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34th All American Get-Together

Last weekend’s 34th All American Get-Together was an explosion of the senses. Sunshine, tens of thousands of fans, over 3,000 hot cars, cold beer, stacked vendor midways, candied customs, a huge swap meet plus a 150-car strong, suspension-stretching AutoCross made it one for the ages! We even had old fashioned top fuel dragsters on 100% nitro-literally! It was a classic Goodguys happenin’ with all the trimmings giving west coasters a wide open weekend of fun.

It all started before dawn on Saturday as the swap meet gates swung open at 4am giving eager gear heads their first crack at fresh spring hot rod goodies. As the sun peaked over the horizon the cars kept flooding in and by 10am, the joint was jump in’ with all years, makes & models of pristine American powered machines. Inside the Young California building, dozens of fresh lead sleds were aired out on the deck, glistening under the lights as they ran for the Goodguys 2016 Street Rod Headquarters Custom of the Year Award.

Candied customs from as far away as Kansas filled the building with a dazzling display. With over 30 amazing cars in contention, it was one of the deepest fields we have ever seen. When the sealed envelope was opened Sunday afternoon, it was “El Sueno”, the candy green, traditionally styled, chopped 1954 Mercury of Moorepark, California’s Scott & Holly Roberts that was named Custom of the Year. El Sueno translates to The Dream and it was literally that for this enthusiastic young couple with the coolest custom of them all. Built in Napa, California by the skilled hands of Brandon Penserini of Altissimo Restoration, the Roberts’ Merc is a masterfully crafted timepiece, paying homage to 1950s customs. Look for a complete feature on El Sueno in the July Goodtimes Gazette.

Out on the vast blacktop, Goodguys AutoCross started early Saturday morning and didn’t relent until after lunch on Sunday. With just two days to race (instead of the customary three at our national events) the action is concentrated into a fast 48 hours. San Jose’s Scott Fraser captured his second PRO class win of the new year in Bruce Cambern’s original 427 Cobra , (59.755) while David Carroll won Street Machine (61.255) and young Daniel Rojas captured the Truck division (65.617)..

The 34th All American Get-Together was a classic Goodguys weekend of automotive fun. It had it all for the most discerning automotive enthusiast all the way down to the casual fan who just came out for the party. It was a wide open weekend celebration our late founder Gary Meadors would have been proud of. Gary started this event way back in 1983 with the intent of bringing car people together to celebrate our classic cars and each other. Three and a half decades later, his vision remains true. Thanks to all who came and carried the car guy comradery!

Photos courtesy of GoodGuys

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