30-weight in his blood

Craig Lindig is a walking encyclopedia when it comes to vintage cars.

Need a carburetor for a 1963 Comet? He probably knows who has one.

Need an original door handle for a Studebaker? Headlight housings for a late-’50s Chevrolet? Maybe a 1947 Texas license plate for that truck restoration? He can set you up.

The chairman of the Hill Country Auto Swap Meet for the past 13 years, Lindig steers potential buyers hunting that perfect part to one of the more than 700 vendors. Among other things. During the Swap, his cell phone rings constantly, and he works like a stockbroker on Wall Street, helping customers buy and sell. As chairman, he helps organize and solve issues for some of the thousands and thousands of visitors this event draws to Fredericksburg.

Because Lindig is constantly in motion and so busy during the event, I felt kind of privileged to get to spend some time with him on Saturday as we hopped on a golf cart and he steered me through the maze of vendors at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park.

“I’ve been around the auto restoration business since I was age two,” Lindig said. “Our family members were turkey farmers until my grandfather told my dad he’d lend him money to restore cars instead.”

Lindig’s dad, David, seems to have infused some 30-weight oil into the veins of Craig because he still retains his enthusiasm for old cars and for the Auto Swap Meet.

The Fredericksburg Vintage Car Club hosts the event each year, and its officers have been hard at work for the past two months — on the 2014 event. There’s a lot to do to organize all those vendors and get the word out to the many car enthusiasts who make the trek to the ’Burg for this event.

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