Car parts, repair tips and tall tales all exchanged at auto swap meet

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Whether your tastes run to 1920s rusty rattlers, 1950s-style flashy hotrods or those classics in between, you’ll find them all at Ye Olde Car Club of Tri-Cities’ annual Swap Meet on May 7.

The swap meet attracts basically anyone with a very strong interest in cars, whether they’re hobby type, classic antiques or collectibles.

John Trumbo, swap meet chairman

The swap meet is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will be held indoors and outdoors at the Benton Franklin Fairgrounds in Kennewick. Admission is free.

While some of the cars at the swap meet will be for sale, the main attraction is the chance to talk to others who have a similar love for old relics. You can swap stories and learn from others who’ve found the best way to remove rust, or the best paints and upholstery techniques, said John Trumbo, swap meet chairman.

“It’s a very social, very educational event that’s all about the hobby,” he said.

The swap meet has taken place annually since 1976 and is one of the most popular events of its kind in the Pacific Northwest. It draws more than 200 car part vendors from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, British Columbia and Nevada.

It’s a great place to rummage for hard to find parts for vehicles from the 1920s to the 1970s.

“You can also buy cars — if you can call them that. A lot are missing pieces and would have to be taken home on a trailer,” Trumbo said.

About 3,000 people attend the event each year, he added.

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Loretto Hulse

Loretto Hulse

Loretto J. Hulse lives in Pasco and has worked in journalism for more than 30 years. She’s married and lives with her husband, Blaine, on a small farm where they raise horses, cats and dogs.

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