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Best Swap Meet Finds: Trucks

Rigs for show, sale, and transport duty seen at SoCal’s monthly high-performance sale-a-thon

Oct 16, 2020
Let's face it: As we continue to navigate through an ever-changing and increasingly challenging world, thankfully there are still a few things in our lives and society that remain as "normal" as they've ever been. Yes, despite pandemic conditions in the U.S. and around the world, enthusiasm for trucks—and modifying them-hasn't waned.
As a matter of fact, the passion might be stronger than it ever has been. We believe this is true based on the large (but socially distanced) turn out of truck and car fans attending Topping Events' October 2020 high-performance swap meet, at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Long Beach, California. The swap meet, held each month (since 1983) in the venue's spacious parking lot, is a place where direct, person-to-person deals are negotiated for modified trucks, and for parts and accessories that cover all areas of improvement and customization.
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The meet is also a great truck-sighting location. Attendees typically drive there in pickups (gotta have something to haul swap-meet treasures home with), and trucks are also sellers' vehicles of choice for carting or towing their wares to and from Veterans Stadium. In some instances, pickups are also displayed as onsite rolling business cards, highlighting a shop's craftsmanship and handiwork.
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Although parts, tools, and other items are the Long Beach High Performance Swap Meet's staple commodities, the presence of trucks and even vans on the property is very strong. Diesel Power editor KJ Jones spent one early Sunday morning walking the grounds at Vets' Stadium and assembled the following photos and video of the utilitarian, custom, unique, and awesome trucks that were there.

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