Presented by Goodguys of Pleasanton and Flowmaster Mufflers, this year's event looks to be one of the biggest ever, according to Harry Daviess, vice president of event operations for Goodguys.
"Preregistration numbers have been trending up for our events all summer with more pre-entries than ever, meaning we should fill the grounds to capacity," he said. "The West Coast Nationals has cars coming in from 27 different states."
The cars have come to Pleasanton for nearly three decades, some traveling from as far away as the East Coast to take in the sights and sounds of this traditional summer time Tri-Valley event, Daviess added.
Standing right alongside the Goodguys team as event organizers is the P-Town Pushrods car club. Founded locally by Rich Riley in 1994, the club has called Pleasanton home and served as host club for all Goodguys events at the Fairgrounds for the last 20 years. The club has more than 150 members based both here in the Tri-Valley and abroad, including in Australia and New Zealand.
Pushrods members work the car gates, organize special parking areas, and staff the club's fundraising booth as well as help the Goodguys team scout potential award winners.
"We always have a great time with Goodguys in Pleasanton," said club member and liaison Doug Cabral of Tracy. "Being the official host club of the Goodguys West Coast Nationals allows us to stay active in the hobby, interacting with thousands of car guys as well giving back to the community."
In addition to serving as host club for Goodguys, the P-Town Pushrods have their own activities. They escort Livermore Veterans Hospital patients to the Goodguys events and serve them lunch. Each spring, the Pushrods organize a mini car show and barbecue lunch at the hospital. In addition, the club donates funds to Hope Hospice, the National Cancer Society, the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Center and other local Tri-Valley based charities.
This year's show will be special for Pushrod member Cabral, a retired warehouse manager and Vietnam Veteran who for the last decade has served as the main liaison to Goodguys. Last year, his drawing ticket won a customized 1971 Dodge Challenger, which will be presented to him at the weekend show.
"The economy is rebounding and we've seen near record numbers at several events so far this summer," Daviess said. "People love coming to Pleasanton because the the hotels are clean and close by, the restaurants are great and the Fairgrounds is one of the nicest in the country.
"We get some of the nicest cars in the country here," he added. "It's our 'Crown Jewel' event."
While the event is open Friday through Sunday, Saturday, Aug. 24, will be the biggest day. That evening, Goodguys will crown "America's Most Beautiful Street Rod." One of the cars in contention, Ron Cizek's 1940 Ford from Nebraska, is valued at well over $1 million. The weekend will conclude with Sunday's award ceremony.
Event hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. General admission is $18; youths 7-12, $6. Fairgrounds parking is $8. For more information, go to www.good-guys.com or call Goodguys at 838-9876.