Saturday, August 28, 2010

Pleasanton GoodGuys - Day 2

Today was spent at Pleasanton for the second day of the GoodGuys West Coast Nationals, there's not a lot more to say about this show, except that as big as it seemed yesterday, it was at least 4 or 5 times bigger today. The crowds were definitely there, there were several times as many cars as there were yesterday and all of a sudden there were actually lines for the food and drink stands.

GoodGuys West Coast Nationals at Pleasanton, California

We parked on the grounds today, at a cost of $8 for a spot only a short walk from the gate, with the threat of tow away zones outside the fair grounds, it seemed like a good deal to me, but not to the guy we walked past on the way in, yelling at one of the gate staff because he couldn't grasp the concept that he had to pay $8 for parking and another $18 to get into a show. Never mind that this particular show has over 3000 killer hot rods and kustoms of a variety and standard you would just never see in Australia.

GoodGuys West Coast Nationals at Pleasanton, California

As I sit here writing this, I'm also thinking of some of the cars I glimpsed from across the grounds and didn't manage to track down, and the ones I walked straight past, in a hurry to get somewhere else and thinking "I'll get to that one later" and never got back to. However, even with everything that I know I missed, I also took over 1200 photos over the 2 days of some really, really cool cars.

GoodGuys West Coast Nationals at Pleasanton, California

Even the food and beverage stands are something to be experienced, with flame grilled steaks, teriyaki chicken and polish, cajun and italian sausage dogs on offer as well as deep fried Twinkies, Oreos and Snickers, ice cream stands and much more. And where ever there were food stands, there were drink stands, serving 750mL of Corona at a time, but only in a plastic cup, poured straight from a bottle, margaritas and other assorted beers and soft drinks. There's no "licensed area" here, the whole venue is licensed, but while saying that, there's also none of the problems that we've seen alcohol cause at Australian car shows. Not only is this one hell of a cool show, it's also a genuine family outing.

Krispy Kreme donuts on display

After we left Pleasanton, we dropped in to Krispy Kreme's in Mountain View to pick up a box of donuts and came on back to David and Nicole's place for the night. A little later on, we went for a walk down to local burger joint Peggy Sues, a nice retro styled burger joint in downtown San Jose.

(Apologies for the lack of photos again, but it's almost midnight and I promised Kate I'd be up early tomorrow, so I better get some sleep - Photos will be added to this and all other photo-deprived posts as soon as possible)

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