Plenty of interest at Shepparton Swap Meet

September 08, 2017

Kialla's Phil Podbury holds onto a Rotax instrument cluster for his 1928 Sunbeam, which he found at a past Shepparton Swap Meet.

The Shepparton Showgrounds will be abuzz with activity when the annual Shepparton Swap Meet revs into gear this Sunday.

Beginning in 1971, the Shepparton Swap Meet is known to be one of the biggest meets in Victoria and regularly attracts thousands from across the state.

It is also the Goulburn Valley Motor Vehicle Drivers Club Inc’s largest fundraiser for the year and is used by the club to help raise money for different charities they support.

For Kialla’s Phil Podbury, the event is a great way to find important parts for the vehicles he is restoring at home.

At a past swap meet, Mr Podbury managed to find a part for his 1928 Sunbeam and is now looking for a lever to plug into it at this swap meet.

‘‘It’s only by attending swap meets like Shepparton and Bendigo that you’re able to find parts that are fairly rare,’’ he said.

‘‘I’m always looking for small parts like contact-breakers and different spark plugs, which you don’t actually need, but always come in handy in case you have a breakdown.’’

Mr Podbury’s 1928 Sunbeam took about 16 years to restore and has been on the road for 12 years now. The swap meet will include more than 600 stall holders featuring a wide variety of veteran, vintage, classic and motorcycle parts, collectables and bric-a-brac.

Mr Podbury is the vice-president of the GV Motor Vehicle Drivers Club and has been attending the Shepparton Swap Meet since 1989.

‘‘We’re hoping for a good swap this weekend,’’ he said.

‘‘There’s plenty of food stalls, plenty to see, lots to buy and whatever your interest is, it’s there.’’

The Shepparton Buy and Swap will be held on Sunday, September 10, from 7.30am at the Shepparton Showgrounds, cnr Thompson and High Sts, Shepparton.

Entry is $5 for adults and free for children under 16.

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