The Bama Swap and Drags was created by father and son team, Rick and Michael Lewis a few years back. Their main goal was to provide a low cost event for spectators, securing vendors that shared the common bond of vintage parts and for everyone to have a good ol’ time. I reached out to Michael for the low down and had Debbie Fitch capture the event for us.
"We went into the week of the Swap and Drag with threats of torrential downpour and cold temperatures coming from the weather man. As the weekend grew closer, things were starting to look better, but many people were still calling my phone addressing their concerns. I informed them that the show MUST go on rain or shine. I arrived at the track around 10 a.m. on Friday morning to start preparing the venue for the event. At around 2 in the afternoon, and seemingly steady line of vendors developed, and things were really starting to look up. We had a great time on Friday night with around 50-75 people camping out, telling stories about the days of ol', and anxiously counting down the hours until the gates opened to the public. As I awoke around 6 a.m. on Saturday, I was overwhelmed by the amount of new vendors that had arrived! The skies appeared to be clearing, and for a change....a large bright circle had appeared in the East!! At 9 a.m. the gates opened to the public, and the Bama Swap and Drag was in full swing!
Throughout the day, we had just a little over 1,000 spectators make their way through the gate and a little over 50 vendors, some spreading out over 3 15x20' spots. Lots of great deals came arise throughout the day, chopper parts were plentiful, and around noon we opened the track for those wishing to make a few passes. Around 330 p.m. our contract with Mother Nature for good weather, evidently became void, as the sky turned dark and started leaking profusely!
I would like to thank everyone in attendance once again, and plans for the Fall event are in motion!", stated Michael
Follow the Bama Swap and Drag blog for updates and I would like to thank Debbie for her time and talent. Lisa