'American Graffiti' night to feature two of film's actors

By: Brad Smith Telegraph Correspondent
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If you’re walking down Sutter Street this Saturday night and think you’re having a flashback to “American Graffiti” — well, you are. Courtesy of the Cappuccino Cruisers Classic Car Club, people will be able to see a number of classic roadsters, listen to old time rock n’ roll and have a good time from 2 to 8 p.m. Ray Marchese, the group’s events director, said this is the second year of having a downtown event in Folsom. “We’re really looking forward to this year’s event,” Marchese said. “It’s going to be a good one.” The group got its start 15 years ago when Marchese and other classic car owners had heard that a local coffee shop wanted to do a classic car show. “A few of us went to the shop and we did put a show together,” Marchese said. “We (the classic car owners) had such a great time working together that we decided to form a club.” The car club doesn’t have officers or an actual leadership, he said. “With some groups — when you have officers — you have people vying for control of the group,” Marchese said. “And, then people lose sight of what being in the group is all about. We want to have fun, not drama.” Since then, the club has been putting on classic car shows all over northern California. Membership has grown and so has the number of cars. The club has helped with fundraising events, raising a total of more than $40,000 over the last few years. A few years ago, Marchese, his wife, Chris, and a few other club members were at the Mel’s Diner in Reno, discussing future events. “We really wanted to do something special in the Folsom area,” Marchese said. “We didn’t know what. Then, we started looking around at the diner and it hit us. ‘American Graffiti,’ Folsom style. The answer was in front of us the whole time.” Last year’s event drew in more than 300 cars and hundreds of attendees, he said. “I’m hoping to see an increase in both cars and attendance this year.” Marchese said dozens of vendors have already signed on and more could be expected in the last days before the event starts. Music will be provided by DJs and two bands, the River City Boogie band and the Proxy Band. And, in keeping with the ‘American Graffiti’ theme, two of the film’s stars will be appearing at the Saturday night event. Candy Clark (Debbie Dunham) and Bo Hopkins (Joe) will be on hand to meet attendees. “It’s going to be a great show,” Marchese said. “A lot of people in Folsom have asked if we were coming back. Oh, yeah, we’ll be back and everyone’s going to have a great time.” For more information visit or call Ray Marchese at (916) 804-4697.