Goodguys car show set for this weekend

Autumn Get-Together features holiday food drive, tribute to veterans

California hot rodders and classic car aficionados from all over the west will take over the Alameda County Fairgrounds this weekend for one last Goodguys Rod and Custom Association show before it's time to put the cars away for the winter.

As in past years, Goodguys will use its Autumn Get-Together as a chance to salute veterans and active military, offering free admission to all current active duty military personnel as well as retired military personnel with valid military IDs at the two-day show.

Goodguys will also team up with the Alameda County Community Food Bank, hosting a food drive on Saturday. The Amador Valley High School varsity cheerleading team will be onsite accepting food donations.

"With four events annually in Pleasanton and deep roots in Alameda County, we feel it is so important to participate and help those in our local community," said Marc Meadors, Goodguys' president.

Here's how you can help, too. Bring two canned goods or two non-perishable items to the spectator gates and get a $3-off coupon for a general admission ticket. The discount offer is good for Saturday only.

At the 26th Autumn Get-Together, Goodguys car fans will get a close up glimpse of just how eclectic the modern day hot-rodding scene is. Acres of American made and powered hot rods, customs, classics, and trucks, many glistening with candy colors, will sprawl through the Fairgrounds. Plus, there will be exhibits, swap meets, cars for sale and the always popular Goodguys AutoCross event.

Coming just after Veterans Day, Goodguys also will feature a veterans parade at 12:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at noon. The Young American Patriots also will perform with the Pleasanton Military Families organization hosting its Pack out program, giving show-goers a chance to donate care packages that will be sent to local troops deployed in Afghanistan and the Middle East.

The Autumn Get-Together will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. General admission is $20 for those over 12 years of age, $6 for those 7-12. Alameda County Fairgrounds parking is $10. $17 general admission tickets are available at until midnight Friday.

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