Words by Tony Matthews
Photography by Tony & Carmen Matthews
After our whirlwind one month in Japan, we venture back to the sunny and warm West Coast of the USA and take a chillin Sunday to the awesome Pomona Swap Meet.
We made our way to the Fair Flex speedway for around 9am after grabbing some coffee. As usual, the grounds were packed with ventures selling car parts and the parking lot was over flowing with car clubs and projects for sale.
As we parked up and got out of our car, we heard in the distance, the sound of a tractor! As we turned around, we saw coming towards us one heck of a rough project. As it draws closer, we instantly recognise the Datsun 240Z rear, those large wheels and that huge engine! As it packed up next to us, smoke filled the air and we could instantly see that the engine was from a tractor. We spoke with the owners and we shall be bringing you a full feature very soon.
As the sun started to get hotter and hotter, we decided to start our search for treasure with in the parking lots, where so many projects from the West Coast make the pilgrimage every three months to Pomona.
We are always on the look out for something that stands out and for us, there is no choosing just one specific type of vehicle or style. To some car enthusiasts, they make wonder as to why sometimes we feature the most unusual projects, whether it be a rat rod or a bosozuko style vehicle.
Truth is, we look beyond what some may think as not right when it comes to customisations as we look for the most out there projects and some may not be 100% perfect, it’s the creative ideas that have gone into it that matters. Hence why we will be capturing the story of that crazy Datsun I just described above.
As we walked through the lanes of hundreds of projects, we just can’t get enough at just how diverse of car culture Pomona Swap Meet brings. There isn’t that many events or meets, where you will find a 1913 Ford Model T parked next to a VW Rabbit. It goes to show that no matter what your preference is in autos, we all love the car culture and relate to one another. If only the world would start to become this way, things would be much better.