Petaluma’s Salute To American Graffiti 2011

It was that time of year again last weekend when Petaluma reverted back to the early 60’s, at least in an automotive sense. Saturday might have been the end of the world for some; however, in Petaluma we simply stepped back in time for a day or so for the “Salute to American Graffiti.”

By way of background, Petaluma was the locale for the filming of George Lucas’ American Graffiti in 1972. The annual celebration of the movie by car buffs started six years ago and has turned into quite an event.  For two days the streets were filled with period cars. 

As one who “was of the period” covered in the movie, I was reminded of how different the cars sounded in “olden” times.  Hearing several large V-8’s starting up and driving away reminded me of a line from a song: “Listen to the jingle the rumble and the roar.” (Wabash Cannon Ball)

One other item from my memory banks–I don’t recall (back in the day) the cars looking as good as they do now.

In any event, nostalgia aside,I attempted to capture some of the activities with my cameras…


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Petaluma’s Plazarama…Car show!

Antique and period car shows are a delight for camera enthusiasts such as myself. The annual Plazarama Car Show in Petaluma is no exception. 

A brief glimpse of what was on display on Saturday…

By the bye, the couple standing in front of their 1961 Ford police car (Recall the movie, American Graffiti and the police car that lost its rear axle.) are Joetta & John Furrer. They are with Crusin’ The Boulevard, sponsors of the upcoming celebration of the movie made here in Petaluma.  “Where were you in 1962?”

Yes, I also know the people who own the T-Bird. I am hoping to do a photo feature on both cars (and their owners) in a few weeks.

For the moment, you may find these additional photos of the Plazarama Car Show of interest>>  Cars…Chrome…Symbols Of Our Past