New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, April 23, 2000, Page 9

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

April 23, 2000

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 23, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas Sunday April HERALDZEITUNO Page 9A Swap Meet attracts car enthusiasts BY JOAN L RONHTION PMNOLI HeraldZeltung Correspondent Its a place where a beautiftil red 1985 Mercedes can park next to a 1959 rustcolored Studebaker looking as if it was on its last mile Both can have their own admirers The place is the Eighth Annual New Braunfels Swap Meet at the Comal County Fairgrounds this weekend The New Braunfels Area Car Club sponsors the meet which brings together buyers and sellers of antique and classic cars and car parts The event continues through today and is free to the public Oscar Barela one of many car enthusiasts who showed up for the event got his first car when he was 15 years old but said he has loved cars since I was in my mothers That first car was a 1966 Chevrolet Impala but he has half a dozen cars now including a 1958 Cadillac that he was selling at the meet Barela said he loved the swap meet This is a good place to hang out and find a lot of cool he said Among the unique items at the meet was a 1947 REO Speedwagon dump truck with a wood bed Gilbert Saunders said when he bought the truck almost two years ago he aired up the tires and started it up with the original gas that had been in it since it was parked in 1972 Saunders who was selling the truck along with two Chevy Chevelles and a 1957 Chevy Belair has been going to the swap meet since it began Its nice Its getting better and better every he said While the swap meet officially started 8 Friday vendors started showing up on Wednesday to set up their spaces said Fred Willard chairman of the swap meet have soine from Florida New York and Mexico he said Barney and Louise Calvert are the head honchos he said The Calverts started the first area swap meet in April 1993 through the car club and with the help of the New Braunfels Rotary Club When the Calverts lived in Pasadena they also helped start the Pate Swap Meet now con ducted at the Texas Motor Speedway just north of Fort Worth That meet is considered to be one of the largest in the country Willard said the first area meet in New Braunfels brought about 350 vendors but some volun teers expect the ven dor spaces to sell out this year More than 60 cars were in the car corral set up for those just want ing to leave their cars to be sold Frank Gosney pointed out a 1962 Lincoln in the car corral to his grandson Robert Billman He said it was the same kind of car Lyndon B Johnson used to tour around in at his ranch near Johnson City Gosney said the doors which open toward each other like cargo doors on a van were called suicide doors He said if people opened the door while going down the road they could fall out because of the design Or if you had a hold of the handle it could jerk you right he said Gosney and his grandson Billman came to the swap meet from Weimar near Houston to buy parts for his three Corvettes He quickly spent a couple hun dred dollars but said that wasnt much for Corvettes especially old ones Although the swap meet con tinues through today the usual accompanying car show wont be held this year because of a lack of manpower The swap meet has always been held on the weekend before the one in north and the car club helped with the meet and they even recruited members of the Early Ford V8 Club out of San Antonio to help with the a car parking area The New Braunfels Car Club donates the money raised from the swap meet to organizations such as Hospice which helped a car club member and his family when he was battling cancer and to area high schools for scholar ships for students going into automotive trade schools Lipscombs husband Linton said the car club was made up of mainly people older than 60 We kick tires and tell he Said Its a great past WHATS UP WHAT 8th Annual New Braunfels Swap Meet WHEN today is its last day WHERE Comal County Fairgrounds TICKETS Admission is free park ing is Bearing his cross Veronica portrayed by Mary Garcia wipes Jesus face played by George Peackock during a scene of the Passion play presented by Holy Family Church Friday evening The Passion play re enacts the crucifixion of Jesus Christ AMANDA HeraldZeltung Now that Norwest has teamed up with Wells Fargo you can expecl J to see a few changes Like our new company car thisywr A tot of people are raisa it but it couldnt be uuf WHKK WK Upworah Mid everybody in V ;

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