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Ladner Dairy Queen’s ‘Hot Rod Friday’ honours the man who made it possible

With three years running, the weekly get-togethers are a show of community, expertise and pride for vintage cars
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The July 23 Hot Rod Friday at the Ladner DQ was in appreciation of Greg Fahlman bringing the group of car enthusiasts together three years ago. Pictured is Ladner Dairy Queen owner Chris Falle, Greg Fahlman of Greg’s Auto Services and Ladner DQ general manager Craig Allan.

The sound of rumbling engines, the sight of gleaming classic cars and the taste of a Dairy Queen Blizzard are among some of the delights at the Ladner DQ’s “Hot Rod Fridays.”

Last Friday night (July 23) was dedicated to mechanic Greg Fahlman, the man who originally organized and pulled the group of car enthusiasts together three years ago.

Dairy Queen staff, including owner Chris Falle, were clad in white T-shirts promoting Fahlman’s one-man, general maintenance shop, Greg’s Auto Services in Tsawwassen, and some wore their custom-made “Hot Rod Fridays” ball caps.

“I like to help people out, and I don’t know everything, but I know somebody who knows somebody who knows somebody,” said Fahlman with a smile.

From May to September, the group drives out to the Ladner DQ on Friday evenings to not only show off their shiny rides, but also to enjoy the different food specials that Falle promotes.

“These guys will burn a whole tank of gas to get a burger and a drink. It’s amazing,” said Fahlman.

It all started with Falle’s desire to build up the local community three years ago, and with Fahlman’s help, the Ladner DQ’s Hot Rod Fridays have people driving in from as far as Chilliwack.

Cake-cutting was also scheduled on the celebratory evening’s agenda, in addition to the usual mingling and chatting inside and outside in the parking lot outside of the DQ.

“I love to see the restaurant full, and the Dairy Queen being the hub. I’m not going to lie, I take a lot of pride in the fact that the exterior tables are full, and you can see the enjoyment on people’s faces. They’re having a treat, the families are spending time together and the car guys love it,” said Falle.