Clear skies with a forecast for at least one rain-less day promise to give car enthusiasts a beetter day as the 32nd annual All American Get-Together by the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association comes to an end today.
The show opens at 8 a.m. at the Alameda County Fairgrounds with more than 3,000 classics cars, hot rods and custom cars here along with hundreds of vendor booths, specialty exhibits, food, entertainment, kids' games and a model car show, including free models while supplies last.
The sprawling car show also features an AutoCross racing program (a timed road course race track on the Fairgrounds blacktop), an expansive automotive swap meet and cars for sale.
Over 150 Tri-Valley-based show cars have entered the event. The Pleasanton based "P-Town Pushrods" are again serving as the event's host club, working closely with the Goodguys event staff to ensure the gates operate as smoothly as possible. The Livermore based "Altamont Cruisers" are also active participants in the event, showing a wide array of older hot rods and 1970s muscle cars.
Sedans and coupes from 1936 to 1972 are the theme of this spring's event, with these vintage, custom cars competing for the Goodguys 2014 Custom Car of the Year award, a prestigious national prize. The winner will be crowned this afternoon during the awards ceremony that starts at 3 p.m. The top five finalists will have their vehicles on display today.
This year's field of contestants is headlined by Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member Metallica front man and Bay Area resident James Hetfield, who has entered his "Black Pearl". The car was built by hand, designed by Hetfield, himself. It is joining close to 50 other exotic custom cars in contention for the top prize with all the cars to be exhibited together inside the Young California building.
The Goodguys AutoCross racing track will be in action again today. The racing competition is included with a general admission ticket.
General admission for the show is $17, with children 7-12 admitted for $6. Fairgrounds parking is $8.
For more information, sign on to the Goodguys Web site at www.good-guys.com or call (925) 838-9876.