Everyone in the hot-rodding scene looks forward to the NSRA Southern Swap Meet. Many go armed with a shopping list, tape measure and a wallet full of cash, looking for treasures that to the untrained eye might resemble a heap of rusty metal. But, the Southern Swap Meet is so much more than just an autojumble, it is the hot-rodding season opener. The chance to catch up with friends that you haven’t seen since the last show the previous year. To talk about what’s has been happening behind garage doors over winter and make plans for the year ahead.
This year saw the event move to a new venue, North Weald Airfield. Our friends at the NSRA are becoming quite experienced at dealing with new venues over the past few years and we can appreciate how much hard work goes in to putting on an event of this scale. But no amount of planning could have foreseen the number of people that turned up on Sunday morning. The crowds speak volumes – it is credit to the team for putting on a popular event and proves that the hotrod and custom car scene is thriving!
There are so many benefits of this new venue. It’s a much bigger venue with more space for the trade stands and the public to park – even if it does come with its own micro climate of hail and wind! Plus, there was no need to push trolleys leaden with engines and other heavy purchases up a gruelling hill to your car. Concrete underfoot means that your shoes are saved from the mud too…
One of the days highlights was the area reserved for pre-1972 parking. Many took advantage of the clear weather and cruised to the event in their pre-72 rod or custom so this impromptu show ‘n’ shine proved really popular.
Well done to all at NSRA!