Hot Au­gust Nights 2018

The West Goes Wild When Street Rods Come to Reno

Street Rodder - - Contents - BY TIM BERNSAU PHO­TOG­RA­PHY BY THE AU­THOR AND JOHN GIL­BERT

The West Goes Wild When Street Rods Come to Reno

For sev­eral years, STREETRODDER has been com­ing to Ne­vada in Au­gust to cover Hot Au­gust Nights. This is a car show with­out bor­ders. The ac­tion lasts for a week and spans the en­tire re­gion from Vir­ginia City to Sparks with Reno be­ing the epi­cen­ter of this event. Show cars, en­ter­tain­ment, ven­dor dis­plays, rac­ing, and cruis­ing takes place all over, but the heart of Hot Au­gust Nights hap­pens on and around Vir­ginia Street in down­town Reno. That’s where you’ll find the Down­town Reno show ’n’ shine com­pe­ti­tion pre­sented by Sum­mit Rac­ing Equip­ment, evening cruis­ing, and the Hot Au­gust Nights Cup com­pe­ti­tion, to name just a por­tion of the at­trac­tions.

Spec­ta­tors and par­tic­i­pants know that the way to ex­pe­ri­ence ev­ery­thing Hot Au­gust Nights has to of­fer is to keep mov­ing. Spec­ta­tors want to see it all—and the 6,000 ve­hi­cles that com­prise the event are spread over sev­eral sites. Stay in one place and you’ll miss a lot of the ac­tion. Par­tic­i­pants want to be seen—and maybe win some of the $150,000 in show ’n’ shine prize money. That means mak­ing the rounds to the var­i­ous show ’n’ shine venues of­fer­ing judg­ing and awards. Ac­tive spec­ta­tors will prob­a­bly no­tice show cars and trucks in one place one day and in an­other place the next.

Show ’n’ shine and cruis­ing ac­tion takes place at the larger casino re­sorts in the city, par­tic­u­larly at the Grand Sierra, The At­lantis, The Pep­per­mill, and the Nugget in Sparks. Enor­mity, va­ri­ety, and qual­ity are what make Hot Au­gust Nights so hot.

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