CAR buff Michael Kynenburg sold a kerosene cooker at a Launceston swap meet yesterday and is on the lookout for a left-hand door.
He was one of thousands of people who went to the twice-yearly Veteran Car Club of Australia swap meet at the car park of the National Automobile Museum of Tasmania in Cimitiere Street.
Mr Kynenburg, of Westbury, said he had stored the cooker in his loft for 18 years, so it was time to sell.
He said he had been restoring cars for many years and built up a collection of secondhand parts that had gone from being worth little to being sought-after rarities.
So he regularly attended the swap meetings to sell his collection, but was also after parts for his latest projects.
He said one part that he wanted was a Holden HR left-hand door.
Swap meet organiser Ken Watts said the event was always popular, with 2000-3000 people turning up yesterday to see the 53 sites.
Mr Watts said the appeal of the day was a combination of a social day out, the chance to get that hard-to-find car part and the lure of cut-price museum entry.
He said stallholders turned up early, followed by a steady flow of buyers.
``They start setting up from 6.15 in the morning,'' Mr Watts said.
``You come down at that time and people are running around with torches.''
The next meet will be held between 9am and 1pm on Sunday, September 29.
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