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n behalf of myself and the rest of the Cruise-In execdisappointment of a sell out. As always souvenirs, hats, t-shirts and utive, thank you all for your kind words and support of course the most sought after collectors item, the coveted Cruise during our hiatus. In Poster, are available at the souvenir tent located on Fraser Hwy. in WELCOME BACK CRUISE-IN 2011! We’re back to face new chalthe heart of the show. lenges and break old Don’t forget to check records. This will be out the marketplace our 15th year as a non located in the Value profit Society for charVillage parking lot to ity, and after a year off find what you have we’re now holding our been searching for. 14th show. Last but not least, You will notice a few visit the Concourse D’ changes this year one Elegance set against of which is the cancellathe beautiful backdrop tion of the Friday night of Douglas Park, where cruise to the Drive-in, the crème de la crème but stay tuned for fuwill wow your senses. ture years!!! Free parking will be Since our inception in available at Kwantlen 1997 with 430 cars Polytechnic Univerregistered and an idea sity, with free shuttle that a few local shop bus service. This bus owners had to draw will drop off inside the people to the downshow at the Cascades town shops, we have Casino VIP parking now turned into one area. of the largest outdoor mixed car shows in Got a classic car, or spare parts to sell? We’re back to face North America, and we have grown to over Or are you looking to buy ? Then meet us at 1600 registered cars in 2009. Kwantlen Polytechnic University on Sunday, n e w c h a l l e n g e s So welcome to the Langley Good Times Sept.11 for our annual Swap Meet and Car Cruise-In 2011. The main event, a car lover’s and break old records. Corral, which has now become a favorite dream, Saturday, Sept. 10 the streets come finale of the Cruise-In weekend. ~ Riccardo Sestito alive early in downtown Langley with some of The entire event would not be possible the finest show cars, trucks and specialty without the sponsors, and the dedicated vehicles. Bring the whole family and enjoy all sorts of displays geared volunteers who donate their time and effort creating a seamless to all ages, new this year we have the “side show“ in the Casino park- event, a great success year after year. ing lot with old school customs and a pinup Contest. Don’t forget to We are also proud that all net proceeds from the show go to local check out the motorcycle display in the Barnes Harley Davidson sec- charities throughout the year. tion of the show. Take a test drive with some of the new cars GM has This year’s main charities are: The Langley Stroke Recovery, Valley on display. Don’t forget to visit the fine shops in the area and enjoy Therapeutic Equestrian Society and The Langley Memorial Hospital the food offered by local charities and restaurants. With the success Auxilliary. in past years In-N-Out Burger is back once again, coming up from So come see what Langley has to offer, see you downtown -- enjoy California to serve up their famous burgers, with all net proceeds the show. going to benefit Cruise-In local charities. Be sure to try your luck on some of the raffles, especially the “The Riccardo Sestito Cruise-In Ultimate Garage Package.” Get your tickets early to avoid President , Langley GoodTimes Cruise–In Society

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n local car circles, car owners may from time to time forget someone’s name. But if you say, “You know, the guy with the purple truck”, or ‘He’s the guy that has the red T-bird convertible,” everyone will know who you’re talking about. The guy with the purple truck in Langley is Clay Clemas. Clay is a long time Langley resident and has supported the Langley Good Times Cruise-in since it began. “I always try to be the first one registered every year,” says Clay with a smile. “I really enjoy car shows and the Langley show, here in my home town is one of the best.” In the early years of the Cruise-in, Clay volunteered by marking parking spots on the streets or stringing barrier ropes in Douglas Park for the Concours de Elegance display. Clay has been to many shows over the years and his collection of dash plaques and memorabilia is a testament where he has shown his vehicles. “Hot August Nights in Reno is one of the biggest shows in North America, I have been to that and our Langley Cruise-in rivals that show for the organization and the variety of cars on display.” Currently Clay has 2 cars that he takes to shows, his 1951 Ford pick-up and his 1980 Camaro Z28. His vehicles consistently win trophies and praise wherever he displays them. The Camaro is a stock vehicle while his pick-up has been totally restored from the frame up. “I bought the truck on-line from Saskatchewan, I was impressed with the pictures. When they delivered it I was dismayed to find it was a junker.

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Apparently, the pictures on the internet were taken about 30 years before.” Clay found the original owner and learned a lot about the history of the truck and then went about the restoration project. “I’m a specialist at taking things apart,” Clay explains. ”I rely on the professionals to put it back together and we have so many talented body men and painters in Langley you cannot only get a great restoration done and you’re supporting local business.” Clay found out that the original owner had paid about $1400.00 for the truck new. Since the restoration, Clay has had it appraised and insured for $45,000.00. “Not too bad for a rusty junker from Saskatchewan,” Clay remarks. The first few years Clay entered a 1966 Cadillac convertible that attracted lots of attention. Clay recalls one Cruise-in memory with the Cadillac. “One Cruise-in year, we went to the Hillcrest Drive-in until 1 a.m. On the way home the water pump let go. I had a box of spare parts and sure enough there was another pump in there so

I worked most of the night to get it going, cleaned up and went downtown to line up. I wasn’t going to miss the show.” Clay is happy the show is back on, mostly for the impact it has on local charities. “I have a family member that is a cancer survivor so I know how much the local organizations do. I’m glad to have a chance to give back in some way.” In addition to the fundraising, Clay points out that the event is a great day for the families. “I enjoy seeing people of all ages looking at the cars and listening to them tell stories about their Dad’s car or their Grandpa’s truck. It gives us a chance to reminisce about the cars we gave away and share some good memories. “I think it’s nice that our city can provide something the whole family can enjoy. There is lots to do and lots to see and most people don’t get to see all of it in one day.” Like so many other car owners, Clay enjoys showing off his vehicles and talking about them. “I’m going to miss the Friday night cruise to the drivein this year. It was a great part of the show and my wife Lorna and I enjoyed waving back to the crowds that gathered along the cruise route.” “The whole week-end is a social gathering, including the swap meet at Kwantlen on Sunday. It really shows off our town and we’ve got to meet some great people and make some good friends.” Clay Clemas is great ambassador for Langley and like so many local classic car owners, he is proud to be a long time supporter of the Langley Good Times Cruise-in.

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long with many delighted car fans, families and businesses, the City of Langley is giving Cruise-In a warm welcome back. The event not only means a lot to the hot rod community and local charities, but it is also very important to the City of Langley itself. “It’s great exposure for the City. It brings a lot of people into the downtown,” said Langley City Mayor Peter Fassbender. “It’s a great event that draws people from all over, predominately from the northwest here and from Washington state especially. But we have had people who have come from England in the past − there was even a couple of people from Australia that I had met, so we have many people that come here and it’s just a great event.” With crowds upwards of 100,000 expected to flood the streets of Downtown Langley, there are many opportunities for promoting the City, but also many precautions that need to be taken. Increased policing, manning of barricades and security for the hundreds of hotrods parked on the streets all need to be taken into account to ensure the event stays family friendly and safe. Mayor Fassbender recognizes these challenges that come with hosting such a large event, and acknowledges that not everyone may benefit. He agrees that some businesses may be impacted negatively from

the street closures and large crowds, and that residents in the area may be disturbed. But on the flip side, it is a great chance for locals to get out and enjoy their community, and there is also a large marketing opportunity present for merchants to take advantage of. “It reinforces our sense of community,” Fassbender said. “Those [businesses] that see it as a marketing opportunity get exposure to a lot of folks. I think there is a business value that comes out of it for the downtown, if not on the day than in the future because people see that we have a lot going for ourselves,” he added. There are many other good things that Cruise-In brings to the City, as the mayor points out. It helps raise large sums of donations for local charities that benefit the Langley community, it unites the businesses and residents together and it creates a great family event for people to go out and enjoy. “Cruise-In is a wonderful event, it’s a great family day, it’s a great day for people who love cars. When you see the crowds, you see people of all ages who come out and walk the streets, and that’s a good thing,” he said. “To me, with all of the challenges that come with closing down the city for a day, the benefits I think outweigh that.”

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it’s 100 per cent charity,” he said. “And I think it’s just awesome that they do that. It pushes me to put together a great garage.” The entire kit will be on display at the CruiseIn in front of the one-way portion of Fraser Highway at Glover Road. The only part missing will be a Rotary Evolution 9,000 lb. four-post hoist, which takes an incredible five hours to set up, and five hours to take down. With a value of over $3,000 this is one of the most expensive items in the kit. “The four-post hoist is really neat because a lot of people don’t have them. A lot of backyard guys would really like it,” Coates said. The Ultimate Garage has everything car savvy you can think of. There are service carts full of tools from Seattle Tool, Lincoln oil drains for oil changes, oil filter wrenches in almost every size from Plews, an electric pressure washer, and an engine crane and engine stand with a floor jack and jack stands from Performance Tools. And with even more pieces ranging from me-

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angley Good Times Cruise-In will feature some of the hottest cars and trucks on the show circuit, but it’s on the following day that you’ll have your best chance to purchase one of them, or to look for that elusive part. The annual Swap Meet and Car Corral will take place Sunday, Sept. 11, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the parking lot at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, just off of Highway 10 and Glover Road. Steve Paul, past organizer of the event, says it may be a small meet, but it’s large on popularity. “It was decided a few years back to extend the venue of the Cruise-In, and what we found was, people were showing up on Sunday, and there was very little going on,” Paul explained. That’s how the swap meet got its start, and today, it generates thousands of dollars to be split between Langley Cruise-In charities, and the Kwantlen Polytechnic University Foundation. Proceeds donated to the foundation will go towards Kwantlen’s sponsorship program for stu-

dents who can’t afford classes. There are two components to the Swap Meet. The first is the actual parts swap, which will offer everything from rusty door handles for that rare make and model, to new tools and more. The second component is the Car Corral, where you pay $20 per parking stall to put your car in the mix, and up for sale. It could be a finished, show-quality hot rod, or a project waiting for a motivated new owner. Paul says the popular Car Corral featured at the Swap Meet, was started out of necessity. “People who were showing their cars in the grand event on Saturday would have ‘for sale’ signs on their cars, and often times, potential buyers can’t find the owners in the maddening crowd so they could try the car out. “So we decided to put in the Car Corral component, and it’s one of the biggest presences at the swap.” Paul says it brings the buyer and seller together, and raises money at the same time. “It’s an excellent venue for people who are at-

tempting to sell their cars,” he said. Lori Watts, organizer of the swap this year, says they’ve had up to 200 cars and 50 vendors in the past. “The car sale has been quite large in size and the swap meet much smaller in the past,” she said. “But it’s always been a great turnout.” Make sure you come with an empty stomach, too. The Rotary Club of Langley will be hosting a breakfast and lunch throughout the day. Have an old box of parts sitting around collecting dust? Or how about that project car that never really got off the ground? Pull them out and take them down to the Kwantlen parking lot. “It’s been largely successful and a win-win for the event and participating charities,” Paul said. Pre-registration is optional for both the Car Corral and the Swap Meet. Either call the Chamber of Commerce, 604-530-6656, or visit them at 5761 Glover Road for entry forms. Entry to the Swap Meet is $2.

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he Cascades Casino parking lot Organized by Build Magazine, this area will will be glimmering with a differ- feature a 1950’s alternative theme with a ent kind of hotrod at this year’s “greaser” and “rocker” atmosphere. Cruise-In. “It’s our rendition of early hot rods and that For the first time, it will be host to a cus- era,” said Cahoon. “It’s not exactly period cortoms sideshow and marketplace, where the rect, but it’s well influenced. Unfortunately unbest of the best hand-built custom cars and like the early days we don’t have the parts for bikes will be displayed. In the past, these cars the cars as readily available.” have been few in number at the Cruise-In and Many local car clubs have become involved inspread out sporadically. “I think it will be more cluding the Road Men, the Chisters, and the dramatic with all the cars in the one area,” Kingsmen. said Garrett Cahoon, owner of Build Magazine Come check out their hand-picked selection of and organizer of the event great custom bikes and cars that don’t often And this doesn’t necessarily mean million dollar make it to regular shows. cars. They can range anywhere from $1,000 “We’re trying to basically expose the scene a to $100,000 in worth. What matters here, is little more. People tend to look at our cars and creativity, quality and heart, not wallets. are horrified. Come take a look up close, they “We often get mistaken for rat rods because are not going to fall apart. Just because the our cars are a little bit more extreme than motors are loud doesn’t mean the muffler is they were back in the day,” said Cahoon. “If going to fall off,” said Cahoon. a car was lowered a couple inches, now it is Along with the cars and bikes will be some lowered seven. Everything is just a little more great entertainment and period music playing. extreme.”

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t the end of the day, if it’s been a good a hundred others in the garage. Many a wife has heard, The posters are car show, you are leaving with a cap, a “Hey, you can never have too many caps.” t-shirt, a dash plaque and at least one highly collectable The Langley Good Times Cruise-in posters are highly poster. Most car enthusiasts have a collection of memoitems. Each year collectable items. Each year a different design has adrabilia somewhere at home. Maybe a china cabinet has vertised the date and location of the event and many cola different design been converted to a display case to hold collector cars, lectors have a full set dating back to the first year. They some expensive items from Bradbury or Franklin Mint, adorn the walls of homes or garages, framed and hung has advertised or possibly Revell models that have been carefully asin order, often before the children’s graduation pictures the date and sembled by the owner. are on display. location of the The dash plaques have adhesive strips on the back and Since 2004, the Good Times Cruise-in posters have are designed to stick to the dash board to signify the event and many been designed by Langley resident Blair Howatt of shows the car owner has attended. Not many end up on Blair’s Creative Cartoons. Blair was first approached by collectors have dashboards however. They are displayed in many crethe Cruise-in Directors in 2003 to design a t-shirt for ative ways in the shop, the den or as part of the vehicle’s a full set dating that year. The next year he was asked to do the poster presentation on a separate board. The colourful items and he has been producing them ever since. back to the first are a road map of where that car has been. Blair donates his time and talent to the Cruise-in. “I year. T-shirts are a big item at any automotive event. Some think it’s great that the money raised is going back to people rip them out of the bag as soon as they are purlocal charities so I’m glad to help out by doing something chased and put them on for the day of the show. Others will keep them in I enjoy,” says Blair. the plastic bag and put them away for posterity. The real collector will buy “I am always amazed at how much in demand the Good Times Cruise-in two, one to wear and one to display. Caps might be worn or hung up with posters are. If someone is missing one year they will search all over trying

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or the fourth year at the CruiseIn the Cascades Casino parking lot will be transformed into a bike haven, with the best of the best motorcycles on display at the Bike Show ‘n’ Shine. With 13 top prize trophies to be won in a variety of categories, there’s sure to be a unique collection of motorcycles from all makes and models. “It’s about the pride and joy of owning a bike. It’s people who have made them shine, and are now showing them off,” said Ingrid Barnes, organizer of the Bike Show ‘n’ Shine. Everything from sport bikes to vintage, tour, metric and cruisers will be present. Plus some special custom 2012 bikes will also be on display from Barnes Harley Davidson. “In the past we have had 60 plus bikes, so we are hoping for a great turnout again,” Barnes said. Sponsored by Barnes Harley-Davidson in Langley, Barnes says that she loves being a part of Cruise-In every year to help support the local charities. “We want to be part of the Langley community,” she said. “Barnes Harley-Davidson is a familyowned business and we really do believe in community. And I think that sometimes people have a stereotype of bikers. But we have huge hearts and we love to do things for charity and more than anything support local charities. We want to give back to the community.” This year the Bike Show ‘n’ Shine is featuring the band Richard Stepp, which will be playing a variety of 50’s and 60’s rock n’ roll hits all day long. But the neatest feature by far is the new whee-

lie machine − a motorcycle fastened to a platform where people can try to do a wheelie in a safe environment. You can experience the thrill of the stunt without the danger hazard. Barnes Harley-Davidson will be collecting donations for the Cruise-In charities from this attraction. They will also be collecting donations from motorcycle parking for the general public, which will be in a portion of the casino parking lot. Barnes says she is looking forward to a fun-filled day of fundraising and spectating at the Cruise-In this year. “I just love the atmosphere of Cruise-In,” Barnes said. “I love the sounds. There’s the sounds of rumble in the early morning of the cars coming and the roar of the bikes. The smiles − everyone’s happy. This isn’t Disneyland, but it’s the happiest place in Langley. Everywhere you look people are smiling.” Both a bike and hot rod enthusiast (her husband Greg Barnes owns a 1937 Chevy in pewter), Barnes says that the Cruise-In encompasses more than just shiny chrome. “I love people watching, and I know it’s about the cars and bikes but it is also people’s reactions to them. It’s great for the owners to see people love their cars. It’s a boost for them,” she said. To register your bike for the Bike Show ‘n’ Shine, visit Barnes Harley-Davidson at 8859 201 St. or phone them at 604-534-6044. There is no online registration. Cost is $15 per bike until the end of August, and $20 the day of. The first 50 people to sign up also get a free t-shirt.

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Cruise-in. No doubt she will hook up with other classic vehicles on the way from Idaho and Oregon. Still more will be on the way from Issaquah, Sammamish, Bellevue and Seattle as the Langley show draws a good crowd from Washington State. The ferries will bring a large contingent over from all parts of Vancouver Island. More will head south from the Cariboo and the Okanagan and join up with others from the Kootneys. Still more will climb over the Rockies from Alberta. Some of the ‘Trailer Queens’ make the journey safe inside specially designed trailers while the more adventurous car owners pack a tool kit and spare parts and make the drive. Even though the Lower Mainland boasts a huge collection of vintage and classic automobiles, Langley has become a major draw and a very popular show for all types of automotive enthusiasts from all over. Whether they are in a British car club, a vintage association or an individual with a rat rod, they are all glad the show is back on this year. Rick Lewis from Ottawa has been a regular attendee at the Good Times Cruise in. When asked how he came to find the Langley show, Rick replied,

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“I have family in Aldergrove, Chilliwack and Whistler. I discovered the Langley Cruise-In during one of my many family visits some years ago and have made a number of trips back specifically co-ordinated to coincide with your show. I believe I have made it for 3 or 4 shows now. “I have been to the Barrie Ontario show twice as well as Carlyle and Hershey once each. I have a 1957 Chevy two door 210 (for 29 years now) and a 1966 Mustang Coupe (for 12 years now). I have been going to car shows for over 30 years now and I would rate the Langley show as the best in Canada. I am so glad that you will be having the show again this year and I wish you continued success for the future.” Rick’s brother Regan and Dad live in Aldergrove and they also attend the Cruise-in. Regan has a number of antique and classic cars including several Model A’s and his Dad has a very nice 1931 Ford Victoria. You could say they have the car bug in the family, and like many other families they use events like the Cruise-in as an annual reunion. John and Helen Hicks travel from England and have used the trip to purchase vehicles while they are here. They have made close friends with local car people and with help from the locals they have purchased Model A’s and shipped them in containers back to England. They now often stay as guests of the local folks while they are here. If the visitors don’t have friends or relatives in Langley, there is plenty of


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accommodation in the area. A check of the local meet Jay hotels and motels finds that most of the rooms are booked up for that weekend. Others tow trailFinlay’s ers or have a support team follow in a motor 1953 Mercury home. It’s always interesting to note the licence plates and strike up a conversation with the folks from out of town. Their reviews of the event and This 1953 Mercury Convertible was the Langley area are always positive and word Jay’s Graduation present in 1959! of mouth spreads quickly when they get back Jay will be bringing it from home. Arizona to the 2011 Langley Good Statistics gathered by the Cruise-in show that Times Cruise-in. most out of town people stay at least two nights and those two or three days support the local hotels, restaurants and merchants which is great for the local economy. A check of the Good Times guest book on their web page will tell you that Chris McGraw from London has booked his tickets again for September and Mike Cusack from Cardiff in Wales is looking forward to returning to Langley while Rud Bos from Parklaan in the Netherlands is concerned his flight might get in too late to get to the show. Our visitors all have one thing in common, the love of classic cars; make some new friends, welcome them to Langley.

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the truth. Strumming out a mix of rockabilly, blues and surf music, his band “kind of grabs all styles from the 50s and 60s,” he said. Returning for the second year to Cruise-In, Dick Cash will once again be entertaining audiences with their expansive repertoire from good old rock ‘n roll and Johnny Cash covers to original soulful songs. Hynd describes the music of Dick Cash as “really raw and kind of primal.” “It’s timeless. It’s not complex, but it has a good beat to it. Everyone can relate to it,” he said. Formed in 2006, Dick Cash was created rather nonchalantly between Hynd and his old highschool buddy Torin Opper (bass guitarist). They were working a day job together and playing in two separate bands, when they decided to collaborate and form one of their own. Since then they have gone through three different drummers, with Langley’s Bob Schwartz taking the role now. The name of the band, although often thought to be a play on Johnny Cash, has nothing to do with the country music legend. It actually surfaced from an inside joke between Hynd and a friend of his in another band. “I give credit [for the name] to my friend. Literally we were in different bands and he was at a gig. He has a real dry sense of humour, so when I said ‘Mark, how was the gig?’ he said ‘we played well but it was dick cash.’” Hynd always joked that he would start a band called dick cash, and eventually he actually followed through with it. “It kind of fits that name on all levels so it works,” he said. “It’s a simple name, but always open to debate.” This is Hynd’s fourth band since he entered the music industry in 1996, and he says this time around, “pardon the cliche, but I had to get back to the roots.” “My favorite song to play is Lonesome Hound by the Beat Farmers. It’s the epitome of the lonesome, driving at night song. Like that David Lynch lost highway type. It’s a darker song, but the darker side of rockabilly is kind of neat.” A self proclaimed “k i n d a w a n n a b e ” ho t r o d ent hu -


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“car shows are one of my favourites to perform at” ~ Steve Elliott

ocking out in the back of his orange ‘56 Ford short-box truck, Elvis Elite will be back cranking out classics from the iconic King of Rock. This will be the sixth year Steve Elliott, aka Elvis Elite, performs at the Langley Good Times Cruise-In − an event which he says he is very excited for. “Car shows are one of my favourites to perform at. I feel like I can be a real part of them,” Elliott said. “Elvis, the classic cars and the type of music we do, it all fits in with the Cruise-In.” A hot rod enthusiast himself, Elliott is the proud owner of a ‘56 Ford, which he uses during performances. “I’m not like some of those car guys who own 20 cars and never drive them. I have one and I drive it,” Elliott jokes. “But having a ‘57 Chev, baby blue with a white soft top, would be great. One day.” Elliott has only had his alter ego for about 10 years. Prior to becoming a tribute performer, he was a very successful political cartoonist. Born and raised in Nanaimo, Elliott grew up in an artististic continued on next page

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home and quickly gained the knack for drawing. By I feel the same way. Look for the 1995 he was one of the leading political cartoon“In the early years he was really raw.” ists in B.C., freelancing for a number of Vancouver at His favorite song to perform is How Great Thou Art, publications. from Elvis’ gospel period, followed by Don’t Be Cruel, the intersection of He and his wife began attending karaoke nights at from the rock ‘n roll repertoire. the local bar “just to sit there and have a drink and “Gospel is definitely a big influence. I love Gospel. Fraser Highway and We do special Gospel shows too because a lot of watch the performing,” he said. After seeing people get up and perform their best Elvis’ songs got played, but not all of them did, and Glover Road impressions of Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe and we like to show off that side that isn’t heard as ofLouis Armstrong, he was finally convinced to give it a shot. ten,” he said. “I decided to try out Elvis, because that was the only voice I thought I would Over the years, Elliott has discovered that he has an uncanny knack for many know how to emulate,” he said. impressions. Roy Orbison, Nat King Cole, and Arnold Schwarzenegger are And it paid off. likely to make an appearance or two during his shows. “My wife told me I was actually good and she kept encouraging me to per- “The audiences really get into it. I try to bring back the memories for them,” form,” he said. he said. By 2004 he was named the Top Canadian Tribute Champion at the Pacific Look for the bright orange truck at the intersection of Fraser Highway and Northwest Elvis Festival. Glover Road, where the award winning Elvis Elite will be performing. Performing Elvis tributes was now a full-time job. There will be three shows at 11a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. Each show prom“I like the innocence in Elvis in the early years of rock ‘n roll, before the jump- ises to be a new experience with costume changes and fresh songs throughsuits of the ‘70s,” Elliott said. out the day. “He was just hardworking and talented. And the way the music moved him. For more on Steve Elliott and Elvis Elite, visit www.elviselite.com.

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It will be displayed on Saturday, Sept. 10 at the Langley Good Times Cruise-In for public tours and public education on how it is supposed to help relieve the issue of homelessness. “The major challenges have been for people to understand that it is a temporary solution,” said Rotteveel. “The groups that operate the units are happy with it and it definitely has filled the needs required for overflow.” The project was originally dreamed up by Rob Reid, owner of Shadow Lines Transportation Group, and has cost him over $100,000 to bring to life. With top capacity holding 240 shelter beds per month, Reid believes it will bring much needed relief to shelters and homeless people in Metro Vancouver. Within each shelter unit are eight heated rooms, equipped with upper and lower bunks, LED lighting, and fire-retardant pillows and mattresses. The unit also

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suddenly the road closures weren’t as large an impact, it was more of an ‘oh wow that’s really awesome’ than the opposite.” James says that most businesses have learned to embrace Cruise-In and use the massive crowds to their advantage, especially in the restaurant and retail sectors. “I would dare say that the Cruise-In brings in more people in one day than any other promotion, event or marketing strategy combined,” she said. “Sometimes there’s some businesses out there that think outside the box and that make the most out of the day and have Cruise-In specials.” Beyond the economic benefit, there is also a camaraderie that builds from hosting such a large community event. “It’s also an event that pulls the business community together as well. Everyone’s so into doing their own thing and running their own business that it takes an event like this to make everybody realize that they have neighbours, and that there is an

opportunity to come outside of their stores and enjoy the day. And it’s just because they’re busy and they’re trying to make a living,” she said. However, James admits there are some businesses that feel negative impacts from such crowds. She points to places such as walk-in barbers that may not do as well during Cruise-In as on regular business days. Nonetheless, the DLMA says it is a strong supporter of Cruise-In and is once again supplementing the cost of festive painting of windows for downtown businesses. By the end of July there were already 45 businesses signed up, more than in any other year in the past. “It’s going to be really cool downtown,” she said. “The businesses are really on board this year. [The 45 businesses signed up] are more than what we’ve ever had, by far. That’s more than double what we’ve ever had. It’s another testament to the fact that the businesses appreciate the fact that it’s back.”

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support patients through the purchasing of new hospital equipment and other volunteer duties. Places such as the hospital gift shop, lotto booth, vendor tables and Penny Pincher Thrift Shop on 56 Avenue are all run by auxiliary volunteers. “One hundred per cent of money donated to us from Cruise-In will be put directly back into the hospital,” said Diane Thornton, president of the Langley Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. “We have no paid staff so we can direct our funding into much needed equipment for the hospital.” They majority of donations go into the purchasing of new hospital equipment and supporting volunteer programs. The Auxiliary usually does two pledge drives per year in June and December where they will purchase equipment based on a wish list provided by the hospital. In years past this has included buying new beds for some of the wards and furnishing the pediatric ward when it was newly-opened two years ago.

With so many needs in the hospital, the work the Auxiliary does benefits a diverse group of people in the community ranging from infants to seniors. “Every penny goes into this,” Thornton said. “Everything donated to us is a direct benefit to the community.” The Auxiliary also runs volunteer programs in areas including residential care, resident comforts, acute care, patient comforts, pastoral care, meet and greets and youth volunteering. They usually get most of its funding through the Penny Pincher Thrift Shop, donations in memory of loved ones, bequests from estates, grants and cash donations, so extra support from the Cruise-In gives them even more means to help the hospital. “We were very pleased to hear they would be back again. It is a great community event,” Thornton said. “Thank you to Cruise-In for choosing us. We are very grateful. Working with the Cruise-In in the continued on next page

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money goes where most needed For more on Langley Stroke Recovery, visit www. langleystrokerecovery.com. Valley Therapeutic Equestrian Association Among helping hospital patients and stroke survivors, the Langley Good Times Cruise-In will also be benefitting clients of The Valley Therapeutic Equestrian Association. Providing assistance for special needs children and adults, VTEA offers therapeutic horseback riding to boost physical, mental and emotional well being. Siobhan McKenzie, office coordinator at VTEA explains: “It’s practicing hippotherapy which utilizes a horse for physical exercise. For example, this is great for someone confined to a wheelchair who does not have use of their legs. When they’re on a horse, the horse’s movement actually stimulates the exact same movement as a human walking. It helps develop muscle tone, upper strength and body core strength that would not be developed because they are confined to a chair. It really develops a lot of

muscles that wouldn’t be used otherwise. That’s the physical part. But it also builds confidence and provides a sense of freedom.” With 80 to 100 clients in their programs each year, donations to VTEA go directly to benefit the riders. “The money goes wherever it is most needed,” McKenzie said. This includes running the programs and caring for the 13 horses they currently have, from vet bills to feeding and shoeing Danae Ellis, barn manager at Valley them. All of their clients pay a Therapeutic Equestrian Centre, stands subsidized fee for their class- with Pasqualina, one of the horses in their hippotherapy classes. es, which is up to 50 per cent used VTEA, along with the Langley Memocheaper than regular trail rides. rial Hospital Auxiliary and Langley Stroke Recovery, are the official McKenzie says this is to account Cruise-In charities for 2011. Miranda Gathercole photograph for extra financial strain that is placed on families caring for children and adults vtea.ca. with disabilities.

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xpect to see more police on the streets at Cruise-In this year. That’s the message being sent by the Langley RCMP, in response to the outpouring of street racing and burnouts that occurred on Cruise-In weekend in 2009. “I think residents in Langley can anticipate seeing a significant increase in the number of visible police resources on the Friday evening prior to the Cruise-In,” said Supt. Derek Cooke, head of the Langley RCMP detachment. Along with officers from the Langley detachment, members of the Fraser Valley Integrated Road Safety Unit, bike patrollers, foot patrollers and possibly neighbouring detachments will all be used. Additional street closures are also being considered along with highly visible police road checks. The goal is to keep the Cruise-In a fun and safe event for families to enjoy for years to come. The RCMP hope that a stronger presence will deter people from driving their hot rods dangerously. “From the perspective of the police, the biggest single change

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will be shown in. Lynda and Bob have been participants in car shows since 2000, entering their 1963 Corvette every year. This will also be the first Cruise-In Lynda attends without her husband — something she is very nervous about. “Bob passed away on January 7, it was a Thursday I think, and the very next day in the Langley newspaper it was announced that Cruise-In was cancelled for 2010. And my very first reaction was ‘that’s Bob.’ Bob said ‘if I can’t go to the Cruise-In nobody’s going to it,’” Lynda said. Cruise-In also happens to fall on their wedding anniversary, Sept. 10. “I’m a little nervous about that day period. But I’ve got to go. I can’t not go, it wouldn’t be right,” she said. “The Cruise-In was the highlight of our year. We got married Sept. 10 the weekend after Labour Day, so the Cruise-In always fell on SERVING YOUR GLASS NEEDS SINCE 1977 — FULLY LICENSED AND INSURED

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“It’s a dirty job but somebody has to do it,” he laughed. “Even the president.” It wasn’t long before the father of three became the Cruise-In’s vice-president, a title he held for five years before becoming president. “It’s been a lot of fun being a part of the Cruise-In board of directors,” he said. “I think it’s the goofing around we do. Other directors in the past will say the same thing, we’re like a family. It doesn’t matter how long the meetings are, we have a sense of humour about the whole thing.” Every year Sestito sees the Cruise-In as a challenge to raise more and more money for the local charities. “It’s what the event is all about,” he said, also sure to credit the dedicated team of volunteers who come back year after year to give their time and energy to the event. “There are many who have been with us since day one,” he said. “Without them there is no way we could pull it off.”

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All of the directors, including Sestito, are also volunteers who do not get paid for their time, which in many cases equates to a full-time job. “The day of the show is pretty tough. There’s so much worrying and running around that you can’t help but ask why we doing this? But after everything is done and over I always say, ‘okay, I can do this another year.’ “ But this may just be Sestito’s last as president. “This year may be my last year as president, I would like to focus on my three girls and get them more involved in building hot rods with me,” he said. “I want to make sure that when I do leave that anyone taking over the position, or come aboard are going to have the same vision that all of the past presidents have had for the Cruise-In.” Taking a break would also give him more time to dedicate to his own classic cars. “I’ve always enjoyed cars and would like to put more time into it if I could,” said

Sestito, who is also in the process of building a 1960s-70s diner in the upstairs of his newly-completed shop. He has even gotten his wife involved in the hobby, with his recent purchase of a 1960 Thunderbird convertible for her. “I am in the process of restoring it slowly, do a bit of work during the winter months and she drives it during the summer, she just loves it,” he said. Sestito bought his first classic car back when he was 16, using every last dime of the money he saved from his paper route. Unable to afford the insurance, he kept the car in his garage. “My dad said I was crazy, that it was an old junker but it was untouched, a virgin car. I’m its third owner,” he stated proudly. Perhaps it was fate which brought Sestito in contact with the car’s first owner while attending the Cruise-In during his first year attending the event. “This man came up to me and said ‘that’s

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– volunteering a labour of love my car,’ ‘’ said Sestito. “I had repainted it and fixed it up but he just knew by the way it stood.” It turned out the man was indeed correct. As a boy growing up in a sleepy suburb of Toronto, Mitch Desrochers developed a strong interest in custom cars. Every afternoon he and a few friends would ride their bikes past a custom car clubhouse, which was always alive with activity. “There would be lots of men outside working on their cars and we’d stop and watch,” he recalled. “Eventually they asked us if we’d like to come and look at some of the cars. From then on, I was hooked.” As a director on the Cruise-In board, Desrochers is thrilled with the excuse it gives him to live and breathe classic cars. Not that he needs one. The Surrey resident is the proud owner of his own classic beauty, a 1968 gold Chrysler 300, which he loves to polish and keep in tip top condition. Since he first found out about the Cruise-In back in 2001, the family man hasn’t missed a single show. “I just think it’s great to see that many vehicles in one place,” he said. “That and the fact that we’re all volunteers raising money for local charities. There just isn’t anything out there like this.”

Before becoming a director, Desrochers took photos of classic cars at the event for his employer, putting him on a first-name basis with many of the directors. He then helped as one of the directors on the sponsorship committee, a role he has since taken over. “I am involved as a director because I like to give back. I feel fortunate to be able to help people who need it. It just seems the right thing to do,” he said. Although the past month has felt like he’s been working two full-time jobs, he admits he’s having the time of his life. “We have fun and really enjoy each other’s company. We all get along very well,” he said. Lori Watts is living proof you don’t have to be crazy about cars to be a big fan of the Cruise-In. For the Langley resident, the camaraderie between the directors, the enjoyment of the participants and the support the event gives to local charities are all aspects which bring her back year after year as a member of the Cruise-In board of directors. “I love that this is an event that interests all ages from kids to seniors, and it also gives me a chance to give back to my community and the opportunity to raise money for our local charities,” she said. Having been on the board as a director since its incep-

tion in 1997, Watts has watched the Cruise-In expand over the years from its humble beginnings into a thriving community event that attracts car buffs from all over North America. What many people aren’t aware of about the Cruise-In is that it started with a simple homework assignment completed by Watts. “I had just finished a marketing course at BCIT and as a final assignment we had to come up with an idea for a free public event,” she said. For Watts, a classic car show immediately sprung to mind. At the time, she owned a gift shop in downtown Langley and was a member of the Downtown Langley Merchants Association. During one of the regular meetings, a fellow member by the name of Helen Stoddart suggested a classic car show in downtown Langley. Having already done the leg work for her school assignment, the two worked together to bring the event to life. Through her involvement with the Cruise-In over the years, Watts has met some amazing volunteers, many of whom she’s made long-lasting friendships with. It’s also provided her with the opportunity to meet with volunteers from the various charities the Cruise-In has

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for the cruise-in directors supported, and find out what they’re doing for the community. “You just don’t know what people are doing to help others less fortunate until you ask, and it makes it all worthwhile when you find out,” said Watts. Her favourite part of the Cruise-In happens every year without fail on the Saturday, the day of the big ‘Show and Shine.’ “The morning starts for us at about 4 a.m. It’s always cold and misty and there are people scurrying back and forth setting up barricades and tents. Before you realize it the sun starts to rise and the fog starts to lift, as you hear the first rumble of the cars as they slowly parade downtown. The parking crew are madly waving their arms directing the cars to their parking spots,” she said. “It doesn’t matter how busy we are, we always stop what we are doing and take in this moment. It’s what makes all the hundreds of hours of planning worth it.” Keith Wilson is a self-confessed “car nut” who has been an active part of the Langley Good Times Cruise-In for many years. He keeps very busy with his cars, all 300 of them. They can be spotted in every nook and cranny of his Cloverdale home. His model cars may not be the type of cars on display at the Cruise-In, but they are just as special to him. “I’ve loved them ever since I was a kid,” he said. “I’ve got all different sizes of cars, trucks and motorcycles. I don’t do any airplanes or boats, I stick with automotive, mostly classic cars. They are everywhere in my house.” His hobby has even won him several awards. He has entered contests from Kelowna to the U.S. His wife doesn’t seem to mind if he spends several hours a day entranced as he pieces miniature car parts together. Wilson has been a director for the past six years, after initially working with Cruise-In as a volunteer. He got involved, not only because he loves cars, but also because he loves the fact that Cruise-In raises money for worthy local charities. Wilson, a retired sales rep, is hoping that this year’s Cruise-In will set new records in the amount of money it raises for charities. But he also loves the overall show. “When you see 400 classic cars in one lot, it takes you back 40 years,” he said. Cruise-In director Dick Hooper may not know a whole lot about cars, but he is a wealth of knowledge when it comes the community of Langley. The longtime local resident and retired electrical contractor is a member of the Sunrise Rotary Club and the Rotary World Help Network.

“I’m a very busy man,’’ he laughed. For Hooper, the philanthropic activities that he participates in are his passion. “I find it enjoyable to give back to the community,” he said. “It has always been good to me. Raising money for the community for different charities just gives you a good feeling to know you are doing something worthwhile.” Beyond the charity beneficiaries, he also believes CruiseIn has a positive impact on the Langley community as a whole. “As a retired business person, I also recognize the great contribution an event of this magnitude has on the local economy. Thousands of people, some from around the world, visit Langley and discover it truly is the place to be,” he said. The grandfather of two has been actively involved with the Cruise-In since it first planted its roots in Langley City back in 1997, taking only two years off in between to rest. “It’s hard work, but it’s even harder to stay away,” he laughed. The Cruise-In has also provided him with a wonderful opportunity to bond with his granddaughter. “She’s very interested in cars,” he said. “She has worked at the Rotary booth for several years. It’s great to have her there.” Although he’s a fan of viewing the classic cars, you won’t see him driving one anytime soon. “I like to admire cars but in terms of working on them, no. I just like something I can get in and drive any day in. I’m just fine with my mini-van,” he said. But with that said, Hooper does admit that his favorite car is a 1964 Ford Fairlane sport coupe. “I owned one new back in the day, and I wish I had never got rid of it,” he said. Audrey Stebanuk along with husband Gord have been Langley residents and business people for over 35 years. The Stebanuks enjoy their car hobby for the camaraderie. “We’ve won lots and lots of awards,” Audrey admitted, “but the wonderful people that have become and remain life long friends through the car hobby is cherished just a little more. “It’s nice to know when you do a car up that it’s recognized, but makes me equally happy to see somebody else receive an award for their hard work.” Stebanuk says that those who take on this hobby for life become part of a unique community. “It’s a little world with a congregation all its own. Wherever you go, you run into someone you know and that’s through having the cars. We all have the same hobby and an interest in resurrecting these old pieces of iron. “It’s a hobby and through it, you meet some phenomenal

people.” The Stebanuks are also the former producers of the Abbotsford Collectors Car Show & Auction and have been involved with the Langley Cruise-In for 10 years. As for their private collection, some of the vehicles have been with the Stebanuks for some time. “Some are just the cars we had growing up and, of course, we’ve always liked cars,” Audrey said. Their gated Langley property hosts a setting steeped in car collector dreams. Countless show-quality vehicles, countless more in various stages of restoration, and a strong 1950s theme, which embraces a general store, canteen and service station. And while she may be a driver of the vintage collection, it’s Gord who gets full credit for putting the mechanicals together. “He takes the cars right down to nothing and starts with the body. Every nut, screw and grommet comes out of that vehicle and is redone, either replaced with new stock or reconditioned.” Her favourite is a black 1959 Bonneville convertible. “I’m a convertible person, I love them. But I also love the muscle cars we have, the 440s and the Hemis,” she said. She said the Bonneville she owns was built the first year of the wide track. “It’s wider than the average vehicle, and it’s long. You kind of have to build your garage around that car,” she laughed. As for Gord’s favourite, she suspects it’s the Hemi car he rebuilt. Finding the right part for a specific vehicle has always been a challenge, admits Audrey. “They’re all fairly challenging,” she said. “But there are some great outlets and within the network of car collectors someone, somewhere is always willing to point you in the right direction.” When she’s not busy with her seven children, 17 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, Audrey does various charity work, including supporting the Centre for Child Development and Langley Flight Museum. And when asked if she’s ever spent any time broken down on the road with the vintage collection, she replies: “No. When (Gord) rebuilds them, they run pretty good.” “Langley is a community that is bursting with car enthusiasts. We enjoy being with people, enjoy the challenge,” she said, endorsing Langley as a pit stop for some of the best car hobbyists in the world. “I think Langley is the car capital of B.C.” Come September, the Stebanuks will once again be part of the action at the Cruise-In, Audrey on Registration and Gord on Staging.

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fter months of planning and anticipation, the day of the show finally arrives. Hundreds of hours of meetings have been held with Directors and volunteers. Deliberations with the City have fine tuned the logistics of the event and discussions with the RCMP have satisfied the traffic and security concerns. All the promotion has been done, the t-shirts and souvenirs are on display and the organizers are waiting for the only two things they can’t predict, the crowd and the weather. As with any outdoor festival, fair or display, the weather plays a major role in the success of the event. Historically, the first two week-ends of September in the Fraser Valley are beautiful autumn days. The original organizers chose this end of the summer, holidays are over weekend as the dates for The Langley Good Times Cruise-in. The first events exceeded everyone’s expectations. The cars kept coming, the crowds kept getting larger and the rave reviews from visitors and exhibitors spread quickly. Langley City in September was the ‘Place To Be.’ In 1999, Dennis Gage, the host of the TV show My Classic Car, was invited to Langley. His show is watched all over North America as he visits car shows or amazing garages or hot rod shops. Dennis and his film crew spent the day in Langley, touring, signing autographs and shaking his head in amazement. When the Langley segment of the show aired he told his audience he had seen many one-of-a-kind vehicles and foreign cars he had never seen before. He declared the Good Times Cruise-in as “one of the top ten car shows in North America.” The year 2000 was ‘The year of the Monsoon.’ It started raining during the night and as the cars were gathering at five in the morning, the locals were convincing the visitors that the rain would stop by sun up. At eight they were being told it would stop by ten. At ten they were promised it would end by noon, and at two, when everyone was soaked through, they weren’t listening any more. By four-thirty as the Mayor took to the stage to hand out the awards, the rain stopped and the sun poked through. But most of the crowd had hung in and

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the streets were a colourful mix of flashy cars and in New York and Paris had organized a Great Race bright umbrellas all day. from New York, west across the North American In 2002, one of the show Director’s daughters continent, through Asia and eventually travelling was planning to get married on the Cruise-in week- Europe and arriving in Paris. The Zust was one of end. The idea was hatched to include the wedding the remarkable vehicles that had completed this at the Cruise-in. On the Friday night a cruise was event and as a planned commemoration on the planned for the entrants to head for the Hillcrest one hundred years, it was touring car shows. It Drive-in Theatre. A stage was set up in a park- was a major attraction at the Langley show. ing lot full of classic cars and the wedding party Unfortunately 2009 was a black mark on the looked very fiftyish. The drive-in crowd gathered event. Burn-outs and reckless driving the night around to hear the before the show exchange of vows raised many conand cheered and cerns over safety honked for the kiss and liability for the at the end of the City and the Direcceremony. tors. After taking The wedding was 2010 to sit down filmed by a TV with all parties and show specializing review the planin wacky weddings ning the staging of and the Good Times this popular show, The idea was hatched to Cruise-in got more compromises were national exposure. at reached and the include the In 2003, the proshow is back on for . the moters added a 2011. monster truck ride What has been the as an attraction. These specially designed off-road biggest attraction over the years that bring tens vehicles could hold ten passengers and give them of thousands of people out to wander through a rock and roll ride around the vacant Square One these classic cars? Most people will tell you it’s parking lot which is where the Cascades Casino the huge collection of memories on display. They is now. can find the car they learned to drive in. There The attraction was popular and going well until is the car they had their first date in. There is about two in the afternoon when a strong breeze Grandpa’s car or the car they smashed up or the came up. Before long, dust from the gravel lot was one they hot rodded as a teenager. blowing into downtown and settling on the cars, It is their chance to cruise the Miracle Mile once the crowds, the hamburgers and the hot dogs. more. Every town had one, Langley had the A&W Car owners and vendors demanded something be to the Dog &Suds, and other towns had the strip done so the Fire Department was commissioned from the burger joint to the park. For many gento hose the lot down with water cannons to settle erations that was their social networking, their the dust. Facebook or Twitter. Out in the car on Friday or It worked but I’m sure wives and mothers in at- Saturday night was how you found out what was tendance that day will tell you it turned the dust going on. to mud and many people came away ankle deep in The memories will be all lined up, polished and good old Langley muck. waiting in downtown Langley again this year. Come In 2008, looking for another attraction/promotion, on down and cruise the strip one more time. the classic Great Race car the Zust was brought to the show. In 1908 a group of newspaper barons

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