Automobile swap meet to benefit veterans
by Cheree Dye
Feb 02, 2014 | 2517 views | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Mark Land, purveyor of vintage hot rods and longtime nostalgic drag racing enthusiast, travels all over the country to car-related events. Last year he decided Bartow County would be a fitting place to host just such a gathering.

Situated between Chattanooga and Atlanta and in close proximity to the interstate, Cartersville is easily accessible and already has a base of vintage car admirers. Beginning in February, the Vintage Tin Hotrod Swap Meet will meet on the second Saturday of every month through November at the American Legion Carl Boyd Post 42.

“The swap meet market is something that is for old-car enthusiasts who restore and rebuild cars; they are always hunting parts,” Land said. “This will also give vendors a place to come. That is what it is all about; people making contacts and meeting other enthusiasts. It’s about selling products, people introducing their businesses and showcasing what they are doing in the automotive industry whether it be collector cars, restorations or fabrications.”

While following the drag racing and hot rod circuit, Land realized there was an opportunity to expand the market. Perry and Moultrie have two swap meets per year and Sumter County, Fla., has one monthly; however, there are very few other gatherings for participants in the hobby to meet.

“I noticed that the American Legion only has the fair once a year and thought we could create an event that would benefit everyone,” Land said. A percentage of the proceeds will be donated to the American Legion Post at 1 Roosevelt St., Cartersville.

“We started 10 months ago putting out 10,000 fliers all over the Southeast,” Land said. “We are advertising on numerous websites and so far we have been well received. The vendors I have talked to all over the South are very excited. We have talked to numerous small companies and even some big names. Coker Tire in Chattanooga, the premier collector car tire maker in the United States, is looking at doing some events with us.”

The 17-acre fairground will be available to vendors of trucks, cars, motorcycles, parts and tools, with no limit on space, for $20. Visitors can peruse the swap meet for $5 and children under 12 are admitted free. Open from 7 a.m. till 3 p.m., there also will be special $5 parking for anyone who desires to showcase a hot rod or motorcycle.

Glen Thompson, vice commander of the American Legion Carl Boyd Post 42, said, “We are looking forward to a great relationship with the vendors and Mr. Land. A portion of the money made will come back to the veterans; that is why we partnered.”

The Legion donates to wounded warriors, provides meals for shut-ins, assists with rides to the hospital and contributes to the National Emergency Fund, which assists veterans during a time of crisis. The fund was used last here in Bartow County to assist in the aftermath of the tornado that affected Adairsville in 2013.

For more information, please contact Mark Land at 678-713-6220.