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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Pinup Girls and Classic Car Shows – Tips You Need to Know

Yasmina Greco Pinup Model Peggy Sue Hold onto your petticoats, ladies and gents! May is upon us, and it’s time to rev up those engines for a parade of spectacular classic car shows! For all you Pinup-loving Rockabilly gals, this is your chance to don those vibrant dresses, strut in high heels, rock those victory rolls, flaunt the perfect cat eye, and flash that siren-red smile. It’s time for the ultimate picture-taking extravaganza!

Yasmina Greco Rockabilly Pinup Vintage Model

  1. A classic car is a treasure!! Owners of classic cars poor their blood, sweat, and tears into restoring them, not mention they’re hard earned dollars. These are incredible automobiles that are a symbol of a bygone era. Plan your outfits carefully. Many times you will be right up next to these cars and you do not want to have any beads, chains, or purses with metal, or high heels that can touch the car as it will scratch it and that is not allowed. Also, keep in mind that many car shows are family friendly so dress appropriately and keep it tasteful like the classy gal you are. Always ask if you can take a photo next to the car…some shows the owners sit right next to them and other shows the owners are a mile away under the trees for shade. But, if an owner is close by, always ask. Sometimes they will even let you sit inside the car and take photos. Being kind and curious goes a very long way!!

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Car Show Season: Polka Dots and Cherries

One of my most favorite times of the year is when summer starts and car show season is in full swing. Thinking up outfits to wear and how to style them is so much fun. I like to keep it classic with retro polka dots and sweet red cherries. Polka dots by far are my first choice for classic car shows as they are so fun, cheerful, and easy to style and really pop in photos.

Here are some pics from two recent car show my hubby and I attended. In the first group I decided to wear my Hell Bunny Mariam swing dress in aqua blue polka dots.  The dress is a halter style so you can tie it to your comfort. I ordered the dress in a 2XL to fit my full bust and it is roomy and I was not squished at all. The Mariam is a longer dress so I also added a longer petticoat for some flair. The dress is incredibly comfortable and has elastic in the back so again, it can stretch to accommodate your figure and the skirt is amazing… a very full circle skirt!! The color too is beautiful in aqua blue.  It also comes in many other colors.  The dress is a bit va-va-va-voomy too! I received so many compliments.

The day was a bit cool (surprisingly as we recently had a heat wave) so I thought a pop of red would be nice by adding a cardigan, belt and my vintage purse and red hair scarf. The car show itself is to benefit the local senior center but has a turn out of over 200 cars!! In these pics above you see my favorites that include:  1959 Cadillac Coupe Deville (those fabulous taillights) VW Bus, Thunderbird, and a 1956 Buick Stations Wagon.
The next group of pics is from the recent Peggy Sue 2017 Classic Car Show. This show is a big one!! It was our second time attending the show. There is also a big cruise in downtown with all the cars once the show is over. The weather again was a little cool (last year we almost got a heatstroke at the show). I had a tough time deciding what to wear to Peggy Sue. I opted for my favorite Cherry dress from Pinup Girl Clothing called the Molly. This dress is also one of my very first Pinup dresses so it is very sentimental to me. And, since cherries are red, I had to pair it with my red cardigan, red necklace, red purse and red hair scarf. This dress too is a bit longer but has a va-va-va-voomy neckline with some adjustable straps so you can wear it as high or low as you like.  I wear all my Pinup Girl Clothing dresses in 2XL and the dress fits exactly to measurements. The little red bow on the dress is such a darling touch too!!

This show is a lot of fun. People are super friendly and it didn’t take long at all (we just walked in and started walking down a row) when several people came rushing over to us for to take pictures and have us pose with their cars. Non-stop compliments too!! It is so fun getting to meet fans and enthusiasts at these shows.

Peggy Sue also has their Pinup contest and the girls looked so pretty. I know it can be intimidating for new Pinups to enter a contest and be on stage but they were all great. And, can I say that they all had the BEST hair… I wish I had snapped some pics for you all. These girls can really do fabulous victory rolls!!  The event took place at the fairgrounds this year, which was a nice change from last year as there were soft patches of grass to walk through this year and not asphalt.

We got to meet the owner of the incredible 1940s GMC completely restored fire truck.  He talked us through all the love that went into making it great again. The pumps even work!!  It was so fun seeing the Chevy Impalas (they have great fins and taillights too) the turquoise blue Thunderbird was gorgeous, the Chevy Belairs are always stunning, the Ford Fairlanes have so much style and the Hot Rods and Trucks, there were really so many beautiful cars!! This show is amazing!!

Next weekend is the Father’s Day car show… I have an outfit in mind… stay tuned for pictures and a full write up of that one!!

Big thank you to my hubby Gary for all the fabulous pictures!! We have so much working together on pics and at the shows.





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


Review: Heart of Haute Beverly Dress in Serenity at the Classic Car Show

Yasmina Greco in Heart of Haute Pinup Beverly Dress - -Serenity - Vintage Ford Fairlane

Yasmina Greco in Heart of Haute Pinup Beverly Dress – -Serenity – Vintage Ford Fairlane

The local classic car show was approaching and the minute I received this Heart of Haute dress in my favorite Beverly cut in the feminine Serenity pattern I knew exactly what I would be wearing. I would surely standout being ultra ladylike and pretty in this gorgeous dress.

Finding vintage inspired dresses is not always easy when you are a curvy girl with a full bust (I am a G cup). Dresses with rounded necklines in particular are not easy to fit into, as they tend to squish the bust. But, the Beverly dress far surpasses any doubts and the fit is perfection!! Heart of Haute knows how to dress a lady and their designs look fabulous on a variety of body shapes.

Yasmina Greco in Heart of Haute Beverly Pinup Dress - Serenity- Vintage Airstream Bubble Trailer

Yasmina Greco in Heart of Haute Beverly Pinup Dress – Serenity- Vintage Airstream Bubble Trailer

I paired my pretty Beverley dress with a simple pink petticoat for a bit of added flair at the car show, some comfy wedges and my parasol. The colors of the Serenity dress are incredible with Asian Phi flowers that pick up pinks, corals, and soft blush orange with a highlighted gilt gold center. You can pair this dress with pink or coral or blush and even white works well and sets off the pattern and colors perfectly. The dress has a full swing skirt and empire waist with princess seams to fit the body and hug your curves. The round collar with cute bow tie adds the perfect touch of elegance and femininity. Heart of Haute knows it’s all about the details that really set off a dress. The dress zips up the back and has a tie. I am wearing the Beverley dress in Serenity in a size 1X and I think you’ll agree that it looks stunning on me, 🙂

Yasmina Greco Heart of Haute Pinup Beverly Dress -Serenity- Chevy Belair

Yasmina Greco Heart of Haute Pinup Beverly Dress -Serenity- Chevy Belair

The day at the classic car show was a scorcher… over 90 degrees!! The Beverly dress is made of 100% cotton so it can effortlessly be worn in the hot months easily. This pretty dress is a dream in the spring and can take you through autumn and winter with the addition of a cardigan, sweet sweater or coat. I received so many compliments and posed for many pictures!! This is my second Beverly dress, as I own the Hydrangea pattern as well. I wear these beautiful dresses to work so they are perfect for work wear, dinner, and weekends. Your always well dressed, put together, and feminine wearing your Beverly dress, it is a wardrobe essential!!

Yasmina Greco in Heart of Haute Beverly Pinup Dress - Serenity- Vintage Ford Thunderbird

Yasmina Greco in Heart of Haute Beverly Pinup Dress – Serenity- Vintage Ford Thunderbird

Heart of Haute is a quality brand owned and operated by mother-daughter team of Teresa and Mandie Becker in California. All clothing is made in the USA and is vintage inspired. You can find dresses, skirts, tops, sweaters and accessories at this fabulous shop. Customer service is dynamite and your orders are shipped quickly and packaged with great care. Heart of Haute regularly has new items (dresses, skirts, tops, accessories) that will surely have you lusting for their latest collections and you can be confident knowing you’ll look like a gorgeous bombshell every time!!

Yasmina Greco in Heart of Haute Beverly Pinup Dress - Serenity- Vintage Chevy Belair Turquoise Blue