The Langley Good Times Cruise-In is back, and the sense of eagerness and anticipation is high in the community.
Cruise-In has been a big event in Langley since it first began 14 years ago. It has come a long ways since that first show, and now attracts 100,000 people or more. It also brings with it lots of good feelings.
Last year, there was no Cruise-In. The directors were tired after the 2009 event, largely because of illegal street racing and negativity from a few people in the downtown community.
However, even when they announced that it would not take place in 2010, they held out hope that it would resume in 2011. And they have kept their promise. After some discussions with police and the City of Langley, they decided to bring the popular car show back.
One of the biggest changes this year is the cancellation of the Friday night cruise to the Twilight Drive-In in Aldergrove. There are a number of reasons for this, but the biggest single one is that Cruise-In directors did not want to be associated with any car activity on Friday night. There has often been illegal street racing on Friday evenings, and some situations have been extremely dangerous.
Weather this weekend is expected to be good. There will almost certainly be car enthusiasts gathering on Friday night in areas of Langley, and a small number will take part in racing or other illegal activity.
They have been warned. Police plan to be out in force and the consequences for car owners may be significant. They will almost certainly lose their cars, at least temporarily, and hopefully there will be enough witnesses that they can be charged with serious offences.
The actions of a few do not reflect on the wonderful atmosphere of Cruise-In. Saturday is the day when all the vehicles will be on display. The atmosphere in Langley City will be great. There will be free entertainment, lots to eat, fascinating cars to check out, new people to meet and all kinds of other tidbits of activity.
It’s a great day for the