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Sunday, January 31, 2010

Car auction, swap meet moving to Talladega Superspeedway

1954 Pontiac - runs good, $3200. For sale in 2009 Fairgrounds car corral. 
 
Old car auction, swap meet forced out from landmark racetrack site. Bill Chapman's Alabama Antique & Classic Car Auction, Car Corral & Swap Meet is moving from the Alabama State Fairgrounds in Birmingham to Talladega Superspeedway's infield. Chapman's annual automotive event is Alabama’s version of Barrett-Jackson’s mega buck auction seen on SpeedTV. It has grown every year since 1980 when Chapman started it. "We had outgrown the Fairgrounds but had not planned to move," Chapman said. For the past 28 years the event has been held at what was the home of the oldest race track in Alabama. Circumstances forced Chapman to move the event 52 miles away to the notorious infield of NASCAR's Talladega Superspeedway the weekend of February 26-28, 2010.

"Last year's event almost didn't take place. Buildings that we were supposed to have access to at the Fairgrounds were being torn down the week of the show," Chapman said. "The city of Birmingham destroyed a source of revenue." Former Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford, convicted of 60 bribery-related counts on Oct. 28, 2009, spearheaded a plan that proposed to build an Olympic-style village in the place of the historic 5/8th-mile race track known as BIR or Birmingham International Raceway. The race track, grandstands, along with most of the buildings, excluding the Bill Harris Arena, were demolished last year.

I wrote about Chapman's final antique auction at the Fairgrounds, (here and here).
Chapman says the Talladega car auction/corral and swap meet will be a full 3-day event. Spectators will enter through a gate near turn 3 and drive across the backstretch of the track into the infield. If you attend the show be sure to check out the cars in the parking lot too. At past shows I have seen a large number of spectator's classic cars in the parking lot with for sale signs propped in their windows.
More than 400 cars are expected in the car corral. That's where you can sell your own car from an assigned spot. Cost is $100 per car.
Saturday at 11 a.m. the car auction takes place inside the Sprint Cup Garage. "This will allow a travel day for those from out of town." Chapman also said he "expects this to be the largest show he has ever had." Last year more than 100 cars went through the auction.
This should be a good time to find a deal on a classic vehicle or that hard to find part you need. That is, if junkyardlifers have cash to spare? Also, the Dixie Vintage Automobile Club is also hosting a car show on pit road during the 3-day event.

DETAILS
Alabama Antique & Classic Car Auction, Car Corral & Swap Meet
February 26-28, 2010


Schedule
Friday, February 26        8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday, February 27    8 a.m. - 6 p.m.        Auction Time: 11 a.m. Saturday
Sunday, February 28      8 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Tickets
Three (3) Day Ticket    $25.00
Single Day Ticket         $10.00
Children 10 and under FREE  
Flea Market
10' X 20' Outside Space    $100.00
10' X 10' Limited Inside    $100.00 (Pre-Registration Required)
Car Corral
Sale Your Car Outside      $100.00
Auction
Attention Sellers - All you pay is $100.00 Entry Fee (5% Commission Charge Buyers & Sellers)
Bring Cars and Proper Papers. Minimum Seller Fee $200 or 5%
Attention Buyers - Bidder Registration is $10.00
Bring Cash, Cashier's Check or Irrevocable Bank Letter of Credit. Bring your car haulers and trailers.  Minumum Buyers Fee $200 or 5%
For more info contact Bill Chapman 205-426-5256 or email here.

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