The Langley 'Good Times' Cruise-in started in 1997 by a group of classic car enthusiasts. Eleven years on, and the small town, just outside of Vancouver is now one of the largest cruises in North America. Classic car TV personality and handbar moustache owner (!) Dennis, Gauge puts it in his top 10.
I hadn't been to the Cruise before, so I didn't know what to expect, but I came away massively impressed. In this post we'll concentrate on Domestic cars, but Part Two will feature Imports. I was surprised how many imports, both European and Japanese were in attendance and how warmly all were received.
The cruise starts on a Friday night, through the centre of Langley, BC and ends up at a drive-in theatre in neighbouring town Aldergrove. The centre of Langley was closed off the following day for the actual car show. I'm not sure how many cars were in attendance, but the official sits states that in 2002, over 1500 cars were registered.
I'll let the pictures do the talking, partly, as a European, I'm not that knowledgeable with American Classics! More photos can be viewed on my Flickr page
This Buick Grand National is just leaving A&W to join the cruise. A&W organize Cruise meets throughout Canada in the summer and has become a tradition.
This Chevelle was stunning.
1969 Chevy Camaro SS in pristine condition during the cruise.
Cousins, The Dodge Challenger T/A and the Plymouth Barracuda
Another Barracuda, this is the later version in Mopar Purple.
This Camarao Z/28 looked stunning in Black with the white stripe. I like the fact it has stock wheels.
With the cost of 60's muscle cars increasing in price, the Chevy Camaro and Pontiac Firebird from the 70's has fast become a popular choice. This Camaro one of the nicest cleanest at the show.
The Ford Mustang was also well represented. This was an immaculate example.
I liked this GTO in dark metallic red. This one is a bit of a mix with '64 and '65 parts. It also had some Le Mans badging.
Later body style of the GTO, this one is 'The Judge' model.
This is sadly, a dying art. Signwriting, the traditional way.
Lots of cars from the 50's also in attendance including this Chevrolet Bel-Air.
I was really impressed by the show and its size. If you are in BC, I'd highly recommend a visit next September. It ranks as one of the best shows I've been to.
In Part Two, tomorrow, we will be looking at a number of imports which were at the show, including this little Fiat 500, some Datsuns and an unusal Toyota.
- Andy Blackmore