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Car club swap meet moves to new day

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Celebration City Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America will hold an indoor swap meet Saturday beginning at 6 a.m. at Calsonic Arena.

This is the third year for the annual event. According to club president Jerry Clanton, the event was moved to Saturday this year in hopes of attracting more walk-in traffic from the public. It had previously been held on a Sunday and attracted mostly attendance from various AACA members.

Nearby vendors

Vendors will include both local and out-of-town residents. Clanton said most vendors will be from within 100 miles of Shelbyville, including some from Kentucky, but there will be a vendor from Fort Walton Beach, Fla., who's expected to bring fuel-injected engines to the meet.

Another vendor will bring Ford Model A parts to the event, the first time they'll have been offered.

The exact mix of merchandise, as at any swap meet, will depend on which vendors show up, but Clanton said anything from gas pumps to tricycles can be expected.

Admission is $5 for adults, free for children under 12. Parking is free and concessions will be available.

For more information, go to www.celebrationcitycarclub.com.

The big event

Meanwhile, the local AACA chapter continues its planning for next year's Grand National and Southeastern Special shows, which it will host June 14-16, 2012, on the Celebration grounds.

"We're getting calls all the time for that," said Clanton, saying that several calls a week come in from all over the U.S. Local officials are working with AACA officials to plan the event and are hoping for a good turnout of antique car lovers from across the country.