An annual event from Floyd, Virginia, made its way south to Mount Airy.
This year was the first for the Chasing Cars Swap Meet in Mount Airy, said event organizer Erik Herdman.
However, Herdman said its not the first large car show and swap meet he has put together. He has been organizing the Floyd Auto Fair for the past six years. Two shows per year are held there.
The three-day event in Mount Airy began at Veterans Memorial Park on Friday and included a car show and a large gathering of folks selling and trading anything and everything from transmissions to signs. At least 100 cars were on display Saturday afternoon.
Midway through the three days, Herdman indicated the show in Mount Airy had already been a success.
“I’m really, really happy with the turnout,” remarked Herdman, who went on to explain how he’s made car shows successful.
“I have a lot of friends in this business, which helps make it so successful,” explained Herdman. “Word of mouth has also really helped it grow.”
He said the intent behind all his shows is quite simple.
“We are just trying to get a bunch of car guys together.”
All those car guys turned out for Herdman’s event. As classic cars lined a field at the park, inside the gates something which resembled a medieval market was taking place.
Herdman said more than 300 vendors signed up to sell or trade items at the car show. Those vendors travelled from as far north as New Hampshire and as far south as Florida.
As hundreds of people wandered the grounds they could purchase just about anything. Car parts, motorcycle helmets, antique signs, race car collectibles and many other items were available. In short, if it had to do with motorized machines, one could find it at the weekend event.
“We’re just car nuts,” remarked Frank Ferris.
Ferris and friends Rebecca Ashwell and Byron Brown had a both at the event, which featured a number of antique car collectibles and motorcycle accessories.
However, Brown, who owns Kinsey Sign Company in Roanoke, Virginia, said he doesn’t do it for the money. Others echoed Brown, saying it’s all about a love of cars.
“It all started with us just fooling around with cars,” said Ferris. “Then it went from that to selling car stuff.”
The Chasing Cars Swap Meet continues at Veterans Park on Sunday. Admission to the event is $5, and children 12 and younger may enter for free.
Andy is a staff writer and may be reached at 415-4698.