George Lucas’ classic film “American Graffiti” cemented Modesto’s place in the collective nostalgia of sock hops, cruising, and classic cars. Every June people come together to celebrate the bygone days and car culture, but the memory of that time can be revisited any time with a stroll on the Modesto Historic Graffiti Cruise Route Wall of Fame.
The Walk of Fame recognizes the cruisers, hot rod racers, teeny boppers, and unforgettable personalities that left an indelible mark on Modesto and Lucas, and inspired “American Graffiti.”
The Walk of Fame is a self-guided tour of sidewalk markers celebrating the Legends of the Cruise. It traverses the path cars used to drag on 10th and 11th streets. The markers explore topics from Lucas’ biography to car clubs of the 1950s and 1960s to some of the hometown heroes. The Walk has a total of 25 stops.
Founding Legends of the Cruise from 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 are: George Lucas, Leroy Applequist, Bart Bartoni, Chuck Billington, Candy Clark, Pete Hischier, Bo Hopkins, Paul Le Mat, Terry McGrath, Gene Winfield, Century Toppers Car Club, Bennie Furtado, Gerry Ramirez, Wendell Reed, Dennis Wilson, Charlie Reynolds, Don Monaco, Judy Felix Walk, Glen Wild, Dwight Trammel, Frank Burnett, The Faros, John Sanders, “Big Jon” Enberg, Worth Weldon, Bobby & Bell Gaines, the Modesto Throttlers, Ecurie Awol Racing Club, Don Wood, Allen Grant, Paul Corgiat, Roy Farriester, and Jack McCoy.
The next inductees into the Walk of Fame will be announced and installed at 6:30 p.m. June 5 at the 10th Street Plaza in downtown Modesto.
For more information on the Walk of Fame visit www.modestocruiseroute.com