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The 33rd Annual Goodguys All American Get-together was held under sunny and warm California skies. More than 3,000 cars were registered, and with an autocross, vendors galore, swap meet and the finalists for Custom of the Year it was a great weekend.
Goodguys 33rd All American Get-Together March 28-29, 2015

By Society Staff – reprint with permission only

California may be in a dry spell, but that made the weather for the Goodguys 33rd All American Get-Together nearly perfect. The skies were blue, the air cool and the temps in the mid-to-high '70s. More than 3,000 (that’s right THREE THOUSAND!) hot rods, cool customs, '60s muscle cars, late model super cars and everything in between. Vintage restored cars from the '30s and '40s, rat rods, race cars and a few old buses as well.  You name it and it was there. Shelbys, Cobras, Vettes, Challengers and ‘Cudas, Camaros, Hemis, Six-Paks, blowers, turbos, injectors–totally wild!

But a get-together is much much more than just the cars. Goodguys events have their autocross, vendor exhibits and vendors selling just about anything related to cars. Pinstripers, kids corner and more food vendors than you can imagine.  It is a picnic on a grand scale for the entire family. Now toss in a swap meet/flea market, along with a cars-for-sale corral and if you can’t find it, it’s not real.

This was the second year that No Limits eMagazine attended the event and we thank the Goodguys for their hospitality and cooperation. We arrived at 6:45 a.m. on Saturday morning and the beautiful and huge Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, CA was already packed with cars. No surprise, as last year taught us that you'd best be getting your car there early to get a good spot!  We parked in a shady location and immediately began touring the place.

Here’s a tip—a lot of cars new to the Goodguys events are parked out in the “back-forty” near the horse track. This expansive grassy area always has some exciting “new finds” for us car lovers.  This year we spotted a sweet '50 Olds Rocket 88 coupe with a 1957 371 cu. in. Olds J-2 (that’s three deuces) engine. Another find was a ’33 Ford five window high boy with a 392 Hemi dual quad engine—awesome. Make sure you trek out to this area.

The indoor car show featured all the finalists for Custom of the Year (awarded on Sunday). These cars were and are works of art. Outside, we found a bunch of Mopars along with the herd of Mustangs both classic and current. Corvettes were clustered together making a fine show-within-a-show. Seems like the current series of Chevrolet LS engines are gradually replacing the ubiquitous small block in '60s era Camaros, Chevelles and the Tri-five set. The LS makes for a very clean install and a lot of power.

On Sunday, more than 30 cars, trucks and customs are selected to receive special “Picks” awards from the various Goodguys sponsors and staff. To see the all these in the winners area is a real treat. Finally, the Goodguys' 2015 Custom of the Year is announced. This year it was Roswell, New Mexico’s David Hoekstra's long, lean, and rich black 1956 Lincoln Mark II named “Mae”.

Runner up Custom of the Year finalists included John D’Agostino (1968 Buick Riviera), Doug Beattie (1936 Ford), Heinz & Kathy Norsian (1951 Chevy) and Stephen Giles (1957 Buick). For a complete list of all the “Picks” click on this link.

See all the cars that we photographed, click here : 

If you can make it out to any of the Goodguys Get-together events here in California or attend one of the 18 Goodguys Nationals events held all over the USA – DO IT !!  I guarantee you’ll have a great time, see some fantastic cars, and see the latest in everything automotive. No Limits eMagazine will be at many of these.

A find in the back forty - a '50 Olds 88 with a '57 Olds J-2 engine

A sweet '33 Ford with a 392 Hemi --

That Hemi was super nice !

The finalists for custom of the Year

David Hoekstra's Custom of the Year -- 1956 Lincoln Mark II