Pleasanton Weekly

News - March 26, 2010

Goodguys All-American show opens tomorrow

28th annual 'Get-Together' includes 3,000 hot rods, special events

by Jeb Bing

The Goodguys 28th All-American Get-Together opens tomorrow at the Alameda County Fairgrounds for a two-day run that includes more 3,000 hot rods, custom cars, classics, trucks, muscle cars and street machines of all years.

With a forecast of a sunny weekend, John Drummond of the Goodguys organization expects record-high attendance with spectators and show participants jamming downtown streets Saturday and Sunday.

"This is our biggest show spectator-wise because it's the first show of the year," Drummond said. "If it's bright and sunny as it's supposed to be and we get huge crowds, we'll be pleased and so will the restaurants and stores in downtown Pleasanton."

The event will include an automotive swap meet, a cars for sale corral, vendor and manufacturer's exhibits, kids' play area, live entertainment and more, Drummond said.

Competition for the Goodguys West Coast Custom of the Year Award will be another featured attraction with more than 40 highly customized cars from the 1930s through 1972 vintage vehicles to be showcased inside the main building at the fairgrounds. The prestigious award of $1,000 to the winner includes a pewter statuette.

Among the exhibitors will be Josiah Coy of Pleasanton and Corey Perin of Livermore. The two are starting a new custom car business -- Coy & Perin Speed Industries -- in Pleasanton based on what they have seen and learned over the last 15 years attending Goodguys shows at the fairgrounds.

Coy will show his highly acclaimed 1965 Pontiac GTO, which received widespread praise at last year's SEMA convention in Las Vegas.

More than 250 performance automotive companies will exhibit products and hold demonstrations throughout the show. Enthusiasts will get the chance to talk directly with manufacturer representatives, buy automotive related products at special prices and ask consumer related questions.

In addition, several thousand vendors will be on hand in the swap meet selling rare and hard to find automotive equipment. Also at the show will be the Cars for Sale Corral, an outdoor sales arena featuring hundreds of collector cars for sale.

"These range from turn-key ready to drive beauties to "fixer uppers" and everything in between," Drummond said.

Show hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow and from 8 a.m. 4 p.m. Sunday. General Admission is $17 and $6 for those from 7 to 12 years old. Children under 6 years old or under will be admitted free. Parking at the fairgrounds lots is $8.

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