The Ancaster British Car Flea Market began in 1982 by the members of the Austin Healey Club and was held at the Dundas Valley Community Centre. The success of the first event indicated the need to continue. The British Sports Car Club was brought onboard to help with the volunteer base and the financial obligations. The event was moved to the Dundas Armories for the next six years and grew bigger each year. The event needed a new facility and was moved to the Ancaster Fairgrounds and to a new date in April. In the late 80’s, the clubs established the Ancaster Flea Market Committee with representatives from both clubs to run the event. The new venue and the date in April allowed for the addition of the car show element and the outside vendors. For the next 19 years, the event was held at this fairgrounds. In 2009, the city of Ancaster built a new fairgrounds a few kilometers away. This new facility is larger and has more room for vendors and parking and is now the home for the flea market.
This annual event started with an attendance of approximately 400 but has grown to an attendance of well over 3000. It is well regarded as the “Start of the Season” event and is attended by enthusiasts from across North America.
Of course, none of this would be possible if it wasn’t for the dedication and love for the sport by both clubs, it’s committee members, the vendors and the dozens of volunteers that make the British Car Flea Market a continued successful annual event.