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Pomona Swap Meet

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Car guys may recognize Pomona's name as if it's a beach along the California coast, but Pomona is a town about an hour due east from the ocean (that is, if traffic is light, which is usually never). The NHRA website says, "Other famous SoCal [drag racing] venues have come and gone – Lions, OCIR, Irwindale, San Fernando, San Gabe – but Pomona is a survivor." Known today as Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, the dragstrip sits on part of the L.A. Fairplex, which is also home to the Pomona Swap Meet, the place where Los Angelinos find their car parts.

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With a huge Volkswagen contingency and more 1937 Chevys than I ever knew existed, the Pomona Swap Meet is the place to be the "early bird" and haul things away before another bird does. Since SoCal is the home to hot rodding culture, you'll find plenty of parts for those guys, but the cars for sale run the gamut. So do prices - one 1970 Charger R/T was priced out of this world despite the orange-peel paint on its Burnt Orange flanks, while a 1977 Chevrolet Nova SS, yellow with white stripes, was a fine deal at $8,000.

Peruse the slide show to see something that strokes your fancy. Perhaps it's not as big as Carlisle or Hershey, but Pomona is a monthly and substantial phenomenon that gives a good show to the classic car guy or gal whose interests run beyond one or two brands.

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