Gunners Garage


A lot of people in the old car hobby are heading for Hershey, Pa. But how about those of us who stick closer to home? What can we do while our Bretheren are walking the aisles at the world’s biggest swap meet?

I haven’t been to Hershey in 10 or 11 years, but that doesn’t mean I sit at home doing nothing in early October. Quite the contrary. With all of those hobbyists beating a path to the East Coast, it’s the perfect time to look for swap meets and auctions in the Midwest where I won’t have a lot of competition. What better time to pick up good stuff for low prices and modest bids than when you’re the only customer? That situation makes for a real buyer’s market, you know.

“Hershey week” is the perfect time to check local shoppers for farm auctions and estate sales with older vehicles consigned. And who else is going to be answering the classified ad in the local trader magazine next week? And not every classified ad in Old Cars Weekly is placed just to publicize Hershey space numbers.

So, while you’re having fun in central PA, don’t be feeling sorry for me. I’m sticking close to home and scarfing up the bargains.



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