If the phrase "four-speed dual quad posi-traction 409" means more to you than a line from a Beach Boys' song, you might want to cruise over to the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton today.
Classic American muscle cars from the '60s and early '70s, the ones that inspired a generation of songwriters from Jan and Dean to the Ramones, are on exhibit at the Goodguys show, which closes today. Whether the perfect car tune for you is "Mustang Sally," Ronny and the Daytonas' "GTO," or the Jonathan Edwards' classic "Roadrunner," you'll be in good company.
"Prior to this year the event was only open to 1957 and older vehicles but we wanted to swing open the gates to the muscle cars to welcome more people to this prestigious event," explained John Drummond, Goodguys spokesman. "Muscle cars also appeal to the younger generations so we'll see a lot more young guys showing cars and coming to see the muscle cars."
And, as Chevrolet pointed out in a billboard a few years ago: "They don't write songs about Volvos."
Good guys, good gals to gather
Who: Goodguys Rod & Custom Association
What: 24th West Coast Nationals
When: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Alameda County Fairgrounds, Bernal and Valley avenues, Pleasanton
Attractions: More than 3,500 Rods, Customs & Classics through '72; Swap Meet & Cars 4 Sale Corral; Goodgals Gallery; Hot Rod Seminars;
Kid's Play Area
Special Awards: America's Most Beautiful Street Rod, Muscle Car of the Year, Truck of the Year Early, Goodguys Builders Choice Awards, Street Rodder Top 100 Event and PPG Dream Car.