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Can't Catch Me: A Look Back at the Langley Speedway is now on display at the Langley Centennial Museum. The exhibit, which features an opening reception on May 9, runs until Aug. 9.
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Fifty years of racing history will be on display at the Langley Centennial Museum.

Can’t Catch Me: A Look Back at the Langley Speedway begins today (May 6) and runs through August 9.

“This is exciting,” said Larry Olson, of the Langley Speedway Historical Society.

“After six years, I have accomplished my goal of having the memorabilia of the Langley Speedway on display at the museum.

“I can finally rub my hands together and say I have done it.”

There will be an opening reception for the exhibit on Saturday afternoon (May 9) from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Displaying the exhibit now made perfect sense to coincide with the 50th anniversary of when it opened in 1965, explained Kobi Christian, the museum’s arts and heritage curator.

“It is basically telling the history of the Speedway,” she said.

“The Speedway has a stories past in Langley.”

Artifacts and memorabilia from the past 50 years make up part of the display.

Altogether, there are hundreds of pieces.

Olson, who has been part Langley Speedway Historical Society since 2006, has been involved with racing for the better part of six decades.

He started as a driver before becoming a flag person, officiating more than 9,000 races.

In 2011, Olson was inducted into the Greater Vancouver Motorsports Pioneer Society Hall of Fame.

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The Langley Centennial Museum is at 9135 King St.

It is open Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.

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