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Car collectors, restorers hit Sacramento on Saturday

Serious car collectors and restorers have been known to travel to all corners of the United States just to find a single part.

On Saturday, Sacramento will be ground zero for that dedicated bunch.

The Sacramento Classic Car & Parts Swap Meet, with roots dating back to 1965 and nationally known car collector William Harrah, will be held from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the grounds of Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Blvd.

The event began in the mid-1960s under Harrah’s guidance in Reno. Over the years, the Reno Swap Meet changed hands, but it was eventually taken over in 1999 by John Sweeney, longtime Sacramento car collector and radio personality.

Sweeney, also publisher of the monthly Northern & Central California Cruisin’ News out of Folsom, transplanted the annual meet from Reno to Sacramento in 2008.

The local event has been held in the parking lots of the former Arco Arena, then Sleep Train Arena through last year. Sweeney oversaw the move to Cal Expo this year.

Early set-up and registration can be done from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday. Registered parties can camp in their respective spaces overnight on Friday.

Hundreds of vendors are expected be on-site Saturday. An extensive “Car Corral” will feature motor vehicles of all stripes. Organizers said vendor and Car Corral spaces will be available for registration at the gate from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m. on Saturday.

The meet website lists vendor/corral spaces for $35 each.

General admission for attendees is $12. Public parking on the Cal Expo grounds is $10.

For more information, see sacramentoswapmeet.com or call 916-955-8777. Vendor applications can be downloaded from the website.

Mark Glover: 916-321-1184, @markhglover

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