Fine machines put out on display

Annual South Canterbury Swap Meet

NATASHA THYNE
Last updated 05:00 04/04/2014
South Canterbury Swap Meet
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PRIME AND POLISH: South Canterbury Swap Meet committee chairman Grant Mehrtens, left, helps to polish long-time South Canterbury Vintage Car Club member Gavin Ladbrook’s 1958 Ford Mainline, which will be on display at the swap meet this weekend.

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Vintage car owners are polishing the vehicles that are their pride and joy in preparation for the annual South Canterbury Swap Meet this weekend.

It is the 29th annual swap meet and bazaar and long-time South Canterbury Vintage Car Club member Gavin Ladbrook will be back showing off his 1958 Ford Mainline. He has missed only three swap meets.

His favourite part of the day is meeting the other vintage car owners, who he hasn't seen since the previous year's event, again.

"It's a good social day out, wandering, talking to people, plus picking up the odd part you think you might need."

Ladbrook has 20 vintage cars in a collection he began 40 years ago.

The swap meets were originally held at the club's Redruth clubrooms as a way to swap car parts. They quickly outgrew the venue and now use the Winchester Showgrounds.

"At the early swap meets there were 24 stalls that turned up, it's grown like topsy."

Swap meet committee chairman Grant Mehrtens said the meets are also no longer just reserved for vintage car enthusiasts, with everything from car parts to clothes and cakes on offer.

In the past, he said they have had up to 50 vintage cars on display and will have 350 stalls this year.

Car lovers from Christchurch, Dunedin and as far as Invercargill come along, Mehrtens said.

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- The Timaru Herald

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