The Roadmen Car Club Vancouver Chapter isn’t huge – membership wise – but it gets a lot of support for its roadhow at the Langley Good Times Cruise-In and that keeps the car buffs coming back.
“This is year six or seven for us,” said club president Jay Peterson. “They’re really good to us.”
The club chapter has about seven member but is able to host a a day of hot rod and rockabilly fun during Cruise-In, which typically marks the end of the Roadmen’s season. After that, the vehicles tend to be put to bed for winter which is the time for working under the hood.
This year the club will have a display of cars from not only members,but also other chapters and local supporters.
“We’re a traditional hot rod club,” he explained. “We basically build them the way the guys in the ’50s and ’60s built them.”
Peterson himself will have his 1929 Dodge with its 341 De Soto hemi that he’s done a great deal of work on.
“When I go that car, the body was basically hanging on a wall,” he said.
And since the club tends to be a family affair, his son Wade has a 1930 vehicle.
“Normally we have between 20 and 30 vehicles [at Cruise-In],” Peterson explained.
The vehicles on display will be everything from hot rods to classic cars and antiques. The club likes pre-1964 vehicles as that’s the gold era of hot rodding.
“It’s all basically geared up for fun,” Peterson said.
A chapter from Washington State will be coming up to Aldergrove to take part as well in the family-oriented event.
The Roadmen can be found on Fraser Highway at 271st Street. That’s where people can enjoy rockabilly music by the band Crash Course Rebels. People can also meet the Rebel Kat pin-up girls who are often invited to have their photos taken with the various classic cars and distinctive vehicles that come to Cruise-In. The pin-up girls dress in vintage style clothing and makeup, circa the 1950s.
Peterson added that there will be giveaway, and the chapter will have T-shirts and other items for sale. Proceeds from Roadmen events are donated to the fight against cancer.