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A collection of Corvettes are on display Sunday at the largest West Coast automotive swap meet and classic car show. The annual event is held at the Fairplex, where people look to purchase rare car parts, admire the classic cars and with other car enthusiasts. / photo by Nikky Huynh

A collection of Corvettes are on display Sunday at the largest West Coast automotive swap meet and classic car show. The annual event is held at the Fairplex, where people look to purchase rare car parts, admire the classic cars and with other car enthusiasts. / photo by Nikky Huynh

Destinee Mondragon
Staff Writer

The Fairplex in Pomona hosted the George Cross and Sons Swap Meet & Classic Car Show Sunday. With local car vendors in over 2,000 slots, the swap meet featured tons of hard-to-find car parts and accessories, some at bargain prices. 

“One could learn a thing or two about cars and how the car industry has evolved and taken inspiration from these classic beauties,” said Chad Westrick, a swap meet volunteer. 

There were thousands of original and restored classic cars – Fords, Chevys, Mustangs – on display and for sale.

“I enjoy bringing my family to these types of events because it reminds me of my father and how his love of cars made me come to appreciate the things that get us from place to place,” said Brianna Lopez.

Food stands sold malts, baked potatoes, draft beer and kettle corn. 

Classic cars from the 1950s, drove alongside pedestrians to show off designs. 

Car mechanic and classic car vendor Ryan Smith said that these car shows are no longer about buying cars that vendors hope to profit from, but rather for families to stroll around, barbecue and drink alcohol. 

“It hasn’t been so good for me as a vendor because no one is buying anything anymore,” Smith said. “A lot of people at these events are look-e-loos.”

Smith said he hoped to sell his 1973 bright orange Volkswagen Bus. He invested time and effort into the car, and he hoped to get it off his hands. 

“Fixing cars is the only thing I know how to do. I can’t sing or dance, so fixing cars is my thing,” Smith said.

Local classic car vendor Mark Labouf was selling a mint green 1951 Kaiser with a pleated alligator skin interior. 

Labouf said the interior was made to be flashy to get consumer attention due to the competitiveness of other car companies in the 1950s.

“I think our automobile industry has made America what it is and help appreciate our classics and ancestry,” Labouf said.

Destinee Mondragon can be reached at destinee.mondragon@laverne.edu.

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