Langford’s sizeable classic car community is getting revved up for what’s quickly becoming an annual tradition.
The sixth annual Langford Car Show is set to take place Sunday on Goldstream Avenue, with classic and muscle cars from 1975 and older scheduled to be on display. It has become an event to look forward to for Langford gearheads, who enjoy a certain sense of camaraderie with this shared interest.
“Having Western Speedway in Langford, that car culture has spilled over, not just with what goes on the track, but also into some classic cars and muscle cars, so we do have a lot of that,” said show organizer Susan Queen, a manager with the City of Langford.
Entrants have even gotten creative in previous years, stretching the definition of classic cars to include tow trucks and fire engines.
“It’s such a good community capturing event,” Queen said.
Langfordite Greg Lyseng has regularly entered his 1928 Chevy street rod, a vehicle that he re-built over the course of two years.
He’s had an interest in cars since the age of 12, when he was given a “dead” 1949 Austin. Lyseng, now 65, set out to restore the car and get it running, with the only help coming from one of his classmates at school.
With some trial and error and a clear knack for restoring vehicles, Lyseng was able to get the Austin on the road, in a sense.
“I used to drive that around in the backyard between the fruit trees and then I moved on to more and more cars,” he said. “In the last 25 years I’ve been building them and selling them and moving on to another one.”
Lyseng says the car culture in Langford and on the West Shore has grown over the years, and he regularly takes his car around to various organized events for classic car owners.
“There’s different car clubs out here that have different functions. You can go to garage tours, organized wine tours, shop tours; there’s always something to do with them, that’s for sure.”
His latest project is a ‘68 Camaro RS, which he hopes to finish rebuilding later this year. He plans to enter the muscle car into a future edition of the Langford Car Show.
As for his next project after that, Lyseng hasn’t thought that far ahead just yet.
“Cars seem to find me,” he said.
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