Better weather brought out big crowds and hundreds of cars for the Langley Good Times Cruise-In on Aug. 8 in Aldergrove.
“The rain let up, the crowds are starting to come in, the roads are starting to fill up,” said Riccardo Sestito, one of the Cruise-In board members.
Last year’s Cruise-In, the first after a move to Aldergrove from Langley City, saw hundreds of cars but was drenched with rain.
The organizers heaved a sigh of relief when the rain lifted Saturday morning, and a few breaks of sun were seen.
“This morning, when I saw the cars coming in, I said ‘Okay, I know we’ve got something good going on,’” Sestito said.
The number of cars taking part was much higher this year, with almost 700 pre-registered and between 850 to 900 by mid-morning, Sestito estimated.
“Last year we had cars going to about 268th [Street],” Sestito said. “We’re already down to 264th.”
Walt Wagner of the British Columbia Hot Rod Association said his club brought about 35 cars to this year’s event.
“We like it, it’s been a great venue,” Wagner said.
He and the other club members come for the variety you can see at Cruise-In, he said.
“Custom, classic, vintage, you can see them all here,” Wagner said.
The vehicles at the Cruise-In ranged from stock 1920s-era trucks and cars to modern sports cars to heavily-modified vehicles and themed paint jobs.
Ron Shore brought his 1980 Panther, a rare British vehicle built in the style of a 1930s Jaguar roadster.
“People always look at it because they’ve never seen anything like it,” he said.
The crowds are one of the biggest draw for Shore.
“I love this,” he said. “There’s so many people and you get to talk to everybody.”
One custom car that got a lot of attention was Ryan Andrus, who brought his Jurassic Park-themed Jeep. It took him two years to get all the appropriate pieces to make it movie-accurate, including some discontinued lights.
“It’s one of my favourite films,” Andrus said of the reason for the paint job.
All the money from the Cruise-In goes towards local charities, including the Langley Community Support Groups Society and the Valley Therapeutic Equestrian Association.