Cheryl Olson and Vic Mill dance at the sock hop fundraiser at the Twilight Drive-In last September. This year’s event will be held in conjunction with the annual Good Times Cruise-In, with a dance and movie presented on the Friday night before the classic car show.

Cruise-In’s Friday night at the drive-in returns

1950s-style dance and classic movie at Twilight Drive-In will now be presented by the Ron Dunkley Memorial Society

The Ron Dunkley Memorial Society is reviving the popular Friday night at the Drive-in to round-out the Langley Good Times Cruise-In weekend of events.

Sandy Dunkley, Ron’s mother and founder of the RDMS, said she is happy to bring back the event in conjunction with the Langley Good Times Cruise-In Society.

“We are so excited. Jim McGregor is a volunteer with our society and he helped get this organized.

“Happy Days is back, but now it will be double the fun and double the amount of cars and people,” said Dunkley.

The RDMS held a successful Happy Days event at the drive-in last September. It included a ’50s-style sock hop and classic movies.

This event is being called “American Graffiti Returns.”

The  event will take place on Friday, Sept. 9, when classic car owners and others will party the night away at the Twilight Drive-In in Aldergrove.

Rockabilly band Six Gun Romeo will play at the sock hop. There will be limbo, jitterbug and twist contests along with prizes for best car, dance and a celebrity look-a-like contest.

The evening will end with a showing of American Graffiti on the big screen.

Cruise-In Society members had expressed interest in reviving the Friday drive-in for years, but have had too much on their plate to do it themselves. Last year, the society asked the public if any charity or organization would like to step up and take it on.

“The Ron Dunkley Memorial Society put a presentation to the board at our last meeting and we liked what we saw,” said Wayne Patterson, Cruise-In Society secretary-treasurer.

“They put on a very successful event like this last September, and it was nice to marry it with the Cruise-In.”

But Dunkley emphasized they won’t be doing the cruise to the drive-in, as in years past.

The Friday night cruise to the drive-in was cancelled in 2011 after the actions of a few troublemakers led to safety concerns.

In past years, the Friday night event at the drive-in drew 350 classic cars, said Patterson.

“There is definitely potential for that amount of cars to come out.

“For $25 per car, it’s an awesome deal to get in a dance, and check out what is going on at the drive-in. We will be there and are looking forward to it,” said Patterson.

The Cruise-In isn’t collecting any funds from the Friday event. Proceeds will go to the Ron Dunkley Memorial Society, to benefit the BC Honour House, a refuge for emergency personnel and their families receiving medical treatments in Vancouver.

As always, Saturday is the big Langley Good Times Cruise-In classic car show and Sunday is the swap meet.

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