GraffitiUSAView – New Museum Coming

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 cars, the fun, the boys, the girls and of course, the music. There is only one home of American Graffiti in the whole galaxy and it’s here in Modesto USA. Even though the film was made in Petaluma, Modesto’s where it’s all about. 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.

A group of local businesspeople, car and history fans have gotten together to create a place to celebrate our Graffiti, Car and Music culture. The Graffiti USA Classic Car Museum is a 501(c)3 corporation and is now ready to come to life! The museum will celebrate our love affair with the automobile, celebrate the 10th and 11th streets that were home to Modesto’s cruising experience. It will bring to life a night in 1962, immerse the visitors in the sights and sounds of the Graffiti USA experience. Guests will be able to walk “10th” Street, check out KFIV radio station, check out the stores of the time, go to the Drive In and even grab a burger and fries in a functional recreation of our classic diners. We will celebrate our Legends of the Cruise and will create a place that will attract classic fans from around the world and build an educational center that will excite the next generation of little cruisers. This interactive museum experience will tell more of the stories that created the Graffiti days.

This is not just a car museum, it will be a immersive experience, like Cars Land at Disney’s California Adventure that will take you to another place. There will even be a functional hot rod shop that will be making new cars, and celebrating the creations of the legendary Modestan Gene Winfield.

Hopefully soon, where will be a new building to house this museum. The Graffiti USA museum needs you, your donations, your ideas, you collectibles and possibly even your cars. We are looking for community minded people to help up build this museum and make it a reality.

Isn’t it past time that we bring our history to life, create this place for the people of the entire world to come visit. You can help us tell our story, change our future and become the Graffiti USA center of the universe.
Please visit and see what is happening and to make a tax-deductible donation.
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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.