Swap Meet Gold, Hunting Treasure with the Goodguys
Hunting for Swap Meet gold is a cherished pastime of car guys. During yesterday’s Goodguys Southwest Nationals at Westworld outside Scottsdale, Arizona we found the ultimate automotive treasure hunt. Their swap meet here is one of the biggest of the year. In fact, it’s one of the biggest of its kind in the southwest region stocked with parts, turn-key cars for sale, bicycles, automobilia, nostalgia, Americana and more. They even serve fresh pit-smoked beef butt. Want a steak sandwich to go along with your freshly-scored Hemi valve covers? Come here.
We walked through the entire swap meet which runs a good ½ mile in length around the perimeter berm of Westworld. The swap meet encircles half of the giant polo field stuffed with over 3,000 hot rods, customs, and muscle cars. It’s sensory overload. Both swappers and show participants come here from all over the united states to sell their wares and bask in the nation’s last sliver of balmy weather.
While walking through the entire procession of parts purveyors we met graybeards from Canada, kids from Prescott, baby boomers from the cold weather states and of course desert locals. They all had one aim. To look over the gold and do some old-fashioned horse-tradin’. As you might imagine, CASH is king. Your bargaining prowess will be tested.
On our journey we saw original 427 Cobra parts. We saw ready-to-swap LS motors. We saw Chevy K20 camper specials. We saw big blocks, small blocks, genie cross ram 302 Z/28 intakes, Hilborn stacks, bumpers, and valve covers around every corner. Carburetors from the big three could be found on nearly every table. Hubcaps? We probably saw 2,000 of ‘em and wheels too.
One of the perks for buyers here are the parts taxis. Friendly guys with handy truck carts to tow your freshly purchased gold right back to your vehicle out in the parking lot. They work solely on tips and are just as happy to serve the $5 tippers as they are the $20 tippers. It’s all part of the experience.
We got in on the action too. It’s never too early for Christmas gifts and we sincerely hope dad loves the vintage clock we got him for $10 bucks! Being we flew here, the only quest which remains is how to muscle it on to the plane.
You can view the entire 2018 Goodguys schedule here. What kind of swap meet gold will you find next year?