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Goodguys back today for final show of year

Special events planned for veterans this weekend

A colorful weekend of American cars and patriotism ends today as the Goodguys stages its last event of the year at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton.

The 24th Autumn Get-Together features more than 2,500 classic hot rods, custom cars, and muscle cars.

The show, presented by Specialty Sales Classics, has a patriotic feel, coming just a day ahead of Monday's Veterans Day holiday. Goodguys is offering free admission today to all active and retired service men and women upon presentation of their military photo I.D. at the ticket gates.

Also featured at the event will be a special vintage military vehicle exhibit with a wide variety of military machines from decades past. At noon, special Veterans Day ceremonies will be held at the main stage featuring color guards, brigadier generals and retired veterans from local hospitals.

"All of us at Goodguys salute our military servicemen and women," said Goodguys president Marc Meadors. "Goodguys has always supported our military and veterans since the beginning. My father Gary, our founder, served our country in the 1960s."

"We offer military discounts at all of our events around the country but right here in our backyard we've always tried to reach out to local military and veterans to get them out to the show, enjoy the cars and pay our respects," he added.

Other event features include a special art exhibit with local Bay Area artists specializing in automotive art, a Lowrider car exhibit, a large swap meet with over 1,200 sellers offering vintage clothing, collectibles and vintage auto parts.

Free activities for children and festive music and culinary delights are part of the show.

The Goodguys AutoCross course also is active today, featuring hundreds of cars racing around the course in five categories going for the quickest lap time.

The Goodguys Autumn Get-Together will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today.

General admission is $17 with youths from 7-12 charged $6 and those 6 and under free. Fairgrounds parking costs $8.

For additional information, contact the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association at (925) 838-9876 or visit www.good-guys.com/

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