Cruise-In rolls Sept. 6

LANGLEY – For the second year running, Eric Taylor is at the wheel of the Langley Good Times Cruise-In.

And the president of what’s billed as Western Canada’s best-attended charity event hopes the 2014 show and shine on Saturday, Sept. 6 and related swap meet and car corral on Sunday, Sept. 7 will turn out to be a smooth drive.

Since its inception in 1997, with 430 registered vehicles that year, Cruise-In has grown into an event that’s nearly a year in the making.

Cruise-In took a hiatus in 2010 for restructuring purposes before starting its engine up again in 2011.

“I think it (the one-year absence) was good for everybody, except the people who wanted to go to the car show that year,” Taylor said.

The ensuing three Cruise-Ins that followed the aforementioned 2010 pit stop picked up where the previous events left off, which was good news

for the groups that benefit from the event.

The 2013 Cruise-In generated roughly $53,524, all donated to local charities.

“Not bad for a one-day event,” Taylor said.

Looking ahead to Sept. 6 and 7, Taylor, who took over the role of president from Riccardo Sestito last year, said, “We’re going along well. (But) our registrations are down and we’re anxious to have people sign up.”

Typically, 1,000 vehicles are registered for Cruise-In each year.

Once the classic cars, hot rods, and motorcycles on display are parked in their designated spots, and the vendors and entertainment stages are in place, Fraser Highway from 203rd Street to the end of the one-way portion, and all of its connecting streets, as well as Douglas Crescent and 56th Avenue are closed to traffic so visitors can stroll around and enjoy the day.

The parking lot at Kwantlen Polytechnic University is dedicated to cars for sale.

Visit Langleycruise-in.com for info.

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