Ninth Annual All British
Swap Meet and Auto Jumble
February 27, 2005
It was another banner year for the swap meet with about 100 vendors and a HUGE crowd of shoppers. There was a new tool vendor occupying at least three vendor spaces with a large spread of new tools. I finally found my cam drive stud removal sockets in 4 sizes, $20 for the set, a set of crows foot wrenches for $10, and a nice dead blow hammer for $5, all.new.
Jeff Zorn (LBCarCo) was taking up 8 spaces this year, maybe the most visited vendor at the event. John Twist was there again for second year running, so I think we have a convert there. He now schedules his February tech seminars to avoid the last Sunday so he can come to our swap meet. Triple-C was occupying 4 or 5 spaces this year. Burt Levy was there hawking his books and regalia and signing autographs again. We had at least six clubs with information booths offering regalia and memberships. A contingent from the Kansas City British Car Club (8 hour drive) had a vendor booth.
Our newest local service shop, United Classic Motors in Naperville, took a couple of spots and brought a freshly restored TR6 to show off his handiwork. The new Lotus 7 clone cars were there again, along the normal assortment of new and used parts vendors, books and models, and anything else you might want related to British cars. As usual there were a few interesting cars for sale in the parking lot.
Late in the day bargains on left over stuff was rampant. If I wanted it I could have taken home a free 15GD engine with 1600 type gearbox (no carburetors). I already have a spare 1500 engine and three spare gearboxes in my garage, so I found a friend with a little more space. I don't believe there was a dissatisfied vendor or an unhappy shopper. Everyone had a grin or a smile. If you missed it you have my condolences, and we hope we see you all again next year.
More photos and notes at: www.chicagolandmgclub.com/photos/swap2005