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The pace is a bit more re­laxed on Sun­day for the big­gest auto swap meet in North Queens­land, with gates open to ex­hibitors from 6am at the Cairns Show­ground.

Cairns Swap Meet or­gan­iser Neil New­combe said up to 120 dis­play ve­hi­cles and en­gines were expected for the show and 130-150 swap stalls.

There will even be a dis­play by the Wooden Boats As­so­ci­a­tion of Cairns.

Mr New­combe said peo­ple can just turn up on the day with their ve­hi­cles but they were ex­pect­ing some en­trants from the NQ Burnouts in the mix. Ve­hi­cles need to be in place by 9am to be in­cluded in the judg­ing, with the tro­phy pre­sen­ta­tion at 1pm. Get in early be­cause most stalls pack up by 2pm. Gen­eral ad­mis­sion is $3 per per­son and free for chil­dren un­der 12.

For en­ter­tain­ment, Johnno’s Blues Band and the Mont­gomery Broth­ers will be play­ing throughout the day.

Mr New­combe said the theme of the day was fun and it was open to all in­ter­est­ing ve­hi­cles, from cars, bikes and trucks to sta­tion­ary en­gines and ve­hi­cles un­der con­struc­tion.

Swap site hold­ers can set up on Satur­day af­ter­noon and camp overnight (fees ap­ply).

The 2011 event was very suc­cess­ful with about 160 swap sites, 135 ve­hi­cles and 100 bikes on dis­play. The event raised $10,000 for ARC Respite House in Waratah Close. This year pro­ceeds will go to the Cairns branch of the Hear and Say Cen­tre.

For more in­for­ma­tion go to www. cairnss­wap­meet.com.au or contact Neil on 0423 712 011 or James on 0417 451 676.

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