Thousands coming to Turlock for automotive swap meet this weekend

About 30,000 car buffs are expected to converge Saturday at the Stanislaus County Fairground for the 48th annual automotive swap meet, one of the biggest such events on the West Coast. The event will wind up mid-afternoon Sunday.

Representatives of the Modesto Area A’s car club, which puts on the swap meet, said more than 1,800 vendors from California, Nevada, Washington and Oregon will be selling car and truck parts on all areas of the sprawling fairgrounds. About 400 operable vintage vehicles will be for sale.

Buyers from all over the United States, New Zealand and Australia attend the event. Besides Turlock, the largest auto swap meets are held in Portland and Pomona, along with regional car events held by the Goodguys Rod and Custom Association, club spokeswoman Janis Martin said.

All swap spaces are preregistered and sell out quickly for the following year. Admission for attendees is $10 Saturday and $5 Sunday. Saturday hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday’s hours are 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Food and drink will be available at concession stands throughout the complex and an ATM will be available on the grounds. No dogs, alcohol or firearms are allowed.

A guide listing vendors selling automotive products is available at the gate, and information is available on the events’s http://www.turlockswapmeet.com. The swap meet is limited to antique and classic cars and vintage automotive items only.