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Pleasanton Weekly

- May 31, 2013

Goodguys plans 20th Summer Get-Together set for this weekend at Fairgrounds

High school teams to compete in tearing down, rebuilding V8 Chevy engine using only hand tools

by Jeb Bing

The Goodguys 20th Summer Get-Together will be held Saturday and Sunday at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, sponsored by Specialty Sales Classics of Pleasanton.

The show will feature American-powered show cars of all years, makes and models.

Headlining the activity will be the all new Hot Rodders of Tomorrow "Engine Challenge." Held for the first time ever at a Goodguys event, the Challenge is a timed competition between two six-member high school teams to see which one can tear down and rebuild a V8 Chevy engine the fastest using only hand tools.

Livermore High School's ROP department will field two teams. Santa Clara's Wilcox High School will also field a team representing Northern California. Katella High, Rancho Alamitos and Calabasas High will represent Southern California. In addition, two teams, Thomas County Central and Peach County high schools, will come from Georgia to compete in the two-day competition.

Joining the mechanical competition will be live music from the Diablo Valley College's "Rhythm, Rock & Blues Review." The live stage performance features 25 bands comprised of music students from the college with rock, jazz, Motown, doo wop and country music. The bands will play live from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Other special attractions during the weekend include a special Muscle-Palooza exhibit inside the Young California building, featuring various styles and genres of Detroit Muscle Cars from the 1960s through contemporary favorites. Inside the Hall of Commerce building will be a special exhibit of custom handmade bicycles from the South Bay's Behind Bars Inc bicycle shop with more than 50 hand-crafted bicycles of all shapes and sizes on display.

Out on the black top, engines will scream during the fast and exciting Goodguys AutoCross competition. Hundreds of cars will compete on the timed course during the weekend in five different competition divisions.

Also new to the event this year is the "Good Beer" garden serving craft beers from local and domestic breweries.

Of course the usual Goodguys gear head fare will be served up including the popular swap meet and cars-for-sale-corral as well as a bevy of manufacturers' exhibits, special parking areas and more. The two-day festival is expected to attract over 2,500 cars as well as a crowd in excess of 50,000.

"Youth will be served indeed," said Goodguys president Marc Meadors. "We're excited to offer these new event activities for younger car enthusiasts at the Summer Get-Together."

"The beauty of a Goodguys Get-Together event format featuring all years, makes and models of show cars is that it appeals to many different generations," he added. "You've got high school kids and grandpa's showing off cars and enjoying the atmosphere together."

The Goodguys 20th Summer Get-Together presented by Specialty Sales Classics runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. General admission is $17, with youths from 7-12 admitted for $6. Fairgrounds parking is $8.

Tickets can be purchased at or at the event. For information by phone, call Goodguys at 838-9876.