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…
The slideshow does not include any photos of the 1956 T-Bird (The Suzanne Somers car) featured in the movie. I have devoted an entire article to that vehicle! See Cars…Chrome…1956 Thunderbird
I also selected a few prized photos from the weekend for special consideration in Cars…Chrome…Redux American Graffiti