(Phrases and images by Doug Gregory) – We’d all the time been instructed the Pumpkin Run was giant and that we ‘had’ to go. This occasion is held on the Clermont County Fairgrounds in Owensville, OH. For these not acquainted…it’s only a tiny bit East of Cincinnati. There was all the time one thing protecting us from going till this yr. We made the error of solely attending on Saturday. This isn’t almost sufficient time to get a great have a look at what this occasion has to supply.
On this article we cowl the swap meet, which as a result of the place we parked, was the very first thing we encountered. We didn’t go into the swap meet with something particular in thoughts. I did need to discover some 15×eight 6-lug Chevy rally wheels for my truck, however that was about it. My son did discover me a set that appeared straight. The distributors didn’t need to pack them again up so that they shot me a value that compelled me to purchase them.
This swap meet has extra conventional automotive elements than anything. Sure memorabilia is there and a few new half distributors are round, however it is a haven for all the things from Mannequin A grille shells and frames to 70s muscle automotive hop-up elements. My son managed to snag some very early Hedman Hedders that we’re nonetheless attempting to nail down an precise yr of manufacture. They’re like an early block hugger fashion and could also be as early as ’58 or ’59. They’re stout items, well-built, and nonetheless very stable. Apparently this stuff have been all hand-built. We discovered a pair articles about how they have been constructed. Fairly cool stuff, however sufficient about that…
The swap meet space is well at the least the scale of a pair soccer fields and the images will present in some areas it’s fairly crowded.
A couple of highlights:
We thought the Bradley GT was yard artwork. Fallacious. You’ll see a photograph in a later gallery of it cruising the grounds. Cool.
A lace painted Boss 429 hood scoop. If I had the spare money it’d be on my store wall.
371 Olds, not too long ago rebuilt and sporting classic pace elements.
The flat-fender Jeep-looking factor… Home made. Plywood. Chain pushed. Was operating all over and appears like a blast to drive and approach higher than your common golf cart.
We didn’t cowl greater than round a 3rd of the swap meet so there’s far more that we’ll have to attend until subsequent yr to seize.
Keep tuned for extra from the 2018 Pumpkin Run Nationals.
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