Friday, September 02, 2005
Good Times Cruise-In
Contributed by Lezah
Have you ever seen one of those old movies where a motorcycle gang takes over a dusty, little town? You have? Me too – but I’ve never watched one long enough to see how it ends And there’s a whole generation of guys out there too who, I’m sure, have not only seen the movies but also own the special edition director’s cut DVD. It’s these guys and their custom cars that - in the spirit of those hokey movies - end up taking over the little town of Langley one weekend each year in September.
Yes, indeedy, on the weekend of September 10-11, the Langley Good Times Cruise-In takes place. The first time I went to it, I was absolutely flabbergasted. Langley City has a population of about 60,000, but on the weekend of the Cruise-In, the entire town shuts down. Every street in the town centre is closed and the place is jam-packed with vintage and custom cars – this year, they’re expecting about 2000! From the 1920s right through to more recent models, including low riders and hoppers; there’s everything a car buff could ever wish to drool over (just be careful that you don’t get any on the paint job).
At Douglas Park they usually have the earliest/oldest cars, along with the more exotic imports. Elsewhere there is a wide variety; sometimes clubs will get together and park in a group, but in other areas you may find an Aston Martin beside a ’69 Mustang next to an old Chevy truck… you get the picture.
The bottom line is this: if you like cars, then plan on attending the Cruise-In. It’s free to just walk around and look – parking is free, too, but not always easy to find. Throughout the day there are lots of events and activities happening as well.
For more information, go to www.langleycruise-in.com.