The Goodguys Rod & Custom Association will kick off its first show of 2016 when the 34th All American Get-Together opens Saturday for a two-day run at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton.
The show will bring together more than 3,000 candy-colored and chromed hot rods, customs, classics, muscle cars, trucks of all years and American-made and powered vehicles.
The spring event officially ends the "off season" for hot rodders all over California and has become one of the "must attend" events on the Goodguys schedule, said show representative Betsy Bennett.
At the weekend event, fans will get a close-up glimpse of just how eclectic the modern-day hot-rodding scene is with V8-powered, low-to-the-ground eye catchers like hot rods from the 1930s and '40s, lead sled customs from the 1950s, muscle cars from the 1970s as well as the new breed of American muscle like 5.0 GT Mustangs, Z28 Camaros, Chargers, Challengers and everything in between.
Goodguys events date back to 1983 when the late Gary Meadors founded Goodguys as a way to get car people and hot rod aficionados like him together to show off their cars, trade ideas, listen to some live music and have a little fun.
Meadors, who died Dec. 27, stepped back from day-to-day Goodguys operations in 2009, appointing his youngest son Marc Meadors as company president. But the vision continues with Goodguys welcoming all genres of American car enthusiasts. What started over 30 years ago is now a strong, 21-event series that allows car people to meet and hang out with car people.
At this weekend's 34th Get-Together in Pleasanton, fans will see acres of American-made and -powered hot rods, customs, classics, trucks and more sprawled through the scenic fairgrounds in Pleasanton. It will be a trip back in time for many.
A highlight of the event is the rain-protected indoor custom car show where owners compete for the "Custom of the Year" award. The event is open to all styles of vehicles from 1936-72.
For those who have the need for speed, the shrill sound of rubber meeting pavement will fill the air outdoors. Competing in the Goodguys AutoCross, a closed performance race course, drivers will show off their vehicles' speed and agility, battling it out in a weekend-long fastest-car-wins contests.
Again this year, the event will qualify winning drivers for the "Duel in the Desert" final shootout at the 19th Southwest Nationals on Nov. 19 at WestWorld in Scottsdale, Ariz.
The Goodguys show also is a hot rod shoppers paradise with the Fairgrounds Midway featuring a multitude of vendors. Sales booths will offer high-performance parts and accessories for multimillion-dollar custom big rig tractor-trailers those appealing to budding hot rodders and do-it-yourselfers.
The midway show is popular for giving show-goers the chance to interact directly with manufacturers.
There will be fun activities for children, too. A model car program sponsored by Revell will offer kids a model kit, with other events including PPG coloring contest, face painting and arts and crafts.
The Goodguys 34th All American Get-Together gates are open Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. General admission is $20, and $6 for children 7-12. Alameda County Fairgrounds parking is $10.
Sign on to www.good-guys.com to purchase event tickets or to register a show car, or call Goodguys at 838-9876 for more information.