With the summer and the relaxed COVID-19 restrictions, Langley is back to spontaneous auto shows.
Meet at the closed Pizza Hut car park on 200th Street near Willowbrook Shopping Center.
With a largely empty parking lot available, classic car and hot rod enthusiasts showed up in May as the weather warmed and coronavirus numbers fell.
“It’s something to get us out of the house,” said Pat Bolton, one of the attendees on Friday June 18.
Having the informal gatherings feels like going back to normal, he said.
Bolton brought in a 1955 Bel Air two-door on Friday which listed the engine specs and stated that everything from frame to frame had been restored.
He only bought the car a few months ago, he said. Bolton has restored and rebuilt a lot of his own cars but said that after 60 years he thought it was time to take it easy.
“I bought one that’s already finished,” he said.
Cars on display included a variety of models from the 1940s, 50s, and 60s, as well as some hot rods and bespoke cars.
The gatherings have grown and, in warm weather, had their largest attendance to date on Friday.
According to Step 2 of the BC restart plan, gatherings of up to 50 people are again allowed outside, and the few dozen people at the auto shows are still trying to keep their distance, Bolton said.
It’s a far cry from the informal car shows that took place in the Langley Mall parking lot last spring. These gatherings attracted so many people when the restrictions were stricter that the RCMP closed them.
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