The Goodguys' 30th West Coast Nationals show will end its three-day run at 3 p.m. today at the Alameda County Fairgrounds.
One of the longest running events on the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association schedule, the West Coast Nationals features cool cars with more than 10,000 car cans from around the Bay heading to the show. Presented by Flowmaster, the show features more than 3,000 hot rods, street rods, customs, muscle cars and trucks through 1972 from 20 states and a few other countries, including England and Australia.
The Fairgrounds has acres of American-made-and-powered cars, some glistening with candy colors, allowing many show-goers to take steps back in time to when they owned and drove some of these classics.
For car enthusiasts who need to do some shopping for a project, the Fairgrounds midway features multi-million dollar custom big-rig tractor trailers filled with high-performance parts and accessories for budding hot rodders and do-it-yourselfers.
Three buildings house of indoor commercial vendors, offering fans a chance to interact directly with manufacturers. Throw in a giant used car parts swap meet and car corral (a used car gathering), and Goodguys has created a virtual auto-utopia.
Dave Kindig, a custom car builder from Utah and star of the TV show "Bitchin' Rides", is onsite all weekend to meet and greet fans and sign autographs. From hot rods, such as the show's "Tribute '32 Giveaway Car" to big bodied customs and cruisers, Kindig's vision and design have made him an international star.
The Goodguys show also features an indoor Cushman display, plus tether car racing, model racing cars that run on an internal combustion engine and are tethered to a pole. Unlike R/C cars, the driver has no remote control over speed or steering.
There are fun things for the kids, too. A model car "make n' take" program sponsored by Revell sends youths home with their very own model kit. Plus, PPG is sponsoring a coloring contest, an arts and crafts booth and other games and activities.
Gates open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. General admission is $20, and $6 for children 7-12. Alameda County Fairgrounds parking is $10. Retired or active military with their military ID card will receive $5 off the admission price.