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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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