The Bay Area’s longest running classic car event, the Goodguys 27th All American Get-Together is coming to the Pleasanton Fairgrounds March 28th and 29th. The event provides a blissful escape for thousands of Bay Area and Western U.S. car nuts who will come from all over to be a part of the scene and see an entire fairgrounds filled with classic cars. The event also provides a substantial boost to the Tri-Valley economy during the weekend. It’s estimated by Amy Blaschka, president & CEO of the Tri-Valley Visitor & Convention Bureau that the annual series of Goodguys events held at the fairgrounds in Pleasanton pump over 10 million dollars into the Tri-Valley annually. The events markedly increase revenue streams at gas stations, hotels, restaurants and grocery stores.
While major sporting events and auto races across the country are starting to see decreased attendance, local, affordable events such as the Goodguys shows are staying relatively strong in this struggling economy. “Our events are still affordable to most families and we’ve always strived to keep our events family friendly,” said Goodguys President Marc Meadors. “For the price of one ticket to a major sporting event, a whole family of four can come to a Goodguys car show and enjoy an entire day of looking at cool cars, doing some shopping, listen to some great music and have a corn dog.”
The All American Get-Together will feature outdoor and indoor car shows with over 3,000 American powered cars filling every square foot of the fairgrounds. A swap meet offers over three square miles of vendors selling used auto parts and old fashioned memorabilia. The car corral area features a lot full of hundreds of collector cars in all shapes and sizes – all up for grabs at the right price. Rock & roll music fills the air. Plumes of blue smoke rise from the outdoor grills and everyone is smiling. It’s a sensory overload and it’s all included in the price of admission. It’s a celebration of the American car culture and it’s been happening for close to three decades. It’s all hear – an automotive utopia.
The Goodguys Get-Together tradition started twenty-seven year ago when Goodguys founder Gary Meadors of Alamo, wanted to stage a simple little get-together for his classic car buddies. It’s now one of Goodguys’ largest events. An exciting event highlight will be the “Cavalcade of Customs” – an indoor display of up to 40 highly customized cars, eyeing the trophy for the “Goodguys West Coast Custom of the Year” award. A custom, in the traditional sense is a large bodied American car 1936 to 1964 vintage. Elaborate paint and body modifications, plus leather and velvet interiors and chrome…lots of chrome are earmarks of a Goodguys custom car. The winner of the West Coast Custom of the Year will drive off with a healthy check and a billet aluminum trophy as well as some serious bragging rights. Bay area stylists entering special customs include Oakland Raider offensive lineman Robert Gallery of Dublin (1954 Cadillac), Danville’s Gary and Joanne Levering (1950 Ford), John D’Agostino of Discovery Bay (1958 Oldsmobile), Eric Hansen of Discovery Bay (’52 Buick), Ted Stevens of Los Gatos (1949 Mercury) Bob Cecchini of Hayward (1956 Lincoln), San Francisco’s Kimberly Mejia (1955 Lincoln), Brandon Penserini of Napa (1962 Thunderbird), Leonard Lopez of Brentwood (1956 Chevy Nomad) and Richard Zocchi of Walnut Creek (’39 Dodge) among many others.
A spectacular awards ceremony will be held Sunday, March 29th at 3pm showcasing over 100 of the event’s top cars and will also feature the ceremony to crown the West Coast Custom of the Year. The ceremony will be held outside at the entertainment stage.
The Goodguys 27th All American Get-Together is open Saturday, March 28th from 8am to 5pm and Sunday, March 29th from 8am to 4pm. General admission is $15, kids 7-12 $6 and kids 6 & under are FREE. Fairgrounds parking is $8.
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Vehicle registrtation is located onsite at the Fairgrounds. Registration is $50 (at-event price) for the weekend and includes the car & two people. Sunday-only registration is $35 and includes the car & two people.
Here’s just a few of the kustoms entered for the 27th All American Get-Together.
Robert Gallery’s ’54 Cadillac, Kim Mejia’s ’55 Lincoln, Brandon Penserini’s ’62 Thunderbird, Eric Hansen’s ’52 Buick, John D’Agostino’s ’58 Olds, Gary & Joanne Levering’s ’50 Ford.