Chevrolet enthusiasts 40th annual Swap Meet
The 40th annual Pukekohe Swap Meet will be celebrated over the weekend of Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 March. 
The first was held in 1977, at the A and P showgrounds in Pukekohe, after the Chevrolet Enthusiasts, Chrysler Restorers and Ford clubs put their heads together to organise an event. 
At the time, Swap Meets were almost unheard of in New Zealand. 
The event grew and grew until there were traffic jams and not enough room for any more sites, due to the popularity. This led to different clubs putting on their own Meets, so that there was one every few weeks. 
With sites like Trade Me impacting the Swap Meets, it's noted that people still enjoy being able to inspect the goods before buying.
Over the years, the stalls have changed, from simply car parts to more bric-a-brac stalls. Now there is something for everyone at Swap Meets, from cars and car parts, to tools, machinery, memorabilia, crockery, clothing, kids toys and plants. 
The Chevrolet Enthusiasts club say the Swap Meets are making a steady resurgence but have a way to go before it reaches the popularity it was 20 years ago. 
There will be entertainment on Saturday afternoon and evening, and food stalls will be available. 
For more information check out www.chevroletclub.co.nz or call the Swap Meet hot line, Rob 027 4955 567 or Tom 09 630 5656.