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 monitor it all
closely, which makes all of us who make the trip there worthwhile.
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 the restoration of it.
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
I hope you enjoy the photos I took at this year's event.