Graffiti View – Time to Build!

By Chris Murphy

It is time to start our engines.
We have the building, the interior demolition is done and now we are ready to start building our dream to recreate Modesto’s classic car spirit. It is time to step on the gas, come out of this pandemic and build the Graffiti USA Classic Car Museum.

Over the last few months, we have been able to host some of the many drive through events in our community and now with our space, we are calling them “Cruise-through” events to introduce the public to this amazing new space. Hopefully you have picked up your Kiwanis dinners, or your Boys and Girls Club to go orders at the museum on Sunday May 23.

First, A huge thank you to our amazing volunteers and local contractors and construction firms that have stepped us to help get this started. We can’t do this without you and the museum will be amazing thanks to you.

Now, we are ready for you, our donors, our volunteers, and our supporters to get involved as we need you. We need your donations, your ideas, and even your labor to bring this to life. Want do know how you can help?

#1 – Donate – Yes we need your donations, you can do it monthly, annually and we have some great donation gifts that will make you feel like the coolest cat in town. We are also talking big donations, like building naming donations. If you want to recognize one of your family with a wing, or an exhibit room, we can do that.

#2 – Sponsor a Business- Inside our museum, we will be creating a newly imagined “10th Street”. One area in the day-time and none during the evening cruising hours. It will really be magic and you can have sponsor one of the businesses along the street. For example, my family is putting in a record store, Murphy’s Records, it will be a real record store. We are working with the Modesto Radio Museum to put a radio station inside the museum that will be their museum. There will be a Sanders Appliance Store. You can be a part of this and we want your help to create the magic that will attract people from all over the world.

#3 – Help us build it. If you are a contactor, builder, pipe fitter, welder, carpenter, we need your services. The more things like sprinkler systems, HVAC systems, restrooms and Kitchen construction donated or at least at a reduced cost, the faster we can build this museum for all to enjoy.

#4 – Donate your classic car. We will be working to show some of the most amazing cars from the classic car age. Also, we can also work on selling some of these cars to raised funds for the museum construction.

#5- Tell a friend. Even if you can’t help us at this time, you might know someone, have a supplier that can contribute and be a part of the most exciting new project for Modesto since the Gallo Center was built.

We really hope that you see our vision and want to be a part of it. Please contact us a<> to connect or you can donate at

In the meantime, stop by and check it out. We are on the corner of Coldwell and Historic 99, aka North 9th St. We are right there on the original highway that was the main connection from the 40s to the 60s. Let’s do this Modesto and bring the Graffiti USA Museum to life.

We are a 501 (c) 3 and your contribution is tax deductible
610 N 9th Street
Modesto, CA, USA 95350

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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.