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Motorsports swap meet drawing regional interest

Area motorsports enthusiasts are getting revved up for the first annual Buffalo City Motorsports Swap Meet at the Jamestown Civic Center on Jan. 25.

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One of the event’s organizers, Ben Elhard, said as of Friday about 30 tables had been spoken for, and he has received numerous calls about it. A similar event in Glyndon, Minn., recently only managed to draw three tables.

“We figured it was overdue in Jamestown and for sure it needed to happen,” Elhard said. “We’re going to have as much stuff as possible, a variety of everything so we can get it all in in one shot.”

Attendees will be buying, selling or trading anything motorsports related, including vehicles, parts, tools, electronics and apparel. Elhard said a lot of racing equipment will be up for sale, ranging from motors and transmissions to entire race cars. Some sellers told Elhard they will be bringing snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles and Elhard himself hopes to sell a couple vehicles he owns, which will be available for test drives in the Civic Center parking lot. Vendors from as far as Watertown, S.D., have reserved tables, and flyers have been sent out as far as Minneapolis.

The Classic Car Club Winter Wheels car show will return to the Civic Center on Feb. 8, and Civic Center Director Pam Fosse said new events cropping out of old events is a growing trend for the city’s event and convention center.

“Basically members or spectators that have that same interest will bring forth their own type of show, so it seems to be a domino effect,” Fosse said. “Once we start some of those events then suddenly people are monitoring their own interests in bringing in these (new) events.”

The Civic Center raised its rental rate in July to cover the cost of labor. Fosse said use of the facility costs about $1,000 depending on the type of show. Elhard said he hopes the swap meet will at least break even and that the event will grow in the coming years.

“I think there’s enough interest already where it’s worth doing again,” he said. “If we only get 25, 30 tables it’s just going to go up from there. Our advertising will grow; we’ll spread around a bit. It’s kind of tangled right now because it’s our first year doing it, and we’re trying to figure out all the angles and everything so next year we’ll be a little better organized, not that we’re completely out of whack here.”

The swap meet runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and tickets are $5. Tables are $50 or two for $80 and can be reserved by calling (701) 685-2660, (701) 830-1916 or (701) 252-1423. Vendors can set up from 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 24 or at 8 a.m. on the day of the event. Sponsors are Central Auto and Services of Jamestown and Ox Racing Supply of Nortonville, N.D.

Sun reporter David Luessen can be reached at (701) 952-8455 or by email at

If you go

What: Buffalo City Motorsports Swap Meet

When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 25,

Where: Jamestown Civic Center

Admission: $5