I love swap meets. Big or small, swap meets give me a chance to see some cool stuff, and possibly buy it if the price is right. My dad raised me to go after a good deal, so I’ve been going to swap meets with him for as long as I can remember. From the good ol’ days at the Corvette Expo (when it actually had a great swap meet) to our most recent adventures, my dad and I enjoy hunting down a good deal.
This past weekend, we went to the annual Stones River region AACA swap meet in Nashville. It’s a one-day deal, and it’s generally held on Super Bowl Sunday. We drove through about an hour’s worth of heavy snow, which had the roads in very poor condition, but we finally made it through and rolled into the Tennessee State Fairgrounds. My dad and I always make a quick pass through all of the aisles, which actually isn’t very quick at a swap meet of this size. Then, we slow down and look a little harder to see if we might’ve missed something. And we did…
I always look at vintage speed parts, even if I know I can’t afford them. Some people know what they have, and some people don’t…that’s the beauty of a swap meet. Vintage drag racing wheels are my weakness though, and my dad is also on that bandwagon. Unfortunately, my dad and his friends probably “gave away” more vintage wheels that I could ever buy. As we made our more thorough pass through the outdoor portion of the swap meet, I spot the beautiful crustiness of magnesium hidden behind a box of random parts. Ahhhh, yes, a pair of Motor Wheel Fly front runners! Since it was later in the day, and they were still there, I assumed the price would be outrageous. To my surprise, the price was reasonable, but the guy knew what he had. We negotiated on a price, and then shelled out some cash.
The Fly wheels are pretty rare, and they are BY FAR the lightest wheel I’ve ever picked up. Most magnesium wheels are cast, but Fly front runners are spun magnesium. This makes them much lighter, but also makes them more fragile. They happen to be the correct bolt pattern for the Corvette, but I just don’t want to chance it. Anyway, that’s pretty much all we bought, but it was a great swap meet. It’s a must-go every year and this year, we scored some great vintage race wheels!