The cars were plentiful and beyond impressive at the Langley Cruise In. While the sun blazed down, thousands of people descended on downtown Langley. By 10am huge crowds were gawking at cars from every possible era. My favourite was the antique stock car section. I’m sure my preference is due, in large part, to the fact my dad owns this beautiful 1930 Model A that he lovingly restored over many years. I understand the hours that go into keeping these automotive-pieces-of-history functioning.
Our youngest was in awe of every car. He just kept saying “Awww….look at that one!” Over and over and over again. This 1915 creation, while not an original, was stunning. The windshield alone drew crowds over.
Antique fire trucks and ambulances were also part of the display. Big shout out to the folks with the ambulances. They were super informative, fantastic at engaging the kids, and sent the boys home with flashing lights, ambulance magnets, and 3-D paper ambulance models. Super fun!
While the antique fire truck wasn’t open for kid exploration, the City of Langley had a fire truck and crew on site. They happily opened the doors and let the kids clamber inside. I also got to hop in…such fun!
One car we all found fascinating was the one made out of wood. A 1915 wooden truck! Quite the sight to see. It is this type of vehicle that makes the Langley Cruise In so special. Yes there are a multitude of hot rods but I like the unique, one-of-a-kind, ultra-rare vehicles.
The crowds and heat were a bit overwhelming for our little ones. Fortunately the Douglas Park Community Centre is immediately adjacent to the main car display. Both the playground and water park provided a great reprieve for everyone.
There are plenty of spaces for picnics but there are also many vendors on site providing food. Don’t forget to bring water; the asphalt made the day’s heat almost unbearable. However, better sun than rain as the owners don’t bring out their gorgeous cars in drizzle.
The car show runs on Sunday as well. If you miss it this year, mark your calendars for next year. The Langley Cruise In is ALWAYS the weekend after Labour Day.