Motorcycle swap meet is two wheels good

Ken Appel, 54, of Little Orleans, not only promoted the Howard County Motorcycle Swap Meet on Jan. 26 at the county fairgrounds, he found something he had been looking for there, too.

"I bought a 1948 Harley flathead engine," said Appel, in his second year overseeing the event. "I'd been looking for one for a long time and finally got the right price."

Appel said around 100 vendors displayed their wares to more than 1,600 enthusiasts who turned out to buy everything from vintage Indian motorcycles to tail lights for bikes from the 1920s.

"I've seen the same guys coming to the swap meets for years still buying oddball nuts and bolts and hoarding it," said Appel, who also runs a motorcycle rally in August in Western Maryland.

Appel said the show he promotes is his attempt to bring back a motorcycle swap meet that was hugely popular in Howard County in the 1970s.

"We're reviving an old dinosaur, and it's coming back strong," Appel said. "This isn't a leather and feather show. This event is a true parts swap meet."

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