Goodguys 27th Autumn Get-Together opens for final day at 8 a.m. at Fairgrounds

Horsepower, patriotism for Veterans Day weekend

The final Goodguys event in 2016 opens today at the Alameda County Fairgrounds, ending a two-day run with a special tribute to those in the military during this Veterans Day weekend.

The 27th Autumn Get-Together brings together over 2,500 candy colored and chromed hot rods, customs, classics, muscle cars, trucks and American made and powered vehicles of all years.

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.

Veteran’s Day weekend is a highlight of this year’s event, with free admission for military Sunday, a Vettes for Vets parade and a pack out for the Pleasanton Military Families organization.

The Young American Patriates will perform at the show. On Sunday, all military (active or retired) will be admitted to the show free of charge. The Get-Together will offer a special parking area and parade each day for veterans.

The Goodguys are teaming up with the Alameda County Food Bank for a special food drive promotion. Show-goers who bring two non-perishable food items to the event will receive a $3-off general admission discount.

In addition, members of the Pleasanton Military Families organization is holding a donation drive for its Pack Out program. Members of the organization will be onsite at the Yellow Gate. Through this program care packages are shipped to military troops overseas.

Highlighting the autumn show is an indoor display of all types, makes, sizes and colors of trucks. Also, an exhibit in the Hall of Commerce features customized, convertible and "tricked out"low-riders. There's also Cruiser-Rama, a custom bicycle show dedicated to all things cool with handle bars.

New to the 2016 Autumn Get-Together is a Concours display provided by the Blackhawk Auto Museum. The exhibit is housed in the newly renovated building Q and showcases vehicles, including Packards, Cobras and other stunning automotive creations.

At the show, the Goodguys event season showcases the AutoCross Shootout Finals, with competitors qualifying at each event. The Duel in the Desert, the Final Shootout, will take place Nov. 19 at the 19th Southwest Nationals at WestWorld in Scottsdale, Ariz.

The Goodguys 27th Autumn Get-Together gates are open from 8 4 p.m. General admission is $20 and $6 for those 7-12. Alameda County Fairgrounds parking is $10.

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