Buy or Swap

January 10th, 2019
Buy or Swap
When Peter Micklem heard about the old 1966 MGB for sale at the Hahndorf & District Lions Club Swap meet his first thought was whether or not his wife would let him buy it.

After a combination of old age and a bout of temporary insanity Peter bought the car.

Now four years later with a restored model and another model cheekily purchased, Peter’s wife happily claims the MGB as her own.

President of the Lions club Stephen Spier said Peter’s buy was a testiment for the wide range of treasures on sale at the annual swap meet which has been held for over 20 years.

“We have car parts, bric a brac, tools, motorbike parts, books about cars, fishing rods, clothes, all sorts of things,” Stephen said.

“You can get items that aren’t available for retail sale or stuff cheaper than retail price.”

With over 180 sellers, an estimated 1,500 people are expected to spend Sunday, January 20 hunting through the treasures.

Peter’s advice would be to get in early as the gates open at 6am and it’s first come, first served.

After stripping back his model B and repainting the car a maroon colour, the car is officially ready for the road, something Peter wishes they were ready for more often.

“We get out in the cars a couple of times a month – not as much as we’d like but that’s the case with most things,” Peter said.

Peter’s passion for working on cars came from his family as his brother already collects old MGs and his son, who is helping with the restoration is currently working on his own old Porsche renovation.

His son, Sydney MFS firefighter is also partly responsible in helping his father pick up Peter’s second MG purchase.

After lovingly transporting the black 1953 MG TD back to Adelaide Peter didn’t need to carry out any further restoration processes as the car was in mint condition.

“It’s the most lovely car to drive around in the Hills – an open sports car on the curvy beautiful roads of the Adelaide Hills is a lot of fun,” Peter said.

The day will be suitable for all – families, wife’s and children – with a barbeque breakfast put on by the CFS.

The money raised from the event will go towards a new water fountain in the Alec Johnson Park in Hahndorf complete with wheelchair accessibility and dog bowl.

To find out more or join the Lions club contact Stephen on 0481 950 228.

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