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<www.modestocruiseroute.com> and really set the stage for what cruising was and why he made American Graffiti.

Our efforts here in Modesto USA are to share the people and the places that were the inspiration for Lucas’ milestone film that has made Modesto USA a popular part of pop culture. If you haven’t already, take time and walk the Historic Cruise Route of 10th and 11th Streets and watch videos from the Legends of the Cruise and see our Walk of Fame markers beginning and ending 10th Street Plaza. Modesto is a cool city with so many great stories and legends.

Walk With the Legends
The spirit of “American Graffiti” endures today on 10th & 11th Streets in Downtown Modesto on the Historic Cruise Route, where the people of the true cruising route inspired George Lucas’ film. People across America and all over the world are invited to have a rockin’ good time as the “Walk of Fame” Class of ’21 is unveiled on the Modesto Historic Graffiti Cruise Route on Wednesday, August 19th, on 10th Street between J and K Streets in conjunction with the Mid Valley Chevy Club’s Park ‘n Shine that hosts approximately 300 classic cars and hot rods.

The Modesto Historic Graffiti Cruise Route Walk of Fame sidewalk markers celebrate the Legends of the Cruise that made it all happen. They are the cruisers, the racers, the musicians, the students, the DJs and the dreamers that brought Modestocana to life then and now.

Six local legends will be added to the Legends of the Cruise Walk of Fame:

Let’s meet the 2021 inductees into the Modesto Historic Cruise Route, Legends of the Cruise Walk of Fame.

Car Club: The Modesto Area Street Rod Association

Mike Fenley
Jack Flower
Sam Gottshall
Jack Kearney
Marvin Narbaitz

Walk of Fame Induction Celebration
Modesto Historic Graffiti Cruise Route
August 19, 2021 6:30 pm – 10th St Plaza Modesto

Thank you to Sierra Pacific Warehouse Group, United Signs, Matt and the crew at Flying Turtle Concrete, the City of Modesto Streets Crew and the Graffiti USA Cruise Legends for the support and dedication to showcasing Modesto’s Cruising and Classic Car history.

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.