Vendors at the Hororata Mechanical Only Swap Meet specialise in mechanical parts and items

Hororata’s mechanical swap meet

by Ann van Engelen

Saturday, September 21 marks the 10th anniversary of the Mechanical Only Swap Meet held at the Hororata Domain from 7am to 1pm.

The event is organised by locals, John and Dave, who saw a need for a vintage, veteran, classic cars, motorcycles, parts, tools and mechanical related stuff event.

“We wanted to cater for mechanical parts only because most swap meets have gone off track and become overgrown garage sales with bric-a-brac and unrelated items,” says organiser John Foster.

“The event has been well supported over the years, and we have approximately 50 sites with vintage and classic parts available.”

The first two years the fire brigade were the volunteers, then the Hororata school swimming club. St John’s Church, the Hororata Historical Society and others have contributed in making the day a success and have been the benefactors of some of the proceeds for their work during the years.

“Jason Kupe’s famous butcher’s pie and Bazza’s Sunshine bacon butties will be available on site along with drinks. This year some of the proceeds will support St John’s Church and Terrace Station Charitable Trust,” says John.

“It is a small event and has become very popular with some 500 people coming through the gates each year from across the country. They travel from Invercargill, the West Coast, Tauranga, Wellington and further afield.

The reserve and domain are always good, and people have been known to bring their classic cars and motorcycles for a drive and display them together in one area making it more interesting.

Entry is $5 with children under 12 years old free. Vendor sites available on the day are $15 with a strict ‘no bric-a-brac and household items’ policy in place.