Revisit exciting American Graffiti events held over the years!
Oscars Outdoors, Hollywood (CA) (August 2, 2013)
Clay Daily writes, "The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences puts on a special showing of movies that were up for Academy Awards every Friday and Saturday night. The events are called "Oscars Outdoors" and can be found on the Internet. They have a large outdoor screen and a large area to sit to watch the movies. On August 2, 2013, the movie was American Graffiti and the tickets sold out early. Candy Clark had contacted everyone she could that had anything to do with the movie and asked them to be there as well as having us bring the Thunderbird and Rick Figari brought the yellow '32 coupe down. It was really a great event and had several of the stars (Candy Clark, Bo Hopkins, Cindy Williams, and Mackenzie Phillips), some of the screen writers, sound manager and the person that picked the actors for the various parts." Thanks for sharing, Clay and May!
Petaluma Salute to American Graffiti (CA) (May 2013)
Clay and May Daily attended the Petaluma event in May with the T-bird. Clay tells me that there were over 400 cars there, and 30,000 visitors over the three-day event! The Citroen made an appearance, there were movie repro cars, and Candy Clark was there, too. Here are a few images from Clay.
Hot August Nights, Reno (NV) (August 8-13, 2011)
Clay Daily writes, "Here are a few pictures from Reno 2011. The stars that were there signed pictures and we had the Thunderbird at the show. Rick Figari also had the yellow coupe and the replica '55 Chevy there. The yellow coupe and our Thunderbird were the only original cars at the show. The stars that were there this year were Paul La Mat, Candy Clark and Bo Hopkins." Thanks for keeping us in the loop, Clay and May!
Custom American Graffiti Cars
Jane Hunter of Slicks Garage, sent this note in August 2011. "Wanted to let you know that we are currently building two custom vehicles for the Andy and Johnathan Hillstrand, captains of the Time Bandit Crab fishing boat. Andy is having the 5-window coupe built and Johnathan the ’55 Chevy….they are inspired by their first visit to the drive-in with their Dad to see (of course) American Graffiti.
Both cars are going to be unique Time Bandit themed vehicles and they goal is for the brothers to film a “race” (with a different ending!) for their new TV show “Hillstranded”.
Petaluma Salute to American Graffiti (May 13-15, 2011)
Clay Daily writes, Here are a couple of pictures for this year's salute to AG in Petaluma. They had a nice event again this year. We drove the T-Bird from Southern California again this year. Round trip was just over 1000 mile." Thanks for sharing, Clay!
Bob's Car Show, Newport, WA (September 5-6, 2010)
Sandra Famalette shared her photos from Bob's Car Show of the American Graffiti original 58' Impala posing with replica cars of the other rods in the movie. (Thanks to Dave for sending the photos!)
Hot August Nights, Reno, NV (August 2-7, 2010)
Clay Daily shared his photos and information from this event. (Thanks, Clay!) He told me that his 1956 T-bird and the 1932 Ford were the only original cars from the movie at the event, but there were repros of the police car (built by the group in Petaluma), a white Impala and the Pharoh's Merc. Paul Le Mat, Candy Clark, Lynne Stewart, Bo Hopkins, and Cindy Williams were signing at the event. Clay also shared that he was interviewed by ESPN Classic for a show to air in the November/December 2010 timeframe. Watch for it!
)Petaluma Salute to American Graffiti (May 13-15, 2010)
Clay Daily writes, "We were at the 2010 Salute this year on May 13, 14 and 15. It was again a very nice event with over 20,000 attending the main event on Saturday the 15th. There were over 350 cars at the show. The only car from the movie was our Thunderbird. We drove the Thunderbird again this year up there and back, just about 1000 miles. There were a couple of the Stars from the movie signing pictures again this year...Candy Clark (Debbie) and Lynne Stewart (Bobbie)." Thanks for sharing, Clay!
Mooneyes Yokohama (Japan) Hot Rod Custom Show (December 6, 2009)
2nd Annual Bob's Car Show, Newport City, WA (September 6-7, 2009)
This event was held in Newport City (WA) Park. Thanks to Chris Johnson for the photos!
Hot August Nights, Reno, Nevada (Summer 2009)
Clay Daily, the owner of the '56 T-bird, sent me these pictures from the Reno Summer 2009 show. This year, the show included appearances by Henry Winkler, Candy Clark, Paul Le Mat, and Bo Hopkins. The original 32' Ford Coupe and the '56 T-bird were there, as well as replicas of the '55 Chevy and the '58 Impala.
Hot August Nights, Reno, Nevada (Summer 2008)
Clay Daily, the owner of the '56 T-bird, sent me these pictures from the Reno Summer 2008 show. Look at the number of stars who showed up, including Richard Dreyfuss, and the four cars that were shown! (The Pharoahs' car is just peeking out in the back.)
Pentaluma (CA) Salute to American Graffiti (May 15-17, 2008)
Petaluma celebrated the 35th anniversary of American Graffiti with their annual event in May. This year's event was dedicated to the late Manual Padilla, Jr. There was a Classic Car Extravaganza and an American Graffiti Downtown Cruise on the streets of Petaluma, where most of the scenes in the movie were filmed in the early summer of 1972. Thanks to May and Clay Daily for sending the photos below from the weekend of cruisin'!
Petaluma (CA) Salute to American Graffiti (May 17-19, 2007)
Thank you to Clay Daily for sending the photos below from the Petaluma event. It sounds as if a great time was had by all!
Garrett (TX) Galaxy Drive-In (July 8-14, 2005)
The Galaxy Drive-In Theatre in Garrett, Texas, presented American Graffiti from July 8 through the 14th, 2005. Thanks to Randy Carlisle, the photographer and owner of the pictures below, for sharing the fun!
Americ-Car Indoor American Car Spectacular (England) (September 11-12, 2004)
The '56 T-Bird, the '32 Ford coupe and the '55 Chevy were at a show in Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, in England on September 11 and 12, 2004 for the "Americ-Car Indoor American Car Spectacular." Thanks to Andy Inglis and Clay Daily for sending the pictures below!
Dirk from Germany is a big fan of American Graffiti. He flew to the Stoneleigh Park show in England just for the day to see the cars and meet the stars! He is pictured below with Clay Daily, the owner of the T-bird, and with Paul Le Mat (John Milner) and Rick Figari, the owner of the '32 Ford. He sends his "virtual" regards to all of them and the promoter of the show, Peter Carrick. Dirk is also interested in being contacted with any information about the other cars or items that appeared in the movie. He can be reached here.
End of Summer Cruise, Dallas (TX) (Summer 2004)
Cindy William (a.k.a. Laurie Henderson) signing autographs at one of Rocky's sessions.
RIP, Cindy. January 30, 2023)
Hot August Nights, Reno (NV), Summer 2004
Clay Daily, the owner of the '56 T-bird, sent me these two pictures from the Reno Summer 2004 show.
Litchfield (IL) Annual Route 66 Car Festival (June 26-27, 2004)
Jennifer and Pat Bremer, classic car enthusiasts from Indiana, sent these pictures along of their trip to the first Route 66 Car Festival in Litchfield, IL. Thanks for sharing!
End of Summer Cruise, Dallas, TX (Summer 2003)
Lynne Marie Stewart (a.k.a. Bobby Tucker) signing autographs at one of Rocky's sessions.
Route 66 Drive-In Event (Summer 2003)
Thanks to Clay and May Daily, the owners of the Thunderbird, for sharing these pictures from the event! Candy Clark, Mackenzie Phillips, and Bo Hopkins pause in front of the T-bird.
American Graffiti 30th Anniversary Celebration, Boise, Idaho (July 4-6, 2003)
Thanks to Clay and May Daily, the owners of the Thunderbird, for sharing these pictures from the event!
Hot August Nights, Reno, Nevada (August 5-11, 2002)
Bo Hopkins, Mackenzie Phillips, Rick Figari and Candy Clark share a laugh at the Hot August Nights event in Reno during August 2002 while visiting the '32 Ford.
RIP Bo. (May 28. 2022)
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