An estimated 70,000 classic and hot rod car aficionados attended the 27th annual Goodguys car show that ended its three-day run at the Alameda County Fairgrounds yesterday.
John Drummond, communications director of the Pleasanton-based Goodguys Rod & Custom Association, said 3,700 show cars from 29 different states and Australia had their vehicles in display at the show.
Presented by Goodguys and Flowmaster Mufflers, this year's event was one of the biggest ever.
Standing right alongside the Goodguys team as event organizers was the P-Town Pushrods car club. Founded locally by Rich Riley in 1994, the club has called Pleasanton home and served as host club for all Goodguys events at the Fairgrounds for the last 20 years. The club has more than 150 members based both here in the Tri-Valley and abroad, including in Australia and New Zealand.
Pushrods members worked the car gates, organized special parking areas, and staffed the club's fundraising booth as well as helped the Goodguys team scout potential award winners.
"We always have a great time with Goodguys in Pleasanton," said club member and liaison Doug Cabral of Tracy. "Being the official host club of the Goodguys West Coast Nationals allows us to stay active in the hobby, interacting with thousands of car guys as well giving back to the community."
In addition to serving as host club for Goodguys, the P-Town Pushrods have their own activities. They escort Livermore Veterans Hospital patients to the Goodguys events and serve them lunch. Each spring, the Pushrods organize a mini car show and barbecue lunch at the hospital. In addition, the club donates funds to Hope Hospice, the National Cancer Society, the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Center and other local Tri-Valley based charities.
"The economy is rebounding and we've seen near record numbers at several events so far this summer," said Harry Daviess, vice president of event operations for Goodguys. "People love coming to Pleasanton because the hotels are clean and close by, the restaurants are great and the Fairgrounds is one of the nicest in the country.
"We get some of the nicest cars in the country here," he added. "It's our 'Crown Jewel' event."