Cruise-In takes over Langley

This year's Langley Good Times Cruise-In drew more than 100,000 car fans to downtown Langley on what was a hot and sunny Saturday.

Around 1,700 classic cars were displayed for all to see. Some had to be turned away on the day of because the show and shine was full.

Cruise-In president Riccardo Sestito said the feedback from people has been really positive, with many offering the outgoing president congratulations on another job well done.

"The praise has to go to all the volunteers from the gate keepers to the people who organized parking — they really went over and beyond," said Sestito.

Perhaps one of the biggest stories of the Cruise-In was the popularity of the In-N-Out Burger stand.

"People were lined up for two and a half hours to get an In-N-Out burger," said Sestito.

"We had one man fly in from New York to come to the Cruise-In and to get an In-N-Out burger," he said. The famed and juicy double-double burger restaurant can only be found in parts of the western U.S., like California and Las Vegas.

For what has become the largest car show around, people come from as close as the Island to as far away as California to take in the jam-packed event.

This year, the marketplace was put in the Langley casino parking lot, which was a huge success, he said.

"The feedback we have had from years past is the Cruise-In was too big to walk and see it all, so this year we really condensed it and I think it worked well."

The annual swap meet and car corral on Sunday had the most vendors Sestito has ever seen before. But the weather was cooler so it saw a little drop in numbers of people coming out.

Langley RCMP had a large police presence on both Friday night and Saturday, with 70 officers more than willing to hand out tickets for burn-outs or any illegal driving.

"We have no reports of problems. It was a non-event from a police perspective," said spokesperson Cpl. Holly Marks.

Despite a few troublemakers from the past, Sestito would really like to see Friday night's cruise re-instated back into Cruise-In.

"Let them cruise," said Sestito. "They want that feeling of driving down the street and getting all the looks and waves. It's like a parade," he said.

The Tim Horton's parking lot fills by 6 p.m. as all the car buffs gather in anticipation of Saturday, he said.

"It's what a lot of people look forward too."

While Sestito is retiring as president, he says he "has a feeling he'll be around next year." Eric Taylor is taking over as the new president.

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