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CRUISE-IN 2023: Langley remote-controlled hobbyists bring their horsepower to popular car show

RC Pitstop joins Cruise-In for its first time to engage more with community

This is one in a series of special Langley Advance Times stories about what to expect at this year’s Langley Good Times Cruise-In, happen Saturday, Sept. 9 in Aldergrove. You can also check out this series in our special keepsake edition hitting the streets on Thursday and available in limited quantity at the car show.


Not all the vehicles will be passenger-size at the Langley Good Times Cruise-In this year.

A new addition to the annual charity car show is a display of radio-controlled Crawler vehicles, which are scaled down, off-road trucks and buggies, said Cruise-In director Marty Brown.

“The vehicles are sophisticated models that are uniquely capable and tough, operated by serious hobby enthusiasts,” added Brown, a RC vehicle hobbyist himself.

The display is presented by Langley’s hobby store, RC Pitstop, with support from the West Coast Scale Trail group, a club for enthusiasts.

Kevin Pratt, co-owner of RC Pitstop, said Brown is a regular customer of the store and suggested he have a display at Cruise-In.

“One of our goals this year was to do more community-based activities and events,” Pratt said. “So, we’ve done RibFest Langley, we were involved in the Linus Expo in Vancouver, and continue to do Vancouver Football Club home games.”

The events chosen are family-focused, so it worked out that Brown was able to connect the store with Cruise-In, Pratt said.

Usually, they have three or four different setups to bring to each event, but Pratt said something unique was requested for Cruise-In’s event.

“We have a good relationship with the West Coast Scale Trail. They helped us out at RibFest, and have one-10th scale Crawler equipment for vehicles to go over,” he explained.

Pitstop will bring its own built landscapes, and smaller setups ranging from one-24th scale to one-18th scale.

When these hobby enthusiats aren’t showing off their skills at events, the smaller setups are on display in the RC Pitstop store where people can test out small scaled vehicles.

Guests of Cruise-In not only get to watch hobby enthusiasts drive the remote-controlled vehicles, but also have an opportunity to drive themselves.

“It’s all meant to be hands-on… We had about 2,500 different people remote-control at RibFest,” Pratt said. “We want to do things that are community related, that are fun, and that allow people to make discoveries.”

Riccardo Sestito, president of Cruise-In, said they are always looking for new and different things to incorporate with the car show.

“Between young and old, there are people interested in RC cars, so that’ll be something new and cool set up at Cruise-In,” he said. “We always make it a show that is always changing.”

The RC vehicle display will be set up on Fraser Highway near Old Yale Road, where the food trucks will park.

Sestito said Cruise-In welcomes the RC display and demonstration as a new car show tradition.

The Cruise-In is open to the public at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9.

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