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NSRA Swap Meet Highlights
This clean ’58 Apache with a 6.6 litre Chevy motor was for sale for £8995 and was snapped up pretty quickly
10.3.06. Essex Arena seems a long way from Pomona but you won’t find a better place in the UK to pick up those ellusive parts and get your ride ready for the new season.
You could be forgiven for thinking that the California weather had been laid on by the NSRA when you looked up at the blue sky but sadly the familiar Swap Meet freezing wind was still present.
This solid Model A body could have been yours for £2K, and an extra £6K would have bought the 41Chevy truck to carry it home
The prices at the ticket office on the way in seemed a bit steep until you realised that they were for the banger racing and not the swap meet itself. The queue for a bargain stretched right down one side of the Arena before the gates had even opened, but thankfully the café was there for those who didn’t want to stand in the cold. It was a great opportunity to catch up with other rodders over a cup of tea and hear of work going on in garages around the country.
Red metalflake and slot mags take this Anglia back to the 70s
The Namco Suburban parts hauler has perfect patina for that lived in look that is so popular these days
It seemed that 50s Pick-ups are popular at the moment, probably half of the cars for sale were Fords and Chevys from the rock n roll decade and they were attracting a lot of attention
You can see why these trucks are so popular - plenty of room to load up this Ford with goods to sell at the meet
Early stepside had the looks and loads of potential
Even the A-Team turned up to trade some parts, presumably left over from one of their inventive creations.
It wasn’t just old car parts for sale at the meet, you could kit your house out with period accessories
As well as cars for sale, the car park featured some great rods and customs
Once the meet opened, however, people raced around looking to check off the items on their shopping lists. There was a really good mix of trade stands, personal traders and cars for sale. There’s a certain irony in buying parts to rebuild your car on a track, which for most of the year, is used for banger racing.
1955 Buick Special had a 264 Fireball V8 and a very low 56000 miles on the clock, the owner was looking to trade for an earlier rod or cash
With attendance up on previous years, it was another well-organised meet from the NSRA.
Story & Photos: Nick Grant