Chickasha National Pre-War Swap Meet

Chickasha, Oklahoma March 16-18, 2006

By Dick Shappy

Joe Ersland (left) posing with Dick Shappy
Joe Ersland (left) posing with Dick Shappy at this year's National Chickasha Pre-War Swap Meet. Joe is the originator and grandfather of this event. Without his efforts, this great annual event would have never taken place.

Once a year in mid March, Joe and Mike Ersland host the "National Pre-War Swap Meet" in Chickasha, Oklahoma. It is billed as the event where "east meets west" and is a unique kind of swap meet where only pre world war 2 parts and accessories are allowed. For a collector like myself, who mostly enjoys the early automobiles, it is great to move from one space to the next and see only early parts and memorabilia for sale. One does not have to fight through the trinkets and jewelry or car models and all kinds of other new car junk. The organizers of this meet are quite serious about what is allowed to be sold here and they monitor it closely, which makes the trip here worthwhile for all of us.

This year, it was truly an event where "east meets west" for me because I delivered my unrestored 1913 Cadillac to Chickasha and picked up my 1912 Cadillac which was delivered from Pasadena, California where it had been under restoration by Loren Burch for the past few years. Loren then returned to California with my 1913 Cad and has already begun its restoration.

Many vendors
Every vendor seems to have his own specialty.

After the Christmas holiday nonsense and the boredom that accompanies the long cold winter, I always look forward to this meet. This years meet rated a ten in my book as we had perfect weather for the first two days and it was nice to see many of my car collecting buddies. I was also successful in finding many early hard-to-find parts for my many ongoing restorations.

I hope you enjoy the photos I took at this year's event.