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Street Vibrations 2010 is Ready to Rumble into Reno Tahoe USA

Street Vibs RenoStreet Vibrations Motorcycle Festival is a celebration of music, metal and motorcycles. Street Vibrations offers tours, live entertainment, parades, ride-in shows, stunt shows and more. This event is so big, it rocks at several locations throughout the region. Major event venues are planned at Harley-Davidson Dealerships in Carson City and Reno and in historic Virginia City. Rides to what Mark Twain called “the fairest picture the whole earth affords,” Lake Tahoe — provide unparalleled entertainment. Flirt with Lady Luck during poker walks and runs and during slot tournaments. It’s HOG heaven!

Thirty thousand motorcycle enthusiasts are expected to enjoy Street Vibrations 17th year. Now ranked the 4th largest motorcycle event in the nation, Street Vibrations 2010 expands venues to include downtown Reno, Sparks Victorian Square, Reno Harley-Davidson and Virginia City. 

A Tattoo Expo, with more than a dozen tattoo artists, is a favorite of many at the Reno Events Center. The Reno Events Center, on the corner of 4th and Center Streets  which boasts climate controlled comfort will also host more than 100 vendors and climate controlled comfort while shopping.

“This year, we’re having a lot of bike parking on Virginia Street in downtown Reno and in Virginia City so motorcycle participants get a plum parking spot and enthusiasts can enjoy the all the bikes,” says Randy Burke, president of Roadshows, Inc. producer of Street Vibrations. 

“We have more than 250 vendors coming from 35 different states with their wares,” Burke continued.  “Some of them come all the way from Florida for Street Vibrations and many of them tell us it’s the best show in the nation for them.”

Street Vibs AerialPlenty of live entertainment, including Monte Perlin’s Globe-O-Cross Stunt Show and some of the nation’s best tribute bands performing free concerts on numerous stages in multiple locations will provide enough variety to satisfy everyone. The Eldorado Casinowill give away a Harley Fat Boy Softail and the Silver Legacy give away bike is a 2010 Harley-Davidson FXDL Dyna Low Rider.

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The Reno dealership will have a food court, a Coors Beer Garden, a Harley Owner’s Group Pin Stop, a Biker Babe Dunk Tank, a Burn out Pit and lots of vendors.

Sparks Victorian Square

Factory Rig Row will feature all the big rigs with motorcycles, motorcycle merchandise and custom effects.  Live bands will keep the party going and there’ll be a “Go Go Bar” featuring dancing bar maids. VIP bike parking will be available right on the street in the middle of all the action. John Ascuaga’s Nuggetwill give away an Arlen Ness Custom Motorcycle Saturday night, Sept. 25.

Virginia City

A new Street Vibrations headquarters location in the middle of downtown Virginia City will provide sales of official merchandise and registration opportunities for motorcycle enthusiasts. The historic town will offer live music, vendors and parking for more than 400 bikes

“Our participants particularly enjoy the curve-studded ride up historic Geiger Grade,” Burke said.  “They like to drink in some of the local history in this famous mining town.”

Street Vibrations Action

Several Ride-in Shows, bike competitions and a Wet T-Shirt competition at the Sands Regency,  a Bikini and a Chaps Competition for the ladies at the Eldorado and competitions for Miss Reno Harley-Davidson and Miss Coors Light 2010 at the Silver Legacy are designed to provide a little extra fun during the event. 

Participant Only Activities

Poker runs for VIP participants will take riders up scenic routes to Lake Tahoe for breathtaking views and clean mountain air. Riders will also go to Virginia City for a variety of excellent motorcycle riding terrain. They’ll have a lunch stop at Fox Peak Station in Fallon, NV.

“Street Vibrations rides offer a refreshing escape for big city dwellers,” Burke adds. “Our VIP participants receive tickets to three different concerts valued at more than $65, they enjoy special parties, can participate in bike competitions and ride in shows, and they receive an official T-shirt and a ride pin.”

 ‘Round the Clock Fun

SILVER LEGACY RESORT: As this year’s Ride-N-Show Headquarters, Silver Legacy has a jam-packed event and entertainment schedule that’ll have guests in hog heaven from Wednesday, September 22 to Sunday, September 26!

Street Vibs BikeKick off this year’s festivities with the hottest competition in town—the Miss Harley Davidson and Miss Coors Light 2010 Finals are at Silver Legacy on Wednesday night.  Watch as the judges find the perfect hog-wild ladies to represent each title throughout Street Vibes 2010.  The competition kicks off in the Silver Baron Lounge at 8 p.m.

Grab a spot to show off those bike on Virginia Street all week long; registration takes place daily inside the Downtown Reno Ballroom.  Don’t have a hot hog yet?  Silver Legacy can help!  Enter the Harley-Davidson drawing for a chance to win a brand new FXDL Dyna Low Rider simply by using your Legacy Star Card!  Sign up for free at the Star Rewards Center on the casino floor.  Earn 5x entries every time you play all week starting Monday, September 20! 

Get inspiration from the best bike builders in the nation at America’s Finest Custom Bike Builders Invitational in the Silver Baron Ballroom.  These motorcycle masters will show off their creations Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.  Then swing by the Harley-Davidson store next door, right inside Silver Legacy, with extended hours Wednesday through Sunday!

Free live entertainment will keep Downtown Reno rockin’ with a stage set up at on the Silver Legacy/Circus Circus Plaza next to Roy Boy’s Roadhouse, where there will be plenty of ice cold Coors, Coors Light and other refreshments to enjoy.  Various vendors will also be set up inside the Reno Events Center along with the Tattoo Expo and Bike Competition that will run from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Street Vibrations 2010 Events at Silver Legacy run as follows:

 Wednesday, September 22

America’s Finest Custom Bike Builders Invitational, Silver Baron Ballroom, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. – Free!

Miss Harley Davidson & Miss Coors Light 2010 Finals, Silver Baron Lounge, 8 p.m.

Thursday, September 23

America’s Finest Custom Bike Builders Invitational, Silver Baron Ballroom, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. – Free!

Stray Cat Lee Rocker, Grande Exposition Hall, 8 p.m. Tickets $10, includes one drink

Friday, September 24

America’s Finest Custom Bike Builders Invitational, Silver Baron Ballroom, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. – Free!

Live Music Outside on the Silver Legacy/Circus Circus Plaza, Rockin’ Down the Highway Band, 4 to 7 p.m.

Los Lobos, Grande Exposition Hall, 8 p.m. Tickets $30 and $45 

Downtown Reno Fireworks Display, 4th & Virginia Streets at dusk, approx. 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 25

America’s Finest Custom Bike Builders Invitational, Silver Baron Ballroom, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. – Free!

 Live Music Outside on the Silver Legacy/Circus Circus Plaza,The Boogie Daddys, 12:15 to 4 p.m.

- Blues Monsters, 5 to 7 p.m.

 Cheech and Chong, Grande Exposition Hall, 8 p.m. Tickets $45, $60 and $70

 Sunday, September 26

America’s Finest Custom Bike Builders Invitational, Silver Baron Ballroom, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. – Free!

Harley-Davidson Giveaway, Win a new Harley-Davidson FXDL Dyna Low Rider, 3 p.m.

Live Music Outside on the Silver Legacy/Circus Circus Plaza,Nevada Hazzurd, 4 to 7 p.m.                            

For more information on Street Vibrations or to register for the event, visit www.roadshowsreno.com or call 775-329-7469.

Street Vibrations highlighted by world-record motorcycle jump attempt

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The rumble of motorcycles has officially filled Reno Tahoe as 25,000 of the region’s friends on two wheels pour in for Street Vibrations, the area’s annual celebration of bikes, bikers and the people who love them. Throughout the weekend, there will be events, contests, cruises and tons of food and live music (events calendar), but the highlight may come Saturday evening at Grand Sierra Resort when daredevil rider Ryan Capes attempts to smash the world record for a ramp-to-ramp jump.

Capes, who was recently featured on the ESPN FMX blog in preview of the jump, said the jump harkens back to the glory days of motorcycling.

“Well, about three years ago at Evel Knievel Days, I went for the ramp-to-ramp world record and I jumped 246 feet — seven feet short of the record,” he told ESPN’s Ryan Leyba. “I would’ve broken it back then, but I didn’t due to the fact that the wind was whipping badly and I had to shut it down — so I’m coming back to Reno and I’m going for the record again. I’m on a bigger takeoff ramp and a bigger landing ramp, and I plan on being the first guy to jump 300 feet ramp-to-ramp. The record right now is 253 feet, set by Jason Rennie, and I will beat that.”

The attempt is no joke. Construction shows a take off ramp that stretchs more than 20 feet off the ground, and a huge landing ramp — the largest ever built according to Capes — that rises approximately 30 feet. The event is all part of the grand opening celebration of the Xtreme Sportsbar + Lounge at the hotel-casino. The evening will also feature a performance by MiniKiss, a Kiss tribute band headlined by the most rockin-est little people this side of the Rockies.

When: Saturday, Sept. 26

  • 6 p.m. Livfast freestyle demos and record-breaking attempt by rider Ryan Capes.
  • 8:30 – 9 p.m. Performance by MiniKiss in the Grand Sierra parking lot.
  • 10 p.m. Afterparty in Xtreme Sports Bar + Lounge with a special grand opening performance by Mini Kiss.

Where: Grand Sierra Resort parking lot, and inside the casino

Video: Capes’ previous world-record jump:



24 Hours of LeMons: Poor-man’s NASCAR hits Fernley

24-hours-graphicIt’s loud. It’s fast. It’s competitive. And the cars are junkers.

24 Hours of LeMons is coming to Reno-Fernley Raceway this weekend (May 23-24), offering not-so-serious racing with not-so-serious cars in a not-so-serious LeMans-style format.

The race, part of a national series, challenges teams to get the most out of their old beaters and have some fun along the way. Although there is prize money at stake, the biggest bragging rights might come for the team(s) that get their cars chosen for crushing (incidentally, this is also a fan favorite). Check out this video of what to expect at the 24 Hours of Lemons and get out here.



There might be better ways to spend a Memorial Day weekend, but not many.

EVENT

Saturday, May 23

  • 8 a.m.: Gates Open
  • 10 a.m.: Drivers’ Meeting (Mandatory)
  • 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m.: Race Session I

Sunday, 24 May ‘09

  • 9:30 a.m.: Drivers’ Meeting (Mandatory)
  • 10 a.m.-3 p.m.: Race Session II
  • Noon: People’s Curse
  • 3 p.m.: Checkered Flag
  • 3:30 p.m.: Awards Ceremony
  • 7 p.m.: Gates Close

DIRECTIONS

Reno-Fernley Raceway is located in Fernley NV about 30 miles east of Reno.

From Reno: Take Interstate 80 East 30 miles to Fernley Exit 46. Turn right at the off-ramp and follow the road to 95A (at the stop light) and take a right. The track will be 5 miles down on the right.

The best in the west shine at Hot August Nights 2008

Hot August Nights is Reno and Sparks’ salute to the golden era of automobiles, where enthusiasts from around the globe come to our little corner of the Sierra Nevada to show off their hot rod handywork, check out other cars or just enjoy some good entertainment under the sun.

More than 800,000 spectators are expected for the 2008 showing. This year’s event runs from Aug. 1-10, with events, cruises, concerts and vendors every day. Some hightlights include:

  • Aug. 1: $500 customer choice show n’ shine, 4-9 p.m. at the Summit Sierra Mall, 13925 S. Virginia Street
  • Aug. 2: Hot August Nights River Wine Walk, 3-6 p.m. in Downtown Reno
  • Aug. 3: Pre-kick-off party and show n’ shine, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. in Downtown Reno
  • Aug. 4: Sparks pre-kick-off party and open cruise in Downtown Sparks
  • Aug. 5: Guinness Book of World Records Hula Hoop contest, 6-8 p.m. at the Atlantis Casino Resort
  • Aug. 6: Classic Hot Rod Showcase, 8-8:30 p.m., Peppermill Hotel Casino
  • Aug. 7: Johnny Barron and the Bel Aires live, 7-9:45 p.m. , Peppermill Hotel Casino
  • Aug. 8: Ftizgerald’s Show n’ Shine, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Fitzgerald’s Reno
  • Aug. 9: Drag racing and burnouts, 6 p.m.-1 a.m., Reno-Fernley Raceway
  • Aug. 10: Car Awards Presentation and Parade of Champions, 8:30 a.m., Downtown Reno

For a complete list of the dozens of Hot August Nights events, click here (pdf).

One Adrenaline Packed Adventure at the Drag Strip

This past weekend, I headed out to the Reno-Fernley Raceway for some heart pumping drag racing.

The raceway is about a half hour drive East of Reno. It is a beautiful drive. We arrived shortly after 6:00, and after I got my 2000 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Ram Air checked by the tech inspector, I was off to the races. Literally.

It was me against my brother in his 1985 Mustang. It really wasn’t a fair race against him, but he had been drag racing before. I had not.

Our first race, we pulled up, and I winged it as I figured out how the starting lights (aka Christmas Tree) worked. buy real viagra online without prescription My reaction time was really slow, but once I got going, I punched it and let it ride.

And then I was thinking, “Where does this race end?”

There was no distinct line to show me where the race was, so I just kept going. That is, I kept going until I saw the pavement was about to end.

Yes, my first 1/4 mile race was almost a 1/2 mile.

Luckily, for the second race, I had someone point out the finish line, and I slowed down once I hit that line.

The drag strip is very nice, and believe me, it will truly get your blood pumping. Here are a few pictures from Friday night’s race:

Here is the line up of the night… Trans Am versus Mustang. One of the oldest rivalries in the car business!
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And this is what happened every time…. That’s right, I spanked him! He beat me out of the hole every time, but every time I was able to come from behind and beat him… SIGNIFICANTLY!

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