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Langley readies for Bug invasion

Great Canadian VW Show in Langley August 24 to 26
Gold Key sales manager Tobias Von Kreeft will be entering this 1961 air cooled VW Beetle bug into Canada’s biggest VW show and shine taking place on Aug. 26 at the Langley Events Centre.

Don’t play “punch buggy no returns” while out on the road in Langley on the weekend of Aug. 24-26 because your shoulder will get really sore.

The 21st annual Great Canadian VW Show is coming to Langley with thousands of old and new VWs expected to drive into the Langley Events Centre on Sunday morning for Canada’s biggest VW show and shine.

This is the second year Langley has hosted what is the largest VW event in the Pacific Northwest with around 400 new and old, air and water cooled VWs on display and ready for judging throughout the parking lot.

Families can enjoy taking part in a variety of activities, games and everything from ice cream to burgers will be served.

Starting at 9 a.m., come out and see vintage air cooled Beetle bugs and vans or old water cooled Rabbits, said event organizer Geoff Peterson.

The event coincides with Langley’s International Festival at neighbouring Willoughby Park.

“Spectators start coming in as early as 7 a.m. Usually we have around 2,000 to 4,000 come to the show. We have a whole convoy from California come and from Utah,” said Peterson. “Some come from Germany and Alberta.”

This year plans to be extra special as VW celebrates 60 years in Canada.

Langley’s Gold Key Volkswagen is one of the sponsors and plan to have a big presence at the show.

“I haven’t missed the Great Canadian VW show in 16 years,” said Gold Key sales manager Tobias Von Kreeft.

He plans to have a fleet of VWs, from an all original white 1961 VW bug, with all original interior as well as an old VW van, some other older models and several brand new VWs, including the new Beetle.

The weekend begins with drag racing at the Mission Raceway Park on Friday night, gates open at 5 p.m.

Saturday morning drivers can grab a pancake breakfast and a show and shine at Regency Voldswagen in Coquitlam and off to Sharks Club in Langley for dinner and a show and shine.

Expect to see hundreds of VWs take to the streets for a cruise to Langley’s Sharks Club and host hotel Sandman.

The lot at the Sharks Club, at 20169 88 Avenue, is expected to fill up quickly and opens at 5 p.m. Lots of prizes.

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Monique Tamminga

About the Author: Monique Tamminga

Monique brings 20 years of award-winning journalism experience to the role of editor at the Penticton Western News. Of those years, 17 were spent working as a senior reporter and acting editor with the Langley Advance Times.
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