Car show is ‘happy place’ for many regulars

Isabel Amezquita
Staff Writer

The Fairplex hosted the Pomona Swap Meet and Classic Car Show on Sunday, allowing car enthusiasts to enjoy a morning till afternoon outing with family and friends.

Hundreds of visitors attended the event to shop, browse, sell, and eat with food options such as taco trucks, pizza stands, lemonade, hot dogs and more.  

The event is held seven times a year, with roughly 2,000 vendors selling unique cars, car parts, car cleaning supplies, clothing, food, toys, shoes, and so much more at such a low price.

Cars on display included old school minivans, Volkswagens, and Mustangs and modern Corvettes, Scions and Porsches.   

Claudio Duran, a vendor and browser from Fresno, said he has been coming to this event for 34 years. 

“We enjoy the old classic pickups and occasionally we come here to buy parts,” Duran said. “This time around we have a truck, an old ’70s Chevy, and we will be trying to sell it today. We are from Fresno, so we try to come as often as possible because there’s only seven of these a year.”

Brandon Duran, Claudio Duran’s son, said being here in the element is what truly makes him happy. 

“I have been coming here since I was 5 years old, and for me this is such a sweet memory,” Brandon Duran said. “To me, this is my Disneyland, this is my happy place.”

Becky Montoya, a vendor at the event, said she enjoys the way each person leaves her stand with a smile by providing help, advice, or merchandise. 

“I am a vendor here with my Custom Designs Unlimited stand,” Montoya said. “We don’t have a shop, but we like to come here to sell. The community loves the quality of our T-shirts … Our small business has been alive for 20 years now, and we love our valued customers. Even if people don’t buy our merchandise, we are always glad to help.” 

Donovan Rivera, Pomona resident who visited Sunday, said he has been coming to the event for over 20 years and he enjoys fixing up old cars.

“I have been fixing up cars for as long as I can remember,” Rivera said. “This event has helped me greatly because I find car parts here that I cannot find elsewhere. Some … are custom made so they add a unique touch to whenever I finish my cars.” 

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