The stage is set for the final 2019 Goodguys event in the Bay Area on Nov. 9 and 10 at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton.
The 30th Autumn Get-Together brings together over 2,500 American-made or powered candy-colored and chromed hot rods, customs, classics, muscle cars, and trucks of all years for two action-packed days of true American car-show fun. This event officially ends the Goodguys car show season for hot rodders all over California and has become one of the “must attend” events on the Goodguys’ schedule.
Veterans Day is Nov. 11, and the Goodguys 30th Autumn Get-Together celebrates the nation’s military by offering all military, active and retired, free general admission to the event all weekend. There will be several Veterans Day activities during the event, including the Vettes for Vets, special parking, a parade each day honoring veterans, performances by the Young American Patriates, and Color Guard presentations.
Pleasanton Military Families will hold a donation drive for their Pack Out program. Through this program care packages are shipped to military troops overseas. Pleasanton Military Families will be on site Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Yellow Gate. Visit www.pleasantonmilitaryfamilies.org.
Also on Saturday is the Hayward Firefighters Local 1909 Charity Demolition Derby, with all proceeds benefiting the Hayward Fire Charity Fund. The demo derby will be divided into three rounds with breaks in between. The format will consist of three rounds of driving: Figure 8 Chaos, Full Contact Musical Parking Spots, and an All-Out Smash-Up. The demo derby rounds run at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.
At the 30th Autumn Get-Together, fans get a close-up glimpse of how eclectic the modern-day hot-rodding scene is, though in spirit the Goodguys’ core message remains unchanged throughout its 36 years: having fun with cars.
Highlighting the autumn installment of Goodguys shows, the event will feature an indoor display of trucks — all types, makes, sizes and colors. For those with a passion for all things on two wheels is the Cruiser-Rama, a custom bicycle show dedicated to all things with handlebars.
Back by popular demand is the Burnout Contest. On Saturday at 12:30 p.m., participants will compete to see who the burnout champion is. Tech will open for the burnout contest one hour prior to the start. The champion will be crowned by crowd participation.
For those who have the need for speed, the shrill sound of rubber meeting pavement will fill the air with excitement as competitors in the Goodguys AutoCross, a closed performance racecourse, take to the track. This spectacle of vehicle speed and agility meet to battle it out in a weekend-long contest of speed and skill. Also again in 2019, the Autumn Get-Together features Fall Shootout presented by Turn One. Two 8-car fields will be qualified on Saturday and take to the track on Sunday afternoon to crown the winners. The winner of each Shootout bracket will go to the season finale. This is the final qualifying event before the season finale in Scottsdale — The Duel in the Desert at WestWorld of Scottsdale on Nov. 16.
The event offers shopping on the midway, featuring multi-million-dollar custom big rig tractor trailers (a show in and of themselves) offering high-performance parts and accessories to budding hot rodders and do-it-yourselfers. Having the chance to interact directly with manufacturers has long been an appealing aspect of Goodguys events. Throw in a giant used car parts swap meet and car corral and it’s auto-utopia for Americans with motor oil in their veins.
Fun things for kids to do include a coloring contest, crafts, face painting and games. The model car make-and-take, presented by Auto World Store, takes place on Saturday at 1 p.m., and gives the little hot rodders a model kit to make and take home as souvenir.
For the Goodguys 30th Autumn Get-Together, gates are open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. General admission is $25, and kids aged 7 to 12 are $10. ($5 off general admission tickets are available on good-guys.com until November 3.) Alameda County Fairgrounds parking is $10.
Visit www.good-guys.com or call 925-838-9876 for more information.