The Goodguys 22nd Summer Get-Together ends its two-day run Sunday at the Pleasanton Fairgrounds in a show that's attracting thousands of hot rods, custom and classic car aficianados.
New this year is a display of the custom bicycles. Coordinated by Behind Bars, Inc. out of San Jose, the exhibit is a gallery of all things with handle bars with an array of one of a kind bicycles of all shapes, colors, and sizes. The bikes are predominantly handmade, custom painted and chrome plated. More than 30 custom bicycles will be on display all weekend long.
Still, the focus is on the more than 2,500 candy colored and chromed cars trucks of all years, all American made and powered
The show, which is the first of summer car events in the state, gives fans a close-up glimpse of just how eclectic the modern day hot rodding scene is. It's a trip back in time for many with the sight of yesteryear's' cars all in one place.
For those who have the need for speed, the shrill sound of rubber meeting pavement will fill the air as competitors meet in the Goodguys AutoCross, a closed performance race course. Vehicle speed and driving agility will be the challenge in weekend-long contests, with AutoCross Shootout finals qualifying at each event. The top AutoCrosser will compete in the special Duel in the Desert the final Shootout Nov. 21 at the 18th Southwest Nationals.
For those who need to do some shopping for a project, the Goodguys show midway features multi-million-dollar custom big rig tractor trailers (a show in and of themselves) offering high-performance parts and accessories to budding hot rodders and do-it-yourselfers. The midway also offers a chance to interact directly with manufacturers.
Also at the show is a used car parts swap meet and Auto Trader Classics car corral. There are activities for kids, too, including a model car program sponsored by Revell that sends them home with their own model kit.
The Goodguys Summer Get-Together gates are open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. General admission is $20, and $6 for youths 7-12. Alameda County Fairgrounds parking is $10.