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Cruise-In returns on Sept. 10

A Lotus Europa was one of the highlights of the English contingent of cars that set up in Douglas Park during the 2009 Langley Good Times Cruise-In. The show returns to Langley on Sept. 10 after a two-year absence.  - John Gordon/Langley Times file photo
A Lotus Europa was one of the highlights of the English contingent of cars that set up in Douglas Park during the 2009 Langley Good Times Cruise-In. The show returns to Langley on Sept. 10 after a two-year absence.
— image credit: John Gordon/Langley Times file photo

With many downtown businesses already adorned in Cruise-In decor, you can almost hear the loud engines of hundreds of hotrods parading down Fraser Highway.

The Langley Good Times Cruise-In is just around the corner, with the show taking over Downtown Langley on Saturday, Sept. 10.

After being “closed for the season” in 2010, president Riccardo Sestito and his Cruise-In committee are bringing back the event revamped and better than ever.

“I can’t wait for first thing in the morning when the radios go quiet and you can watch the cars rolling in,” Sestito said. “Then after that the mayhem starts up again.”

The 100,000 visitors who are expected can enjoy hundreds of hot rods, street rods and antique cars lining the streets of the Downtown Langley core, along with familiar Cruise-In food and entertainment and even some new attractions.

The Cascades Casino parking lot will once again be home to the motorcycle show and a brand new customs sideshow, with the best of the best custom built cars.

California burger chain In-N-Out Burgers will also be making their way back up to Canada, serving their famous “double-double” burgers.

Another Cruise-In favourite, The Ultimate Garage raffle, is back again with a grand prize worth nearly $20,000.

The streets will also be filled with rock and roll classics from the 1950s and 1960s performed by Elvis Elite and the Dick Cash Band.

But with a year off to reflect on Cruise-In’s past, some new changes are now being implemented.

The most significant is the cancellation of the Friday night cruise to the Twilight Drive-in Theatre in Aldergrove prior to the Saturday show. This is to try and quell dangerous street racing and burnouts that occurred in 2009.

“Friday night was always my favourite part,” Sestito said. “You have all the vendors setting up in the middle of the night, cars cruising around. It’s gone this year, but if things go well, you never know.”

What will remain are a great show on Saturday and a swap meet on Sunday. New merchants, contests and performances are being included to make the event better than ever before.

And as always, the event is all about supporting local charities.

This year Cruise-In is supporting the Langley Stroke Recovery, Valley Therapeutic Equestrian Association and the Langley Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.

Well over $1 million has been raised to support local charities since Cruise-In’s beginning in 1997. Organizers are excited to be able to bring this great fundraiser back to life.

Sestito, along with vice-president Keith Wilson, secretary Lori Watts, and directors Eric Taylor, Audrey Stebanuk, Dick Hooper and Mitch Desrochers have been hard at work all year to give Langley an excellent show.

“Lori and Riccardo pretty much take care of everything,” admits Cruise-In’s newest director Eric Taylor. “They put an awful lot of time and effort into this show, and they need to be commended for it, because most people don’t have the time and energy to put into anything, unless it’s self promoting.

“They don’t get paid for anything, it just makes them feel good.”

To volunteer or register your vehicle at the Langley Good Times Cruise-In, visit www.langleycruise-in.com.

A guide to Cruise-In will be published in Tuesday’s Times.

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