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Hot August Nights 2017 downtown parade

Hot August Nights 2017 wraps up with the Sunday morning parade which lasts for hours. It is a fitting end to one of the truly great American car shows.

 

Reno’s Hot August Nights 2017
America’s Biggest Tribute to the Car Culture  …

SUNDAY, Reno, NV — Hot August Nights 2017 always puts on a great show on Sunday morning with a giant parade of collector cars through downtown Reno. The cars file two abreast down Virginia Street, and the spectacle lasts for hours. Every car that could make it here gets to be in the parade. The license plates are from every state west of the Mississippi River.

Beautiful show quality cars are on display along Virginia Street. The show stretches for about ten city blocks down the main drag. It is impressive. Hot August Nights 2017, August 8-13, is one of the top car shows in the U.S. with over 10,000 cars  congregated at the Reno area casinos and downtown show displays this weekend.  They anticipated several hundred thousand spectators for the six-day event. Our readers know that Hot August Nights is Cars On Line’s favorite car show.

Awards for the downtown show were given out. There were winners for each day of the show and an overall winner for the week. Here is a montage of photos showing the winners here at Hot August Nights 2017:

The Hot August Nights 2017 Cup Award went to the Mulholland Speedster, a 1936 Packard Model 1401C Roadster, owned by Bruce and Peggy Wanta of Bellevue, Washington. The epic roadster was custom crafted by Hollywood Hot Rods and had previously been named America’s Most Beautiful Roadster at the Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona, California. The incredible custom build featured a Disappearing Top (retractable hardtop.) With a check for $30,000 for first place, Hot August Nights 2017 offers the highest payout of any car show in the country. Over $100,000 in cash and prizes were paid to the Top Five finalists in the Hot August Nights Cup competition.

Here are the photos from the awards ceremony, including the Top Ten contenders for the Hot August Nights Cup Award:

 

Reno’s Hot August Nights 2017 is America’s biggest car show. In fact, it is more than a car show, it is a tribute to the car culture. People come from all over the world to see it. That’s because Reno has it all: nightly cruises, show and shines, a swap meet, collector cars for sale and drag racing in the desert. Recalling the days when cars were the culture here in the USA, cruisin’ and cars were the way we celebrated summer. Not to mention, Reno is an adult playground where every major casino has a car show on its grounds each day.

Cruisin’ at Hot August Nights 2017

Cars On Line will be bringing you all the action in photos and videos from Reno’s Hot August Nights 2017 this weekend. Starting on Friday you’ll see some of our posts here on this page, with updates in real time. Be sure to bookmark this page to enjoy Hot August Nights 2017 through our camera lens, just like you were here yourself. I’ll bet by the end of the weekend, you’ll have it on your bucket list.

Cruisin’ happens every night during the week-long show. Click the video window to see to see the action on Thursday evening:

There’s nothing like cruising at Hot August Nights under the famous Reno arch as thousands of people crowd along the streets to get a look at all the cars.

Friday Night Drags in Sparks

Remember Friday night drag races? Well, here in Sparks, Nevada they still remember the Friday night ritual. Nightly drag races are part of the show at Reno’s Hot August Nights 2017. Registered show participants can make passes at the track each night during the week-long car show. Here is what you’ve been missing:

 

Stay tuned to this page to see stories and photos from Hot August Nights 2017.

Barrett-Jackson Cup Winner at Hot August Nights 2015

Andy Leach of Cal Automotive Creations and his wife and two children are joined by Barrett-Jackson Cup judges Bobby Alloway, Pete Cheburis and Mob Millar. (Photos by Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com.)

Barrett-Jackson Cup Winner at Hot August Nights …

SATURDAY, Reno, NV — It was just announced that the Barrett-Jackson Cup winner at Hot August Nights 2015 is the 1962 Chevy Impala Bubbletop owned by Randy and Lisa Wilcox. Andy Leach of Cal Automotive Creations won the Builders Award for his work on the ’62 Bubbletop. Here are some photos of the awards ceremony and the 1962 Chevy Impala Bubbletop:

The judges for the Barrett-Jackson Cup award said this was the toughest competition so far. Every one of the “Reno 5” finalists for the award was a top show car. The “Reno 5”, the Top Five contenders for the Barrett-Jackson Cup, were selected earlier today by the judges at Hot August Nights here in Reno, Nevada. These are the Reno 5:

Although the Barrett-Jackson Cup award is only in its third year here at Hot August Nights, it has already become one of the most sought after prize packages in the custom car hobby. With over $100,000 in cash and prizes awarded, cars from all over the country have arrived here to compete for the award. The Top 25 Finalists have already been chosen. The final five, otherwise known as the “Reno 5,” along with the Ultimate Best of Show, will be announced at the closing of Barrett-Jackson’s auction on Saturday night.

Here are Top 25 candidates originally in the running for the Barrett-Jackson Cup:

Hot August Nights 2015 in Reno, Nevada

Hot August Nights in Reno, Nevada

Tribute to Yesteryears at Hot August Nights 2015  …

SUNDAY, Reno, NV — This year’s Hot August Nights 2015 Car Show was all that it was billed as. From the famous Nevada cruises to the Barrett-Jackson Auction to the now famous Barrett-Jackson Cup competition, it was a blur of action here in Reno. As a tribute to the days when cars were the culture here in this Nevada desert, cruisin’ and cars were the way we celebrated summer fun. Throwback to the ’60s and ’70s? … you bet.

Here is a video sample of the action at Hot August Nights this year:

It was announced on Saturday that the winner of the Barrett-Jackson Cup award at Hot August Nights 2015 is the 1962 Chevy Impala Bubbletop owned by Randy and Lisa Wilcox. Andy Leach of Cal Automotive Creation was on hand to accept the award as well as accept the Builders Award for his work on the ’62 Bubbletop. Andy is shown below with his wife and children. Cars On Line.com readers will remember that Andy was also the builder on the 2012 Ridler Award winner, a 1940 Ford called Checkered Past.

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Andy Leach is joined by his wife and two children as he accepts the Barrett-Jackson Cup award and the Builders Award for a 1962 Chevy Impala Bubbletop. (Photo by Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com.)

Follow this link to the full story on the 1962 Chevy Impala Bubbletop winning the Barrett-Jackson Cup.

Although the Barrett-Jackson Cup award is only in its third year here at Hot August Nights, it has already become one of the most sought after prize packages in the custom car hobby. With over $100,000 in cash and prizes awarded, cars from all over the country have arrived here to compete for the award. The Top 25 Finalists have already been chosen.  The final five, otherwise known as the “Reno 5,” along with the Ultimate Best of Show, will be announced at the closing of Barrett-Jackson’s auction on Saturday night.

Hot August Nights is one of the top car shows in the U.S. with over 10,000 cars expected to congregate at the Reno area casinos and downtown show displays. The streets of downtown Reno are crowded with show goers today. They expect several hundred thousand spectators were on and for the six-day event. Our readers know that Hot August Nights is Cars On Line’s favorite car show. This year it ran August 4-9, 2015 with events going on constantly all over the Reno and Sparks area. Here is a montage of photos showing the action here at Hot August Nights:

Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com and his wife Donna are covering the show for Cars On Line.com this year. They covered the action in downtown Reno and Sparks, the famous evening cruises, the Barrett-Jackson Auction and the Barrett-Jackson Cup competition where some of the top cars in the country competed for the Barrett-Jackson Cup prize.

Hot August Nights is one of our favorite car shows ever. There’s nothing like cruising at Hot August Nights under the famous Reno arch as hundreds of thousands of people crowd along the streets to get a look at all the cars. Every night there is drag racing action at John Ascuaga’s Nugget Casino. They actually set up an 1/8-mile dragway, and registered participants at the show take passes to see how fast they are. Click here to view photos from last year.

Stay tuned to this page to watch as we add stories covering this years show in photos and videos.

Drag Racing at 2014 Hot August Nights

1973 Vega burnout at 2014 Hot August Nights

Locals will tell you that street racing was a big part of growing up in the Reno area back in the ’60s and ’70s. They say teenagers would go out on the Pyramid Highway which is now in the heart of Sparks, Nevada. At night nobody was on the highway back then. It is so flat you could see a police car coming for miles. They would line up along both sides of the highway with their car lights on and race the night way.

Here at the John Ascuaga’s Nugget Casino and Hotel they have cleared the west parking lot and set up an 1/8-mile track with lanes, timers and a tree. It was a blast to watch. The party doesn’t get started here until 10 PM after the cruising is over in Sparks. Then from 10 PM until midnight they pack the place and registered car show participants run the track to see how they’ll do. But this year it was mostly ringers who showed up.

Impala vs 31 Fodge 4X4 Drag Racing at 2014 Hot August Nights

Interesting race where a Malibu squared off againt a 1931 “Fodge” Ford with a Dodge 4X4 chassis. The “Fodge” did a whole shot and was amazingly quick to win this one.

T-Bucket vs a Chevelle drag racing at 2014 Hot August Nights

The 1923 T-Bucket gave this Chevelle all it could handle as its perfect balance made it smooth and quick off the line.

Ford vs nova drag racing at 2014 Hot August Nights

GMC Custom Pickup vs Malibu

Firebird vs 1952 Chevy Apache drag racing at 2014 Hot August Nights

 

Cruising at Hot August Nights

Crusing at Hot August Nights

Cruising at Hot August Nights starts prompty every night at 7 PM. And already at 6:30 PM the streets are lined with people staking out their spots along the miles of route between Reno and Sparks, Nevada. Cruising is the best part of this show and what makes Hot August Nights such an enjoyable show to attend. They tell us that there will be over 800,000 watching the cruising here this week. Everybody comes from miles around to get photos and videos of the action.

The chemistry between the cruisers and the crowd is fun to watch. Cruising at Hot August Nights is enjoyable for the spectators as well as the cruisers. All you have to do is show up with your car and you are an instant celebrity. If your car or truck has a hot engine the crowd rewards you if you for revving it up. There are no burnouts allowed here. The “cruise control” is very well maintained.

Here’s how it looked like Thursday evening in the lense of our camera.

Crusing at Hot August Nights

Crusing at Hot August Nights

Crusing at Hot August Nights

Crusing at Hot August Nights

Crusing at Hot August Nights

Crusing at Hot August Nights

Crusing at Hot August Nights

Crusing at Hot August Nights

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Barrett-Jackson Cup at 2014 Hot August Nights

1957 Chevy Custom wins Barrett-Jackson Cup at 2014 Hot August Nights

An entourage of top execs from Chevrolet and the local casinos did the honors of unveiling the Barrett-Jackson Cup winner a 1957 Chevy Custom Pickup named “Quicksilver.” The honor was captured live on national TV on FOX Network channels.

 

 

 

 

Big Name Cars Show Up at Hot August Nights …

RENO, NV– SATURDAY, August 2, 2014 — The promotion for the announcement of the Barrett-Jackson Cup at 2014 Hot August Nights was spectacular. It added a little drama when FOX unveiled each of the Top Five contenders for the Barrett-Jackson Cup during the broadcast of the Barrett-Jackson Reno Tahoe Auction. Each car was then rolled up on the stage.  The final car to be unveiled would be the winner. So the live crowd viewing the event at the Barrett-Jackson Auction went wild when the winner of the Barrett-Jackson Cup rolled up on the stage. It was a beautifully built 1957 Chevy Custom Pickup named “Quicksilver” by its owner Alan Beers of Owasso, Oklahoma. The builders of the car, Jason Smith and his father, Jim Smith, were on hand to accept the award.

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Jason Smith and Jim Smith (middle with red shirts) are the winners of the Barrett-Jackson Cup at 2014 Hot August Nights as their 1957 Chevy Pickup was chosen for the award. They are holding a symbolic check for $30,000 for winning the award. The total purse for the Barrett-Jackson Cup at 2014 Hot August Nights was $57,000 including cash and prizes.

Earlier in the week the Barrett-Jackson Cup at 2014 Hot August Nights created a buzz in the collector car community when it had been announced that the top show cars in the country were assembling in downtown Reno for the E. 4th Street Show & Shine. That is where the contenders for the Barrett-Jackson Cup at 2014 Hot August Nights are chosen by a panel of top judges. But why were all the top cars in the country coming to contend for the Barrett-Jackson Cup? “Huge money,” JF Launier of JK Kustoms told us. The winner of the Barrett-Jackson Cup at 2014 Hot August Nights was to win $30,000 in cash and another $27,000 in performance equipment and prizes. That is a total purse of$57,000.

1957 Chevy Custom Pickup for Barrett-Jackson Cup at 2014 Hot August Nights

The first time we ever saw the Barrett-Jackson Cup winner, a 1957 Chevy Custom Pickup called “Quicksilver,”  was at the Detroit Autorama in 2012 when it was a Great 8 pick. At that time we wrote, “It may be the finest classic pickup truck build of all time. You can’t stop looking at this 1957 Chevy Pickup owned by Alan Beers of Owasso, Oklahoma.” The bodywork on this incredible custom is stellar with every piece of metal being remolded to its current form. Every inch of the truck is custom refabricated in metal. The motor is a 540 BB Chevy breathing 650 horsepower through the stacked Crower intake. The builders were Hot-Rod Garage out of Sand Springs, Oklahoma. Hot-Rod Garage owners Jason Smith and his father Jim Smith were on hand last night to receive the Barrett-Jackson Cup at 2014 Hot August Nights.

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Top name judges such as custom car builder Bobby Alloway had been called in to pick the Top Five finalists. Then the Top Five would be paraded under police escort to the Reno Convention Center where they were to be driven up onto the stage.  The winner of the Barrett-Jackson Cup was announced on national TV on FOX Network channels.

The Top Five finalists for the Barrett-Jackson Cup at 2014 Hot August Nights included:

“Rivision” the 2014 Ridler Award winner, a 1964 Buick Riviera Custom.

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So much has been written previously here on Cars On Line about the Ridler Award winner, a 1964 Buick Riviera Custom street machine called “Rivision.” When it won the Ridler Award in March 2014 we did a story on it. Click here to review what we wrote about “Rivision” and see photos. Today it will be one of the odds on favorites to win the Barrett-Jackson Cup at 2014 Hot August Nights.

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1935 Chevy Phaeton, America’s Most Beautiful Roadster winner

1935 Chevy Phaeton finalist for Barrett-Jackson Cup at 2014 Hot August Nights

Sitting on the corner of E. 4th Street and S. Virginia Street was the 1935 Chevy Phaeton which won the America’s Most Beautiful Roadster Award this year at the Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona, California. Out west the AMBR is the equivalent of the Ridler Award, reserved only for the “best of the best.” We noticed it was wearing “Finalist” ribbons denoting that it had been picked to contend for the Barrett-Jackson Cup at 2014 Hot August Nights. This was the first time in 66 years that a Chevrolet had ever won the AMBR award (all ’32 Fords up until this year.) The ’35 Phaeton belongs to Wes Rydell who commissioned Chip Foose to draw the car, and Troy Trepanier to build it. Those are some pretty good credentials.

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1932 Ford Fordor, 2014 Goodguys Street Rod of the Year

1932 Ford Fordor for Barrett-Jackson Cup at 2014 Hot August Nights

Here is another street rod that our newsletter readers will be familiar with … the 1932 Ford Fordor Sedan that just won the 2014 Goodguys Street Rod of the Year award at Columbus. (Click here for the story in our archive section.) It is owned by Don and Carolyn Smith out of Mansfield, Texas. This is a very detailed “old school” street rod. You will notice from the photos below that it uses an old racing style shifting linkage. It preserves the racing heritage that made hot rodding exist today.

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1967 Chevy Nova Resto Mod, 2014 Goodguys Street Machine of the Year

1967 Chevy Nova for Barrett-Jackson Cup at 2014 Hot August Nights

It was only a few weeks ago in mid-July when this 1967 Chevy Nova was picked as the 2014 Goodguys Street Machine of the Year at the Goodguys show in Columbus. Today is it here in Reno competing for the Barrett-Jackson Cup at 2014 Hot August Nights. Owner Steve Tornari and the Miranda Built team from Florida brought the car here to Reno. Along the way they blew the alternator and had to manage a quick fix to get into the judging. Click here to read what we wrote about this car.

 

Starting on Saturday morning there were 25 contenders for the Barrett-Jackson Cup award all assembled in the Reno Ballroom on E. 4th Street in downtown Reno. All of the owners of these top 25 cars and trucks told us they were just happy to be in the room and being considered for the award. Here are some of the stunning cars chosen to the top 25 contenders for the Barrett-Jackson Cup.

1935 Ford Woodie Sedan finalist for Barrett-Jackson Cup at 2014 Hot August Nights

Doug and Flo Hoppe out of Sioux Center, Iowa brought their fresh 1935 Ford Woodie Sedan to the show. The Barrett-Jackson Cup at 2014 Hot August Nights will be the first time it has been shown anywhere. Of course, their never was a Woodie Sedan. That’s part of the fun of building a resto rod, making it a one-off. Doug had drawings done to build the car by noted designer Eric Brockmeyer of Florida and Brian Stabski of California. Then the build was done by Tracy Weaver at his shop, The Recovery Room in Omaha, Nebraska. When all of the custom metal fabrication was complete, Brad Starks of Kentucky air brushed on the faux “wood look” paint. Custom one-off wheels were made by Greening in Nashville, Tennessee. Advance Plating in Florida did all the brightwork. A custom designed dash was sketched out and sent to Classic Instruments to produce, and then air brushed to match the “wood look.” The steering wheel was from a Mercury wood boat. As a resto rod, this custom was designed to retain its classic look. The headliner is made of actual wood.

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1957 Chevy Custom

Of course, what would a contest be without a ’57 Chevy. So here is the best 1957 Chevy Custom Hardtop at the show. It was brought to the show by Jerry and Lorrie Jacobs of Santa Ana, California. The car is exquisitely smooth and fits perfect everywhere. The incredible engine is a Blower Shop 573. the car is all shaved with 18″ wide meats on the back.

 

1965 Chevy Impala SS

Years ago we did an article on this 1965 Chevy Impala SS when it was first being built. It was brought here by owner Jeffrey Hess of Woodland Hills, California. The one-off custom was built by Pro Design Hot Rods out of Santa Ana, California. Today we were proud to see that it was awarded the “Finalist” ribbon to be one of 25 cars which will be considered for the Barrett-Jackson Cup at 2014 Hot August Nights. Click here to read our original story on the 1965 Chevy Impala SS.

 

1951 Kaiser Henry J for Barrett-Jackson Cup at 2014 Hot August Nights

Pancaked to the ground this 1951 Kaiser Henry J Custom was just picked yesterday afternoon to compete in the Barrett-Jackson Cup at 2014 Hot August Nights competition. The car was built for Larry Henderson of San Diego, California. Eric Brockmeyer did the original drawings. It has Evod custom wheels.

 

1954 Chevy Tourliner for Barrett-Jackson Cup at 2014 Hot August Nights

Certainly one of the most memorable classic customs to appear at the show was a 1954 Chevy Futurliner, the invention of a Canadian from West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Russ Moen brought his incredible custom creation, a 1954 Chevrolet Cabover with a classic styled camper body attached. Although it looks like an Airstream, Russ says it is purely his own creation. He did all the carpentry inside himself. He also did the metal fabrication and created the retro looking dually wheel fender treatment. The truck has a turbocharged 6-cylider diesel motor. The quality of the work and the immense attention to detail caught the eye of the judges for the Barrett-Jackson Cup here as it appeared on E. 4th Street during the 2014 Hot August Nights.

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1956 Buick 2-Dr for Barrett-Jackson Cup at Hot August Nights
Another car built by Troy Trepanier showed up here for the Barrett-Jackson Cup at 2014 Hot August Nights. It is the 1956 Buick 2-Door Post which was selected to the Great 8 in 2013. The Rad Rides by Troy team created a contender for another Ridler Award for owners Mark and Ellen Willman of Davenport, Iowa. Trepanier is a wizard with digital fuel-injection so he put a 413 Buick Nailhead engine in this one with a Twin Turbo package. He also used black nickel plating to create the unusual look. Add in a Bowler transmission and Rad Rides signature Wilwood 6- and 4- piston calipers, and you have a very unusual classic custom. Advanced Plating of Nashville did the unique chrome pieces. You can look at this one for hours and not see all the subtle custom tweaks.

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1940 Willys Coupe for Barrett-Jackson Cup at 2014 Hot August Nights

1940 Willys Coupe was picked as one of the finalists for the Barrett-Jackson Cup at 2014 Hot August Nights

 

1966 Plymouth Fury Max Wedge for Barrett-Jackson Cup at 2014 Hot August Nights

A mean looking 1963 Plymouth Sport Fury Convertible known as “The Godfather” was chosen as one of the Top 25 finalists in the Barrett-Jackson Cup award competition. It is one of only 30 convertible Max Wedge Plymouths produced.

 

On Thursday morning the 2014 Ridler Award winner, Rivision, a 1964 Buick Riviera Custom street machine showed up here and caused quite a stir. In addition the 2014 America’s Most Beautiful Roadster award winner, a 1935 Chevy Phaeton built by Troy Trepanier was displayed on E. 4th Street with a “Finalist” ribbon hung inside. Both cars will vie for the Barrett-Jackson Cup today along with recently announced winners of the Goodguys Street Machine of the Year winner and the Goodguys Street Rod of the Year award winners. This is the most high powered custom car competition ever held here in the United States or the world, for that matter.

What brought so many great cars to compete for the Barrett-Jackson Cup award we asked L.F. Launier as he prepped his Rivision, 1964 Buick Riviera Custom, for the show? “Huge money,” was his answer. “For once somebody is offering big money for us to bring our cars. It’s about time.” Launier is referring to the huge purse being offered for winning the Barrett-Jackson Cup this year.  The Barrett-Jackson Cup winner will take home the top prize of $57,000 ($30,000 in cash and $27,000 in high performance equipment.) Second place gets $27,000 (including $18,000 in cash and $9,000 in prize equipment.)

The buzz here in Reno all week has been about the top cars in the country arriving here at Hot August Nights to compete for the Barrett-Jackson Cup. In only its second year, the Barrett-Jackson Cup is already getting more attention than the Ridler Award, America’s Most Beautiful Roadster or the Goodguys’s Street Rod of the Year award. In fact, the 2014 Ridler Award winner, two 2014 Goodguys Car of the Year winners and the 2014 America’s Most Beautiful Roadster award winner all showed up here in Reno for the Barrett-Jackson Cup competition. There is a reason why all of these top show cars are here. Read our  Barrett-Jackson Cup™ story to find out.

Bob Johnson, in charge of promoting the Barrett-Jackson Cup competition, told us they are hoping to make the top prize $100,000 some day. For now, the opportunity to make big money for winning a top award is enough to bring some of the top cars in the country to compete here.

Champion builders in the hobby, Bobby Alloway, Pete Chapouris and Bob Millard,  will judge a total of 25 cars from the downtown Reno “Show and Shine” car shows. The Top Five cars will be announced on Saturday. About 5 o’clock on Saturday they will be paraded to the Reno Convention Center where the Barrett-Jackson Auction will be concluding. The winner of the Barrett-Jackson Cup will be announced on the stage of the Barrett-Jackson Auction with a live TV audience watching. Now, that’s the kind of promotion we like.

 

 

 

2014 Hot August Nights

Willys Pro Street here at 2014 Hot August Nights at the Grand Sierra Hotel

Cars displayed in the Show & Shown here at the 2014 Hot August Nights. The Grand Sierra Hotel & Casino, which hosts the Show & Shine, can be seen in the back ground.

 Grand Sierra Show & Shine at 2014 Hot August Nights

The first place we stopped off at when we arrived in Reno was the Grand Sierra Hotel. During the 2014 Hot Nights the Grand Sierra Hotel will have one of the best Show & Shines in the whole area. Here are some of the cars we saw this week.

1967 Pro Max Venom Nova at Hot August Nights

Our Cars On Line.com newsletter readers will remember this 1967 Venom Nova which was featured recently in the newsletter (click here to review feature article on this car.) A hot rodder from Huntingtown, Maryland brought his car here to Hot August Nights. Rich Roberts of Clinton, Tennessee carefully prepared the box frames on these cars so that they are the strongest you can buy. He used a Moly cage, a 5-speed Lenco ST 1200 transmission, 9″ 411 Stange Detroit Lockers, coilover 4-link and Mustang II front end. Roberts built very few of these Pro Max Venom setups. This is the nicest one we’ve done and done right. After being seen here at th Grand Sierra Hotel Show & Shine the 1967 Pro Max Vennom  Nova was chosen as one of the top 25 cars at Hot August Nights and a contender for the Barrett-Jackson Cup award.

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1955 Chevy Sedan Delivery at 2014 Hot August Nights

This 1955 Chevy Sedan Delivery really caught our attention. Everything from how straight the paint is to how it was built and designed is extra special about this custom delivery. Glen Jahnke from Talent, Oregon brought the car to the show. It is the product of a 5-year custom restoration. The builder was Tommy Carr of Carr’s Hot Rods & Customs in Gold Hill, Oregon. The detail on this car is amazing. The Asanti Fs wheels were custom painted to match the theme of the car. The rear floor was custom painted with a one-off “wood look” paint process expertly done to make it look like real wood. Even the gas door (rear driver side taillight cover) works on a remote. We encouraged the owner to take this beauty to E. 4th Street the next day to see if the judges would select it for the Barrett-Jackson Cup award. Sure enough, by Friday afternoon it had a ribbon designating it as one of the top 25 finalists for the award.

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1969 Camaro Roadster at 2014 Hot August Nights

Almost as exotic as last year’s Barrett-Jackson Cup winner, this 1969 Camaro Roadster is named “Bad Company” and was brought to the show by Weaver Customs out of Sandy, Utah. This incredible piece of rolling custom artwork  has a Corvette Z06 drivetrain with the Camaro body widened 12 inches in the rear, 8 inches in front and shortened 3 1/2 inches overall. The long slung windshield and and lowered stance along with the widened body are so stunning no one can pass it without uttering “whoaaaaa.”  They say the engine is an LS6 big block and it uses a T56 6-speed manual transmission. The list of top equipment includes Flowmaster, Forgeline wheels, Nitto Invo tires, JS Custom Interiors, Axaulta custom mixed paint, Wilwood 6/4 brakes and Kicker sound.

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Hot August Nights

Cruising at Hot August Nights

They tell us over 800,000 people line the streets here at Hot August Nights in Reno, Nevada during the “World’s Largest Car Show.”

Celebrating the Automobile at Hot August Nights

RENO, NV– SUNDAY, August 2, 2014 — More great weather is in store for car lovers here in Reno, Nevada as the last day of Hot August Nights affords a last chance to look at the dream cars that are assembled here to celebrate America’s greatest car show. Hot August Nights was a huge success for promotors and for the cities of Reno and Sparks.

1957 Chevy Custom PIckup

1957 Chevy Custom Pickup “Quicksilver”

It will be hard to top the excitement that unfolded here on Saturday. The Barrett-Jackson Cup award had received nationwide notoriety when five of the top show cars in the country were picked to be the Top Five finalists here in Reno. The Barrett-Jackson Cup winner was a 1957 Chevy Custom Pickup called “Quicksilver” by its owner Alan Beers of Owasso, Oklahoma. Click here to read all about the Barrett-Jackson Cup award given here yesterday.

Saturday was “Prime Time” here at the Barrett-Jackson Reno Tahoe Auction held at the Reno Convention Center. As usual the Barrett-Jackson Auction company put on an excellent show. To view a Barrett-Jackson Auction should be on everyone’s bucket list. These events are truly spectacular to take in.   Click to read our review of the auction action.

Hot August Nights is one of our favorite car shows ever. There’s nothing like cruising at Hot August Nights under the famous Reno arch as hundreds of thousands of people crowd along the streets to get a look at all the cars. Each day there are more cars showing up for the cruises and Show & Shines here in Reno. Cars On Line.com is here covering the action for our newsletter readers. Click here to see some of the cruising at Hot August Nights.

Every night there is drag racing action at John Ascuaga’s Nugget Casino. They actually set up an 1/8-mile dragway, and registered participants at the show take passes to see how fast they are. Here are some of the photos and videos we shot at the Nugget Speedway.

Downtown Reno at Hot August Nights

Downtown Reno was bustling with action on Saturday as spectators got a look at some of the top show cars lining Virginia Street and many of the side streets. The display of cars went on for blocks and blocks throughout the downtown area. You could look all day.

They bill Hot August Nights as “the largest classic car and nostalgia event in the U.S.” You have to be here to understand just how big this car show is. It encompasses all of Reno and Sparks, Nevada. This is the largest car show we have ever seen. Everyday there is a car show at every large casino. With pistons sputtering and wheels chirping all over town there is just a different atmosphere here. You almost think you have been time travelling back to an era when America was about horsepower and pop music was good old time rock n roll.

We also understand why this show could only be held here in the Reno area. It is the perfect spot for Baby Boomers to play and party with their cars. Cars are still king here in the valley of the Sierra Nevadas. The list of daily events at the 28th Annual Hot August Nights is unbelievable. Almost every large casino has set aside a huge area for car show participants to “show and shine.” This year the show judging is a little more formal. Each of the casinos we’ve seen so far has contructed a judging stand and the awards presentations are impressive.

This is where the Nevada car culture was born and cruising still lives in its native form. Stay tuned to this page all weekend for a play by play on all the action here at Hot August Nights 2014.

Click on the stories below to see more photos and videos of Hot August Nights.

Cruising at Hot August Nights

The best part of Hot August Nights is the Cruisin’. (Click here to see the action)

Hot-Rod Garage team wins Barrett-Jackson Cup at 2014 Hot August Nights

Barrett-Jackson Cup at 2014 Hot August Nights. (Seen on national TV)

"Prime Time" Saturday at Barrett-Jackson at 2014 Hot August Nights

“Prime Time” Saturday at the Barrett-Jackson Auction. (Click so view top cars sold)

Drag Racing at 2014 Hot August Nights

Top burnout at Nugget Speedway drag racing at Hot August Nights (click for more action photos)

Downtown Show & Shine at Hot August Nights

Big Competition shows up at Downtown Show & Shine in Reno. (Click to view stories and photos)

1970 Plymouth Superbird next to a 1969 Dodge Daytona at Hot August Nights

1970 Plymouth Superbird next to a 1969 Dodge Daytona. (Click here to see more Show & Shine.)

Car Show at the Peppermill Hotel

Also on South Virginia Street in Reno is the Peppermill Casino and Spa, one of the newest casino resorts in the area. It’s car show area was a popular venue for registered car show entrants.

A 1955 Chevy Custom arrives at the Peppermill on Wednesday. Here are some of the top cars we found at the Peppermill.

A 1955 Chevy Custom arrives at the Peppermill on Wednesday. Here are some of the top cars we found at the Peppermill.


This incredible 1955 Chevy Nomad has to be the most spectacular restoration we've seen so far. Ray Camacho and Santana Herda-Camacho from South San Francisco, California brought this car to the show. It is a replica of the 1954 GM Motorama concept car that is chronicled so prominently by automotive historians. It uses a 1955 Chevrolet Nomad frame and is hand fabricated with metal panels and a widened 1955 Corvette body. This is an amazing undertaking. We like the results.

This incredible 1955 Chevy Nomad has to be the most spectacular restoration we’ve seen so far. Ray Camacho and Santana Herda-Camacho from South San Francisco, California brought this car to the show. It is a replica of the 1954 GM Motorama concept car that is chronicled so prominently by automotive historians. It uses a 1955 Chevrolet Nomad frame and is hand fabricated with metal panels and a widened 1955 Corvette body. This is an amazing undertaking. We like the results.


It is "the fastest 1946 Ford in the world." That is what the logo said on the promo materials for this 1946 Ford Pro Mod race car that was displayed at the Peppermill Casino and Spa in Reno on Thursday. It was displayed by Butch Ranson of Ranson Racing. The car has a 541 ci aluminum Keith Black block with 14:71 RBS supercharger and Enderle fuel injection transfering power thorugh a CRE Dedenbear Powerglide to a Mark Williams Pro Mod rear end. The brute power defies gravity as it runs the 1/8-mile in 7.50 seconds at 180 mph.

It is “the fastest 1946 Ford in the world.” That is what the logo said on the promo materials for this 1946 Ford Pro Mod race car that was displayed at the Peppermill Casino and Spa in Reno on Thursday. It was displayed by Butch Ranson of Ranson Racing. The car has a 541 ci aluminum Keith Black block with 14:71 RBS supercharger and Enderle fuel injection transfering power thorugh a CRE Dedenbear Powerglide to a Mark Williams Pro Mod rear end. The brute power defies gravity as it runs the 1/8-mile in 7.50 seconds at 180 mph.


An interesting 1962 Studebaker GT Hawk was on display. This is a very nicely done custom with an R3 supercharger system as you would have seen on the Studebaker Avanti.

An interesting 1962 Studebaker GT Hawk was on display. This is a very nicely done custom with an R3 supercharger system as you would have seen on the Studebaker Avanti.

John Ascuaga’s Nugget Speedway

Locals will tell you that street racing was a big part of growing up in the Reno area back in the ’60s and ’70s. They say teenagers would go out on the Pyramid Highway which is now in the heart of Sparks, Nevada. At night nobody was on the highway back then. It is so flat you could see a police car coming for miles. They would line up along both sides of the highway with their car lights on and race the night way.

Here at the John Ascuaga’s Nugget Casino and Hotel they have cleared the west parking lot and set up an 1/8-mile track with lanes, timers and a tree. It was a blast to watch. The party doesn’t get started here until 10 PM after the cruising is over in Sparks. Then from 10 PM until midnight they pack the place and registered car show participants run the track to see how they’ll do.

Both the C-Cab and the Chevy C-10 did great burnouts. But when the green light flashed the C-Cab was quicker on the 1/8th-mile track.

Both the C-Cab and the Chevy C-10 did great burnouts. But when the green light flashed the C-Cab was quicker on the 1/8th-mile track.

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Most eyes were on the celebrity starter as one of the Miller Girls did the honors.

Most eyes were on the celebrity starter as one of the Miller Girls did the honors.


The T-Bucket was amazingly quick but the '55 Chevy Custom wins this one every time.

The T-Bucket was amazingly quick but the ’55 Chevy Custom wins this one every time.


Best burnout goes to this '69 Camaro, he did this for about half the length of the track.

Best burnout goes to this ’69 Camaro, he did this for about half the length of the track.

Red Carpet Premier of “The Snake & the Mongoo$e”

It was just like a Hollywood premier complete with the red carpet, lights and glitter. Warner Brothers has celebrated the accomplishments of drag racing greats Don “The Snake” Prudhomme and Tom “Mongoose” McEwen in a feature film about the sport. They were the two drag racing competitors Warner Brothers feature movie The Snake & the Mongoosewhose promotional instincts made the sport of drag racing profitable. Here at Hot August Nights the stars of the movie showed up for a red carpet premier. The film is scheduled to be released in September 2013.

SMM-OfficialPosterThe movie is a “must see” for all race car fans. It does a skillful job of mixing real life footage of the actual races with scripted scenes that depict life in the 1970’s. This was the hot rod scene from that era. Prudhomme who was a car painter in his father’s shop in California was a very successful “part-time” racer until he and McEwen figured out how to make a living at their favorite sport. They changed racing forever. Their popularity among young race fans all over the country showed Mattel that racing was worth promotional dollars. The feature film depicts their struggles to build careers following their dreams. There are poignant scenes that will bring a tear to your eye, and may make you want to get out to the track yourself. It is worth watching just to listen all the period background music.

Cars On Line.com newsletter readers will remember our preview of the upcoming Warner Brothers movie “The Snake & the Mongoo$e.”

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On Saturday night after the Barrett-Jackson Auction a red carpet, Hollywood style premier of the movie was held at the Grand Sierra Theater. Some of the stars of the movie were there, plus the subject of the movie Don Prudhomme was on hand (shown above, third from the right.) Next to him stands Playboy Playmate of the Year Jaclyn Swedberg, and to his left actor Richard Blake who played Tom “Mongoose” McEwen in the movie.prudhome-hauler-barrett

Don Prudhomme said this is the actual 1967 Dodge D700 Ramp Truck that he used to haul his 1972 Plymouth Barracuda Funny Car from race to race. Prudhomme said this is one of the actual cars he built during the Mattel Hot Wheels promotion which is so much a part of the plot of this movie. There is also a red Mongoose D700 Ramp Truck hauler which Prudhomme said was the actual truck used by Tom “Mongoose” McEwen. The red Duster II you see on the back of the hauler, however is a replica. The Barrett-Jackson displayed these racing rigs during the autograph signing events at the auction this weekend. They will be touring the country this year as a promo to the big Barrett-Jackson Auction in Scottsdale in January 2014.barrett-jackson-prudhomme

Don Prudhomme (sitting left) with Richard Blake (middle, actor who plays Tom McEwen, the Mongoose) and Jaclyn Swedberg, Playboy Playmate of the Year, who plays a trophy girl in the movie “The Snake & the Mongoo$e.” They were at the Barrett-Jackson Auction on Saturday during Hot August Nights.

Trepanier wins Barrett-Jackson Cup

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When the fast paced action of the inaugural Barrett-Jackson Auction came to a close here at Hot August Nights, little did we know that the excitement was just beginning. A police escort and much fanfare greeted the packed crowd at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center as the top five contenders for the newly created Barrett-Jackson Cup™ drove up onto the auction stage. Tension among contestants was high as each was introduced to the crowd by SPEED TV’s Bob Varsha. Then the announcement came … the winner “is the 1969 Torino Talladega Custom by Rad Rides by Troy.” Ridler Award winner and noted custom builder Troy Trepanier’s Rad Rides by Troy had won the first ever Barrett-Jackson Cup™. The Barrett-Jackson Cup is awarded to the best custom car at the Hot August Nights car festival here in Reno-Sparks, Nevada.1969-torino-talladega-600

Cars On Line.com newsletter readers are familiar with the NASCAR inspired 1969 Ford Torino Talladega Custom. We reported on this car when it was at the Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona, California early this year. It is the car that won the inaugural edition of the Barrett-Jackson Cup™, the trophy for the car judged to be the best show car at Hot August Nights. This car has been featured twice on our website. (Click here to see our coverage of the Grand National Roadster Show this year where this car was displayed.) It was built by Rad Rides by Troy, an elite custom car shop owned by builder Troy Trepanier. Trepanier built the car for owner George Poteet.

Participants in the Reno and Sparks area Show-n-Shines were in heavy competition this week at various casinos in the area. The winners of each daily Show-N-Shine were invited to show their cars Saturday at the Grand Sierra hotel ballroom to contend for the Barrett-Jackson Cup™. The top fifteen “Best of Show” finalists received a ribbon each day and a spot to compete in the finals on Saturday, August 10th. The forty-five finalists were staged in the Downtown Reno Ballroom from the hours of 9am to 4pm where the top five were being selected. Those finalists then had the opportunity to drive their vehicle up on the auction stage at the Barrett-Jackson Auction at the Convention Center. The winner was announced during the televised last minutes of the Auction Show on SPEED TV.

A Chevrolet Performance LS3 crate engine with 430 horsepower went to the winner of the inaugural Barrett-Jackson Cup™. In addition, Rad Rides by Troy won a cash prize of $20,000 from the Barrett-Jackson company.

Cruising Circuit Through Reno and Sparks

Every night is Saturday night during Hot August Nights. About 7 PM everybody for miles around gathers along two routes in both downtown Reno and downtown Sparks to watch the classic cars cruise along a circuit that loops through both towns. These cruises are well controlled to make sure nobody gets wild with so many spectators along the routes. You see cars full of people of all age groups “just cruisin’ ” like it was back in the ’60s and ’70s. Cruising continues from 7 PM to 10 PM and nobody can get enough of it.

Cruising in Reno under the iconic Reno arch.

Cruising in Reno under the iconic Reno arch.


Cruising in downtown Sparks, Nevada near the Nugget casino.

Cruising in downtown Sparks, Nevada near the Nugget casino.


People of all ages enjoy the crusing in downtown Sparks, Nevada during Hot August Nights. You have to get here early to get prime spots. Most people come to picnic and socialize prior to the cruising.

People of all ages enjoy the crusing in downtown Sparks, Nevada during Hot August Nights. You have to get here early to get prime spots. Most people come to picnic and socialize prior to the cruising.