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Pleasanton Weekly

- November 9, 2012

Goodguys honoring veterans at weekend Autumn Get-Together

Fairgrounds show is last of Goodguys events this year

by Jeb Bing

A colorful weekend of American cars and patriotism are on tap tomorrow and Sunday as the Goodguys present the 23rd Autumn Get-Together.

Sponsored by J. Rockcliff Realtors, the event will showcase customized and restored cars including over 2,500 classic hot rods, custom cars, muscle cars and more.

Before the show began, a mini car show went to the Livermore Veterans Hospital on Wednesday to share classic cars and good cheer with retired military servicemen and women.

An ardent supporter of veterans, the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association and Specialty Sales Classics also are honoring the military with free admission on Sunday, Veterans Day. All active and retired service men and women will be admitted to the Get-Together upon presentation of their military photo I.D. at the ticket gates.

Free admission is just part of a weeklong veterans celebration by the Goodguys. Classic cars were also part of the 16th annual Tri-Valley Veteran's Day Parade held last Sunday in downtown Pleasanton.

At the 23rd Autumn Get-Together, a special vintage military vehicle exhibit will be featured inside the Young California building. Colors will be posted both tomorrow and Sunday during special ceremonies.

Collections also will be taken at the event in support of Pleasanton Military Families Holiday "Pack-Out" packages (comfort and care supplies that go to overseas troops).

There will also be a special card signing for kids where they can send a note of thanks and holiday cheer to soldiers abroad. Topping it off will be an appearance by the Young American Patriots Fife and Drum Corp, a group of grade schoolers decked out in colonial military costumes.

"All of us at Goodguys salute our military servicemen and women," said Goodguys President Marc Meadors. "We're honored to host our freedom fighters for the day at the 23rd Autumn Get-Together."

"Our founder, my father Gary Meadors served in the military and many of our members here and abroad are active military," he added. "We sincerely appreciate the sacrifices our military makes every day for our freedom."

There's a lot more than cars to see at the event. A large swap meet with over 1,200 sellers will offer vintage auto parts. A special area will be full of kids' games along with a model car exhibit. Vendor exhibits will offer everything from vintage clothing and collectibles to auto parts and more.

The Goodguys AutoCross course will be hot all weekend featuring hundreds of cars racing around the course in four classes going for the quickest lap time.

The 23rd Autumn Get-Together opens at 8 a.m. both weekend days, closing at 5 p.m. tomorrow and at 4 p.m. on Sunday. General Admission: Adults, $17; kids (7-12), $6; under 6, free. Fairgrounds parking costs $8.