PHOTOS: Race cars take to Langford streets as part of Canada 200 weekend

Shelley Ruggles and her two-year-old son, Isaak De Quadros, watch race cars drive by at City Centre Park. Race cars cruised through the streets of Langford Saturday morning from the Western Speedway to City Centre Park to celebrate the drivers and Canada 200 weekend. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)
Race cars cruised through the streets of Langford Saturday morning from the Western Speedway to City Centre Park. The parade celebrated the drivers and Canada 200 weekend and ended with a pancake breakfast to raise funds for SportAssist. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)
Jacob Phillion (6) and his cousin Parker Palmer (3) were excited to see the race cars at City Centre Park on Saturday. The cars cruised through Langford ahead of the Canada 200 races. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)
Braiden Dalley, 11, sits in a race car at City Centre Park. The cars paraded through Langford on Saturday morning to celebrate the drivers and Canada 200 weekend. A pancake breakfast at City Centre Park also raised funds for SportAssist. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)
Race cars cruised through the streets of Langford Saturday morning from the Western Speedway to City Centre Park. The parade celebrated the drivers and Canada 200 weekend and ended with a pancake breakfast to raise funds for SportAssist. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)
Jacob Phillion (6) and his cousin Parker Palmer (3) were excited to see the race cars at City Centre Park on Saturday. The cars cruised through Langford ahead of the Canada 200 races. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)
Dave Reside stands in front of his 1980 Malibu stock car. He said riding through Langford in his car is something he’s always wanted to do. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)
George Jenson and his daughter, Kaylyn Jenson, pose in front of George’s race car, a 1933 Dodge Sedan. Racing has become a family affair with George’s son, Chris, involved in a race during Canada 200 weekend as well. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)
Dave Reside stands in front of his 1980 Malibu stock car. He said riding through Langford in his car is something he’s always wanted to do. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)
Shelley Ruggles and her two-year-old son, Isaak De Quadros, watch race cars drive by at City Centre Park. Race cars cruised through the streets of Langford Saturday morning from the Western Speedway to City Centre Park to celebrate the drivers and Canada 200 weekend. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)
Race cars cruised through the streets of Langford Saturday morning from the Western Speedway to City Centre Park. The parade celebrated the drivers and Canada 200 weekend and ended with a pancake breakfast to raise funds for SportAssist. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)
Race cars cruised through the streets of Langford Saturday morning from the Western Speedway to City Centre Park. The parade celebrated the drivers and Canada 200 weekend and ended with a pancake breakfast to raise funds for SportAssist. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)
Race cars cruised through the streets of Langford Saturday morning from the Western Speedway to City Centre Park. The parade celebrated the drivers and Canada 200 weekend and ended with a pancake breakfast to raise funds for SportAssist. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)
Race cars cruised through the streets of Langford Saturday morning from the Western Speedway to City Centre Park. The parade celebrated the drivers and Canada 200 weekend and ended with a pancake breakfast to raise funds for SportAssist. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)
Race cars cruised through the streets of Langford Saturday morning from the Western Speedway to City Centre Park. The parade celebrated the drivers and Canada 200 weekend and ended with a pancake breakfast to raise funds for SportAssist. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)
Race cars cruised through the streets of Langford Saturday morning from the Western Speedway to City Centre Park. The parade celebrated the drivers and Canada 200 weekend and ended with a pancake breakfast to raise funds for SportAssist. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)
Race cars cruised through the streets of Langford Saturday morning from the Western Speedway to City Centre Park. The parade celebrated the drivers and Canada 200 weekend and ended with a pancake breakfast to raise funds for SportAssist. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)

The rumble of motors could be heard through Langford’s city centre Saturday morning as race cars took to the streets as part of the Reg Midgley Canada 200 weekend.

Fans and race car enthusiasts waited at City Centre Park to watch the cars roll in and enjoy a pancake breakfast, with proceeds going towards the Langford-based SportAssist program which helps keep sports affordable and accessible for youths.

George Jenson has been around the track at the Western Speedway since he was 10 years old and has been driving old timers for the last 30 years. This year, he’s driving a 1933 Dodge sedan.

Racing has become a family affair for Jenson, with his daugter Kaylyn and son Chris involved in the races this year as well.

“I got them into the club last year,” Jenson said. “They’ve been around racing since I’ve started so they wanted to get into it and they’re quite successful too.”

READ ALSO: Race cars to cruise through Langford on Canada 200 weekend

Jenson said he can’t remember the last time he was able to drive his race car through Langford and said it was a one-time-thing to be able to do so Saturday.

As cars drove past, onlookers snapped photos and waved at the drivers. Shelley Ruggles and her two-year-old son Isaak De Quadros were pointing and smiling as they went past.

Ruggles is new to the area and said her son really loves race cars. When the parade ended, he said “more” hoping a few others would drive by.

“This is perfect for him and he loves cars,” Ruggles said. “It’s my introduction too because I grew up with girls and now I have two boys…Langford is now my world of cars.”

Another driver, Dave Reside, said that something like the race car parade is a unique-to-Langford event.

“Only in Langford,” Reside said.

READ ALSO: Canada 200 weekend a Langford classic

Reside is driving a 1980 Malibu stock car in the street stock invitational. As of Saturday morning, he was the points leader.

Driving through the streets was something to check off his list, Reside said, and he loved seeing the looks on people’s faces as he drove by.

Reside said he is looking forward to another weekend of racing.

“There’s just the camaraderie in the pits…we’re just one big family out there,” Reside said. “It doesn’t matter where you’re from if you’re a racer, you’re in.”

Langford Mayor Stew Young said the City discussed being able to do more for the racers. He said about 60 years ago, racers used to drive through Langford so they decided to do it again this year.

“It’s a fun thing for everybody and they’ve got the Canada 200 which is a big event,” Young said. “It’s a good community event and it brings attention to the racing that’s happening this weekend.”

shalu.mehta@goldstreamgazette.com


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Victoria council recommends prioritizing housing for people in the area for at least a year

The motion passed unanimously during committee of the whole meeting

Sooke Bluffs staircase closed due to rot

District to consider replacement for ‘high risk’ staircase in fall

VicPD uses ‘less-lethal’ rounds to remove woman barricaded in stranger’s basement

The woman is believed to have broken into a dealership, attempting to steal a vehicle earlier in the evening

Vancouver Island MLA says too much on shoulders of RCMP

Reformed Police Act could look at spreading responsibility to other responders

Greater Victoria non-profit advocates for the use of psilocybin for terminal patients

North Saanich psychotherapist pushes for alternative treatment

STANDING TALL: Forestry workers meet the challenges, remain hopeful

A look at the forest sector in B.C. – and those hoping for the best – amid mill curtailments

Man suffers serious injuries in bear attack in remote area near Lillooet

It was deemed a defensive attack, no efforts were made to locate the animal

Parkinson SuperWalk goes virtual throughout B.C. due to COVID-19

People encouraged to walk around their neighbourhood, along community trails, through parks, forests

Missed rent payments because of COVID-19? You have until July 2021 to pay up

Each monthly instalment must be paid on the same date the rent is due

U.S.-Canada pandemic border restrictions extended into September

‘We will continue to keep our communities safe,’ says Public Safety Minister Bill Blair

578 British Columbians currently infected with COVID-19

Seventy-eight new cases confirmed in past 24 hours

WE Charity registers as lobbyist, lays off staff, looking to sell real estate

WE Charity said its financial position has been greatly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic

Captive fawn seized from Island home

Valley resident charged and fined under the Wildlife Act

Bamfield residents, visitors pressure province as anniversary of fatal crash approaches

Letter-writing campaign makes ‘heartfelt, emotional pleas’ to improve road conditions

Most Read