ALL AMERICAN GET-TOGETHER DOIN’ IT FOR THE KIDS
“D ad, is the show today?” My alarm had yet to go off, but my 7-year-old daughter was hovering over me, her eyes wide with anticipation. “Huh? Uh, no … I mean, yes, it’s today,” I managed to reply. Although, I’m still not sure in which order the words came out. “I’ll be back for dinner.”
“What?! I thought I was going with you!” Before I could figure out where our communication had gone astray, my other daughter (she’s 5) popped out of her bedroom and asked, “Dad, are we going to a truck show?” Oh man. Usually, the girls going with me wouldn’t be a problem (especially when their mom is available), but this time around I was covering the Goodguys
All American Get-together for Street Trucks, so I was “working.” Yeah, I know, it’s not really work, but I did have to stay focused for the day.
My wife started to come to the rescue, but when I saw the look of disappointment on their faces, I realized how lucky I was to have two little kids who actually wanted to go to a show. I decided that I couldn’t take this moment for granted. As soon as I said, “OK, get ready,” they were off to brush their teeth and get dressed. You have to understand: that never happens. It usually takes at least an hour to get out the door with these little creatures, but here they were, ready in a matter of minutes.
And you know what? There wasn’t a single complaint the whole time. Two-hour drive to the show? No complaints. Fortyfive minutes to find parking because Dad made a couple of wrong turns? Not a peep. Line to get in the gates? Nada. As soon as we entered the show, my oldest exclaimed, “I want that truck!” I knew this was going to be a good day.
As we cruised the grounds so that I could get photos of all the
trucks, I kept getting pickpocketed. Both of my kids were taking turns grabbing my phone so that they could get their own photos of their favorite rides.
Off in the distance, we could hear engines revving and tires screeching. Both girls looked up at me, and I knew they wanted to see what the commotion was about. When we finally reached the source, they screamed, “Race cars!” Yup, the autocross was already in full swing, and their eyes were fixed on the track the whole time we were there. They didn’t need me to answer any questions, they were too busy giggling and talking to each other about what they were seeing. “That yellow one is fast!” “Why is that one making a whistling noise?” Remind me to talk to them about blow-off valves some day.
Oh yeah, the trucks! There were certainly plenty to see, from inprogress hot-rod trucks to completely detailed resto-mods. No matter what style of vintage truck you’re into, they were all well represented at Pleasanton. We saw some local favorites, as well as some that we hadn’t yet had the pleasure of checking out before.
Each of the fairground buildings was packed with even more rides, as well as vendors, artists, and even scale models. As you can imagine, we had to spend a fair amount of time checking them all out.
As we perused the For Sale corral, the girls talked about which trucks they’d like to take home, proclaiming, “Mine! Mine!” every time one caught their fancy. I had to remind them of the neglected projects we had at home, but I also had to promise them that at least one would make it to a Goodguys event some day. Oh boy.
Making our way through all of the custom rides, we eventually found the swap-meet area, which was packed with folks looking for just the right part for their project. We saw tons of droolworthy, rare vintage parts, as well as new restoration parts, all at show-only discounted prices. Since we had come in the family econo-box, we were illprepared to take home the bumpers we had scoped out. Lesson learned.
As we wound down for the day and had some frozen custard before heading home, we looked around and realized that we had totally missed a whole section of rides along the back. Custard in hand, we took one final stroll before wrapping things up for day one of the All American Get-together.
In case you were wondering how the ride home went, it was actually pretty uneventful. As we were getting passed on the freeway by an “enthusiastic” driver, the kids chanted, “We need more turbos, we need more turbos!” before passing out for the rest of the ride home. Goodguys really does know how to put on family-friendly events. My kids can’t wait to go to the next one, but this time I might put a couple of better cameras in their hands to make my life easier.
Thanks, Goodguys, for making this a memorable event for everyone. You make it easy to be a truck dad. Be sure to check out Good-guys.com to find an event near you.
THOUGH GOODGUYS EVENTS ARE TYPICALLY FOR CLASSICS, AMERICAN-MADE OR POWERED TRUCKS OF ALL YEARS ARE WELCOME AT THE ALL AMERICAN GET-TOGETHER.
THIS C-10 WAS DEFINITELY “IN THE WEEDS.”