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Batmobile to be featured at Goodguys car show

Others include custom roadsters owned by Metallica singer, Oakland Raider

If being in the presence of a bevy of custom and classic cars is your forte, this weekend will be like going to the promised land.

Not only is the Goodguys All American Get-Together, in its 27th year, going to be in town for a two-day extravaganza, but among the hundreds of cars to be shown include the original Batmobile, the "Capone," owned by Oakland Raider Robert Gallery and two cars owned by Metallica frontman and Bay Area resident James Hetfield.

The Batmobile, one of only two cars built for the television series starring Adam West, was designed and constructed by George Barris, who builds cars for a number of Hollywood movies, according to Goodguys spokesman John Drummond.

"It's probably one of the most famous cars ever built," he said.

The Batmobile, which will be on display near the clocktower at the Alameda County Fairgrounds, was a last-minute addition to the show.

Mike Gray of Advanced Restorations, who restored the car, had a show fall through the same weekend in Seattle.

Aside from the Batmobile, another draw will be cars owned by other celebrities. Hetfield will display his 1937 Ford he calls the "Crimson Ghost," and a 1956 Ford custom pickup truck. Gallery will present his new 1954 Cadillac he calls "Capone," after Al Capone. Those cars will be in the Young California building at the fairgrounds.

There will also be more than 3,000 American-powered thousand cars of all years, makes and models. Drummond said Goodguys is expecting upwards of 70,000 people to turn out.

"Everyone's got cabin fever," he said. "It's the first real warm spring weekend of the year and people are looking to get out."

Drummond said the car club hasn't seen a dropoff in attendance due to the economy. In fact, it's been the opposite.

"The first show of the year was March 14 in Orange County and attendance was actually up 7 percent from 2008," he said.

The reason?

"People are looking for local, affordable family entertainment," he said. "This show is recession-proof because it's an affordable ticket. A movie costs $12 and for $3 more, you can go to the Goodguys show for eight hours, looking at cars, people watching, being part of a real big event."

The All American Get-Together is one of four annual shows held in Pleasanton, estimated by the Tri-Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau to bring $10 million in tax revenue to the region.

At the show, Goodguys will have a contest to win a vintage 1965 Buick Le Sabre muscle car. The winner will be announced at the Nov. 14 show. There will also be a swap meet and a cars for sale corral.

The show will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15 for adults, $6 for children ages 7-12 and free for children 6 and under. Parking is $8. For information, call 838-9876 or visit www.good-guys.com.

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