So as mentioned in this thread by Duck44, Petaluma, California is holding a salute to American Graffiti on it's 35th anniversary. This isn't a new event, it has been going on for quite a few years, but this year being special because of the 35th anniversary. The whole event covers three days. Information found here: http://www.americangraffiti.net/index.html
The event was kicked off by a recreation of a scene from the movie, where Curt ties a cable to the rear axle of a police car and when it takes off after the Pharoh's, the axle is ripped clean off. Information can be found here: http://www.standbyforjustice.com/
The next event was the private dinner with the stars on the 15th at Cattleman's at Petaluma.
Then on the 16th, the cars begin to arrive for the Cruise-in and Kickoff Party in Petaluma Plaza, which is what I attended first and what the first pictures will be from
The main even is Saturday the 17th, where they take over Downtown Petaluma for an all out get-together, I'll be there as well and of course be taking pictures and posting them here.
But without further ado, I begin posting the pictures from tonight. I took 87, which is a lot considering the size of the event, there was maybe 90 cars there, if that. I won't be posting all the pictures, but they can be found here as they are uploaded. I'll also a more full report on my blog, linked in my signature.
Let the pictures begin (all pictures are links, if clicked you will be taken to the flickr photo page where you can view it in full resolution)
A 1932 Ford Coupe like the one Milner drove in the movie, except with flames. Milner's car will be at the show Saturday along with other cars from the movie (which I have pictures of too)
I'm really happy with this shot, first time I've attempted such a thing
I'm a firm believer that the 50s and 60s Corvettes are the best 'vettes ever made.
A strange sight at a show for a movie called American Graffiti, a 1952 Jaguar
An old Plymouth is a rare sight, at least for me and here there were 3 all parked near each other,
Had a heck of a time identifying this as either a 1939 or a 1940 as my car bible wasn't clear with their pictures of the coupes from either year.
My favorite thing about Willys coupes is their grilles and the emotion they show.
So I broke out the mini-tripod, got on my knees and aimed, burnt my knee on the 100 degree pavement, and took a shot. It turned out okay, though I needed to be back further
The classic 1964½ Ford Mustang convertible. What a beauty. Makes me even more sad my grandpa sold his '66
It was like this one... except it was white... and not a convertible... and in really bad shape... and not a Shelby.... and barely ran. Okay the only thing similar is the year.
This Caddy got the red carpet treatment, and it deserved it.
That's all for my first batch. I'll be uploading more later and tagging. Will probably be up sometime tomorrow because of the MC downtime. I'll upload some while MC is down though, so if you're dying to see the pictures, keeping checking my Flickr.
Stand by for justice! Or I guess just part 2.