(Special to the Aldergrove Star)

(Special to the Aldergrove Star)

‘Our hands are tied’: Langley Good Times Cruise-In announces cancellation due to COVID-19

People are encouraged to donate to the chosen Langley charities online, said Cruise-In director

“We’re calling it quits this year,” director Riccardo Sestito of the Langley Good Times Cruise-In – Western Canada’s largest charity car show – announced publicly Wednesday.

This comes after months of its directors considering alternative event versions to comply with provincial health guidelines that include a ban on gatherings of more than 50 people.

“We thought of parking cars on the street having people drive by, looking from their cars. We thought of just having a swap meet on the Sunday,” the director said.

“We kept working to carry on the show,” elaborated Sestito, who even had American In-N-Out Burger operators on board to try and come across the border and pop up in Aldergrove on Sept. 12. 

“But our hands are tied,” he said, with COVID-19 too serious of a concern to ignore.

Sestito informed the California-based restaurant chain about the cancellation on Wednesday.

It’s likely that “they couldn’t actually have crossed the border,” he added.

READ MORE: Welcome to Western Canada’s largest charity car show, the Good Times Cruise-In

Additionally, “there would have been people not wanting to attend because they’re afraid of getting sick,” Sestito voiced.

“And a car show is only as good as its last.” 

The annual display of cars has survived for nearly a quarter century with a team of 200 volunteers facilitating a lineup of hundreds of new and restored cars in support of Langley charities.

“It is with a heavy heart we have to cancel it again,” Sestito told The Star.

The only other cancellation of the Cruise-In was in 2010, after controversy ensued over burnouts occurring that same weekend in Langley City.

Following that, the car show relocated to Aldergrove, where it plans to stay “until the end,” the director said.

“We’re not changing our venue.” 

RELATED: Burnouts stressing Langley’s Cruise-In board

Sestito has been with the Langley Good Times Cruise-In right from its humble origins as a downtown Langley business initiative in 1997.

He’s seen it grow into an international charity event with tens of thousands of spectators and car collectors swarming Aldergrove streets.

People who pre-registered to show their vehicles will be given a full refund of their money, unless they chose to forfeit the funds to the Cruise-In’s chosen charities this year.

“We will still be fundraising online with a link on our website,” Sestito said, encouraging people to donate.

The next Langley Good Times Cruise-In is scheduled for Sept 11, 2021.

LAST YEAR: Langley Good Times Cruise-In 2019 was one for the record books


Just Posted

Pedestrian hit by police vehicle in Langley

Injuries described as serious, requiring surgery

Earth Ninja Jocelyn Titus found 3,300 cigarette butts in downtown Aldergrove last weekend. (Special to The Star)
VIDEO: 3,300 cigarette butts picked from downtown Aldergrove

Jocelyn Titus led a cleanup on June 12 and said most were found on Fraser near former Elks Hall

The public is invited to submit suggested questions for our local politicians, for consideration in a future At Your Service feature. Email: editor@langleyadvancetimes.com.
AT YOUR SERVICE: MLAs see feds as partners in SkyTrain to Langley

Q&A: Langley’s MLAs given chance to address the community on a key local issue

Police tape is shown in Toronto Tuesday, May 2, 2017. Statistics Canada says the country's crime rate ticked up again in 2018, for a fourth year in a row, though it was still lower than it was a decade ago. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graeme Roy
CRIME STOPPERS: ‘Most wanted’ for the week of June 20

Crime Stoppers’ weekly list based on information provided by police investigators

Police closed off 16th Avenue between 232nd and 240th streets in Aldergrove Saturday night at the site of a reported motor vehicle accident. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
VIDEO: Police close off 16th Avenue

Fire crews were initially called to a report of a motor vehicle accident

Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship during a press conference in Ottawa on Thursday, May 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Canada to welcome 45,000 refugees this year, says immigration minister

Canada plans to increase persons admitted from 23,500 to 45,000 and expedite permanent residency applications

Barbara Violo, pharmacist and owner of The Junction Chemist Pharmacy, draws up a dose behind vials of both Pfizer-BioNTech and Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines on the counter, in Toronto, Friday, June 18, 2021. An independent vaccine tracker website founded by a University of Saskatchewan student says just over 20 per cent of eligible Canadians — those 12 years old and above — are now fully vaccinated. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
At least 20% of eligible Canadians fully vaccinated, 75% with one dose: data

Earlier projections for reopening at this milestone didn’t include Delta variant

This undated file photo provided by Ernie Carswell & Partners shows the home featured in the opening and closing scenes of The Brady Bunch in Los Angeles. Do you know the occupation of Mike Brady, the father in this show about a blended family? (Anthony Barcelo/Ernie Carswell & Partners via AP, File)
QUIZ: A celebration of dad on Father’s Day

How much do you know about famous fathers?

Emily Steele holds up a collage of her son, 16-year-old Elijah-Iain Beauregard who was stabbed and killed in June 2019, outside of Kelowna Law Courts on June 18. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
Kelowna woman who fatally stabbed teen facing up to 1.5 years of jail time

Her jail sentence would be followed by an additional one to 1.5 years of supervision

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Cpl. Scott MacLeod and Police Service Dog Jago. Jago was killed in the line of duty on Thursday, June 17. (RCMP)
Abbotsford police, RCMP grieve 4-year-old service dog killed in line of duty

Jago killed by armed suspect during ‘high-risk’ incident in Alberta

The George Road wildfire near Lytton, B.C., has grown to 250 hectares. (BC Wildfire Service)
B.C. drone sighting halts helicopters fighting 250 hectares of wildfire

‘If a drone collides with firefighting aircraft the consequences could be deadly,’ says BC Wildfire Service

A dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is pictured at a vaccination site in Vancouver Thursday, March 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
NACI advice to mix vaccines gets varied reaction from AstraZeneca double-dosers

NACI recommends an mRNA vaccine for all Canadians receiving a second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine

A aerial view shows the debris going into Quesnel Lake caused by a tailings pond breach near the town of Likely, B.C., Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Updated tailings code after Mount Polley an improvement: B.C. mines auditor

British Columbia’s chief auditor of mines has found changes to the province’s requirements for tailings storage facilities

Most Read