INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY FLEA MARKET
is one of the largest and most diversified events of
its kind held anywhere and it is this weekend,
November 3rd and 4th, at the Thompson International
speedway. For the 41st consecutive year, the
speedway gates will open for Don Hoenig’s Original
Automotive Swap Meet and Flea Market. This annual
event draws some 1,500 dealers and literally
thousands of buyers during the two-day event.
Nearly 100 acres of the sprawling Thompson
International Speedway complex are filled with items
of virtually every description. While primarily an
automotive event, it has grown over the years to
include much, much more than car and truck parts.
Buyers will find a huge variety of new and used
items for sale at more than reasonable prices. Race
cars and parts, trucks, trailers, tools, crafts,
motorcycles, ATVs, tires and wheels are just a few
of the thousands of items displayed each year.
Those who intend to display items for sale may take
advantage of an early setup by arriving on Friday,
November 2nd between 10 AM and 8 PM. For a nominal
fee of $25.00, they are allowed to select an area of
their preference and get their displays fully
prepared for the 7 AM opening to the buying public
on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Those choosing to
arrive on Saturday or Sunday will be assigned
display areas based on a first-come, first-served
basis. Gates will open on both Saturday and Sunday
for sellers at 5 AM. Vendor’s spaces are 30’ X 15’
in size and are priced at $75.00 for the weekend.
Sellers, who come from all over the eastern U.S.,
may purchase as many spaces as they need to display
Many sellers arrive with huge displays of brand new
items and make those items available at a fraction
of their suggested retail prices. Others arrive with
a pickup truck filled to capacity with items they no
longer need and simply want to turn them into cash.
Many displays fall between these two and offer a
tremendous variety of both new and used parts and
accessories. It is a haven for anyone looking to
restore a vehicle, get started in almost any kind of
racing, stock up on spare parts or complete a tool
or accessory inventory.
For hundreds of buyers and sellers, it is a full
weekend of fun and exploration. Wheeling and
dealing, a New England tradition, is always part of
the fun that makes this event so special not to
mention finding that rare treasure that you’ve been
trying to find for years. Admission is just $11.00
and free camping is offered by the track to those
who wish to stay in their self-contained campers.
Those looking for more information may call the
track office at 860-923-2280 or may visit the
track’s web site.
Source: Russ Dowd / Thompson International Speedway