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90: Gary Esse, the Sultan of Swap Meets + Bob Bennett will be checking in.

Show Date: 04/23/2016


Gary Esse

Gary Esse is the Sultan of the swap meets because for over 39 years he has provided a spot for everyone to meet up, swap stuff and have fun. His Spring Jefferson Auto Swap Meet and Car Show spans over 99 acres with over 20,000 people walking around looking through a whapping 3,100 vending spaces. Then there 100’s of vehicles for sale in the Cars For Sale Corral. But there is more – there are two days of cool customs, hot rods and classics parked together for one of the biggest car shows around.

Now he gets to host all of this again later in the fall – with the same results.


So what happens during the summer months? Gary and his family host another show in the town of Elkhorn.


But wait there is more – – he throughout all those years he still manages his own classic car refurbishing shop – Madison Classics – in the Madison area. Included with the shop he continues to sell Chevy N. O. S. parts.

With the help of his three sons they blanket the Midwest with advertisement fliers by visiting hundreds of car events.  Even though everyone already knows the great reputation of their shows they never take for granted the people that support them. They work tirelessly in making sure their message of producing a quality show is heard.

You can travel anywhere in the country and every car guy will know of – or has been to – one of Gary’s shows. Just ask any vendor who has set up a booth and they will tell you

Visit website for all the details of Auto Swap Meets and Madison Classics.

Bob Bennett of Bennett Coachworks will be helping us with our show. He is a favorite of our listeners because of his great knowledge of any automobile, airplane, racing and more. However, it’s his humorous stories about his adventures behind the wheel that always get Captn Bob and Arlo laughing out loud.


His shop is a true working mechanics bustin’ knuckles shop. His shop is always filled with Concourse d’ Elegance vehicles, racing sports cars, super automobiles, traditional rides, muscle cars, classics and good old fashion hot rods.

Tune in to hear Bob’s latest project and a quick story of how he almost got caught doing something he shouldn’t have.

Check out his website at