Friday, January 20, 2012
Gearheads Gather at Eastern States this Weekend for Auto Parts Swap ‘n Sell
by Dale Wolbrink
VERNON, Conn. -- This weekend Start-Finish Productions hosts the annual Auto Parts Swap ‘n Sell at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, MA. This anticipated event provides the ultimate weekend getaway for automotive enthusiasts who have a passion for stock cars, hot rods, classics or custom cars. Flea market aficionados and avid bargain shoppers will relish the prices and selection provided by the 300 plus vendors.
Buyers and sellers alike enjoy the comfort of a heated venue and the additional benefit of showcase lighting. Auto Parts Swap ‘n Sell offers prices competitive with any online auction website without the cost of shipping, without the wait, and without the risk of buying sight unseen; helping to ensure mutually beneficial transactions.
The indoor all-automotive swap meet will feature a vast array of vendors including manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers and private sellers offering a huge assortment of new and used parts for all automotive areas of interest.
“We have more private sellers than ever before, “said Brian Fredericks, Show Director. “It seems like a bunch of guys are cleaning out their garages. It should be very interesting.”
A host of loyal vendors line the aisles of the 123,000 square foot Better Living Center. For racers, top-notch retailers are always a mainstay at the annual Auto Parts Swap ‘n Sell with exhibits from the likes of Spraker Racing, Northeast Race Cars and Parts, Gardner Leavitt’s Action Racing, Duraflex, Central Connecticut Coatings, and many more.
After debuting at Auto Parts Swap ‘n Sell in 2010, Magnus Racing Products of Danielson, CT, has become the leader in transmission rebuilding and REM finishing in the racing industry. Owner Mike Sangermano and staff will be on hand this weekend to showcase their innovative product line and services.
Confirmed vendors from street rodding and customizing industry include Checkered Racing of Bedford, IN, suspension professionals for rodders and racers; Moon’s Classics of Roxbury, NH, purveyors of parts and accessories for ’55-’57 Chevys and Ames Performance, also out of New Hampshire, who provide specialization for GTO owners. New England Performance Mustangs has secured vendor space representing the blue oval brigade. Specialty vendor Memory Lane out of Auburn, PA, offers a huge array of owner’s manuals and car brochures.
Up-and-coming Victory Lane Designs of Norton, MA, is a first-time exhibitor at Swap ‘n Sell. Specializing in screen printing and embroidery for the automotive industry, Victory Lane offers superb custom artwork and affordable pricing.
“This show offers us the perfect opportunity to introduce our products and services to our target market,” said owner and designer Kristin Nason. “Auto Parts Swap ‘n Sell is a perfect fit for our company.”
Mike McGriff’s Overtime Auto makes the trek from Olney, IL, to provide a great selection of tools. Metro Cremo out of New York offers one of the largest collections of discount tools and accessories found at any swap meet.
Other notable vendors Flow-Rite Headers, New England Chrome Plating, All-American Blasting, Coolflex Motorsports, Ray Williams, and many more.
Single-day adult admission in only $10.00; kids under 12 are admitted free with a paid adult. Show hours are 8AM to 5PM on both Saturday and Sunday, January 21&22, 2012.
The Eastern States Exposition Center, “Home of the Big E”, is located at 1305 Memorial Ave, W. Springfield, MA. Just off Route 91 at 1305 Memorial Avenue (Route 147) in West Springfield, MA, Auto Parts Swap ‘n Sell is easily accessible from most major highways and allows easy access to plenty of amenities including hotels and restaurants.
Auto Parts Swap ‘n Sell is a production of Start-Finish Productions. For more information call (860) 871-6376 or visit thompsonspeedway.com.