Goodguys All-American show continues today at Fairgrounds

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

The Goodguys 28th All-American Get-Together continues today from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Alameda County Fairgrounds with more than 3,000 hot rods, custom cars, classics, trucks, muscle cars and street machines of all years on display.

"This is our biggest show spectator-wise because it's the first show of the year," said John Drummond of the Goodguys organization. "It's bright and sunny weekend and we're getting huge crowds."

Also pleased are downtown restaurants and merchants that saw streets jammed as Goodguys show spectators and exhibitors took breaks during the show Saturday or last night to spend time downtown.

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

Competition for the Goodguys West Coast Custom of the Year Award is 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 are be Josiah Coy, 22, of Pleasanton and Corey Perin, 34, of Livermore. The two have opened 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 is showing 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 are exhibiting products and holding demonstrations throughout the show. Enthusiasts 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 are on hand in the swap meet selling rare and hard to find automotive equipment. Also at the show is 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.

General Admission to the Goodguys 28th All-American Get-Together is $17 and $6 for those from 7 to 12 years old. Children under 6 years old or under are admitted free. Parking at the fairgrounds lots is $8.

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Posted by Melody
a resident of Downtown
on Mar 25, 2010 at 4:05 pm

Sounds great but a little too pricy.

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Posted by Cheapskate
a resident of Del Prado
on Mar 25, 2010 at 4:17 pm

Anyone know of discount tickets available anywhere?

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Posted by PleasantonMom
a resident of Ironwood
on Mar 26, 2010 at 8:35 am

No need to pay the high price, just go downtown tonight. They cruise main street Friday night before the show

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Posted by Cruiser
a resident of Del Prado
on Mar 26, 2010 at 3:21 pm

Very pricy indeed. $17 + $8 for parking says that they might have just over-extended their reach in this recession environment. Cmon goodguys...what are you thinking?

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Posted by Bongoman
a resident of San Ramon
on Mar 26, 2010 at 3:54 pm

They've got to be kidding! $17 for adults (including my 16 and 13 year old boys) plus $8 for parking. I've gone in the past but it was never this expensive.

Sorry Good Guys but you've become a little too greedy.

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Posted by Linda
a resident of Canyon Meadows
on Mar 28, 2010 at 8:24 am

I hate this show - the traffic down Valley yesterday was horrible.

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Posted by Parent
a resident of Del Prado
on Mar 28, 2010 at 5:11 pm

I hate the good guy shows. There was an awful accident at the exit of the driving range. People racing out of the fair to make the light TBone'd a golfer coming out. Yahoo's running stop signs. Where are the police? People leaving their cars for sale on side streets attracting unwanted traffic. I don't care how much tax money we get. These folks jeopardize people lives.

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Posted by Wesley
a resident of Castlewood
on Mar 29, 2010 at 5:49 am

Do they track attendance at these things? It looked like a lot more people were at this one than any I've seen at the fairgrounds previously. Maybe the economy really is improving.

Also, are these people all hard of hearing? The percentage of jerks blasting their music for everyone in the county to hear seemed quite high.

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Posted by P-Town cyclist
a resident of Del Prado
on Mar 29, 2010 at 1:31 pm

I ride my bicycle down Valley every Saturday and Sunday to get to Bernal and this show brought the worst traffic jams at Valley/Bernal I've seen. I did see a police officer who appeared to be manually operating the traffic lights. I guess our police dept. think a backup on our streets (which included blocking turn lanes) is better than a backup of cars in a straight line down 680?

I like the car show... brings revenue to the city, but they HAVE GOT TO FIGURE OUT the flow of traffic into the fairgrounds!

btw, I also waited in traffic in my car in front of the Shell station on Valley/Bernal. Cars pulling out of the station were blocking the right turn lane onto Bernal.... and yes, that turn lane was empty.

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