Just days after Victoria’s beloved Northwest Deuce Days car show was said to be over, Langford’s Mayor has said they would be open to hosting the event.
“I got a lot of calls and emails from people saying hey we can’t let this go,” said Mayor Stew Young on Friday.
“I mean this is such a big event for southern Vancouver Island, and there are other people that will step up and sponsors and volunteers, especially in Langford. We are a car-crazy community.”
The last Northwest Deuce Days was held in 2019 and saw more than 1,000 cars arrive in Victoria — some from as far as New Zealand.
The event’s founder, Al Clark, made the announcement on social media the event would not go on.
Clark says anyone who hopes to host the event in the future would have to ensure it keeps its international prestige.
“We set the bar pretty high for a car show and, for someone to do it again, I sure wouldn’t be happy with it unless they had it at the same level or better. It’s a lot of work,” Clark said.
The event has taken its toll on Clark, who says planning Deuce Days takes dedication and commitment.
“It’s two years planning and basically the last six months are planning full-time every day,” he said, noting the 2019 event had 150 volunteers.
As for Mayor Young, he hopes someone will approach the city soon with plans.
“Hopefully they will form a committee, or somebody will form a group and come see the city and we are open for business,” Young told CHEK News.
Langford has hosted the event once at Bear Mountain, but that was when there were only 500 cars — approximately half the size of the 2019 event.
Other car clubs in Greater Victoria say the event’s end is sad news, but understand that hosting events can be challenging.
“We’ve lost so much in the past…It’s very popular,” said Ken Agate, an organizer of the Oak Bay Collector Car Show.
“We all think it could be supported more, and Al Clark deserves that and all the work he puts into it. Above everything else, it’s good for Victoria and good for everybody.”