- - Photos from the 2016 Swap Meet - -
NOTICE: Recent snowstorms in the Chicago area have bypassed the Swap Meet site and have had no effect on plans for the event. Streets and parking lots are clear with a mid 40's & clear forecast for the weekend, and no further snow in the forecast. So COME ON DOWN!
Since 1997 the CMGC swap meet has been held at the DuPage County Fairgrounds in Wheaton, Illinois. Both the content and the gate admission has been increasing yearly (with the exception of one very bad snow storm in 2007). After many years of being held in late February, the Swap Meet will henceforth be held on the third Sunday in March.
This switch should increase the odds of good weather and will also result in improved parking availability most years. There is no change or alteration to the actual site or layout, so vendors and customers alike will find a familiar situation when they arrive. Vendor registration will be conducted as usual
To get to the swap meet, start at Roosevelt Road (IL-38) and either IL-59 or IL-53. From IL-59 go east on IL-38, 2.9 miles to County Farm Road. Or from IL-53 go west on IL-38, 4.8 miles to County Farm Road. This intersection has a traffic light and McDonalds and Burger King restaurants. Go north on County Farm Road 0.4 miles to the first traffic light. Turn east on Manchester Road and proceed 0.5 miles to the entrance. -- Click for map
This meet is intended for all marques of British cars. This is not a car show. Our goal is to provide a meeting place for buyers and sellers of used parts, new parts, accessory items, tools, memorabilia, and just about anything else of interest to the British car enthusiast.
Our 21st meet promises to be the best yet! It has become a regional event!
The site is an indoor heated facility that is centrally located in the Chicago area. Last year over 800 buyers attended, and the vendor spaces were nearly sold out. This event has had strong support from all of the British car clubs in the Chicago area, and this year looks to be bigger than ever before.
The British Car Swap Meet & Auto Jumble is advertised in all major enthusiast publications as well as many daily newspapers of all major cities surrounding Chicago in a multi-state campaign; many out of state buyers and vendors attend this event each year.
This year we are urging vendors and shoppers alike to make use of the Chicago area “Craigslist” online classified advertising system prior to the Swap Meet. We hope this will make it easier for shoppers and vendors alike to know whether a certain item will be available or will be wanted. We recommend using the “Auto Parts” category, with these keywords in the ad:
PARTS MG, TRIUMPH, AUSTIN HEALEY, JAGUAR, LOTUS, BRITISH
and we recommend using the Chicago area Craigslist only as a clearing house for this program. Shoppers seeking parts should add “WANTED” to their posting headline.
Fees and Ticket Prices:
Gate Admission tickets will be $5. Kids 12 and under (accompanied by an adult) are still free. As always, parking is free. Nearby lodging is available for out of town visitors. If you need additional information you may contact:
Victor L'Heureux 815-893-6535 or Jim Evans 630-858-8192
or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Vendor spaces will be $35 per space (10x10 feet), tables are $5 each, chairs are $1 each (sorry, no tail gate selling allowed). Car Corral spaces (about 10x20) will be $20 (no parts sales allowed in coral). Vendor spaces may be filled by late April or early March, so early registration is highly recommended. Download a Vendor Registration Form in printable format. -- Doors will be open for vendor setup at 6:00am Sunday. If you need additional information see contacts above.