Cars, parts draw crowd to Turlock swap meet

Bee Staff ReportsJanuary 25, 2014 

People looking to buy, sell or browse automotive parts for antique and classic cars flocked Saturday to the Stanislaus County Fairground for the 48th annual Modesto-area Model A club swap meet, one of the biggest such events on the West Coast.

From alternators and air pumps to specialized steering wheels and shock absorbers, all sorts of parts or accessories are laid out for bargain shoppers and collectors. Representatives of the Modesto Area A’s, a chapter of the Model A Ford Club of America, said more than 1,800 vendors from California, Nevada, Washington and Oregon will be selling car and truck parts throughout the fairgrounds.

About 400 operable vintage vehicles will be for sale. The 30,000 car buffs estimated to be at the event were expected to hail from all over the United States and even as far as New Zealand and Australia. Besides Turlock, the largest auto swap meets are held in Pomona and Portland, Ore., along with regional car events held by the Goodguys Rod and Custom Association, club spokeswoman Janis Martin said.

The event continues at 7 a.m. today and winds up at 3. Admission is $5.

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