The classic cars that were popularized in hometown boy George Lucas' hit 1973 movie "American Graffiti" will be out in force once again in Modesto this weekend.
The North Modesto Kiwanis' 11th annual American Graffiti Car Show and Festival kicks off at 7 p.m. today with a free parade through downtown Modesto by more than 600 classic cars, hot rods, custom creations and vintage vehicles.
For a sneak preview of the kind of cars that will parade around downtown, click here and take a close-up look at Rick Walker's one-of-kind 1955 Chevy Bel Air. Walker, the owner of Al's Furniture, spent five years rebuilding the car to preserve his memories of cruising in Modesto.
On Saturday and Sunday, the cars will be on display on the tree-covered grounds of Modesto Junior College's East Campus. George Barris, designer of the Batmobile and the Munster Coach, will appear at the auto show Saturday. Admission is $7; free for children 12 and younger.
There are activities at the State Theatre tonight and the Gallo Center for the Arts on Saturday night. For more information about these and other Graffiti events, go to www.northmodestokiwanis.org or www.modbee.com/scene.
For coverage of these activities, check out The Bee and modbee.com.