The El Camino Swap Meet
If It's Not Here, You Don't Need It
Photography by Frank Kaisler
The El Camino College Antique Motorcycle Show & Swap Meet is the continuation of the La Mirada Swap Meet that was held years ago in the parking lot of a shopping center. Today, the El Camino Swap Meet is held at its new home at El Camino College in Torrance, California. Traditionally, the El Camino Swap Meet came the week before the famed Del Mar Races outside of San Diego, California. The races at Del Mar have faded into history, but the swap meet at El Camino College survives and does quite well under the promotion of Bator International.
This year, the vendor areas on the top deck of the parking structure were mostly full with a varied array of motorcycle parts. The back area of the lot featured a show with a good representation of bikes, even surprisingly, some customs and bobbers.
Walking the aisles of bike parts was an education in itself. While one part caught our eye at one spread of parts, we could not help but overhear a couple of guys talking next to us, their arms plunged deep within a milk crate full of rust-colored motorcycle parts. The same two guys must have been friends of some sort, because at one time they both had their arms in the same crate. They did come out with two different parts however.
After spending our money on stuff that we brought back to the workshop to put on a shelf for a later project, we bid adieu to the vendors packing up and headed west.
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