Gearhead's paradise

EYEING 'OLD BLUE' — Billy Heimann of Kerrville checks out this 1929 Chevrolet Huckster, owned by Bob Gilmore of College Station. — Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

By Ken Esten Cooke —


When asked if he had any interest in his 1929 Chevrolet truck for sale, Bob Gilmore of College Station said he’d had a lot of “Be Backs.”

“That’s what we call them,” he said. “They look at it and ask about purchasing, then say, ‘I’ll be back’.”

Gilmore was among more than 700 vendors at the 36th Annual Hill Country Auto Swap Meet, held Friday through Sunday at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park and sponsored by the Fredericksburg Vintage Car Club.

The event has grown so much that the entire non-golf course area of the park is taken up by vendor booths. Car lovers, mechanics, collectors and treasure hunters packed the parking areas and circled around checking out vendors that sold everything from transmissions, to license plates, to fully restored autos.

“We’re don’t really cater to one specific era of car,” said Craig Lindig, chairman of the event. “The custom car work attracts a lot of people, but the club is more about vintage, original autos.”

The “car corral,” seated in the middle of the vendor area, featured many makes and models of cars and nearly every stage of renovation.

Members of the Fredericksburg Vintage Car Club spend more than a year putting together the event, sending out newsletters, traveling to other car shows and advertising in trade publications.

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