FTE‘s New Jersey Members Set to Meet Up at Englishtown Spring Swap Meet

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Ford F-150 Raptor in Red

Show off your Ford truck and meet local members of the Ford-Trucks forums at the 37th annual event, happening April 12-14.

The 37th Annual Englishtown Spring Swap Meet will be held at Old Bridge Raceway April 12-14, and on April 13, the New Jersey Chapter of Ford-Trucks.com will be holding its annual get together. Chapter leader sddesigns posted a thread about the get-together in the happenings section of the forum, directing interested members to the sign up post in the regional section.

Englishtown Spring Swap Meet

In mid-April, Old Bridge Raceway will play host to the 37th Annual Englishtown Spring Swap Meet. The show runs from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 4 p.m. on Sunday, with car show registration running from 8 to 12:30 each day. General spectator registration is $12 for everyone over 12, while kids 12 and under are free, as is spectator parking, but FTE members attending the get together can pay $15 for a pass that admits two adults and provides you with a parking spot in the car show.

Ford F-150 Award

In addition to hundreds of vendors selling parts from Ford (and many other automakers) and hundreds of cars for sale, there is a massive car show with people’s choice awards for several different classes, including one specifically for trucks. The car show runs on Saturday and Sunday with awards for each day, with the key classes being 1959-and-older, 1960-and-newer, trucks, modern muscle and the best club participation award.

Goin’ to a Garden State Party

Within the Englishtown Spring Swap Meet, forum member tjc transport will have a booth and his space will serve as the headquarters for the New Jersey Chapter get-together. The booth will be located near where the members meet up, hang out and eat, with members signing up to bring the items needed for a great day. So far, there will be hot wings, homemade beans, a bean and cheese dip and “lots of chips.” There will also be a gas grille for anyone who wants to bring some meat for grilling.

Ford Super Duty in White

The New Jersey Chapter leader is hoping that FTE gets enough folks to come out with show trucks to make a run at the club participation award. But in any case, it is sure to be a great day hanging out with other members of the Ford Truck Enthusiasts forums.

If you live in the Jersey area and you are free to attend a great automotive event at Old Bridge Raceway, click here to sign up in the forum.

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