After I left Sunset GT, I rushed over to Long Beach to go to my first swap meet, a milestone in my life. I found out about Long Beach Swap Meet from Glasses Malone, a rapper/producer who happens to have a deep love for street racing– and also building cars to race in. Fast forward a few weeks later, and on September 10th, I was pulling up to Long Beach Veterans Stadium for their monthly meet.
I didn’t know what I was in for. First of all, this was my first time at a swap meet. New York doesn’t refer to them as swap meets. We call them flea markets (and they sell everything) and they’re held indoors, seven days a week. But this was different, every vendor sells automotive items… Plus this wasn’t just a swap meet, it was a car show too. California has an unique automotive culture and many enthusiasts build their cars. The venders at Long Beach Swap Meet actually sells every part of the car you would need to build one. I’ve seen motors, seats, doors, hoods, side fenders, bolts, steering wheels, screws, headlights, bumpers, paint, etc. You name it, there’s someone there selling it.
Although I did have a grand time at Sunset GT, I wished that it didn’t overlap with Long Beach Swap Meet. I was only able to spend the final 90 minutes of the show photographing cars, meeting people, and of course… Shopping. Believe me when I say that I will be back.
Enough talking because I know you would rather see some photos.
Bernie’s Long Beach Swap Meet gallery. Did I mention how much fun I had?