By June 1, 2016 Read More →

Graffiti Summer Lives!

The BigView – Graffiti Summer Lives!
By Chris Murphy

You are here, you have found the home of Graffiti Summer here in Modesto USA. Modesto is the home of classic cruising, celebrated in George Lucas’ classic award winning film American Graffiti. Set in 1962 Modesto, American Graffiti captured a moment in time and asked “Where were you in ‘62”?

Today you can capture the spirit of those classic days and in Modesto USA, it is Graffiti Summer all year long. Located on historic Route 99, Modesto was home to the classic drive-ins, car hops and the legendary 10th and 11th Streets that were the home of classic cruising, the stories and the legends that inspired the film and are a part of the Graffiti experience today.

Following the end of World War II, the open highway was calling and classic drive-ins appeared across the USA. Kids could now do something that was previously not allowed; drive for no reason at all. Cruising, Car hops and our ”Classic History” was born and here in Modesto, it is part of our culture. In Modesto, you can still get roller skate car hop service, our people are friendly and all summer long, cars trimmed in chrome call the streets of Modesto USA their home.

You can hear the beat of Graffiti here as classic Rockabilly music was first slapped in Modesto back in ’38 by Maddox Brothers and Rose. That sound was the foundation for early rock and roll and the epic superfantastic soundtrack that appeared in the classic film. Modesto has a soundtrack and it still rocks today and during Graffiti Summer, we are all rocking it. So grab your poodle skirt, slick back your hair, walk the Historic Cruise Route and get in the groove for summer in Modesto USA.

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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.