YEARS ago, Rick Christensen got sick of looking at the sheds in his backyard, so the car enthusiast turned them into a faux body shop and petrol station, as well as a diner and milk bar.
It took years of work but it was worth it to create his own personal idea of Heaven on earth.
While he cannot bring his backyard to the Centre State Swap Meet this weekend, Mr Christensen will have his beloved '68 Chevrolet Camaro on display.
The convertible - a rare model in Australia - is one of roughly 200 expected to roar into the Bendigo Racecourse for the meet and Show 'n Shine.
Camaros appeal to enthusiasts because they first appeared at the dawn of the muscle car era, Mr Christensen said.
"There's also so many different varieties," he said.
Swap meet visitors can also expect 300 stalls selling everything from tools to bric-a-brac, organising committee member Paul Swainston said.
"A lot of people come for the cars and then have a look around," he said.
Now in its 28th year, the swap meet is being organised by Centre State Rodders and will raise money for the club and several charities.
There are not a lot people in the 80-member-strong club with a backyard quite like Mr Chistensen's, but they are around, Mr Swainston said.
"I've got bowsers and things like that in my backyard. the shed's got a bit of old corrugated stuff over new cladding. So there are a few of us here and there," he said.
Being a car enthusiast is about more than an interest in anything on four wheels, Mr Swainston said. It is about a sense of community.
"You might not see people for six months and all of a sudden you see them at a meet and its like you're inseparable," he said.
"And it's a good friendship network. You help each other out. There's no hesitation. Other people's friends might say 'nah I'm too busy' but you ask one of ours, one we don't see much, and they jump to come out."
The swap meet takes place on Sunday at the Bendigo Jockey Club. Gates open at 7am. Entry is $8 and people under 15 get in for free.