Steve Guiney and Tamy Beauregard check out the vintage cars that lined downtown Langford as part of the City’s Show and Shine last year. (Black Press Media file photo)

Hot wheels roll into Langford this weekend

New event feature this year at Veterans Memorial Park

Rick Stiebel/News Staff

Langford’s fascination with hot rods, race cars and tricked out custom drives goes back a long, long way.

“Langford’s always been a hotbed of racing and car enthusiasts in general,” said Matt Sahlstrom, who competed at tracks up and down Vancouver Island for years, including several decades at Western Speedway before he was elected to Langford Council in 2002. “The first race on Vancouver Island took place as soon as the second car arrived.”

“There’s a great car culture here that goes back generations,” Sahlstrom noted. “That’s part of what makes the Langford Show and Shine so special and so popular. There’s an amazing display of cars, and the pride and craftsmanship of the owners really shine through.”

Part of the appeal is that people can check out hundreds of cars within a couple of hours because of the way the pedestrian-friendly event is laid out, he added. “It still has that small-town feel and I think that’s why it draws people from across the region and all over the Island.”

The ninth annual Langford Show and Shine takes place Sun., Aug. 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. along Goldstream Avenue between Peatt Road and Veterans Memorial Parkway. The event will feature classic and muscle cars from 1975 and earlier, with a new feature this year that includes a collection of cars from the ’50s and ’60s at Veterans Memorial Park. Organizers are encouraging people to wear vintage-themed costumes and attire to add a new wrinkle to the 50s themed party planned in the park.

Award presentations in a variety of categories will take place at the Goldstream fountain at 1 p.m., and there will be dash plaques and T-shirts on sale.

Goldstream Avenue between Peatt Road and Veterans Memorial Parkway will be closed to all through traffic, as well as portions of Claude Road and Bryn Maur Road. Overnight and early morning parking on the affected roads will not be allowed the Saturday night before the event, and violators will be towed. Public parking is available at Langford City Hall at 877 Goldstream Ave. and Claude Road and Danbrook Road. Bicycles will not be allowed in the event area, and cyclists are advised to use the bike racks on sidewalks. Well-behaved dogs are permitted, but must be on a leash.

For more information or to register a vehicle, drive over to cityoflangford.ca.

rick.stiebel @goldstreamgazette.com


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

 

John Fleury’s ‘39 Ford is one of many cars that were on display as part of the annual Langford Show and Shine last year. (Contributed photo)

Just Posted

Spandads group collects, donates more than 100 used bikes

Oak Bay Bikes’ advent calendar donations go to fixing the used bikes

Colwood tops Grumpy Taxpayer$ 2019 Candy Cane Awards

Yearly awards for improved governance go to Colwood, Oak Bay, Victoria

Saanich police first in B.C. to offer mental health resiliency training

Departments from Oak Bay, Saanich, Central Saanich complete trauma training class

North Saanich Fire Department wins national Movember challenge

Team raises more than urban Edmonton, Toronto firefighters

Incident backs up northbound lanes of Pat Bay Highway

Drive BC warns of heavy congestion along busy route

Assessed value of Lower Mainland homes expected to decrease in 2020

Other areas of province may see modest increases over last year’s values

Chilliwack family’s therapy dog injured in hit and run

Miniature pit bull Fifty’s owner is a single mother facing close to $10,000 in vet bills

Cougar destroyed in Penticton area after mauling dog, killing cat

This is the first reported incident with a cougar this year in the Penticton area

Feds not enforcing standards on Hungarian duck imports, B.C. farmer says

‘You have no way of knowing what’s in the bag’

No reports yet of Canadians affected by New Zealand volcano eruption, feds say

Missing and injured included tourists from the U.S., China, Australia, Britain and Malaysia

Vancouver Island blues musician’s mother’s home burglarized and ransacked

David Gogo’s 71-year-old mother has jewelry and artwork stolen in break-in

Dance cancelled after Alberta teacher’s climate lesson prompts online threats

School district near Red Deer cancelled annual family dance due to Facebook comments

In surprise move, defence won’t call witnesses for accused in Abbotsford school killing

‘Change of instructions’ results in defence closing case without calling evidence

Most Read