MILLARVILLE CVMG-RMS SWAP MEET 2009/ SEPT 12, 2010
The weather gods blessed us with a beautiful day to ride out to Millarville race track. If you were one of the lucky people to attend, you would have seen the bigger and better selection of vendors offering Norton, Triumph, Indian, Harley, Japanese and European bike parts. I believe this a good sign of the future for this event as we have had continuous growth and interest in the Vintage, Custom and Restoration motorcycle crowds. 2009 marked a big growth in our SWAP MEET and we believe it can continue with your support.
If the bikes in the parking lot are any indication of the direction that our motorcycle neighborhood has developed with the help of the ROCKY MOUNTAIN SECTION MILLARVILLE SWAP MEET SEPT 13 2009, (CLICK LINK FOR PICTURES) We all can look forward to Sept 12, 2010. That’s when we can view the creations from this winters fruition of love with the sport. We stand in awe of the ingenuity of the builders. From custom bobber to rat to cruiser.
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Based on the feedback, this year’s event was a great success, so we look forward to seeing you next year on September 12, 2010 !!
A Uniquely Albertan Grassroots Swap Meet
By John Wenkoff
The Canadian Vintage Motorcycle Group Rocky Mountain Section Millarville swap meet on Sunday was not too big or small, and it seemed as if everyone knew each other. Twice as big as last year, there were 46 vendors and about 500 people came through the doors indicating the increasing popularity of motorcycles in general, and the restoration / vintage hobby in particular. A chilly ride to get to Millarville, about a ½ hour South of Calgary, was rewarded with a near perfect ride home and an impressive impromptu parking lot bike show.
Indoors, but with a dirt floor and stable equipment, the venue was uniquely Albertan. The traditional Burgers and Dogs stand, real washrooms, and friendly atmosphere made the whole experience quite enjoyable. There were a wide variety of vendors at this meet. Some small businesses were displaying their products, but for the most part it was average people selling what they had in their garage, attic, or storage unit; these were the true gemstones of the meet where cheap and sometimes rare parts or even whole motorcycles could be found. There were T-shirts, new parts, old parts, leather jackets, and many other categories representing almost every major motorcycle brand there is.
As a small business vendor, I found this meet to be highly worthwhile in terms of sales, but more importantly in terms of networking and promotion. This meet was a highly specialized opportunity for anyone interested in motorcycles to meet others and gather information, in addition to the scavenging of parts. From a spectator’s point of view, I can certainly say that I was impressed with the rarity of the parts I found, and that the prices were generally fair and in some cases a total steal – a true grassroots “Swap Meet”.