Alan Bell has been to every Rocky Swap and has already packed his trailer with items he hopes to sell at this year’s event.
Alan Bell has been to every Rocky Swap and has already packed his trailer with items he hopes to sell at this year’s event.

Rocky Swap rolling along after 15yrs

ALAN Bell calls himself a fiddler rather than a mechanic.

But as the 78-year-old reminisced about his eight-year vintage car restoration project turning a 1929 Essex coupe from a rusty shell to a gleaming piece of machinery, it’s obvious Alan is more than just a fiddler.

Passionate about cars from a young age, it’s easy to understand why the Rockhampton man has been part of the Rocky Swap, a Central Highlands favourite with enthusiasts since its inception.

“I was a part of it when it was run by the Rockhampton Veteran and Vintage Motor Club Incorporated, when it was just a small car swap and it’s just grown immensely from there,” Alan said.

“But it’s definitely a credit to the organisers because they’ve done so well with putting it on every year.”

And tomorrow, the Rockhampton Showgrounds will host the biggest Rocky Swap in its 15-year history, hosting 1100 sites – a record.

Bookings co-ordinator Beth Hubbert said it was not just car parts you’d find at the swap.

“People travel from as far south as Melbourne and as far north as Cairns to come to this swap and are selling things from household goods to eccentric items, so it’s a day the whole family will enjoy,” Beth said.


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