Pleasanton Weekly

News - March 28, 2014

80,000 expected at Goodguys car show

32nd annual spring event opens tomorrow at Fairgrounds

by Jeb Bing

As many as 80,000 fans are expected this weekend for the All American Get-Together by the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton.

More than 3,000 classic cars, hot rods and custom cars will be here for the two-day event that starts at 8 a.m. tomorrow.

The 32nd annual event includes the sprawling car show, Goodguys' AutoCross racing program (a timed road course race track on the Fairgrounds blacktop), an expansive automotive swap meet and cars for sale. In addition, hundreds of vendor booths will be open during the show, along with specialty exhibits, food, entertainment, kids' games and a model car show, including free models while supplies last.

Over 150 Tri-Valley-based show cars have entered the event. The Pleasanton based "P-Town Pushrods" will again serve 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" will also be 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. The winner will be crowned Sunday afternoon during the awards ceremony that will start at 3 p.m. The top five finalists will have their vehicles on display Sunday.

This year's field of contestants will be headlined by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member, Metallica front man and Bay Area resident James Hetfield, who is entering his "Black Pearl". The car was built by hand, designed by Hetfield himself. It will join 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 throughout both days. The racing competition is included with a general admission ticket.

The Goodguys show opens at 8 a.m. tomorrow and Sunday. General admission is $17, with children 7-12 admitted for $6. Fairgrounds parking is $8.

Valley residents interested in displaying their own vintage show car can register at the show for $60.

For more information, sign on to the Goodguys website at www.good-guys.com or call 838-9876.

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