The Goodguys will end its two-day 19th annual Summer Get-Together at 4 p.m. today at the Alameda County Fairgrounds where more than 2,500 classic American muscle cars and souped up hot rods are on display.
The colorful cars, painted in a variety of candy hues with layers of chrome, showcase a glimpse into yesteryear when American automobiles were made of steel, had carburetors and could be worked on in the driveway, said Goodguys spokesman John Drummond.
The magical and unique quality of a Goodguys "Get-Together" is that any American made or American powered car can exhibit, no matter how old or in some cases, how new they are, he added.
He said that the Goodguys events are the perfect platform to showcase modern era muscle machines like the new era Ford Mustang, Dodge Challenger and Chevy Camaro just to name a few. It's no secret that Detroit's "big three" have made a strong push to reconnect consumers to the muscle cars of the '60s and '70s.
By welcoming new generations of cars and car enthusiasts to their events, the Pleasanton-based Goodguys Rod & Custom Association has seen a surge in both attendance and buzz.
"We're seeing generations of car guys and gals able to come out and show their cars together as a family," said Harry Daviess, the event director. "All Goodguys are car guys at heart. The 'Get-Together' format broadens the scope of our events allowing as many as six or seven generations of car people to participate in a an event."
Another buzz-worthy topic these days in the vintage car scene is the re-birth of the vintage American muscle car, Daviess noted. The latest trend is blending race track technology into muscle cars from the 1960s and '70s.
Adding race engines, race suspensions and flashy bright paint jobs to big bodied, V8 powered relics is all the rage. Besides showing and displaying them at events like the Summer Get-Together, event participants are more than willing to flog them around an AutoCross course to "see what they'll do." In most cases the results are astounding.
"The American muscle car is a whole new breed," said Ed Capen of Goodguys, an industry authority on AutoCross.
"AutoCross was a very popular activity for sports cars like MG's, Datsuns, Lotus and Mazdas in the 1970s," he said. "It was a sports car activity sanctioned by the Sports Car Club of America."
"Now muscle cars and street machines are right in the mix," he added. "We've seen interest in AutoCrossing explode in recent years at our events. At the Summer Get-Together demand will be so high we expect at least 400 to make runs in the AutoCross."
In addition to the cars, the Summer Get-Together offers other automotive-themed activities for the family. A used parts automotive swap meet will join a special "cars for sale corral" where automotive treasure hunters can seek out hard to find parts and buy and/or sell the car of their dreams.
Inside the exhibit buildings will be a Concourse-style show featuring stock, original cars like Packards, Bentleys and Duesenbergs from the 1930s and '40s. A special "Brush Bash" featuring local pin stripe artist's will offer hand painted items and the Tri-Valley Quarter Midgets -- a youth racing program will perform exhibitions on an oval track.
Another show highlight will be a custom bicycle exhibit. Bay Area-based Bicycle fabricators and enthusiast's "Boogie" Breiz and Dominick Guida, proprietors of Behind Bars Inc., a full service custom bicycle fabrication shop in San Jose, CA have pulled together the unique exhibit which will feature over 50 one-of-a-kind custom bikes. The exhibit will be held inside the Hall of Commerce Building. This marks the first time Goodguys has featured a bicycle exhibit at an event.
The Goodguys 19th Summer Get-Together presented by J Rockcliff Realtors is open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. General admission is $17; kids 7-12 are $6, while 6 and under are free. Fairgrounds parking fee is $8. For additional event information, contact the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association at 838-9876 or visit www.good-guys.com.