Entries Tagged as 'USA- CA, Modesto'

Modesto- A and W Drive-In

The movie "American Graffiti" was based on the teenage cruising experiences of George Lucas in his hometown of Modesto, California.  In the show, the characters spend a lot of time at the drive-in.  And if you're looking for the ultimate "American Graffiti" drive-in experience, head to the A and W Restaurant on 1404 G Street in downtown Modesto.  Built in 1957, it would have been very familiar to Lucas.

When you visit, you'll see old fashioned signs out front advertising their world famous rootbeer.  You'll see waitresses on roller skates delivering food and drinks to customers in their cars, just like they did in the old days.  And don't forget about the old fashioned juke box that plays everything from Elvis Presley to Jerry Lee Lewis and beyond!

Now what to order...hmmm...how about a large rootbeer float, a bacon cheeseburger, and fries!  Ahhh.  Now that hits the spot! 

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Modesto- The North Modesto Kiwanis American Graffiti Classic Car Parade

On June 7, 2013 I attended the North Modesto Kiwanis American Graffiti Classic Car Parade.  The parade started on 10th and I Streets, and included incredible old cars of every make, model, and color that you could imagine.

George Lucas, who directed the movie "American Graffiti"(which was based on Lucas's teenage experiences growing up in Modesto) was the grand marshal of the parade.  He was driven around downtown in his beautiful 1946 Mercury convertible.

He wore a plaid shirt and blue jeans, and waved to the crowd as he made his way around the circuit.  A triumphant return to his hometown if ever there was one!

And why, might you ask, was this such a big deal?  Well, not only is it because he went on to make blockbuster hits like "Star Wars" and "Raiders of the Lost Ark," but also because the last time he made a public appearance in Modesto was for the original opening of "American Graffiti" back in 1973!

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