Early Spring car parts swap meet brings out hundreds

Landon Mullett, 6, of Urbana. He was attending the swap meet with his grandfather Jim Lokai also of Urbana.

BY CHARLES MILLER, CONTRIBUTING WRITER

SPRINGFIELD – The first days of Spring bring hungry robins, too much yard work, colorful early flowers and, without fail, car parts swap meets. The latter is all about wrench turners getting out of their garages and into a venue with like- minded car fanatics.

The Miami Valley Region’s Vintage Chevrolet Club of America 45th Annual Auto Parts Swap Meet was held on Sunday, February 19, 2017 at the Clark County Fairgrounds in Springfield, Ohio. Hundreds of people from over a dozen counties came out for the event.

“I have a ‘35 Ford truck and a ‘55 second series Chevy pick up that may never get finished,” said Kim Francis of Troy with a huge smile. He was selling and buying, but mostly helping at his friend’s booth.

Francis, a guy who loves old trucks and cars, actually sold a bicycle to a South Vienna bike shop operator.

“I’m not a wheeler-dealer,” Francis said. “I buy and hold on to things.” But in this case, the Schwinn chopper-style bike ridden by his son, an accomplished soccer player, had simply been outgrown.

There were cars for sale outside and everything from engines to dealer showroom brochures for sale inside. The owner of Art’s Transmission Service, a mainstay in the Springfield area for many decades, said he picked up …a few things for his old Chevy and was glad he attended.

Sunday’s sponsor, The Miami Valley Chevrolet Club, is a regional club, part of the Vintage Chevrolet Club of America. They are a non-profit organization dedicated to the restoration and preservation of vintage Chevrolets 25 years old or older.

Springfield-based Mod-Tiques will be hosting their 33rd annual meet on Sunday, March 5 at the fairgrounds.

Everyone under 16 is free, all others, just $5.00 to get in at the Clark County Fairgrounds.