The annual Sydney Super Swap is returning to Hawkesbury Showground

THE annual Sydney Super Swap is on again at Hawkesbury Showground, from 6am on Sunday, February 16.

Organised by the Rotary Club of Richmond, the event is said to be the largest automotive swap meet in the Sydney metropolitan area.

Car parts for sale will include those for veteran and vintage cars, sports and classic cars, hot rods and custom cars, street machines, motorbikes, stationary engines and more.

There will also be a park and display area for all those hot rods, customs, bikes and other cool toys.

Rotary Club of Richmond's Tim Bickford, a Kurrajong resident, said he'd noticed a resurgence in classic cars in the Hawkesbury area.

"If you look around the Hawkesbury on any weekend you'll see car clubs doing coffee runs," he said.

"Our target market is car enthusiast clubs, and the Hawkesbury is a good destination. The local Showground is the perfect spot for the swap meet, it has enough room so that people can bring a trailer and can load up what they've bought."

Mr Bickford said at last year's meet, the ATM at the Showground "dispensed well over $25,000".

"The term 'swap meet' came from the 1950s and 60s when they were literally swapping parts, but a lot of money changes hands these days," he said.

"Today it's more of an enormous car boot sale, where you've got loads of people with parts or rare parts they're trying to get rid of.

"Someone might have been looking for the left-hand mud guard for his 1963 EH Special Holden, for example, and someone just happens to have it there - it's been hanging around in someone's shed for years - and they'll haggle for a price on it.

"It's a bit more immediate than eBay when they take pictures. Here, they put things out on display and people sift through it.

"We have guys who deal nothing but spanners. If you want British standard spanners, rather than metric or imperial, they'll have it here."

Mr Bickford owns an old Austin 10: "I need the sort of stuff you can't buy at shops anymore; you need to be able to rely on other people to source it."

Bookings for Sunday outdoor swap sites are $30, and punters pay $5 per head to enter the site and have a look.

Weekend swap site passes can be purchased for $35 (one adult; each extra adult is $5), with set-up from 2pm until 7pm on Saturday.

Parking is free at the venue, located on Racecourse Road, Clarendon.

For bookings and inquiries email Mr Bickford on sydney.super.swap@gmail.com or phone 0450 227 927.

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