Muscle car madness: Goodguys showcase back in Pleasanton this weekend

26th annual Summer Get-Together promises to be 'a car lover’s dream'

Goodguys car shows mean a huge collection of cars for viewing, including the above 1967 Chevrolet Camaro which can be found at the event's muscle car display. (photo courtesy Goodguys)

Muscle car madness is heading to the Alameda County Fairgrounds this weekend when the Goodguys 26th Summer Get-Together returns, starting off the summer car show season with a bang.

Brought to Pleasanton by the Goodguys Rod and Custom Association, this year's summer show will feature fan favorite events such as the Nitro Thunderfest dragster exhibition, a huge collection of vendor exhibits, the swap meet, cars for sale, music, food and of course special exhibits showcasing everything good in the world of the American muscle car.

"Acres of American-made and -powered hot rods, customs, classics, trucks g-machines and more glistening with candy colors will sprawl through the scenic Alameda County Fairgrounds. It is a trip back in time for many," Goodguys spokesperson Betsy Bennett said in a statement. "The sight of all those cars in one place is a car lover's dream."

A series well-known to most Pleasanton residents -- as well as car lovers throughout the country -- Goodguys car shows are typically held several times a year at the fairgrounds, a tradition that goes back more than 25 years. These events have become increasingly popular with car enthusiasts over the years, and each event packs in thousands of people from all across the country.

This popularity is curated through intense high-stakes events such as the Goodguys Muscle Car AutoCross Shootout presented by Spectre Performance, which will be held throughout the weekend on the AutoCross track. Drivers will square off against each other with the winner being crowned the West Coast Muscle Car champion.

The winner of each eight-car shootout will go directly into the field for the "Duel in the Desert" competition in Scottsdale, Ariz. at the Goodguys 22nd Southwest Nationals in November.

Car lovers from throughout the Bay Area who attend the event may be surprised to hear how many attendees come for the cars, but stay for the bicycles. Returning alongside the Get-Together is a collection of special events and exhibits that will showcase a spectacular array of bicycles of all shapes, colors and sizes. A popular bike event is the Cruiser-Rama coordinated by San Jose's Behind Bars, an art gallery of all things with handlebars.

Other popular events set to return include the Burnout Competition, multimillion-dollar custom big rig tractor trailers, a giant used car parts swap meet, the Auto Trader Classics car corral and a model car program for the kiddos sponsored by Auto World Store.

Gates to the Goodguys 26th Summer Get-Together are open Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. General admission is $25, kids 7-12 $10. Active and retired military will receive a $5 off general admission discount with military ID card. Parking at the fairgrounds is $10.

Visit to purchase event tickets or to register a show car.

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