Ron Elton doesn’t mind spending three years restoring vintage cars.
This weekend he will be joined at the Bay of Plenty Vintage Car Club Swap Meet by thousands of others who have a similar passion.
Ron Elton with a collection of vintage cars including a 1934 Triumph Gloria.
Ron is the chairman of the Bay of Plenty Vintage Car Club and is expecting thousands of people to attend the event at the club’s headquarters on Cliff Road in central Tauranga, near the rose gardens.
The swap meet is an opportunity for vintage car buffs from all over the North Island to come together.
There will be vintage cars and parts for sale, various bric-a-brack and cars on display at the swap meet.
Vintage cars such as a 1937 Railton drop head coup, MG Roadster and Ford Model A are some of the vehicles which will be displayed on the day.
Ron has just started restoring his third vintage car, a 1934 Triumph Gloria, and estimates it will take him three years to complete.
He has most of the parts for the car but is still looking for the odd part.
A 1931 Rover and 1951 MG Roadster are the other two vintage cars he has restored.
“It’s such an achievement to say that I’ve actually built my own car from scratch,” says Ron.
The swap meet starts at 7am on Sunday, October 18. Entry is $5 or $10 for individuals who wish to sell items or a car.