The Goodguys 21st Autumn Get-Together

March 18th, 2011

Text and Photos by David Fetherston

With an excess of 2,500 hot rods, trucks, street machines, customs and muscle cars attending, the Alameda County Pleasanton Fairgrounds was bursting at its seams with the Goodguys end of the year bash Nov. 13-14 in Pleasanton, California.

Goodguys shows have continued to evolve into family-fueled events with an extraordinarily wide appeal. It is at these events that the best machinery is displayed from not only the top builders, but also from in-home garages where hot rodders and car builders build extraordinary machines. These days the events are replete with a well-stocked outdoor show of muscle cars, trick trucks, hot rods and customs, an indoor display of some of the finer machines, a special indoor truck exhibit, the Street Challenge Autocross, a grand swap meet and the heavily expanded manufacturers’ midway and trade exhibit halls.

All this means that anyone who attends goes away well satisfied with their time wandering amidst the four-wheeled jewels spread around the show. Surprisingly, this event was overflowing with trucks, possibly driven partly by the indoor truck exhibit. In the outdoor arena, some jewels attracted crowds, including Scotty Coppock’s wildly flamed ‘51 Chevy Fleetline custom and Anita “Pinky” Migliore’s totally outrageous pink and white ‘58 Studebaker station wagon. Other classic new customs included Dave Cardona’s ’57 Pontiac hardtop finished in a flat bronze. New top-notch customs included Daniel Serimian’s stunning ‘65 white Lincoln Continental convertible and Jonathon Boyd’s glorious ‘55 Chevy street machine. These beauties were typical of just how cool the customs and street machines were at this show.

The hot rods in the indoor show were amazing, as usual, and when you looked over Dave Quartaroli’s radical ’37 Ford, it was nearly breathtaking to take in the detailing and style he put into the finish of his grand ride. Famed painter Art Himsl arrived with his even more outrageous ’37 Packard hot rod, which was so finely detailed and well built that it could have come out Troy’s or Bobby Alloway’s shop. But then again, Art has been at this game for years and taught many of these young guys how to do it right! New this year was the Special Truck Exhibit, an indoor showing of the finest American trucks of all kinds. Highlights of this truck exhibit were several custom prime movers, including John Santos’ ‘83 International and Randall Courts with the flamed ‘73 Ford fire engine.

As an end-of-year event, it reflects 2010’s strong season for car shows and bodes well for a terrific season of events and shows across the nation in 2011.

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