While the event starts Thursday with a set-up day and many enthusiasts onsite, the stars, cars and overall excitement get going on Friday. As part of the 40th Anniversary of American Graffiti, patrons can meet Cindy Williams and Candy Clark from the film. Along with Williams and Clark, clone or replica cars of those specific to the 1973 film will be onsite too. These cars along with the stars will be positioned just inside of the vendor gate in an area known as the Family Fun Zone. The zone will not only host these cars and stars, but will also host a special weekend charity cruise-in plus superstars of the racing world, Elaine Larsen and "Big Daddy" Don Garlits.
As the American Graffiti stars go, Cindy Williams is not only known for her role as Lori in that movie, but most notably as Shirley Feeney on Garry Marshall's show Laverne and Shirley. Williams has stayed active both in Hollywood and in the theatre since the end of Laverne and Shirley in 1983. Credits include the sequel to American Graffiti (More American Graffiti) as well as such titles as The Creature Wasn't Nice, UFOria, Big Man on Campus, Rude Awakening, Bingo and most recently, The Last Guy on Earth. TV wise, Williams has been seen on Law & Order Special Victims Unit, Drive, Strip Mall and The Stepford Husbands. Williams also co-starred alongside Jo Anne Worley in a female adaptation of The Odd Couple. Finally, this is Williams second go around with a Carlisle Events weekend, having been part of the Carlisle Chrysler Nationals in 2011.
Candy Clark, who helped spearhead the get together at Zephyrhills, is best known as Toad's girl Debbie in American Graffiti. She and Williams were the two female leads of the film and this is her first time being associated with Carlisle Events. Clark has appeared in multiple films and programs since Graffiti in '73. Like Williams, she reprised her role of Debbie for More American Graffiti, plus was seen in National Lampoon Goes to the Movies, Blue Thunder, Cat's Eye, The Blob, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Zodiac and Criminal Minds. Clark also appeared on the Father Dowling Mysteries show starring Tom Bosley, St. Elsewhere, Matlock and Magnum, P.I.
In addition to the stars, cars and celebrations, Zephyrhills Mayor Danny Burgess has proclaimed Saturday, November 16, as American Graffiti Day. The Mayor will be onsite to offer a special proclamation and honor the cast and their historical significance to the collector car hobby.
The stars will be available Friday through Sunday of the show. A fee may apply for certain autographed items and said fee is at the discretion of the stars. Finally, Clark and Williams will be available daily (Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.).