THE saying “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” rang true for more than 5000 motoring enthusiasts at yesterday’s Centre State Swap Meet.
Lord’s Raceway at Junortoun was transformed into a giant car yard, with site holders showing a range of car and motorcycle parts, collectables and memorabilia.
This year marked the 21st anniversary of the swap meet and organisers said the annual event attracted visitors from across the state.
President of the Centre State Rodders club and organiser Darren McGregor said this year’s event was a success.
He said Bendigo’s great weather was the perfect start to the day.
“There was about 5000 people here, it just blows me away,” Mr McGregor said.
“The meet does draw a crowd to Bendigo.
“We know there is great accommodation here, and it is good tourism for the city.”
Mr McGregor said the swap meet had continued to grow over the years.
“The first swap meet we had just 50 sites and probably 500 people and now we have more than 300 sites and 5000 people,” he said.
“The word gets around about the meet and more people want to get involved.”
One of the highlights of the event was Shannon’s Insurance Super Rig – a truck filled with car simulators, gaming consoles and automotive memorabilia displays.