There’s only one original and this is it! The 36th All American Get-Together in Pleasanton, California is the longest-running event on the Goodguys calendar, tracing its roots all the way back to March 1983. Through the decades this event has become a Bay-Area rodding tradition, an unofficial kickoff to the Northern California outdoor event season and a celebration of all aspects of American performance and car culture.
Early Spring in the Bay Area is always unpredictable and the All American Get-Together has had its share of weather-related challenges. A week of rain leading up to this weekend had us fearing the worst, but the showers tapered off as the day went on, leaving us with a cool-but-dry afternoon to kick off the weekend’s festivities. Hearty rodders from throughout the region responded by showing up at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in droves, proving that it takes more than a little water to keep true enthusiasts away.
Of course, one of the event’s highlights – the Street Rod Headquarters Custom of the Year competition – is held inside, away from the elements. Northern California is rich with custom car heritage, and the contenders this year reflect the full spectrum of this distinctively American tradition. Whitewalls, candy paint and chopped tops fill the room in our main exhibit building as the coolest, most creative cruisers vie for one of Goodguys’ top prizes. Who will win? Tune in tomorrow for results!
Speaking of competition, corner-carving racers have been dodging cones on the AutoCross course, gunning for one of 16 coveted spots in tomorrow’s American AutoCross Shootout, sponsored by MotoRad. The ladder-style shootout competition is set to kick off tomorrow afternoon at 1pm and is sure to be an engine-roaring, tire-squealing good time.
With intermittent rain showers, outdoor activity was spotty but we did manage to get in a few autocross runs as well as the burnout competition. Of course, all of the indoor and outdoor vendors were open for business as hard core hot rodders still need their performance shopping fix.
There’s plenty more to celebrate here in Pleasanton, including a lowrider display sponsored by Deadend Magazine, the storied Satan’s Angels as the featured car club, and a custom motorcycle display featuring custom creations from master Arlen Ness. The sweet music of the Nitro Thunderfest dragster exhibition and hidden treasures at the swap meet all add to the event’s flavor, as does the live music, parts vendors and kids activities. Check out the Saturday Scenes photos our team has gathered here and you’re sure to understand why the All American Get-Together has become such a time-honored classic!