Perhaps nothing says California like a beautiful custom car. The culture of hot rodding and cruising began here, and was immortalized in the iconic movie, “American Graffiti.” The movie was co-written and directed by George Lucas, who based the film on his teenage years in Modesto during the early 1960’s.
Filmed in 1972, the movie featured many vintage and custom cars. It continues to be celebrated as a coming-of-age story and an automotive time capsule.
Cars like those are rare today, but they can still be found! You can see over 3,500 hot rods, customs and classics at the 25th Annual West Coast Nationals in Pleasanton! This is a car show on a grand scale, taking place at the Alameda County Fairgrounds on August 26 through August 28. General admission is $18 . Kids 12 and under get in for $6, and children under 6 years old are free. There’s a model car show and play area for the kids, nostalgic stage acts, cars for sale and swap meet, seminars, and more.
The show is put on by the Good Guys Rod & Custom Association, who have been around since 1983. They’re the largest American car association for street rods, custom cars, and show cars. With membership of 70,000 and counting, they host 21 different shows around the United States. They are headquartered in Pleasanton. Yes, the Good Guys are local to Livermore Valley!
Exciting events like this are one of the many reasons people enjoy living in Livermore Valley. As your Livermore Valley real estate professional, I’m proud to live in this area, and I’m happy to share information about our community events. When you’re thinking of buying or selling a home in Livermore, Pleasanton or Dublin, I’ll be ready to help! Always feel welcome to contact me with your real estate questions.
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