Motoring enthusiasts flock to swap meet

MOTORING enthusiasts flocked to Lords Raceway at Junortoun on Sunday for the annual Centre State Swap Meet.

About 4000 people attended to see the impressive display of motorbike and car memorabilia, collectibles and parts. 

Centre State Rodders Club president and organiser of the swap meet Darren McGregor said this year’s event was a success. 

"We had some people withdraw from the event because of the heatwave and the bushfires," he said. 

"But there was still an impressive turnout.

"People like to come along because of the social aspect."

Mr McGregor said people travelled all the way from South Australia and New South Wales. 

"I am glad it cooled down," he said. 

"We had 130 cars parked on the lawn for the show and shine, where people can show off their hot rods and American muscle cars.

"Lots of the young guys bring along their newer Holdens or Falcons."

There was a six dollar entry fee, with money going towards to rotary clubs. 

Mr McGregor said he ensured the funds went back to Bendigo companies. 

"The entry fee also allows us (Centre State Rodders) to keep going," he said. 

There were 300 sites, doors opened at 7am and closed at about 2pm. 

Mr McGregor said he liked that the event remained relatively small. 

"It's good that it's not too big because it means people get a chance to see everything," he said. 

“The first swap meet we had 22 years ago had 50 sites and probably 500 people,” he said. 

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.

Castlemaine Rod Shop also had a semi-truck on display which was full with car parts.

"That semi travels all around Australia," Mr McGregor said. 

"People love it."

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