June Modesto

AllAgesView – Happy June Modesto

AllAgesView By Sofia Johnson Happy June Modesto! As we all know, there is nothing that screams Modesto more than cars and American Graffiti. I had the opportunity to take it back to the 1950s and enjoy the drive-in movie of E.T. put on by the State Theater. If this sounds like something you are interested […]

BigView – The 1950s A Decade Full of Optimism

BigView – The 1950s A Decade Full of Optimism

A Decade of Optimism, Growth, and Prosperity By Ken White Let’s rewind to a valley not so far away, not so long ago. To a nostalgic decade when the world was simpler, Ike was president, the music sweeter, and cruising was king. It was an innocent time in Modesto. Native-son George Lucas described it as […]

BigView – The 1950s

BigView – The 1950s

The BigView by Chris Murphy There is really nothing like the sound of a hot rod motor, the squeal of tires and the sounds of the radio playing your favorite songs. Pulling in to a drive in, attended by a car hop on roller skates delivering a burger, fries and shake to you and your […]

Virtual Graffiti Summer 2020

Virtual Graffiti Summer 2020

It’s Virtually Graffiti Summer! By Chris Murphy @modestochris So much has changed in the last few months and things continue to change daily. There were some really big plans that have been cancelled due to the pandemic, but there are some smaller events that still may happen. We will do our best to keep our […]

Greetings  – Virtual Graffiti Summer

Greetings – Virtual Graffiti Summer

Greetings friends, Well what a long strange trip it’s been. As I write this, the hair salons have just opened, the restaurants opened last week and you hear those little bits of life start coming back to our community. What is the new normal? No one knows, we haven’t done this before. One thing I […]

BigView – Late 1940s Modesto – The Birth Of Cruising

BigView – Late 1940s Modesto – The Birth Of Cruising

The Birth of Cruising By Chris Murphy During World War II, gas was rationed, rubber was rationed, food was rationed, metal was rationed and recycled to build planes, tanks and ammunition. In 1945 and 1946, soldiers would return home, the cars of the 30s and 40s now had plentiful tires, fuel and many of them […]

Roots of Rock Legends

Roots of Rock Legends

By Chris Murphy Rockabilly is without a doubt the most exciting, artistic and raw form of early rock and roll today. Originally a term used an an insult, “rockabilly” became the foundation of rock with its simple slapping bass percussion and a boogie beat that’s guaranteed to make you dance, just like it did in […]

American Graffiti Car Parade and Festival Cancelled

American Graffiti Car Parade and Festival Cancelled

Due to the current COVID 19 pandemic, the North Modesto Kiwanis Club will not hold its annual American Graffiti Festival & Car Show this year.This cancellation includes the popular car parade (classic car cruise) and the two-day show and festival that had been scheduled June 12-14. If the public health crisis has subsided sufficiently by […]

By April 3, 2020 Read More →
GraffitiUSAView – New Museum Coming

GraffitiUSAView – New Museum Coming

GraffitiUSAView By Chris Murphy Where were you in ’62? American Graffiti, one of the 100 greatest movies of all time was made about growing up in Modesto USA. Those who where were there will tell you, the film got it right. Others will tell you that it was the greatest time to grow up, the […]

BigView – Vintage for the Future

BigView – Vintage for the Future

The BigView Vintage for the Future History and Civic Pride 101 History is for the young? Why, you say? It’s all part of civic pride and you don’t have to be old or retired appreciate the history of where you live or where you go. In fact, the earlier people learn about their city, the […]

By September 6, 2019 0 Comments Read More →
BigView – The Great Outdoors

BigView – The Great Outdoors

The BigViewBy Chris Murphy This is a big world and Modesto USA is a Classic American City. Yep that’s what we are, we have the best of both worlds, our small town community feel and the amenities of a big city and as a bonus, we are close to two of the most beautiful places […]

GeekView: Graffiti-Con 2 the Electric Boogaloo

GeekView: Graffiti-Con 2 the Electric Boogaloo

GeekView: Graffiti-Con 2 the Electric BoogalooBy Middagh Goodwin When you think about it having a pop culture convention that features a classic car show is a no brainer when you live in Modesto; especially when it takes place in June. Growing up I loved the vehicles in movies, tv shows and comics just as much, […]

By May 30, 2019 Read More →