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The Canterbury Branch Vintage Car Club (VCC) is the proud organizer of the largest swap meet in this country. However, like many annual events, it started on a small scale when the first swap meet was held in 1976 on a sealed car park. The Rod Benders hot rod club must be recognized as the original organizers as far as Canterbury is concerned — all credit to the club for having the initiative to start a swap meet way back then. Of course, swap meets had been held in the US for many decades before this much as the parts they find — or, at least, try to locate. The old saying ‘one man’s junk is another man’s treasure’ is certainly a good indication of what these vintage car swap meets are all about.
While the event is first and foremost a swap meet, on the lower field, the scene is quite different. This is where members and non-members put on a huge display of restored vehicles, ranging from the late 1800s to 1985, the current New Zealand VCC cut-off acceptance year, in accordance with their 30-year sliding rule.
We have attended 32 of the 35 swap meets at Cutler Park — 31 of those as site holders — and never get tired of attending this great event.