Several years back, a car with primer paint on the fenders found its way into the Concours d'Elegance at the Langley Good Times Cruise-In.
It had been directed that way by a young volunteer manning a nearby barricade because that's where the old cars were going, remembered Stephen Paul.
Paul, who is helping organize the Concours d'Elegance with Al Ganske, still gets a laugh out of it.
While the Concours d'Elegance is meant for the rare, stock vehicles that come to the Cruise-In, the organizers always remember that the name of the game is fun, not being sticklers for rules.
In fact, while "elegance" is right there in the name, the general idea of the Concours is not necessarily just to collect the prettiest cars in the Cruise-In.
Those venturing down to Douglas Park, where the showcase will be held again this year, will find an assortment of cars, some in pristine shape, others a bit battered by time.
Paul mentioned a recent find he heard of, a 1924 Stutz found where it had been sitting in a shed in Coquitlam for 50 years without being moved.
While the car may not have been in such great shape anymore, that's the kind of thing the Concours is looking for - great age and original parts are the key ingredients.
Stock vehicles, including factory options that were common back when the cars were new, are the primary focus of the section.
"You'll see many Mustangs that have solid steel wheels," Paul noted, as that was one of the options the car was once sold with.
Unusual "one-offs" are also welcome.
The Concours has been home to cars more than a century old, as well as cars that mark particular anniversaries.
This year, for example, marks the 60th anniversary of the creation of the Corvette.
"Very few people have '53 Corvettes," he said.
To place a car in the Concours d'Elegance, register for the Cruise-In and ask about the special spot. So far, more than 80 of the maximum 130 spots are filled.
Registration takes place on Sept. 4 at the Langley Chamber of Commerce at 1-5761 Glover Rd., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or on Sept. 7 at Kwantlen Polytechnic University at Glover Road and the Langley Bypass, 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. It costs $35 to register for the Cruise-In.
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