The 2021 Bendigo Swap has been cancelled
Following recent announcements from the Victorian State Government in relation to COVID-19 concerns, the Bendigo National Swap Meet Committee has decided to cancel the 2021 Bendigo Swap.
Committee chairperson Neil Athorn said it is unfortunate that in our 46th year we have had to make the decision to cancel this event because of ongoing COVID-19 concerns.
We are hopeful that we can return 2022.
This decision was made as there is a substantial amount of forward planning required by our Committee, site holders, local businesses that we use, and members of the historic vehicle movement. Our event is not one that we can cancel at short notice.
We are mindful that this is an important event for the Community of Bendigo, Bendigo Show Grounds and the Historic Vehicle movement and we are disappointed that we cannot proceed in 2021.
The Swap is managed by the Veteran Vintage Classic Club Bendigo and is owned by the Federation of Veteran Vintage and Classic Clubs. Mr Athorn said that the profits from the Swap are returned to the community with 7 historic vehicle display days across the State over the year, updates regarding the movement are provided throughout the year to our 120 Federation member clubs in Victoria and financial assistance to clubs from time to time. All historic vehicle club members working at the Swap are volunteers and take no personal payment from the event. It’s a great Swap that came to Bendigo 45 years ago and has built up from 200 sites to 1,750 sites and gained world recognition within the movement.