Graffiti Night to sizzle on Sutter Street

By: Margaret Snider, Telegraph Correspondent
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Expect to step back in time as Sutter Street is transformed into something more akin to the 1950s or ‘60s during Graffiti Night this Saturday. The Cappuccino Cruisers Classic Car Club is holding the event on Sutter Street for the third year in a row. More than 300 custom and restored classic cars are expected to participate from all over Northern California and Nevada. There will be more than 50 vendors, a live band playing music from 1950s, ’60s and ’70s. There is a raffle with many items being raffled off, including a set of tires, according to event organizers. “With Sutter Street being a brand-new look, we decided it was time for a little bit of a change,” said Ray Marchese, founder, event coordinator and disc jockey of Cappuccino Cruisers. The Fort Sutter Antique Motorcycle Club will display motorcycles from the 1960s and earlier. “We’re going to have the oldies rock ‘n roll DJs from the popular radio stations,” said Cruisers’ member Cynthia Beard, who is helping out with the event. Among the DJs are Martin Ashley, also known as The Wonder Rabbit, and Big Jim Hall. There will also be dragster cars and a live band near Wool Street. The club is also paying tribute to a special group of gentlemen: Joe Bailon, the creator of Candy Apple Red, Dick Bertolucci, famous for body and paint work in Sacramento for the last 61 years, the Barris Brothers who created custom cars for the movies, and Harold Bagdasarian. “If it weren’t for Harold,” Marchese said, “Sacramento Autorama wouldn’t be.” The Cappuccino Cruisers came into existence 16 years ago. “The Coffee Republic across the river had an ad in the paper (that) they wanted to do something to bring in business,” Marchese said. He and his wife Chris had some experience with other social organizations and said they could do that. “I immediately got a flyer put together, we started seeing that anybody in a parking lot that had a classic car went home with a flyer,” Marchese said. They gathered together some interested people and started thinking about ground rules. “When politics gets added to things, fun usually flies out the window quite fast,” Marchese said. “So it was agreed there would be no officers, no membership dues. As long as we could float what we needed and wanted to do with the help of sponsors, that’s exactly what we would do and the result or the product of what we do, we would try and give back to the community.” Over the years they achieved much more than they ever expected. “Between the value of canned food, toys from our Christmas toy runs, and actual money from events, over $100,000 has gone back into the community,” Marchese said. Proceeds from this Graffiti Night will benefit Twin Lakes Food Bank, Folsom Zoo, Folsom Mounted Patrol and Mercy Hospital of Folsom. “We’ve had great turnout and so much great positive feedback,” Beard said. “It really should be fun and it will bring lots of business to Sutter Street businesses.” Geno Bartley has been a member for 12 years and owns a 1929 Ford Model A that will be on display at Graffiti Night, as well as an old-fashioned gas pump. “I used to draw this car on the book covers when I was in school,” said Bartley. “Like in sixth grade, you used to cover your books with the bags from the grocery store? Took me until I was in my 50s to afford (the actual car).” * * * Graffiti Night Classic Car Show Who: Cappuccino Cruisers Classic Car Club When: Showtime is noon to 8 p.m. Saturday Where: Folsom Historic District, Sutter Street, from 600 to 900 block Admission: Free to spectators Registration Cost for Cars: Pre-registration $25, Registration on the day, 8 a.m. to noon $35