Gympie Swap Meet swamped by 4500 classic car fans
THE annual Gympie Car Club's swap meet was an outstanding success, organiser Noel Morgan said.
"We had about 4500 people through the gates and about 500 sites.
"When we marked out the sites on Thursday, we thought we were smart putting in an extra 100, but we exceeded even that," he said.
The meet usually opens the gates to "swappers" on Friday at noon, but they were lining up at 8am, Mr Morgan said.
"And they just kept coming.
"By Friday night, we had filled about 400 sites and more lined up to get in on Saturday morning."
Between the swappers and customers, there were more than 2000 cars to be parked.
It all got a bit hectic, hence giving up on counting sites but it could be the same next year, as already, more than 1000 have booked.
"At $10 a site, that's a lot of sites gone already.
"We used every inch of those showgrounds."
Even food stalls were rushed off their feet with a few running out of produce to sell.
As for the swappers, "those who priced their car parts well, did well, but those who charged retail rates didn't fare as well," Mr Morgan said.
The Kidzfix Rally 2015 set off on its annual fundraiser from the meet, heading for Nowra, taking in small country towns along the way.
"We fed them breakfast, made a donation and then the 36 cars set off," Mr Morgan said.
Most swappers had left by 2pm on Saturday, with the last ones finally leaving at 4pm.
Mr Morgan is at a loss to explain why the meet was so popular this year.
"Part of it may have been the show and shine part of the day, as those owners don't like to get their historic cars wet - and it was raining at a couple of swap meets further afield.
"We also advertised it well, so that may have been a factor too."
The show ran smoothly, with plenty of helpers from the club pitching in.
"Now, we're planning for next year."