Swap meet attracts more than 33,000 people, more than 2,100 vendors
More than 33,000 people turned out for the annual International Autojumble (swap meet) this month at the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu, England, where a new feature was introduced: the Golden Oldies display featuring more than 50 historic vehicles from the 1920s-1960s.
Driving more than 1,000 miles from Sweden for the event was a 1954 Wolseley 4/44 that had just been restored after 30 years of storage. Arriving from the Netherlands was a 1952 Singer Roadster 4AD Ute and a 1969 Volvo 145.
Also taking part were a 1964 Rolls-Royce Phantom V and a rare 1959 Fairthorpe Ashley Special. The showcase included a 1963 Ford Cortina Mk1 hearse and a 1922 Bentley 3/4.5 liter racing car that served as a fire engine during World War II. Also popular was a 1943 Morris Z van that appeared exactly as it looked when it was part of the Post Office Telephones fleet.
More than 2,100 vendors offered everything from complete vehicles to vintage car parts and assorted automobilia for sale. And speaking of sales, Bonhams staged a collector car auction during the jumble.
Instead of the best of show award given at a typical car show, this event awards a Best Stand Award which this year went to a stand shared by Peter and James Sheppard, David Stevens and Colin Feyerband, all of them dressed in white coats.
“We’ve shared a stand for 40 years and this year we are pretending to be doctors, prescribing spare parts to cure classic car ailments,” said Stevens.
“Colin retired and sold his laboratory to buy a Ferrari, so we have plenty of lab coats on sale with our usual automobilia and general motoring spares.”
A special award was presented to 83-year-old Trevor Godson, who has attended every Beaulieu autojumble since 1967, usually arriving on a bicycle from his home on the Isle of Wight, organizers noted.
“I just love the show, where I can collect odds and ends for my motorcycles and cars,” he said. “I used to cycle seven miles to Beaulieu, then walk another six miles around the autojumble, before cycling back to the ferry. The wind always seemed to be against me on the ride home.
“One year, I bought a spare motorcycle tire and carried it on my neck as I rode home, only to find I’d bought the wrong size! Another year, I bought a heavy-duty drill and put it in the basket on my bicycle but the basket fell off due to the weight.”