Rev Up Your Engines for the Salute to American Graffiti Car Show in Petaluma

Salute to American Graffiti classic car show in Petaluma
Salute to American Graffiti classic car show in Petaluma

Get ready to rev your engines and join us in Petaluma for the Salute to American Graffiti car show! This weekend, the town will come alive with the sights and sounds of vintage and custom hot rods that will leave car enthusiasts in awe. So get your 1950s pinup style dress and red lipstick on for a fabulous classic car show!!

After a long hiatus due to the pandemic, the American Graffiti car show is back and better than ever! This year’s show was a roaring success, with an impressive display of hundreds of cars that spanned several blocks of downtown Petaluma. From fabulous Ford Fairlanes to classic Mustangs, the show had something for everyone. We even saw some rare beauties like Corvairs and Deuce Coupes that left us breathless!

What makes this event even more special is that it pays homage to the iconic 1973 movie American Graffiti, which was filmed mostly in Petaluma. The event is put on by dedicated volunteers who raise funds for local community projects, making it a great opportunity to support the town and have fun at the same time. Plus, with appearances from the movie’s stars like Ron Howard, Harrison Ford, Richard Dreyfuss, Suzanne Summers, Cindy Williams, and Wolfman Jack, the event had a touch of Hollywood glamour.

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American Graffiti Classic Car Show 2017 in Petaluma

Yasmina Greco - Salute to American Graffiti Petaluma - Pink Ford FairlaneIt was our first time attending the Salute to American Graffiti classic car show in Petaluma. It was the 12th year for the event. The event is put on by volunteers that raise funds for local community projects while paying homage to the 1973 movie American Graffiti by Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas and a cast we all know today featuring Ron Howard, Harrison Ford, Richard Dreyfuss, Suzanne Summers, Cindy Williams, Wolfman Jack, and more! Petaluma is where most of the movie was filmed.

The car show spans several downtown Petaluma city blocks and there are so many classic cars. We saw fabulous Ford Fairlanes, Impalas, Chevy Bel Airs, Deuce Coupes, Trucks, Corvettes, Mercury’s, Corvairs, HotRods, Mustangs, Buicks and so much more. These cars were stunning!! All the car owners were so friendly and were happy to talk to you about their cars and all the work that went into restoring them.

Yasmina Greco - American Graffiti - Cars from Movie

Highlight for me was coming around the corner to a more closed off area where the actual cars from the movie were!! Here I am next to the white T-Bird that Suzanne Summers drove!! Also, a pic of the blue Citroen 2CV that Richard Dreyfuss was in, the 1958 Chevy Impala driven by Ron Howard and the Vespa that Charles Martin Smith, and the cute trash can from Megs Drive-In.

Yasmina Greco - American Graffiti Petaluma 2017My outfit was specific for the event as it was a tribute to the American Graffiti movie. I wore my favorite Heart of Haute circle skirt with design from El Gato Gomez and a simple white twinset, as I wanted the skirt to be the main foal point. I even had my true vintage kitty cat wicker purse and tied a blue hair scarf on. The day was very hot…. In the 90s!! Attendees at the car show were so nice and friendly. We took so many pictures and this post has some to give you all an idea of the beautiful cars. It was a really fun classic car show. I can’t wait for next year!!

All pics by my hubby Gary Greco