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BigView – Rebuilding and Rejuvenation

BigView – Rebuilding and Rejuvenation

By Chris Murphy The 1990s delivered a lot of change to Modesto. Most of it for the good but some that would kneecap one of our greatest and most famous traditions. As our Graffiti Summer and the cruise got bigger and cruisers and famous rockers came from all over the world, the City of Modesto […]

By October 12, 2020 0 Comments Read More →
GraffitiUSAView – Ready to Rock

GraffitiUSAView – Ready to Rock

Graffiti View We are ready to ROCK! Graffiti Summer lives on here in Modesto USA! The Graffiti USA Classic Car Museum had our first car show last month with the American Graffiti Festival Quarantine Edition show. A special limited edition T-shirt was sold to raise funds for the North Modesto Kiwanis. But best of all, […]

By September 30, 2020 0 Comments Read More →
Ceres Drive-In Returns!

Ceres Drive-In Returns!

The Return of the Drive In! This is exciting news. The Ceres Drive In will be reopening later this month! In this day, the drive in has emerged as the safe way to do things and now, you can experience a real full sized screen, concessions, digital sound and a real drive-in experience. How cool […]

By September 5, 2020 0 Comments Read More →
Graffiti USA Museum – Time to Start our Engines

Graffiti USA Museum – Time to Start our Engines

GraffitiUSAView By Chris Murphy We have the keys! It is time to start the engines. It’s time to rock and roll and build the Graffiti USA Museum located near downtown Modesto on historic US99. A group of local businesspeople and car and history fans have gotten together to create a place to celebrate our Graffiti, […]

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 →
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 […]

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 […]

FoodView – Velvet Grill and Creamery

FoodView – Velvet Grill and Creamery

FoodView By Chris Murphy Classic Fresh Tastes for All There is really nothing that goes with classic cars, cruising and rock and roll like a cheeseburger, fries and a milkshake. This is the very foundation of the drive-in, diner or juke joint. As Modesto’s classic history has evolved, so have our diners. The early drive-ins […]

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 […]

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 →
BargainView – Roaring into 2020!

BargainView – Roaring into 2020!

Bargain View By Monica Barber Roaring into 2020! Welcome to the New Year and now you’re seeing 20/20 and it’s a fabulous time to look at the big picture. A century ago it was the roaring 20s and Ms. M may not be the best judge but she thinks there’s plenty of roaring to be […]

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 […]

The Big View  – Once Upon A Time in Modesto

The Big View – Once Upon A Time in Modesto

The BigView Once Upon a Time in Modesto By Chris Murphy 1969 was a time of great music, expanded awareness and horizons. Nothing showed this to the world like Woodstock Festival, held in August 1969. Along with Elvis and the Beatles on Ed Sullivan, this was one of history’s greatest music happenings. 1969 was also […]