Pleasanton's longest running car show -- and one of the Bay Area's largest -- is back at the Alameda County Fairgrounds this weekend as the Goodguys 32nd West Coast Nationals celebrates the best the American automotive world has to offer.
Starting Friday, the three-day show will feature over 3,000 vehicles including a variety of hot rods, street rods, customs, muscle cars and trucks through 1972 from all across the U.S.
"People can expect to see an amazing gathering of gleaming and candy-colored vintage cars. It is a beautiful sight to see them all in one location. Also, they can see all of the vendor and manufacturer exhibits, swap meet, cars for sale, entertainment, indoor race car display and more," said Betsy Bennett, communications director for the Goodguys Rod and Custom Association.
As Goodguys' longest running national event, West Coast Nationals organizers strive to strike the balance between showcasing the innovation and style of modern vehicles, with the power and traditions of old school ones, while still always highlighting the car that helped make Goodguys what it is today: the American hot rod.
"The draw is the cars. It is an amazing history lesson wheels," Bennett added. "The cars that attend the event don't look like the cars we see on the freeway. Gathering all of these vintage cars in one place is a great trip down memory lane for many people. Takes people back to a simpler time in our history."
One of the weekend's highlights will be the crowning of the "Goodguys 2018 BASF America's Most Beautiful Street Rod, on Saturday morning. One of the top 12 yearly awards offered by Goodguys, the judging criteria for selecting the winner is simple -- the most beautiful car wins.
Nostalgic drag racing fans will be glad know that the the Fuelcurve.com Nitro Thunderfest is returning to the West Coast Nationals. Friday and Saturday afternoon vintage top fuel dragsters will fire to life and wow attendees as they explode across the strip.
Attendees may come for the cars, but the show has a variety of entertainment options for participants of all ages. Live music, over 300 vendor exhibits, diverse food booths and a free kids' corner full of games, arts and crafts, face painting and an automotive coloring contest for aspiring young hot rodders will all be featured throughout the weekend.
New to 2018 events are the West Coast Shootout challenge and the Spectre Performance All American on Sunday. The West Coast Shootout is a 16-car race based on the fastest cars regardless of class, meaning that professional drivers will be competing against amateur classes for the same 16 spots on the field.
All American Sunday is an opportunity for car lovers to appreciate a broader spectrum of vehicles to close out the event. The one-day showing open up the event and allows all years of American made or powered vehicles.
General admission tickets are $20, kids 7-12 pay $6. Goodguys members and active or retired military members who have their military ID receive $5 off general admission price. Fairgrounds parking is $10.
Gates are open Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave. For more information, visit www.good-guys.com.