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Where Were You In ’62 

Where Were You In ’62 

Where Were You In ‘62  By Middagh Goodwin On August 1st, 1973, American Graffiti, the coming of age film co-written and directed by George Lucas, premiered at Los Angeles’ Avco Center Triplex. The film’s release was staggered across the country, opening on August 12th at New York City’s Sutton theatre and, on August 15th, 23 more theatres, including […]

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TDHS Class of 62 Celebration

TDHS Class of 62 Celebration

Where were you in ’62?   Thomas Downey High School Class of 1962, If you happen to receive a “Save the Date” postcard in the mail that the TDHS 60th Reunion has been delayed, that is for a second Reunion party next year.   Happening soon, The TDHS Class of 1962 Celebration of our 60th […]

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Legend of the Cruise: Jenny Kenoyer

Legend of the Cruise: Jenny Kenoyer

Jenny Kenoyer Modesto High  –  1953 Jenny has been honored by the North Modesto Kiwanis as the Grand Marshal of the 2022 American Graffiti Festival Cruise Parade.  As Modesto High’s first woman yell leader, Jenny has been a champion for Modesto’s Graffiti scene for as long as she can remember.  Born in Patterson, she moved […]

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Legend of the Cruise: Ron Pippin

Legend of the Cruise: Ron Pippin

Ron Pippin Downey High – 1975 His high school car was a 1929 Ford Model A with a Flat Head 8BA V8. After high school, Ron went to work in the construction industry while attending what would become the Construction Management Program at Sacramento State. Ron would continue his career in Institutional and industrial construction, […]

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Legend of the Cruise: Dan Vierra

Legend of the Cruise: Dan Vierra

Dan Vierra Our Lady of Mercy High, Merced – 1961 Dan grew up on a dairy east of Turlock and attended Our Lady of Mercy High School in Merced. One of his earliest memories was receiving his first car – a pedal car – at age four. Since then he’s owned Studebakers, Pontiacs, Chryslers, Corvairs, […]

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Legend of the Cruise the Deacons

Legend of the Cruise the Deacons

Deacons The Deacons car club was established 60 years ago and still meets as a group.Founded at Downey High School in 1962 by a group of young men who were interested in hot rods, cars, and drag racing. They were affiliated with the International Car Club of America. They all loved to cruise 10th Street […]

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Legends of the Cruise 2022 Walk of Fame Inductees

Legends of the Cruise 2022 Walk of Fame Inductees

Legends of the Cruise 2022 Walk of Fame Inductees By Chris Murphy As George Lucas once said about American Graffiti, these were the stories that he grew up with cruising on 10th and 11th Street in those formative high school years.  Everything was about your boyfriend or girlfriend, being seen on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, driving, racing, […]

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GeekView: Return of the Con

GeekView: Return of the Con

GeekView: Return of the ConBy Middagh Goodwin First things first, if you have not bought your tickets to see Star Wars: A New Hope with the Modesto Symphony Orchestra at the Gallo Center on June 3rd or 4th, do that now. You do not want to miss a live performance of John William’s Score while […]

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Graffiti Car Art Exhibit

Graffiti Car Art Exhibit

Kruse Lucas Art Gallery hosts a Graffiti Car Art Exhibit to celebrate the upcoming Graffiti Parade and Car Shows. The exhibit will feature the photography work of Rick Raef. Rick began photographing local Graffiti events to capture the celebration of California’s car culture. His work will be exhibited in June, July and August at Kruse Lucas Imports, 525 […]

By May 26, 2022 Read More →
Graffiti View- Own a Business on 10th St

Graffiti View- Own a Business on 10th St

GraffitiView By Chris Murphy Own a Business on 10th! Have you always dreamed of having a cool business on the Historic Cruise Route of 10th Street? This dream can come true! How, you ask? The Graffiti USA Museum is building a re-imagined 10th St inside the building. We are talking magic here. Think CarsLand, Disney […]

Walk of Fame 2021 Inductees Celebration

Walk of Fame 2021 Inductees Celebration

Greetings Friends and Happy Graffiti Summer!   Please join us on Thursday evening.    Modesto Historic Graffiti Cruise Route Walk of Fame 2021 Inductees Celebration August 19, 2021  6:30  pm – 10th St Plaza Modesto The spirit of “American Graffiti” is back in downtown Modesto and endures today on 10th & 11th Streets in Downtown Modesto on the Historic […]

By August 17, 2021 Read More →
Walk of Fame Legends of the Cruise 2021

Walk of Fame Legends of the Cruise 2021

The Walk of Fame By Chris Murphy Back in 2012, when I approached George Lucas about getting involved in the Modesto Historic Cruise Route, I explained that our mission was simply to tell the stories behind the story that he told. He liked the idea and made a video that you can view at www.modestocruiseroute.com […]

2021 Legends of the Cruise Walk of Fame – Modesto Area Street Rods

2021 Legends of the Cruise Walk of Fame – Modesto Area Street Rods

Modesto Area Street Rod Association by Ray Lee 46 years ago, a group of guys and gals with a passion for street rods started our club, the Modesto Area Street Rod Association. Remember the year 1975? Cruising the streets of Modesto was still legal and cruising we did. This was our form of communication. What […]

2021Graffiti Legends of the Cruise  Sam Gottshall

2021Graffiti Legends of the Cruise Sam Gottshall

Sam Gottshall By Gayle Gottshall Sam Gottshall was born and raised in Modesto. Sam attended Downey High School and Modesto Junior College. He has been involved with old cars and hot rods since the age of 12. Sam’s cousin, whom was 6 years older, had a 1941 Willies Quarter mile car, and from that time […]

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 […]