Weekend Rewind! Goodguys 39th Grundy Insurance All American Get-Together

The spring sunshine emerged just in time for some Goodguys Good Times in Northern California this weekend! After weeks and weeks of persistent rain, rodders in the region had a serious case of cabin fever and were more than ready to shake off the soggy gloom, dry off their cars and trucks, and cruise over to the Alameda County Fairgrounds for two days of jam-packed hot rod fun at the Goodguys 39th Grundy Insurance All American Get-Together!

The longest-running event on the Goodguys calendar has long served as a season opener for West Coast car and truck enthusiasts, and this year’s edition didn’t disappoint. Clear and cool weather lured out thousands of fine rides and fun-seeking rodders to enjoy some fun in the sun. Welcoming all years of American-made or American-powered vehicles, the event saw an incredible variety of cars and trucks from all eras coming together to create colorful reminder that springtime is in full bloom.

Custom cars and trucks took the spotlight in the Indoor Car Show, with special displays of customs and lowriders showing off some West Coast creativity. Many were vying for a finalist spot for the Fuel Curve Custom of the Year competition, an honor that ultimately went to Jesse Orosco’s beautiful ’56 Chevy Bel Air.

That was just one of dozens of awards handed out by the Goodguys team to standout vehicles from the event, making for an incredible awards ceremony parade on Sunday afternoon. One of the other noteworthy selections was Bryan Fritsch’s impressively homebuilt ’27 Ford roadster, which caught the eyes of our media team members for the Goodguys Feature Pick.

West Coast racers got off to a fast start for the season as the Goodguys CPP AutoCross Series kept the hammer down for two full days of hard-charging action leading up to the American Shootout on Sunday afternoon. Top performers included: Keenan Smith claiming the class and shootout wins in the Summit Racing PRO class; Ken Yeo topping the Forgeline Street Machine class and shootout; George Reiss getting double-up wins in the No Limit Engineering Truck class; and Scott Fraser earning the Sports Car class and shootout victories. Kyle Vallarino claimed the win in the FiTech Challenger class, and Jon Bickford won the All American class and shootout.

On the track and off, Goodguys packed an incredible amount of high-octane action into this two-day Get-Together weekend. In addition to thousands of incredible cars and trucks to see and admire, we hosted a Lowrider Hopping Contest, the King of Sound exhaust competition sponsored by BlackWidow Exhaust, a smokin’ Burnout Competition, and the always-impressive Nitro Thunderfest exhibitions.

Beyond all that, you also had a massive Swap Meet and Cars 4 Sale Corral to explore, a Pinstripers Brush Bash, hundreds of parts and product vendors to browse and shop, a model car and pedal car show, a Goodgals arts and crafts gallery, kids activities, live music, and much more. Simply put, it was a perfect weekend for car guys and gals to soak in some springtime automotive fun. Outdoor car show season has officially arrived on the West Coast, and we can’t wait to continue the Goodguys Good Times next weekend at the 22nd Meguiar’s Del Mar Nationals in Southern California. We’ll see you there!

Photos by Todd Ryden, Terry Lysak & Steven Bunker

Editor, Goodguys Gazette

Damon Lee began snapping photos at car shows when he was 10, tagging along with his father to events throughout the Midwest. He has combined his passion for cars and knack for writing and imagery into a 20-year career in the automotive aftermarket, writing for titles like Super Chevy and Rod & Custom and, more recently, working for respected industry leaders Speedway Motors and Goodguys Rod & Custom Association.