Classic car enthusiasts rev their engines for fallen friend

Classic car enthusiasts rev their engines for fallen friend

Sunday car show at Langley restaurant supports local families fighting cancer

The classic car community is a tight-knit group. So too is the community of staff and customers at Langley’s Brogan’s Diner & Deli.

When the two come together, great things can happen.

This Sunday, July 15, Brogan’s – formerly Kalma Family Restaurant – will host a car show in honour of Godfrey Hamon, a local car enthusiast and long-time customer.

Hamon passed away after a short battle with cancer, and this weekend his friends, family and fellow car enthusiasts host a car show to raise money for others fighting the disease.

“Vehicles are welcome to join the show first come, first served, and we have a feeling it’s going to be jammed,” says Lori Johnson, who is organizing the event with dad and Brogan’s customer Ken Johnson and her longtime friend Krista Johnston.

On-site vehicle registration is just $15 for what organizers hope will become an annual event.

The popular downtown Langley restaurant, which will also open the doors on its newly renovated interior and new name, will also serve up some great deals for lunch – rolling back prices on the outdoor grill to offer a hamburger, fries and a pop for just $5. Direct donations will also be gratefully accepted and organizers are opening a charitable account at the nearby bank.

“We wouldn’t be able to do it without them – they’ve been fantastic,” Lori says.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and welcomes cars of all makes, models and vintages.

Direct support for 3 families in need

Proceeds from the car show will support three local individuals fighting the disease – helping with everything from rent to the cost of food, which can become a real challenge when people lose time at work while in treatment, Lori says.

Hamon’s family will be on hand for the event, selecting a recipient for a special award in his honour. His car – a 1964 Ranchero – will also be on exhibit.

“Cancer touches everybody in some way,” Lori says. “Let’s get together and remember those who have fallen to the disease and support those who are fighting.”

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Owned by Shannon Brogan and husband Keith Smythe, Brogan’s Diner & Deli is part of the couple’s Second Beginnings Charitable Foundation, which includes the flagship, downtown Langley’s restaurant and deli and Second Beginnings Thrift Store, building community, connections and resources to help find solutions. Sporting its new name honouring Shannon’s dad, both the restaurant and deli are now connected and enjoying refurbished interiors, plus special events, karaoke and more. Come visit them today!

 

Godfrey Hamon’s 1964 Ranchero will be on exhibit at the event, a fundraiser to support local families fighting cancer.

Godfrey Hamon’s 1964 Ranchero will be on exhibit at the event, a fundraiser to support local families fighting cancer.

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