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Hot Rod Cruise/Downtown Car Show

Original post made by Derek, Mission Park, on Jan 23, 2012

I think Pleasanton should allow a few downtown car show/cruises this summer. One of those deals where they close down main street and have an event. I think it would be great. People could park their hot rods or motorcycles by the curb and socialize. It would boost the business of shops downtown.

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Posted by Jack
a resident of Mohr Park
on Jan 23, 2012 at 3:13 pm

They did that during the West Coast Nationals years back. Then the city made it to difficult. They didn't want to put on extra people to handle the crowds, or bring in porta Johns etc and then there was the liability issues. The local car club, the P Town Pushrods used to do most of the work and it was a cool event.
Then the city just made it to difficult so they stopped.
To bad, because it was a great event and brought lots of business to downtown.

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Posted by Dan
a resident of Bridle Creek
on Jan 23, 2012 at 8:24 pm

Although not into cars much, when my wife and I first moved to Pleasanton 12 years ago they closed main street down during one of the Good Guys convention and the various car clubs got to show off their cars all along the street. It was wonderful and even my picky wife loved it. They haven't done it since.

For the life of me I cannot understand why Pleasanton doesn't do more of these shows or even better, throw in an Art and Wine festival along the lines of Palo Alto or Mountain View.

If you want to draw more patrons to downtown businesses, hold more events downtown. Doesn't take a marketing genius (or outside consultants) to figure that out.


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Posted by A Neighbor
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 23, 2012 at 9:31 pm

The problem with the downtown events coinciding with Goodguys shows/swap meets is the crowds come to the freebie events downtown and skip the ticketed events at the fairgrounds. Overall, Alameda county is the biggest loser, Pleasanton police the second biggest loser and independent parts vendors at the swap meets the third biggest losers.

While it may provide more entertainment for the casual local car watcher, for real enthusiasts, which is what Goodguys is all about, the events need to stay solely at the fairgrounds to survive.

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Posted by SteveP
a resident of Parkside
on Jan 24, 2012 at 8:44 am

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Maybe the answer is a more informal, smaller gathering, so as to stay under the radar of those unwilling to support activities downtown. When I was much younger, we used to cruise East 14th st in San Leandro and Fremont Blvd. to show off our cars and meet other people. It was a lot of fun and while there were some issues with folks who couldn't behave themselves (as there always are with larger groups) the local businesses benefitted from the increased traffic.

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Posted by DB
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Jan 25, 2012 at 9:14 am

The Hot August Nights car shows on main street were great, but the Good Guys complained that it detracted from their business at the fairgrounds and put an end to the activity, and of course the Mayor and Council went along with it rather than doing what the citizens want.

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Posted by Mike Cheney
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jan 25, 2012 at 9:21 am

We used to have cruse nights here in Pleasanton, Livermore & Fremont. They were a blast! But like all things that are good, the numbers of people got to be too much and things got out of hand. The cities band the cruising and made it crime to do it. I think that if it was a grass roots social media thing and the numbers were kept in check, it could be a really good thing. BUT! Like all things in human nature, we strive to make it bigger and "better" and it gets out of control. I have a nice 70 GTO that I would love to cruise and show off so I love the idea.


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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Jan 25, 2012 at 10:11 am

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If we allow cruising down Main St., the teens will do it too. Maybe that's a good opportunity to bring on the drug sniffing dogs. Sorry, couldn't resist.

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Posted by The Fun Police
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 25, 2012 at 6:35 pm

It all sounds innocent enough. First it's cruising classic cars down Main St., next thing you know it'll lead to dancing, loud music, coffee after 7:00PM, dogs and cats living together... mass hysteria!

If the police can't control it or arrest you for it or if it offends the "1950's-esque" neo-fascist sensibilities of the P-Town Helicopter Mommies you just gotta know that this would never get one inch off the ground or a half a block down Main St.

The Fun Police have spoken, you will conform!

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Posted by Mal
a resident of Del Prado
on Jan 25, 2012 at 9:31 pm

Wasn't that many years ago that we closed down main street, allowed all the classics and hot rods to park downtown, and filled the streets with people having a good time and spending money locally, then somebody figured out that they could do the same thing at the fairgrounds gouge those same people for parking and entrance fees and laugh all the way to the bank! Even Livermore still holds these events on their streets downtown, maybe things will change with a new mayor and a couple of new council members

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Posted by Kate
a resident of Foothill Knolls
on Jan 26, 2012 at 5:45 am

HA.....maybe a whole lot of things will change with a new mayor and a couple of new council members!!

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Posted by Roger Matthewson
a resident of Heritage Oaks
on May 24, 2012 at 4:38 pm

I for one would love a down town event weekly, I would be more likey to spend time down there. As for the Alameda Count loosing, and... The GoodGuys show is a quartlerly event, sort of. It offers little to anyone not actually showing a car, the new autoX course is tiny and a bit dangerous. Many people few cars to watch, the money is made for the promoter, heck anything free in this town was washed away years ago. Car Clubs are about charity not corporations like the Good Guys. Funny the August show has a Danville event each year on the streets with mulitble bands, great show for the locals. Good Guys show has no, water, seating, shade or benifits for the walking public.

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