Goodguys to salute veterans at Autumn Get-Together

Car show to feature thousands of vehicles from across the country

Goodguys Rod and Custom Association is returning to Pleasanton for its final Bay Area show of the year, bringing one of the most eclectic mix of hot rods and other cars the country has to offer with its 29th annual Autumn Get-Together during Veterans Day weekend.

The show will feature over 2,500 American-made or -powered, candy-colored and chromed hot rods, customs, classics, muscle cars and trucks of all years for a two-day extravaganza, with a multitude of events and deals celebrating both active and retired members of the military.

"This event officially ends the Goodguys car show season for hot-rodders all over California and has become one of the must attend events," said Betsy Bennett, communications director for the Goodguys Rod and Custom Association.

"There will be several Veterans Day activities during the event, including the Vettes for Vets a special parking area and parade each day honoring our veterans, the Young American Patriots performing during the event, presentation of the colorguard and more," she added.

For attendees looking for an opportunity to support active military serving overseas, the Pleasanton Military Families will be holding a donation drive at the event Nov. 10 at the Yellow Gate. The drive will be raising funds for the group's pack-out program, which sends care packages to military servicemen and servicewomen stationed overseas.

Officials promise attendees will get a close-up glimpse at how eclectic the modern day hot-rodding scene is, with "acres" of American made hot rods and numerous other vehicles available for viewing.

Hot rods will not be the only type of vehicle on display. Following an autumn theme, the event will feature and inside display of trucks of all types, makes, sizes and colors.

Residents looking to break up a day of car gazing are welcome to revel in the destructive splendor of the Hayward Firefighters Local 1909 Charity Demolition Derby on Nov. 10. The derby will consist of three rounds of driving: Figure 8 Chaos, Full Contact Musical Parking Spots and an All-Out Smash-up. All proceeds will benefit the Hayward Fire Charity Fund.

The Burnout Contest will be returning by popular demand. Attendees will need to save their voice strength for this one, as the champion is crowned by crowd participation.

It wouldn't be a Goodguys show without any races. New to the Autumn Get-Together is the Fall Shootout, a 16-car field race with the winner and runner up qualifying for the "Duel in the Desert" at WestWorld in Scottsdale, Ariz. Racers will take the field both days in Pleasanton.

For those who enjoy the rubber meeting the pavement, Goodguys is once again presenting its AutoCross competition a weekend-long, closed performance race course where vehicle and driver test their speed, agility and skill.

And for the junior hot-rodders, a kids' zone will be available to entertain and introduce them to the wonderful world of cars. It will feature model kits, coloring contests, face-painting, arts and crafts, and other children's games.

Gates are open to the Goodguys 29th Autumn Get-Together presented by CrazyBulk Nov. 10-11 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Alameda County Fairgrounds.

General admission tickets are $20, kids 7-12 are $6, active and retired military members can enter for free with valid ID. Fairgrounds parking is $10. $17 general admission tickets are available at until midnight Nov. 9 only.

Call Goodguys at 838-9876 for more information.

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