Weekend Rewind – 37th All American Get-Together

A big weekend wrapped up yesterday when we put the finishing touches on the 37th All American Get-Together after crowing the Street Rod Headquarters 2019 Custom of the Year winner to cap the event. The first major Top 12 honor of the 2019 season went to Steve Pierce’s stunning 1940 Buick Super from Napa, CA.

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Joining Pierce in the prestigious Top 5 were Glenn Black (1949 Mercury), Mike Dennison (1951 Hudson), Rodney Palla (1951 Oldsmobile) and Dave Eckert (1949 Hudson) – it was a stout line up!

The customs may have highlighted the event, but a weekend of perfect weather after a couple grey days was just what we needed to get in the hot rod spirit. That was evident by over 2,000 vehicles flooding the fairgrounds bright and early each day, paired with thousands of spectators trying their best to take it all in.

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The buildings at the Alameda County Fairgrounds always allows us to showcase special event features. As well as the Customs going for the Custom of the Year title in Building A, we had Deadend Magazine fill a building with Lowriders which were joined by the Behind Bars custom bicycles, a model car show and the pinstripers brush bash. Industry-leading vendors, the Goodgals Gallery, custom motorcycles and fun kids activates were also showcased indoors throughout the weekend.

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A couple vehicles our Gazette photographers wanted to dive deeper into over the weekend were Todd Allen’s 1959 Ford F100 earning the Fuel Curve Award, and the Gazette Pick going to Tyler Pullen’s 1939 Plymouth which was part of that Deadend Lowrider display.

Outside it was horsepower taking over with Goodguys AutoCross action ripping around the track for two full days, as well as Nitro Thunderfest firing off, a lowrider hopping exhibition and one of the wildest Burnout Contest we’ve held to date!

Over on the AutoCross track it was Mike Maier and Ken Yeo who won big by claiming the shootout victories on the two ladders – Maier winning the PRO-X & PRO bracket in his trusty Mustang with Yeo winning the Street Machine, Truck & Hot Rod shootout in his C2 Corvette.

We won’t soon forget the 2019 All American Get-Together – as our longest running event (37 years now in the books) this was one of the best we’ve had! The California sun will keep shining on us as we roll down to SoCal this weekend for the 19th Meguiar’s Del Mar Nationals in the San Diego region – be sure to join us down there as we continue the Goodguys Goodtimes!

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A lifelong car kid, Steven grew up around drag strips – his name may sound familiar because his grandfather is Bob Bunker, a Pro Mod pioneer who piloted the “Folsom Flash” ’55 Chevy from the ’70s through the ’90s. Steven’s father, Bob Bunker Jr., heads up Bunker Motorsports and is a regular in the West Coast racing scene, building chassis and race cars for more than 30 years. With genetics like that, it’s no wonder Steven has a passion for both cars and motorsports. In addition to helping his father and honing his fabrication skills at Bunker Motorsports, Steven began shooting photos at the drag strip and capturing the action with his Canon camera. He is now artfully crafting stories around the awesome machines at the shows, as well as the men and women behind them. When he's is not on the road covering events, he spends his downtime out on the water fishing, building his 1962 Chevy Nova, or cruising his 1987 GMC Suburban.