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We have Hershey, the British have their Autojumble

Return of the big fall swap meet at Beaulieu draws more than 25,000

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As the calendar clicks off the days until the AACA Eastern Fall Nationals & Flea Market, aka the big collector car swap meet, we thought you might like to see England’s equivalent annual event, the International Autojumble held recently at Beaulieu.

Hosts announced the event attracted more than 25,000 people “despite the impact of Brexit and Covid restrictions on international visitors.”

“Following the show’s postponement in 2020, its return was welcomed by traders and bargain hunters alike, who were delighted to be back on the Beaulieu event fields to trade elusive spares for their automotive projects, as well as essential tools, books, automobilia and retro lifestyle items such as clothing, picnic sets, classic toy cars and more,” according to the post-event news release. “With stands spread across two busy fields, this cornerstone of the events season really was a must-see.”

Autojumble, We have Hershey, the British have their Autojumble, ClassicCars.com Journal
Autojumble, We have Hershey, the British have their Autojumble, ClassicCars.com Journal
Autojumble, We have Hershey, the British have their Autojumble, ClassicCars.com Journal
Best Stand Award goes to the Burnett family’s Burlen Fuel Systems display

The International Autojumble gives awards to vendors, including the Best Stand Award, presented this year by Lord Montagu to Mark, Andy, Sarah and Jamie Burnett of Burlen Fuel Systems, “whose vibrant stand promoting the newly-formed J40 Motor Company caught the eye of judge Danny Hopkins, editor of event media sponsor Practical Classics magazine.” The award goes to the vendor who “truly captures the spirit of the show.”

The Burlens have displayed their wares at the Autojumble since the 1970s. The family’s newest venture remanufactures “high quality spare parts for the iconic Austin J40 pedal car. From wheels, tires and braking components, to bumpers, lights, steering wheels and seats, the J40 Motor Company has plans to offer even more spares over the coming months for these pint-sized classics, which were originally built from 1949 to 1971 by Austin,” show organizers noted.

Autojumble, We have Hershey, the British have their Autojumble, ClassicCars.com Journal
Autojumble, We have Hershey, the British have their Autojumble, ClassicCars.com Journal
Autojumble, We have Hershey, the British have their Autojumble, ClassicCars.com Journal

In addition to the usual swap meet and Automart and Dealermart vehicle sales area, the event this year included a Bonhams MPH collector car auction and a new Forgotten Favorites display showcasing “ordinary everyday cars of the past which are not rarely seen on the roads.”

An Automart highlight was an Austin Mini Countryman, which had covered just 16,000 miles from new and spent 43 years stored in a barn, and which sold quickly at the Autojumble, as did a 1975 Dodge Power Wagon 4X4 firefighting vehicle recently imported from Scandinavia.

Beaulieu and the National Motor Museum also announced its Spring Autojumble is scheduled for May 14-15.

Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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