British car enthusiasts invading Langley City park

Downtown’s Douglas Park will be the backdrop for a new-to-town car show.

There’s going to be another British invasion in Langley – and this time in the City.

Recognizing Langley as a popular community for collector car enthusiast, and looking for a new home that would allow their car show to grow, organizers of the British Motor Invasion Car Show are relocating their event to Douglas Park this weekend.

The Old English Car Club has held its show four years running, always in a parking lot in North Vancouver. Sadly, said Delta’s Gerry Parkinson, that space would not really facilitate growing the event.

“So, this is our fifth annual show, but the first in Langley,” he announced. “We’d like to continue in Langley. This is our new home, hopefully.”

The Invasion car show is being held Sunday, June 3, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Parkinson – one of the organizing committee members – is particularly excited about the new venue.

Douglas Park offers a picturesque backdrop and the cars will be parked on grass rather than pavement, which he said is appealing to spectators and car club members alike.

The currently allocated space in the park can facilitate about 50 cars. But, Parkinson said, if and when the event grows, the park can offer so much more room. At present, he describes is as a “small show.”


Becoming a British car destination

Langley is also home to another British car show every spring.

There are a few British car clubs operating in the Lower Mainland, the Old English Car Club being one and the Langley Area Mostly British Motoring (LAMB) Club being another.

The latter presented its 13th annual St. George’s British Motoring Show at the Fort Langley Community Hall last month. There were in excess of 100 cars registered, and an estimated 15,000 spectators who converged on the show.

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Likewise, there is “some significant” interest in this year’s British Motor Invasion Car Show and the new location is likely playing a factor in that, Parkinson predicted.

They have cars coming in from the Sunshine Coast, Penticton, Kelowna, Victoria, and lots from Langley, Parkinson said.

There are already 40 cars registered to attend, and depending on the weather, there could be several more on the day of the event.

“We’re hoping you’re going to give us some good weather. It’s not looking promising though,” Parkinson said.

The show, sponsored by Constant Collectibles, is free for the public to attend.

To register a car, however, there’s a cost of $15, with proceeds going to the Langley Food Bank.

Registration and information is available online or by calling Parkinson at 604-240-1847.


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