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Saturday swap meet in Sacramento features all things automotive

It has been called a gearhead’s dream, a gathering where you can find everything from a rusting fixer-upper of a classic car to rare auto components worth their weight in gold to a restorer.

The Sacramento Classic Car & Parts Swap Meet will take place from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday on the grounds of Sleep Train Arena.

The event, with roots dating back to 1965 and nationally known car collector William Harrah, typically draws thousands to the Sleep Train venue north of downtown Sacramento. Over time, the Reno Swap Meet changed hands, eventually taken over in 1999 by longtime Sacramento car collector and radio personality John Sweeney.

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

Over the past eight years, large crowds have continued to show up for what Sweeney calls a “traditional old-style swap meet.”

Hundreds of vendors offering automotive parts and accessories will be on the grounds Saturday, and vendors can set up from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday. Vendor spaces start at $25, and event organizers said they will accept vendor registrations on the day of the event. Vendor spaces are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

Spaces in the event’s “Car Corral,” featuring vehicles for sale, start at $35.

General admission for attendees is $10. Organizers said there is no charge for parking, but they are asking attendees to inform workers at Sleep Train’s toll plaza entry booths that they are attending the swap meet.

A “power parking” option also is being offered for attendees bringing a classic hot rod or those wanting to park inside the swap meet grounds for $25, which includes two admission passes. Power parkers can enter via the vendor gate at the north end of Sports Parkway bordering the arena.

For more information, see or call (916) 955-8777.

Mark Glover: 916-321-1184, @markhglover