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Goodguys hosting Autumn Get-Together at Fairgrounds today

20th annual event features more than 2,500 American-powered cars

Gearheads will unite again today at the Alameda County Fairgrounds as the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association holds the second day of its 20th Autumn Get-Together.

A number of events will be featured at the two-day event, which is being headlined by the Street Challenge Autocross, an enclosed electronically timed race course where participants can challenge their cars and their driving skills to see who can run the fastest lap times.

John Drummond, who handles publicity for Goodguys, said the autocross has become a popular feature. He said the fairgrounds has a rich history in autocross. The large paved asphalt parking lot that parallels Bernal Avenue was a hotbed for autocrossers all through the 1970s and a large portion of the 1980s, he said, and were run by the Sports Car Club of America.

In partnership with KITS 105.3FM, Goodguys will be giving away a 1965 Buick. Three Tri-Valley residents are finalists to win the car: Breonna Hartz of Livermore, Larry Rodriguez of Livermore andGerald DeMera of Pleasanton.

More than 2,500 American-powered hot rods, custom cars, classics, trucks, muscle cars and street machines of all years, makes and models will be on display. Also included will be an automotive swap meet and car corral, manufacturer's exhibits, model car show, arts and crafts and kids play area.

The event gates open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15, $6 for children 7-12 and free for those 6 and under. Visit www.good-guys.com for information.

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