Early Fall is Swap Meet Season
I’ve made it abundantly clear that I’m not a fan of concours events. “So,” you might ask, “if you don’t like concours season, what exactly DO you like?” Plenty. Along with many other events, early fall means some of the best vintage car swap meets in the country, with thousands of people clearing out their garages before winter sets in. Swap meets are my Pebble Beach. BoldRide presents a glimpse at some of the best automotive swaps in the country this October and early November:
Amherst N.H. Antique Auto Show
You missed September’s edition of this great swap this past Sunday, but there’s one more left to attend before Old Man Winter wraps his icy mitts around the Granite State. It’s called the “Amherst NH Antique Auto Show,” but you talk to anyone in and around the Merrimack Valley, mention “Amherst” and they know you’re digging around the greatest swap meet in New England.
This isn’t about Beanie Babies or Pokemon cards: Amherst is a hard-core vintage car swap. It’s not the biggest, nor is it the oldest (although it’s been running continuously now for 53 years), but it’s jam-packed full of parts, along with a great car corral with all kinds of cool vehicles for sale. Just this past Sunday, we found a ’68 F-150 in great shape for sale for $2,500, and came home with a clean passenger door and a steering wheel for our project ’79 Chevy Blazer, for the princely sum of $35, total.
TIP: Get there by 6:30 a.m. You can run through the whole thing in a few hours. By noon, everyone’s headed home.
Hershey Region AACA Fall Meet
When I worked for Hemmings, I would’ve rather signed up for dental surgery than gone to Barrett-Jackson one more time, but I absolutely loved making the pilgrimage to Hershey. Located on the grounds of Hersheypark, the AACA Fall Meet is the biggest event of its kind, with thousands of vendors hocking their wares. If you can’t find it here, you probably need to become some kind of a fabrication genius, because the part you’re looking for probably doesn’t exist.
The Hershey Region of the AACA began hosting this event back in 1955, and in the years since, it’s taken on legendary status. Unlike most events, it lives up to every bit of the hype. The main attraction is the vendor spaces, with both mom-and-pop vendors hoping to clean out the garage, to some of the biggest vintage reproduction vendors in the country. That’s what’s so great about it: you see it all in one place.