VW Swap-a-Paluza

Car show and swap meet at Camp Jor­dan

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Whether you drive a Volk­swa­gen or just ap­pre­ci­ate their de­sign, are restor­ing a car or ready to show your VW off in a car show, you’ll want to stop by Camp Jor­dan Satur­day and Sun­day, Sept. 16-17, for Swap- a- Paluza. The event will be held in the RV park at Camp Jor­dan from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Satur­day, 9 a. m. to 1 p. m. Sun­day.

Swap-a-Paluza is a VW swap meet spon­sored by Scenic City Volks Folks and car show spon­sored by State­line Wa­gens. This is the fourth swap meet spon­sored by the Volks Folks, who also put on the big Bug-a-Paluza at Camp Jor­dan each spring. This event was an out­growth of Bug-a-Paluza says Nick von Werssowetz, Volks Folks mem­ber.

“Bug-a-Paluza is workheavy for our vol­un­teers. Mem­bers re­al­ized they didn’t get to en­joy that event due to the amount of work it in­volved. We wanted to put on some­thing sim­i­lar that was more low-key; a way to get VW en­thu­si­asts to­gether other than the car show,” he says.

VW en­thu­si­asts can buy, sell or swap parts and may camp overnight for free in tents, RVs or their VW vans.

Ad­mis­sion to the swap meet is free. There is a $5 en­try fee into the car show spon­sored by State­line Wa­gens. Pro­ceeds will ben­e­fit the Chat­tanooga Area Food Bank.

Along with some spe­cialty awards, the top 15 rides in the car show will re­ceive tro­phies. Th­ese are cho­sen by Peo­ple’s Choice votes. There are also con­tests in the car show such as Low- Car Limbo and Stack Your Rack, in which the owner who can ver­ti­cally stack items high­est in a car’s roof rack wins.

“This event is nowhere near the scope or scale of Bug-a-Paluza, but peo­ple come from out- of- town for it,” says von Werssowetz. “It’s a good way to keep the lo­cal VW scene en­gaged.”

AP PHOTO/ VOLK­SWA­GEN

All types of Volk­swa­gen bugs and vans will roll into Camp Jor­dan this week­end for Swap-a-Paluza. This is a 2014 VW Bee­tle R-Line car.

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