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History tells of a wicked weekend where buddy and fellow (motorcycle) racing legend Barry Sheene tallied 33 BA stewardesses lined-up at the door of their Tokyo Hilton suite.

1973 — On the Set of “American Graffiti” — Image by © Sunset Boulevard/Corbis " data-medium-file="https://theselvedgeyard.files.wordpress.com/2011/11/american-graffiti-mels-drive-in1.jpg? w=300" data-large-file="https://theselvedgeyard.files.wordpress.com/2011/11/american-graffiti-mels-drive-in1.jpg? w=700&h=543" width="700" height="543" srcset="https://theselvedgeyard.files.wordpress.com/2011/11/american-graffiti-mels-drive-in1619w, https://theselvedgeyard.files.wordpress.com/2011/11/american-graffiti-mels-drive-in1.jpg? w=150&h=116 150w, https://theselvedgeyard.files.wordpress.com/2011/11/american-graffiti-mels-drive-in1.jpg? w=300&h=233 300w" sizes="(max-width: 700px) 100vw, 700px" /Shot of Mel’s drive-in from the 1973 classic, “American Graffiti” — Image by © Sunset Boulevard/Corbis Mel’s drive-in was actually out of business, and was reopened just for the filming of American Graffiti– then promptly demolished after filming was finished.

American Graffiti was George Lucas’ semi-autobiographical teenage tale (Lucas grew up in Modesto, CA during the heyday of cruising and hot rods) that starred a treasure trove of young talent– Harrison Ford, Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Cindy Williams, Mackenzie Phillips, and the list goes on.

It also created a huge resurgence in American 1950’s & 1960’s culture– inspiring a long string of films and TV shows, most notably “Happy Days.” Hot Rod magazine even listed the ’55 Chevy and ’32 Ford deuce coupe (the true stars of the film) at the top of their list of most influential hot rods of all time.

Paul Le Mat in the George Lucas’ 1973 classic car film, “American Graffiti.” George Lucas had the license plate on the ’32 Ford hot rod read: THX-138.

This was a reference to THX-1138, his 1971 sc-fi flick.

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