Weekend Rewind – 35 Years of Getting Together in Pleasanton!
March 26, 2017
Halfway through its third decade, the Goodguys All American Get-Together in Pleasanton continues to bring the hot rod fraternity together for a wide open weekend of fun the third weekend of March. With all years, makes and models of American powered cars on hand, this event blends different generations of car guys and gals together like no other. Last weekend’s 35th annual event offered a glimpse at what’s to come this season and we like what we see! The collective passion for cool cars has never burned brighter.
While the outdoor show & shine was full of variety, indoors it was all about custom cars, custom bikes, and laid out lowriders. The Goodguys 2017 Street Rod Headquarters Custom of the Year competition brought a stellar field of 1936-1972 cars together to compete for the first Top 12 award of the year. More than ever before, the field featured a deep variety of cars validating the award criteria’s call for custom cars of all genres from traditional to radical to modern.
When the final votes were tallied, Ron Maier’s “Shomad” – a coach built custom ’57 Nomad by Oregon’s A & M Deluxe Customs took the Custom of the Year crown back to Oregon. It was the first top 12 award for both builder and owner. A 2016 SEMA debut car, Shomad has collected its share of hardware this year – but the Goodguys 2017 Street Rod Headquarters Custom of the Year etches it into the annals of Goodguys history. Congratulations to the entire team! A closer look at this phenomenal custom Nomad can be found HERE.
The western paddocks of the Pleasanton Fairgrounds saw the most action of the weekend. Goodguys AutoCross was going full throttle both Saturday and Sunday as was the giant swap meet and cars 4 sale corral. Throw in a hearty midway, festive food, and kool fun for the kiddos and you had a full weekend of fun!
The third AutoCross of the season, the All American Get-Together is unique for the simple fact street machines, and trucks of all years can race here. The checkered flag fell for the following winners:
PRO class: Mike Maier – 1966 Ford Mustang – 59.523 seconds
Street Machine class: David Carrol – LS-powered 1972 Datsun 240Z – 61.368 seconds