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Enthusiasts desiring to purchase vintage and classic automobiles and parts would be wise to check out two auto swap meets held several times a year in the southern California cities of Long Beach and Pomona.
The Ecology Auto Parts Long Beach Hi-Performance Swap Meet
When promoter Topping Events established the Ecology Auto Parts Long Beach Hi-Performance Swap Meet in 1983 at that city's Veterans Memorial Stadium, there were just seven vendors and 40 shoppers in attendance. Almost a quarter of a century later, the event is now host to more than 600 vendors and thousands of shoppers. Equally impressive is that the outdoor event has not lost its hard-core automotive luster, despite its growth.
Known for its vast quantities of antique, vintage, classic, and high-performance cars and parts for sale, the swap meet caters to hot rod, muscle car, street rod, classic car and truck enthusiasts. The event has been mentioned on popular television shows such as Monster Garage, Popular Hot Rodding TV and NHRA Drag Racing Today.
According to Topping Events' website, the swap meet, which is held 14 Sundays annually, consists of two distinct sections. The Vendor area is devoted to the sale of new and used classic, antique and high performance car and truck parts, tools and accessories. The Car Corral is for the showing or selling of antique, classic and high-performance cars and trucks only.
Upcoming event dates are December 9, 2007, January 6, 2008, January 27, 2008.
Swap Meet hours are 6 a.m. - 1 p.m. (Rain or Shine). General admission is $8 with children under 12 admitted free.
Veterans Memorial Stadium is located on the campus of Long Beach City College. For more information visit www.toppingevents.com.
The Pomona Swap Meet
Sponsored by George Cross & Sons, Inc., the Pomona Swap Meet is held eight times per year at the Fairplex in Pomona. The event offers automobile enthusiasts hundreds of vendors selling many hard to find car parts and accessories.
When George Cross started the Pomona Swap Meet in 1975, he had 200 vendors and a $100 budget. Since then, more than 2 million auto enthusiasts have attended the event. Each event typically has more than 4,000 cars on display, many for sale, along with over 3,000 vendor spaces per show. All of this adds up to more than 15 miles of automobiles and parts.
Vehicles for sale or just for show are displayed by their owners in five distinct areas: Antique Autos - pre-'75, Corvettes, Porsches, Volkswagens and Street Rods. According to the Cross website, the event reaches an audience of up to 20,000 buyers and spectators each show.
Upcoming event dates are December 2, 2007 and January 13, 2008. Hours are 5 a.m. - 2 p.m. General Admission is $8.00. Children under 12 are Free. For information go to www.pomonaswapmeet.com.