Goodguys West Coast Nationals celebrates vintage American cars

(August 13, 2014) PLEASANTON, Calif. — For the 28th consecutive year, souped up hot rods, colorful custom cars and restored classics will flock to Pleasanton, Calif., the third week in August for the annual pilgrimage known as the Goodguys West Coast Nationals.

The three day celebration of vintage American cars will be held Aug. 22-24 at the Alameda County Fairgrounds attracting close to 4,000 1972 and older cars and tens of thousands of fans. It's the largest event of its kind in the Western United States and one of the biggest in the entire country.

The candy colored vintage cars and trucks will be sprawled throughout every square foot of the 267-acre show grounds. Entries are coming in from 31 states and 3 foreign countries. There will be cruising, major awards, hundreds of manufacturer's exhibits, live rock & roll music, vintage dragsters cackling, an automotive-themed swap meet, kids activities and more. Its motor mania and it's a perfect weekend to celebrate America's car crazy culture.

While the cars are the main course, the event is filled with other highlights and attractions. Over 300 performance automotive companies set up exhibits featuring a wide spectrum of automotive products, supplies and parts.

The pull of Pleasanton and the Goodguys West Coast Nationals truly is International. Hot rodder Martin Lundqvist of Stockholm, Sweden shipped his home-built 1932 Ford to Georgia and is driving across America to Pleasanton to fulfill "a lifelong dream" of attending the Goodguys event. Many others just like Lundqvist, will point their vintage cars to the quaint California town in the San Francisco Bay Area's East Bay region. For car people, Pleasanton, at least the third week in August, is truly hot rod Mecca.

Event gates are open 8 a.m. -5 p.m. both Friday and Saturday. Sunday's hours are 8 a.m - 3 p.m. For complete event details, visit or call (925) 838-9876.