Cruise-In hits the streets on Saturday, Sept. 8
The biggest show in Langley hits the streets of Langley City on Saturday.
The Langley Good Times Cruise-In is back, and all signs are that it will be another jam-packed day of entertainment and activity. And as always, it is free.
There will be hundreds of cars parked along the streets in Langley City, but the car show is just part of the activity. There will be live entertainment, a big marketplace at the Cascades Casino parking lot, the biggest General Motors display ever, featuring a tire change contest and pit stop challenge and crowd favourites such as the In-N-Out Burgers trailer. Burgers there promise to sell out quickly, as they always have.
One new attraction which is sure to be a crowd-pleaser is a radio-controlled vehicle event at the site of the old Timms Community Centre, next to Langley City hall.
Organizer Paul Riddoch says the event will feature a 180-foot drag strip, complete with a timing tree and system. Riddoch says the cars can reach speeds of 80 to 90 miles per hour in that short stretch.
Albion Flat Landscaping will deposit 10 tonnes of rocks and dirt on the parking lot, and the radio-controlled vehicles will do an authentic mountain climb. This will be a unique setting and showcases the realism and durability of the vehicles, Riddoch says. He says radio-controlled vehicles are much better than they used to be, and much more powerful — more powerful than some of the gas-powered vehicles of that size.
The public is invited to come by and vote for their favourites from 11 a.m. to noon, and members of the public who own radio-controlled vehicles are invited to bring them by as well.
Riddoch, who operates RC Race Craze from his Brookswood home, says there is growing interest in the small vehicles.
Cruise-In president Riccardo Sestito expects a large number of vehicles to be displayed on the streets. This year, there will be no vehicles parked along 56 Avenue and the Value Village parking lot will not be used.
The casino parking lot will be completely devoted to the expanded marketplace and In-N-Out Burgers will be located there. All in all, the show area will be a little more compact, Sestito says, making it easier for visitors to get around.
The rarest vehicles will be shown at Douglas Park again in the Concours D’Elegance.
There will be no cruise to the drive-in night on Friday and police will be out in force to ensure there are no burnouts or other dangerous activity on the Friday night, which has traditionally attracted a few troublemakers.
The cancellation of Friday night activities last year and increased police presence made the streets much safer, Sestito says.
Cruise-In will have In-N-Out T-shirts for sale at the booth at the corner of 204 Street and Fraser Highway for the first time. Other merchandise will also be available there.
All proceeds from the entire event go to charity, with directors and all involved volunteering their time and energy. Concessions are operated by local service clubs, and the whole event not only brings thousands of people to Langley, but raises much-needed money for local charities.
For more on all the events see the Cruise-In supplement inside this issue of The Times.