Summertime is all about sunshine, good friends, fun times and warm-weather cruisin’, and the 25th edition of the Goodguys Summer Get-Together had an abundance of all those things. Top it off with great music, burnouts, sideshow thrills, and even open-wheel racing, and you had the recipe for an awesome weekend of summer fun!

After a spring filled with plenty of rain and cool temperatures, summertime rolled into the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton just in time for the Get-Together, bringing warm temperatures and lots of sunshine. The Goodguys faithful were there and fully prepared to soak it all in! As soon as the gates opened Saturday morning, the fairgrounds were quickly flooded with muscle cars, hot rods, customs, trick trucks, and modern American machines.

There has always been a lot of muscle at the Summer Get-Together and this year was no exception. A special indoor display of muscle cars filled two buildings, while scores of additional muscle cars were found outside – both the classic and modern variety. There was also a fun custom bicycle display inside, along with the popular Revell Make ‘N Take and model car display.

Outside, muscle was being flexed and the heat was being turned up at the Burnout Competition, where contestants flogged their machines to put on the best smoke show for the crowd. A freestyle motocross stunt show provided aerial thrills, while the Tri-Valley Quarter Midgets generated big racing action on a small scale throughout the weekend.

There’s nothing like great live music to celebrate summer and Journey Unauthorized delivered big time in the spacious Amphitheater Saturday afternoon, playing hit after sing-along hit from one of the Bay Area’s most popular bands. More dancin’ tunes were provided by Public Eye and the Groove Doctors on the Goodguys stage.

There was mechanical music happening over on the AutoCross course as scores of racers dodged cones and accelerated through the straights in a quest to make Sunday’s 16-car cut for the Muscle Car Shootout presented by Spectre Performance. Scott Fraser once again showed the Bay Area racers how its done in Bruce Cambern’s real-deal AC Cobra by doubling up with the Shootout victory as well as the PRO class win.

Other big winners on the extended AutoCross track included David Carroll (Street Machine), Martin Pond (Truck) and Mike Maier (Shootout Runner Up).

The frenetic 48 hours wrapped up Sunday afternoon at the awards ceremony, where more than 100 participants took home trophies, including an MSD Muscle Car of the Year finalist, Chuck Bore’s 1968 Pontiac GTO, and Griot’s Garage Muscle Machine of the Year finalist, Charles Huffhines’ 1972 Chevy Nova. We also bestowed a Gazette Pick Callie Peterson’s cool and rare ’47 Hudson pickup.

With summer now in full swing, we’re looking forward to getting back on the road at next weekend’s East Coast Nationals in Rhinebeck, New York, as well as the upcoming Speedway Motors Heartland Nationals and PPG Nationals. Before we look too far ahead, though, let’s take a peek back at the sizzlin’ summer kickoff in Pleasanton.