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Last day for Good Guys' 17th annual Summer Get Together

Old favorites include Rod and Custom Association's car corral of restored, modified cars at fairgrounds event

From Packards to parts, everything automotive are at the Alameda County Fairground for the final day of this weekend's Good Guys Rod and Custom Association's 17th annual Summer Get Together.

The two-day show features some new events, along with the return of an old favorite. according to Good Guys' spokesman John Drummond.

"The Pleasanton fairgrounds was a hotbed for autocrossing in the 1970s. We're bringing that tradition back," he said. "It's really a hot trend right now. It really adds a lot of motion and excitement to the event."

Autocrossing is a timed performance course testing a driver's skill and their car's limitations.

The Get Together also features a concourse exhibit with the classic cars from the 30s and 40s, larger cars like Packards and Bentleys, being shown by the Northern California Packard Club and the Blackhawk Auto Museum, Drummond said.

Quarter racers will be racing too. Those are one-fourth sized racing machines driven by 5- to 16-year-olds, with speeds up to about 30 miles an hour.

Among the old favorites is the car corral, where restored or modified cars will be available for sale -- everything from a 1923 Ford to a 2010 Camaro, according to Drummond who said the event will also feature a swap meet.

"You can't beat a Good Guys' swap meet and car corral, they're utopia for gearheads," he said. "You can find everything, like door handles for a 1962 Corvair. They're a treasure hunt."

As many as 2,500 hot rods, custom cars, muscle cars and trucks of all years, makes and models are on display, and Drummond said there is kid-style entertainment, too.

"These are family events," he said. "It's great family entertainment and it's affordable."

Tickets are $17, with tickets for children ages 7-12 at $6. They're available at the event or online [www.summergettogether.com here.

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