California Auto Racing

Learn to Race at Thunderhill Park, Willows

Thunderhill High Performance Driving School Our School is a High Speed driving event on an FIA class road track with a licensed racing instructor. You drive, they teach. In 1.5 hours of lecture and track orientation, plus 5-20 minute high speed driving sessions, you'll learn and practice "line", threshold braking, car control, consistency and smoothness. You'll learn a few new things about yourself and your car and you'll aquire knowledge, experience and respect for the art of car control. What you'll need 16 years or older can attend (16/17 require parents signature) Clean maintained street vehicle (OK to trailer) Snell 85+ helmet (loaners available) The standard belt that came with your car All convertibles must be equipped with a "roll bar" that is above the drivers head. Vehicles with factory hoops, or pop up rollover systems are not allowed. $195 - includes lunch, Thunderhill T-Shirt, and post event social.
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irishlass said...

Thye Irish Nephew and the Irish Brother promise they'll take me with them to the driving school when the Volvo Club has their meet on May 22nd. Ha Ha Ha to imagine me zooming aroung the track in my Volvo S60 T5.

speed channel guy said...

Skip Barber has a racing school in Monterey at the Laguna Seca Racetrack.

Tremendous elevation changes, the famous Corkscrew complex, 2.24 sinewy miles... One of the world's great circuits, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is located in one of North America's best destination locations -- the Monterey Peninsula. From world class dining to world class driving, Laguna Seca is a favorite for our Corporate Event clients as well as the thousands of annual racing and driving school customers.

They also offer classes at the

Track details:
52 miles east of Los Angeles, this track is widely regarded as one of the best facilities in the world. The 12-turn, 3.0-mile road course incorporates the front strightaway and two 14-degree banked turns from the ultra-fast D-shaped oval used for NASCAR and CART. An infield course is utilized as well for Racing School programs.

speed channel guy said...

Long Beach Grand Prix


April 7-9
32nd Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach

April 8
Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race

April 8
Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series

April 9
Imperial Capital Bank Atlantic Championship Race

April 9
32nd Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach

April 9
Long Beach Drifting Challenge

April 9
SPEED World Challenge GT


Although the City of Long Beach had no way of knowing, when Friday morning, March 26, 1977 dawned, the city would never be the same again.
An auto racing fan-turned-travel-agent -- Chris Pook -- was about to put the city on the international sports map and spark a business, travel and financial renaissance that continues today.

Barely 18 months earlier, Pook had beaten all the odds and naysayers by staging the first Long Beach Grand Prix, a Formula 5000 race won by Brian Redman that attracted more than 46,000 race fans and curiosity seekers. He followed that only six months later by staging a Formula One race, won by Switzerland's Clay Regazzoni, that was a moderate success.

Now, at 4:30 a.m., it was financial crunch time. With a pack of creditors snapping at his heels, Pook desperately needed a high-profile F/One race that would be watched by countless millions worldwide and - he hoped - packed grandstands in Long Beach.

He got it. With some help from a tough, diminutive Italian-American from Nazareth, PA.
Mario's Andretti avoided a first-lap, multi-car collision, then went on to outduel F/One stars Jody Scheckter and Niki Lauda to become the first American to win a F/One race in a U.S. Grand Prix.

"Mario's victory really changed the whole image of the race," says Jim Michaelian, now the President and CEO of the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach and the race's financial officer in 1978. "We made the New York Times, Sports Illustrated and the race was all over the local and national news."

For the next six years, a decidedly international ambience settled over the city each Spring. Romantic car marques like Ferrari, Renault and Brabham shared headlines with equally-romantic, internationally-famous drivers like Jacques Laffite, Emerson Fittipaldi and Nelson Piquet.

Argentina's Carlos Reutemann won flag-to-flag in his Ferrari in 1978, just evading a now-classic first-lap shunt involving James Hunt that remains perhaps the Grand Prix's most enduring image. Canada's Gilles Villeneuve - a crowd favorite for his hard-charging style - led a Ferrari one-two finish in 1979 and, in 1980, Brazil's Nelson Piquet's Parmalat Brabham scored another flag-to-flag victory.

F/One champion Alan Jones led an Albilad Williams FW07B one-two finish the following year in a race notable because, for the first time, two American drivers, Mario Andrettti (fourth) and Eddie Cheever (fifth) had scored F/One points in the same race.

Marlboro McLaren scored the next two wins, with Niki Lauda in 1982 and John Watson - coming from an improbable 22nd place on the starting grid - in 1983.

And, all the while, change had been coming to Long Beach. Downtown, the porno movie houses and boarded-up building were being replaced by office buildings, restaurants and gleaming new hotels. And, for Chris Pook, it was Financial Crunch Time II.

In 1983, faced with increasing F/One purses, sanctions and shipping charges, Pook was approached by Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART), and signed for the Champ Cars to make their Long Beach debut in 1984.

Once again, Mario Andretti rode to the rescue.

"We weren't exactly sure if the Champ Cars would have the same mystique for race fans," says Michaelian. "But we didn't miss a beat." Thanks to Mario, who put his Budweiser-Haas Lola under the checkered flag…and again put the race back into headlines around the country.

American names have dominated the streets of Long Beach ever since, winning 13 of 21 races. Al Unser Jr. was the victor here six times, including a remarkable four straight from 1988-91. Mario Andretti visited Victory Circle four times and his son, Michael, is a two-time winner. California's Jimmy Vasser won the race in 1996.

Still, the race has always managed to retained a little of its original international flavor. Italy's Alex Zanardi, one of the race's biggest fan favorites, won back to back in 1997-98. Colombia's Juan Montoya in 1999 became the first rookie to win the race before joining the F/One wars and Brazil's Helio Castroneves led an all-Brazil 1-2-3 finish in 2001.

And, Canada's Paul Tracy is a four-time winner here, 1993, 2000, 2003 and 2004. He'll be back in the saddle again this weekend, driving the Forsythe Racing #3 Ford/Lola. France's Sebastien Bourdais won his first Long Beach race last year.

Paul Gentilozzi, a three-time Trans-Am champion and Champ Car team owner, and Champ Car team owners Kevin Kalkhoven and Gerald Fosythe are entering their third year as owners and operators of the Champ Car World Series itself. In June, Kalkhoven and Forsythe purchased the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach, ensuring that Champ Cars would remain the featured event on the famed seaside circuit.

Gentlemen - for the 32nd straight year! - start your engines!

Speed Channel Guy said...

FAST LANE is the Official Racing School of Toyota Motorsports. We train the participants in the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race held each year at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. You’ll work with the same instructors and drive the same cars as Pro/Celebrity drivers Adam Carolla, Gene Hackman, George Lucas, Cameron Diaz, Dara Torres, Jesse James, Angie Everhart, Buzz Aldrin, Ashley Judd, Jay Leno. . . and many more.

It's in Rosamund, located in LA County.

Come spend a few days with us!

At Danny McKeever's FAST LANE, you will experience the thrilling, heart-pounding adrenaline that flows through your body when you get behind-the-wheel of a race car. You will set your own pace as you negotiate any one of the numerous track configurations out at Willow Springs International Raceway, located in the greater Los Angeles area. No more watching the pros on tv or the grandstands, it's your chance to come out and see for yourself if you have what it takes to reach... then exceed your personal limits.

irishlass said...

If you have a fabulous classic car, you can join the Tour d'Elegance ...


Concours weekend kicks off with the Ninth annual Tour d'Elegance, Thursday, August 17, 2006 beginning at 8:30 a.m. Cars competing in Sunday's event are invited to participate in the 60-mile tour.

This scenic drive weaves through the forests of intertwined cypress and towering Monterey pines, traverses the sun-drenched mountains and valleys, parallels the Pacific Ocean along the Big Sur coastline and tours charming Carmel-by-the-Sea.

We are pleased to be able to tour the picturesque properties of Monterra Ranch and Clint Eastwood's Tehama. Tour participants enjoy a catered gourmet lunch, a champagne celebration at the finish, and commemorative gifts. Participation is limited to those 2006 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance entrants who sign up in advance for this event.

Even if you don't have a classic car of your own, here is what you would have seen if you'd been attending the Concours d'Elegance for the last 56 years

[1950] [1960] [1970] [1980] [1990] [2000]

5 November 1950:
The first Pebble Beach Road Race and Concours d’Elegance are held. Phil Hill wins the Road Race driving a Jaguar XK120. Best of Show at the Concours goes to Sterling Edwards’ 1950 Edwards R-26 Special Sport Roadster. Two to three dozen cars are exhibited in three classes at the Concours: prewar cars, postwar cars, and MGs. Local resident Alton Walker serves as Concours Chairman.

1952: The Concours moves from the Beach Club to the lawn of Del Monte Lodge. Classes increase, and cars are distinguished based on cost and type.

1953: Concour entries exceed 100 for the first time. The Concours also hosts its first special exhibition — two winners of the Carrera Panamericana (the Mexican Road Race).

1954: Lucius Beebe joins the team of Concours judges.

1955: Phil Hill’s 1931 Pierce-Arrow 41 LeBaron Convertible Town Cabriolet is the first Classic to win Best of Show at the Concours.

1956: The Road Races and the Concours are held together at Pebble Beach for the last time. Ernie McAfee loses control of a 1955 Ferrari 121LM Scaglietti Spyder during the Races, hits a tree, and dies.

1957: The races move to Laguna Seca. For a time, the two events are still held concurrently, buteventually Laguna Seca develops a full calendar of races. On its own, the Concours still attracts 10,000 spectators.

1958: The first poster to advertise the Concours appears, an awards ramp is built, and class categories distinguish classics from antique and vintage cars for the first time. Rolls-Royce also becomes the first marque to get its own ongoing class. J. B. Nethercutt’s 1930 duPont Model G Merrimac Town Car wins Best of Show, setting a new standard for excellence in automotive restorations.

1960: The Concours is canceled due to inclement weather and cannot be rescheduled until the followingspring.

1961: For the first time, the Concours requests a one-dollar donation from those in attendance to benefit the Monterey Peninsula Hospital Auxiliary.

1963: Bad weather forces the Concours to be held near the stables. A special class of Aston Martinsare exhibited.

1964: Bentley gains ongoing recognition. For much of the remainder of the decade, three classes are devoted to Rolls-Royce and two to Bentley.

1965: Bad weather again forces the Concours to be held near the stables.

1966: Judge Lucius Beebe dies prior to the Concours, and a new trophy established in his name is first awarded to Robert A. Davies’ 1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II. Eldon Dedini creates not one but two posters for the Concours; the original art is offered as a gate prize, and unused posters are sold to the public for charity.

1967: Bob Hope takes to the stage for a full 45 minutes to entertain the Concours crowd.

1968: Gwenn Graham, who oversaw the Concours throughout its early years, dies, and Carol Rissel takes over her position. For the ensuing three years, the Concours bears Graham’s name.

1970: A class is devoted to MGs and becomes a regular offering.

1972: Lorin Tryon and Jules “J.” Heumann agree to serve as Co-Chairmen of the Concours. Separate groups of Class and Honorary Judges are established, and Strother MacMinn is named Chief Honorary Judge. The Concours is renamed the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, but the first “Elegance” award is established in Gwenn Graham’s name, and it is initially awarded to Ken Vaughn’s 1934 Packard Twelve Derham Sedan. Donations now go to Guide Dogs for the Blind.

1973: For the first time, there are special classes for Duesenbergs and postwar Ferraris. Both become fairly regular offerings.

1974: The first Monterey Historic Automobile Races are held at Laguna Seca in tandem with the Concours, and the Concours honors some cars from the races. The Pebble Beach Cup is first presented to Robert Ames’ 1951 HRG. The first Hans Tanner Trophy for best Ferrari goes to Stephen Griswold’s 1952 Ferrari 212 Touring Roadster. United Way of Monterey County becomes the principal recipient of Concours proceeds. And after the Concours concludes, a mishap occurs: a fire engine filled with water pulls onto the Concours ramp, and it collapses.

1975: The Concours celebrates its 25th anniversary. Merv Griffin auctions off the year’s poster.

1976: Bugatti is featured, and a Bugatti class is repeated in 1977.

1978: Mercedes-Benz is featured.

1979: Rolls-Royce and Bentley are featured, and Mrs. W. O. (Margaret) Bentley is on hand to present special awards to those cars. The first Briggs Cunningham Trophy for most exciting car present is awarded to Mr. & Mrs. C. Gooding’s 1932 Packard 903 Dual Cowl Phaeton, and the first Charles A. Chayne Trophy for most significant engineering is awarded to Kent Wakeford’s 1925 Lancia Lambda Casaro Roadster. Janet Guthrie drops by.

1980: The first class of 16-cylinder cars is offered. Two Gwenn Graham awards are presented: Matt Browning’s 1931 Pierce-Arrow 41 LeBaron Sport Sedan is named Most Elegant Closed Car, and Bill Hinds’ 1937 Delahaye 135M Figoni et Falaschi Cabriolet is named Most Elegant Convertible.

1981: Briggs Cunningham and his creations are honored. Hispano-Suiza is featured, and J12s take to the field in numbers.

1982: Delahaye and Delage are featured. There is also a class for Porsche. The first Montagu of Beaulieu Trophy is presented to Neil Breton’s 1939 Alvis Speed 25 Charlesworth Tourer.

1983: Isotta Fraschini is featured, early Fords also fill a special class, and a class for Packard becomesa regular offering. The Co-Chairmen’s Trophy is first awarded to George Wingard’s 1913 Isotta Fraschini Tipo KM4 Roadster.

1984: Talbot-Lago is featured. The first Ansel Adams Trophy for most desirable touring car goes to Orland Wiseman’s 1911 Pierce-Arrow 6-48 Tourer. The first French Cup is awarded to Pat Hart’s 1938 Talbot-Lago T150-SS Figoni et Falaschi CoupĂ©.

1985: All six Bugatti Royales are united for the first time at Pebble Beach — an amazing feat that underscores the Concours’s status as the top event of its kind. There are also classes for Lincoln and Alfa Romeo.

1986: The centennial of Mercedes-Benz is honored, and when Juan Manuel Fangio and Stirling Moss drive up the ramp in a replica of Carl Benz’s Patent Motor Wagon, they very nearly tip over. The American Underslung is also featured and Duesenbergs are on the field in substantial numbers. The first Alec Ulmann Trophy for most significan Hispano-Suiza is awarded to the Blackhawk Collection’s 1924 Hispano-Suiza H6C Nieuport Boattail Skiff. The Concours hosts the first annual AFAS exhibition, and an automobile auction also takes place in nearby Monterey.

1987: Bentley 8 Litres and Cord L-29s are featured. The first Mercedes-Benz Trophy is awarded to Frank Cherry’s 1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K Roadster. Carol Rissel retires after overseeing the Concours for nearly two decades.

1988: Hispano-Suiza J12s are on special display, and the first Automobile Quarterly Historian’s Trophy goes to the Blackhawk Collection’s 1932 Hispano-Suiza J12 Binder Torpedo. Waterhouse coachwork is also featured, and there is a class of Maseratis. Karen Hunter temporarily oversees the Concours on behalf of Pebble Beach Company.

1989: Nuccio Bertone is reunited with three of his Alfa Romeo B.A.T.s (Berlina Aerodynamica Tecnica) when Italian custom coachwork takes center stage at the Concours. The first Road & Track Trophy is awarded to Brenda Butler’s 1931 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Gran Sport Zagato Spyder. Aston Martins take to the field in numbers, there is a class for Lagonda12 cylinders, and American Dream cars are also on display. Sandra Kasky, who has worked with the Concours since joining Pebble Beach Company in 1985, is named Director of Special Events for Pebble Beach Company.

1990: Giotto Bizzarrini is honored, veterans of the Brighton Run are on display, and more dream cars are exhibited. The Christie’s auction and the Blackhawk Exposition join the roster of Pebble Beach Weekend events. The Strother MacMinn Student Endowment Fund is also established.

1991: Rolls-Royce, Pierce-Arrow, and Siata are featured.

1992: Sandra Kasky agrees to serve as the Concours’ first full-time Executive Director. Delahaye and Talbot-Lago are featured, and there are special classes for Facel Vega and Jaguar. J. B. Nethercutt earns a record sixth Best of Show award.

1993: Pininfarina coachwork is honored, Lamborghini is featured, and there is a class for early Station Wagons. The first Tony Hulman Trophy for most significant open wheel race car goes to Vic Yerardi’s 1959 Ewing-Watson Dean Van Lines Special. Manufacturers are invited to display current concept cars, and this becomes a part of the Concours.

1994: Ferraris take to the field in numbers, Pegaso is featured, and the coachwork of Touring is also on display.

1995: Rolls-Royce and Iso Rivolta are featured, and J. B. and Dorothy Nethercutt are honored. The first Strother MacMinn Trophy for Most Elegant Sports Car goes to Arturo Keller’s 1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Stabilimenti Farina Spyder.

1996: Lincoln is featured, Zagato coachwork is on display, and there is a class for American Sports Cars. The Hans Tanner Trophy is renamed in honor of Luigi Chinetti.

1997: The centennial of Oldsmobile and the golden anniversary of Ferrari are celebrated, steam cars and Aston Martin are featured, and designer Tom Tjaarda is honored. Hot Rods take to the field for the first time, and the first Dean Batchelor Trophy for most significant hot rod goes to Bruce Meyer’s 1932 Doane Spence Ford Roadster. There is even a class for Micro Cars.

1998: The first Tour d’Elegance is held just prior to the Concours and is an immediate success. The first Elegance in Motion Trophy is subsequently presented to Bruce Meyer’s 1937 Bugatti Type 57C Ventoux. Minerva and Derby Bentley are featured, designer Sergio Scaglietti is honored, and Porsche celebrates its golden anniversary.

1999: Lorin Tryon dies prior to the Concours, and J. Heumann serves as sole Chairman. Glenn Mounger and Ed Gilbertson join the Executive Committee. The Lorin Tryon Trophy is established to recognize longtime contributors to the Concours, and it is first presented to Don Williams of Blackhawk. Packard, Auto Union, Lagonda, and Morgan, and the Masterati 5000GT are featured. The first FIVA Trophy for best preserved car goes to Jay M. Eitel’s 1933 Marmon V16 LeBaron Victoria.

2000: The Concours celebrates its golden anniversary. J. Heumann steps into a role Chairman Emeritus, Glenn Mounger agrees to serve as Concours Chairman, and Ed Gilbertson is named to the new position of Chief Judge. A selection of past Best of Show winners and Road Race standouts are positioned at water’s edge. Teardrops and Boattails and Maseratis are all featured. The first Classic Car Club of America Trophy goes to Otis Chandler’s 1934 Packard 1108 Bohman & Schwartz Town Car.

2001: The centennials of the first Mercedes and of Ford Racing are celebrated. The likely real Blue Train is unveiled among the many vintage Bentleys on the field. Chrysler Town and Country cars and Hot Rod coupes and the designs of Pininfarina are also featured.

2002: Glenn Mounger asks Sandra Kasky to serve with him as Co-Chairmen of the Concours. The centennial of Cadillac and the golden anniversary of Jaguar racing are celebrated. Maybachs and Fiat V8s are on display, as are several bare chassis.

2003: The works of Ettore and Jean Bugatti take center stage. The centennials of Buick and Ford are celebrated. Road Racing Rods and Austin and American Bantams are featured. And Giorgetto and Fabrizio Giugiaro are on hand as their designs are honored.

2004: The 100th anniversary of Rolls-Royce was celebrated as well as the centennial of Hispano-Suiza, the French-built luxury vehicle. The event also showcased the finest collection of Ferraris ever assembled.

2005: In 2005, we honored Alfa Romeo and the 75th anniversary of Carrozzeria Pinin Farina.


irishlass said...

While you're in Monterey for the Concours d'Elegance weekend, August 18-20, 2006, you can head over to Laguna Seca for the 33rd Rolex Monterey Historic Automobile Races

Cooper Tribute Part of Larger Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

MONTEREY, Calif. (August 24, 2005)—Cooper will be the featured marque at the 33rd Rolex Monterey Historic Automobile Races, August 18-20, 2006, announced Steven J. Earle, president of General Racing Ltd. and founder of the event. Cooper Car Company will be part of a larger celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, featuring the racecars and champions that have competed there.

“With a long and distinguished automotive history, Cooper Car Company left an indelible mark on the racing world. Their design innovations altered the face of Formula One and the Indianapolis 500 and their sedans excelled in Rallying,” said Earle. “It is fitting that the 33rd Rolex Monterey Historic should honor the Cooper legacy, which has included some of the greatest names in racing, such as Sir Stirling Moss, Jack Brabham, Maurice Trintignant and Bruce McLaren.”

As part of its tradition of showcasing and preserving motorsports history, the 33rd Rolex Monterey Historic will not only feature Cooper cars, but will also present Historic IMSA, Can-Am and Trans-Am cars which raced at Laguna Seca, as well as a select group of Historic Formula One cars which reflect a dream of many enthusiasts to see these cars at the track. In total, more than 400 vintage racecars, representing a wide range of automakers, will compete in a series of challenging and highly competitive races.

irishlass said...

If you love your car, you should get it blessed at the Blessing of the Cars.

Ten years ago, Stephanie and Gabriel Baltierra of Los Feliz decided they loved their cars so much they wanted to get them blessed.
"Gabriel's family is Catholic, and they like to bless everything," says Stephanie, 34, who drives a 1964 Comet Caliente and is a member of an all-female car club called the Minxes. The event she and Gabriel started, the Blessing of the Cars, has grown from a gathering of a few hundred friends and family and their vehicles to more than 10,000.

The all-day and into-the-night annual affair, held at Hansen Dam (this year's on July 30, 2005), begins with a mass morning blessing by a Catholic priest, who then goes car to car, blessing each individually. Some people also ask him put holy water in their radiators.

"It has been said that the event attracts ... more tattoos than the Navy," she says, "but I think, in the end, people come because they are passionate about their cars, just like they become passionate about anything else."

This year the event will take place on July 29th.

Anonymous said...

Graffiti Summer

Modesto is the birthplace of George Lucas and the inspiration for his popular film American Graffiti. Throughout the month of June you will find everything from street fairs to classic car parades, concerts, and showings of American Graffiti as we celebrate Graffiti Summer. So pull out those Poodle Skirts and hoola hoops and join us for the festivities!

We invite you to relive The Graffiti Years –
when America was growing up!
Come to Graffiti Summer
for our Classic Car and Oldies Festival
in Modesto and Stanislaus County!

Our hometown hero George Lucas was born and raised in the City of Modesto, Stanislaus County, graduating from Thomas Downey High School in 1962. Only a little more than a decade later, he co-wrote and directed one of the top-100 movies of all time.

American Graffiti was released in 1973 with a great nostalgic look back at cars, music and teenage years, portraying an age of innocence in 1962 when the “fabulous fifties” were turning into the “turbulent sixties.” All the scenes in his great movie either happened here in Modesto or were inspired by events in our city. Mel’s Drive-In (in San Francisco) was just a stand-in for the real deals in Modesto, Burge’s on 9th Street and Al’s Drive-In on McHenry Avenue.

Both are gone now, but the memories live on, and Modesto continues to recreate its past glory as the classic car and cruisin’ center of the California Central Valley!


For years, Modesto and Stanislaus County have recognized and celebrated the era that George Lucas immortalized. For most of a decade, the celebration was limited to one or two major events:

“Back to Graffiti” began as a two-day car show and entertainment venue at the Fruit Yard, a great restaurant and produce market just outside Modesto!
The Kiwanis American Graffiti Classic Car Show, which since 1999 has included a huge static car show, and since 2002, a downtown parade of at least 500 classic cars!

As the Events Calendar, we have built on those celebrations with new events, and our celebration of the days of cruisin’ and rockin’ will continue.

These are just some of renowned Rock’n’Roll Artists who have appeared at Graffiti Summer:

Little Richard
Hank Ballard and the Midnighters
The Isley Brothers
Bobby Vee
Tommy Roe
The Diamonds
Frankie and The Fable Tones (including Frank from Vito and the Salutations)
Brenton Wood
The Big Bopper, Jr.
Roddy Jackson
Simply So
And more to come!

June 2006 Calendar of Events

Fri & Sat Nights
(all summer long) A & W Root Beer
Classic Cars, Elvis & Hula Hoop, Karaoke and Root Beer Floats served by Car Hops on Roller Skates.
June 2 - 4 PT Cruiserfest
Friday & Saturday night at 10th Street Plaza. 100's of PT Cruisers, live bands and dancing - 6pm to Midnight. Saturday and Sunday "day" events at Modesto Jr. College East, 8am to 3pm. PT Cruisers, vendors, food, music, raffle and more! Saturday parade at 5:45pm. J St., 10th St., I St., 16th St.
Come for great cars, food and live music. Admission is FREE! www.cruiserfest.com

June 3 Graffiti Night with the Modesto Nuts
My Favorite Car Vintage Car Show. www.modestonuts.com

June 10 Back to Graffiti at the Fruit Yard
Car Show and Live Concerts by The Platters, The Drifters, El Chicano w/Jorge Santana and The Marvelettes. www.backtograffiti.com or www.thefruityard.com

June 11 Central Valley Doo-Wop Society Annual Revue
The Central Valley Doo-Wop Society's 4th Annual Revue featuring Frank Fox of Vito and the Salutations. Other performers include Frankie and the Fabletones, The Sensations, Cherry Fizz and a surprise star from the East Coast! The show starts at 3:30pm at Club Max in the DoubleTree Hotel. For mor information call 209.521.8772 or email.

June 11 Modesto Area Street Rod Association
Classic Car Show at MJC West Campus, Carpenter & Blue Gum, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

June 12-16 Mid Valley Chevy Club
A different event every night from 5:00pm - 9:00pm. Event Location varies each night:
June 12: City Tire Sales; 6/13: Tradeway Transmission; 6/14: Flix Bar & Grill; 6/15: Mike’s Roadhouse;
June 16: Red Lion Hotel

June 13 Ceres Concert in the Park
Johnny & the Rockets to perform, Car Show, Farmers Market

June 16 Poker Run at the Red Lion
Classic Cars, Fun Run, Music and Entertainment.

June 16-18 North Kiwanis American Graffiti Festival
700 Classic Cars, Hot Rods, Custom, Vintage Car Show, Vendors, Parade. www.northmodestokiwanis.org

June 17 Graffiti Rock n’ Roll on the Rails
Rock and Roll to live music from the 50's and 60's on this fun Party Train!

June 24 “American Graffiti” at the Ceres Drive-In
Come watch the movie that started it all.

June 24-25 1st Annual Riverbank Graffiti Summer Party
Come out to the Galaxy Theater in Riverbank Saturday, June 24th for a car show and Sunday, June 25th for a Car Show, Live entertainment and a showing of the movie classic “Rebel Without a Cause”

Download Calendar (pdf, 1.12Mb)

And all-year long, remember these oldies-related events:

Every Friday and Saturday night, when weather permits, visit the 1950s-era A&W Root Beer Drive-In at 14th and G Streets for classic cars and entertainment. It has hardly changed since the olden days, and waitresses still deliver burgers, shakes and floats on roller skates!

Anonymous said...

For an updated list of Graffiti Summer Events in Modesto, CA (there have been changes to the dates and times of some of the above) visit www.visitmodesto.com

Anonymous said...

SUNDAY, JULY 23, 2006


WHAT A Unique event in the most recognized and celebrity filled beach side community in California. It will be a lifestyle event featuring a great Vintage Car Show, wonderful food, and live Jazz.

WHEN Sunday JULY 23, 2006, 9AM to 4PM

WHERE Malibu, California, at Bluffs Park, 24250 Pacific Coast Highway, ten acre grassy park overlooking the ocean at the corner of Pacific Coast Highway and Malibu Canyon Road in Malibu, adjacent to Pepperdine University. Easy access to close by parking, to Pacific Coast Highway, and to the 101 Freeway which is 15 minutes away.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION A high quality Car Show in Malibu, California. Car Show will feature an array of valuable and collectible vehicles from the turn of the century to the present in fifteen classes. Food will be served by Malibu restaurants in a special food court with a Jazz band and shaded outdoor seating.

PRODUCER Co-Produced by Andy Cohen, who has produced car shows in Beverly Hills for 25 years, and Landy Koerner, who has directed Concours on Rodeo for the past five years.

FUND RAISING BENEFICIARIES LA County Sheriff Department Boosters Club

CAR SHOW DETAILS Show quality cars by invitation only.
Classes are as follows:European Classics, American Classics, German, Italian, French, British, Ferrari, Race Cars, Vintage Race Cars, Muscle Cars, Sports Cars, 50's and 60's, Hot Rods, and Vintage Motorcycles.

ADMISSION $25.00, $10.00 for kids under 12.

Anonymous said...

54th Annual Jeepers Jamboree

4 Day Trip
July 27, 28, 29 and 30, 2006

3 Day Trip
July 28, 29 and 30, 2006

28th Annual Jeep® Jamboree

3 Day Trip
August 4, 5 and 6 2006

The Jeepers Jamboree is considered the oldest, toughest and largest organized event of this type in the world. It has worldwide publicity through TV, radio, magazines and newspaper. By the time the 53rd Annual Jamboree is completed, it will have taken more than 33,500 vehicles and 99,000 people over the Rubicon Trail. People from all over the world have participated in this trip.

The Trip & Route- The world famous Jeepers Jamboree starts in Georgetown, California. Vehicles travel east over 45 miles of paved and dirt road, crossing the dam at Stumpy Meadows and passing the old cattleman's stop of Uncle Tom's Cabin. At Loon Lake, the off-roading begins.

The Rubicon Trail is considered the "Granddaddy" of all four-wheel trails - a 10 on most scales! Annually, the winter storms carve out a different trail among the rocky sluices and granite slabs providing new challenges each year. Almost all four-wheeling is at 3-5 miles or less per hour. The route traverses the Devil's Post Pile made up of thousands of tons of boulders and passes Spider and Buck Island Lakes.

Rubicon Springs (altitude 6,060 ft.), the site of a late 19th Century mineral springs and hotel provides the setting for the encampment. Here you will be wined, dined and entertained in the finest High Sierra style.

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The Wavecrest Woodie Meet is the largest of all woodie meets. Visit this huge woodie show – 250 to 300 wooden cars! Food, entertainment, and awards. It is always held on the third Saturday of September each year in Encinitas, California. In 2006, the Wavecrest Woodie Meet will be held on Saturday, September 16, 2006

No advance registration or fee is required.

San Diego Woodies members Jim Miller and Lee Kidwell will co-chair Wavecrest 2006.

This year it’s an extended weekend packed with many activities, outlined below:

Thursday Evening, September 14. Rods & Woodies. 5:30 - 7:30 pm in Downtown Encinitas, Coast Highway between D & G Street. San Diego Woodies is the featured car club. Live entertainment will be "Secret Samurai" (formerly Surf Report).

Friday Morning, September 15. Southern California Woodie club will hold a morning surf and lunch outing at San Onofre Beach.

Friday Evening, September 15. Wavecrest Welcome at 6:00 pm at the host hotel, Best Western Inn & Suites, 85 Encinitas Blvd. At the Pool Cabana.

Saturday, September 16. WAVECREST at Moonlight Beach parking lot, located at the foot of Encinitas Blvd. 8:00 am to 3:00 pm. (Come in to park beginning at 6:30 am) No advance registration or fee required. Visit this huge woodie show – 250 to 300 wooden cars! Food, entertainment, and awards.

Saturday Evening, September 16. San Diego Woodies Dinner, 5:00 to 7:30 pm, Post-Wavecrest Buffet at the pool cabana at the host hotel, Best Western Encinitas Inn & Suites. BBQ ribs and chicken, $20 adults, $10 children. Tickets available at all the events, above, and at Wavecrest before 11:00 am.

Sunday Morning, September 17. Join the Highway 101 Association and San Diego Woodies for a cruise on the Coast Highway corridor. We'd like to have 100 cars in the line-up so come one, come all and join the fun! Details to follow. No advance registration or fee is required.

Sunday Morning September 17. Wavecrest Surfboard Auction, 11:00 am preview the boards and memorabilia, 12:00 to 3:00 pm, auction. Poolside, Best Western Encinitas Inn & Suites