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Goodguys returning to fairgrounds next weekend

Pleasanton poised for final car show of summer

Get ready for the sounds of engines roaring and the smell rubber hitting pavement, because the Goodguys Rod and Custom Association is returning to Pleasanton next weekend (Aug. 23-25) for a weekend full of cool cars, cool people and good times.

The Goodguys 33rd West Coast Nationals presented by BASF is set to return to the Alameda County Fairgrounds, where more than 3,500 street rods, customs, muscle cars and trucks made through 1972 from all over the United States can be viewed during the fairgrounds' last car show of the summer.

"Participants all over the U.S. will make the annual pilgrimage to the 'must attend' event on the annual Goodguys schedule," Goodguys spokeswoman Betsy Bennett said. "At the 33rd West Coast Nationals presented by BASF fans will get a close-up glimpse of just how eclectic the modern-day hot-rodding scene is ... It is a trip back in time for many. The sight of all those cars in one place is a car lover's utopia."

Bennett added that the core message of Goodguys is just having a fun time with good people and cool cars. From the curious local resident looking for a fun weekend activity to the hardcore enthusiast on the hunt for their dream ride, the Goodguys car show aims to boast an environment for car lovers of all stripes.

Headlining the weekend's festivities is the West Coast AutoCross Shootout presented by FiTech. The popular race will feature drivers competing on a closed performance racecourse, testing their vehicles speed and handling for the enjoyment of the crowd.

The fastest 16 cars will compete in two eight-car Shootouts on Saturday, with the winner of each shootout winning a ticket to the 2019 AutoCross Finale (the Duel in the Desert) held in Scottsdale, Ariz., in November.

Next weekend's car show will also feature the return of popular events and activities such as the Nitro Thunderfest, kids corner, featuring multi-million-dollar custom big rig tractor trailers exhibit, swap meet and car corral, and the BASF America's Most Beautiful Street Rod award, as well as food booths and musical entertainment.

General admission tickets are $25, kids 7-12 pay $10. Goodguys members and active or retired military members who have their military ID receive $5 off general admission price. Fairgrounds parking is $10.

The Goodguys 33rd Coast Nationals presented by BASF gates are open next Friday (Aug. 23) and Saturday (Aug. 24) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday (Aug. 25) 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave. For more information, visit www.good-guys.com.

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