Jim Hatch took a photo of Earl Tucker’s 1915 Simplex-Crane Friday at the soon-to-close ICBC licensing centre. A weekly car show may have to move once the location closes.

Car buffs may lose weekly gathering site

An ICBC move may impact an informal Langley car show.

Langley’s weekly informal car show may have to move again sometime in the next year, but the classic and hot rod owners are taking it in stride.

For about seven years, warm Friday evenings have seen a collection of cars appear at the parking lot of the ICBC licensing centre at 203rd Street and Logan Avenue in Langley City.

Cars from classics to modern hot rods are parked, and their owners get the chance to show off the shiny vehicles and check out what their friends have brought.

Longstanding rumours that ICBC will close the center have recently proven true.

By late summer this year, ICBC is expected to combine the Logan Avenue and Cloverdale locations into a single, expanded site at the Willowbrook Park Shopping Centre.

The new office will be next to the Bank of Montreal at Willowbrook Drive and 200th Street.

It’s uncertain what will come next, but the weekly car show will likely have to move.

“Well, it’s sure been good while it’s lasted, and we’ve sure enjoyed it,” said Earl Tucker of Surrey.

Tucker was there with a 1915 Simplex-Crane, a rare early luxury car with wooden wheel spokes.

“It’s kind of neat because it’s a landmark for Langley,” said Garry Cassidy, who brought his 1955 Chevrolet out last Friday.

Like most of the other car owners, he wasn’t too worried about having to find a new venue for the weekly informal gatherings.

The ICBC parking lot is the third location the car enthusiasts have used in the past two decades.

The first location was the A&W drive in restaurant on Fraser Highway.

When that site was lost after the A&W closed, and the site was redeveloped, the car show moved to a new site on the Langley Bypass, around a small cafe called the Java Hut.

They settled at the ICBC lot, which has ample parking and is close to Tim Horton’s to allow driver to refuel with coffee.

Cassidy thinks a mall should rope off an area for the classic cars and invite them over.

“The guys would come, the wives would go spend money!” he said.

KMS Tools near the ICBC site also hosts small events on Friday evenings.

Many of the drivers have been coming for years.

“A lot of us that come here have known each other for a number of years,” said Gary Templeman.

Jim Hatch said he’ll follow the roving car show wherever it goes.

He brings his white Viper or his orange Prowler to the events, but also his camera to capture the other classics that turn up.

It’s uncertain what will replace the ICBC building. The site was leased, and Langley City hasn’t received a development permit or rezoning request for the land, said administrator Francis Cheung.

The site could see office, retail, high-density residential, or a hotel.


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