As ever, this year’s Hershey Porsche Swap Meet, held and hosted by the Central Pa. Region PCA, featured a range of not-to-be-missed cars, parts and people. Pennsylvania has long been a car-lovers’ haven, no matter what kind of cars you happen to be into. Maybe it’s something in the water in the Keystone state. Or perhaps it’s something to do with the area’s deep Germanic roots and legendary racing locals such as Al Holbert, or the Andretti and Leitzinger families.
Whatever the reason, there is always something to pique your interest. The basements and garages of the PA region have remarkable depth. There are interesting and rare cars, such as a pair of Holbert Racing-built 924 Turbos, exotic GT3 machinery, club racing builds, plus the piles upon piles of used parts vendors in the swap meet area with rare and odd items galore. Never mind that some of them look to have been dragged out of the swamp that very morning; as the saying goes one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. There were certainly deals to be had if you had the eye for what you were looking at, and the timing to snag it before someone else did.
Additionally new parts vendors, such as Rennline, Stoddard and others were on hand with a range of parts and services. Of course we had the Porsche Bus, #projectstuka, our own 991 GT3 and customer Dean P’s Lüfteknic-restored 912 on display, along with parts specials on KW Suspensions, Mobil 1 Delvac gear oil, Liqui Moly products and our own line of shirts and accessories. Lastly, even if you don’t own a Porsche or just like collecting knick knacks and small items there were countless numbers of spaces selling model cars, old posters and collectables of all sorts.
Although frequently cursed by foul weather, this year proved an exception to the rule and gloriously sunny skies and fair weather ruled the day. All in all a great way to spend a Saturday with friends, family and customers alike. Indeed we spent a lot of time shaking hands with old friends and customers as well as getting to know plenty of new ones as well.
For those who missed, or have considered going but never made the trip, we can assure you it’s well worth it and you should mark your calendars for 2016. We’ll see you there!