Graffiti Fever Heating Up Modesto in June
Where Were You in 62?
With the arrival of summer, one question has been on the lips of every longtime Modesto resident: “Where were you in ’62?”
This question started out as the tagline for George Lucas’ 1973 film American Graffiti—which memorialized Lucas’ cruising-infused adolescence right here in Modesto (haven’t seen it? Check out the one-night-only showing at The State in downtown Modesto on June 1)—but over the last thirty years the question has transformed into a call to every classic car enthusiast in the community to dust off their hot rod, wax up their tail fins and get ready for Graffiti month!
Graffiti—and the movie from which the month long festival has taken its name—has become one of Modesto’s most recognizable traditions, drawing classic car lovers and fans of the film to the Modesto area from across the country for a month of festivities from parades and car shows to special film screenings and sock hops.
This year’s festivities will be particularly spectacular to coincide with the 30th anniversary of Lucas’s classic film. The car shows are expected to be larger than ever, the family friendly events family friendlier and the classic car show parade will feature a special treat: George Lucas will return to his hometown of Modesto to serve as Grand Marshall!
Can’t wait for a month of cruising to begin? Read on for a great Graffiti calendar from the Modesto CVB along with profiles of some of the classic car enthusiasts who make the citywide festival possible.