Event > Hamilton Automotive, Vintage, Classic and Collectable Swap Meet (Part 1)
The Hamilton Automotive, Vintage, Classic and Collectable Swap Meet was held on a chilly and very foggy morning at the Classics Museum and Jukebox Diner on Sunday the 18th of May. Brave automotive enthusiasts were treated to a eclectic display of new and used automotive parts and accessories, automotive memorabilia, collectables, models, books, brochures and cars for sale for a mere gold coin entry fee.
As a bonus, entrants also had access into the Classics Museum for half price on the day, while enjoying the fantastic cooked breakfasts that the Jukebox Diner are well known for. Here are a few photos from the event:
The Austin pictured in the opening shot was by far the roughest vehicle on display. I'm not sure if it's even possible to restore something in this sort of condition, but I think it would make a nice garden ornament.
This Vauxhaul was being advertised by the same owner as the Austin, and looked like it was still worthy of being saved.
I stood here staring at these tail lights for a minute or two, trying to identify at least one car model - with no luck.
A Honda City with some camping gear tossed in the back of it? That's mildy interesting...
...until you realise it's a fully converted micro-camper!
Look closely and you'll see a fella reading a copy of Petrolhead magazine who was probably feeling slightly warmer than I was at this very moment.
Beautifully restored 1912 Ford Model T in eye popping yellow.
As the smell of bacon and coffee wafted across from the nearby Jukebox Diner, I came across this 1956 FE Holden Special...
...and its engine bay was clean enough to eat off.
Sometimes you need to resort to extreme angles to fit the long proportions of a big old American wagon into the frame.
Hand cut, multi-layered... take reproduction vintage signs to a new level. There were some funky steam punk -styled ornaments on display too.
I got a little excited as I spied the 'V12' number plate on this 1925 Ford Model T from a distance, so I wandered up to have a closer look.
Reading the fine print on the custom number plate that said 'I wanna be a V12 LZ when I grow up', it turns out that it's not powered by a V12 Lincoln after all, but the car has a long and interesting background none-the-less.
The matt black paint job on this Charger complemented the super straight panel work and bright red straight-6 engine very nicely. Hands up who regrets not buying a 1970s Aussie muscle car while they were still affordable?
Stayed tuned for Part 2 of the Hamilton automotive, vintage, classic and collectable swap meet, as like me - you may be amazed at the quantity and quality of the cars that filled the carpark, nearby paddocks, and entire surrounding streets.
- Brent Shaw