WHO: Hot August Nights and Barrett-Jackson
WHAT: The inaugural Hot August Nights Auction presented by Barrett-Jackson will take place Thursday, Aug. 8, through Saturday, Aug. 10 at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center. Bid on some of the most recognizable and historic automobiles in the world and purchase your dream car at “The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions™.” Tickets are available at http://www.barrett-jackson.com/reno-tahoe/tickets.
WHEN: Thursday, Aug. 8 through Saturday, Aug. 10
WHERE: Reno-Sparks Convention Center – 4590 S. Virginia St. Reno, NV 89502
WHY: Established in 1971 and headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Barrett-Jackson specializes in providing products and services to classic and collector car owners, astute collectors and automotive enthusiasts around the world. The company produces “The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions™” in Scottsdale, Ariz., Palm Beach, Fla., Las Vegas, Nev., and Reno Tahoe, Nev. Barrett-Jackson also endorses a one-of-a-kind collector car insurance offering for collector vehicles and other valued belongings. For more information about Barrett-Jackson, visit http://www.barrett-jackson.com or call (480) 421-6694.
Experience the history of the Virginia & Truckee Railroad at the 6th annual Virginia City/Carson City Railfest on Saturday August 13 and Sunday August 14. Step into the shoes of our yesteryears and celebrate by riding the historic rails on a Stream Train from Carson City to Virginia City and back. Train rides are available all weekend and are a great experience for the whole family.
On Saturday, pose for a picture with legendary western characters at the Virginia City Living Legends Photo Op in the Delta Saloon parking lot. After you have your memorable picture taken, stop by the F street Train Depot to experience how the American Civil War helped shape the country we live in today at the Battle Born Civil War Reenactors Educational Booth. For adults 21 and over, escape the Comstock and relax on a romantic full moon evening train on the Moon Over the Comstock V & T Ride. This tranquil journey includes a light box dinner and a glass of wine in a souvenir Railfest wine glass.
Head over to the Nevada State Railroad Museum on Sunday to see and learn all about the trains that traveled along the V & T Railroad, as well as other locomotives and cars made famous in movies and on television.
For overnight accommodations in Virginia City and more information on this and other events happening in Virginia City, log on to www.VisitVirginiaCityNV.com or call the Virginia City Visitor Center at (775) 847-4FUN (4386) or (800) 718-SLVR (7587).
Hot August Nights is in full swing in the Truckee Meadows. For those who aren’t familiar, Hot August Nights is an annual celebration of America’s love affair with the automobile, drawing hundreds of thousands of enthusiasts for a week of cruises, entertainment and socializing under the Sierra Nevada sun.
Even if cars aren’t your thing, there is plenty to appreciate with the crafstmanship and dedication some restorers have put into these projects. For a full schedule of Hot August Nights events, click here. And if you make it out the Atlantis Casino Resort, you may see some of these cars (shot today):
Hot August Nights, one of the nation’s biggest events for auto enthusiasts, has finally started, and the streets are filled to the brim with custom rigs, hot rods, classics and exotics, while the stages are pumping with classic sounds.
The event runs through Aug. 9, with dozens of events every day throughout the Reno and Sparks areas. Download a schedule here.
It’s the nostalgia of poodle skirts and doo-wop music … a trip back to a simpler time of drive-in diners and movies, when the car was king America and a night of fun was as easy as hopping in and cruising downtown.
That feeling still lives in Reno Tahoe, where each year thousands of car enthusiasts, ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s fanatics, and music lovers of all stripes descend on the area for Hot August Nights. The 10-day celebration (July 31-Aug. 9) is a non-stop parade of food and family fun, with events at venues throughout Reno and Sparks. Most of the events are outdoors, under the warm Sierra Nevada sun and free to visitors.
This year, organizers expect as many as 800,000 people to visit casino-hotel parking lots filled door to door with rare classics, music on stages in downtown Reno and Sparks, and events like a sock hop, a huge classic car auction and controlled cruises featuring the best cars.
And although enthusiasts travel from thousands of miles to show off classic, restored and one-off rides, Hot August Nights is far from being all about the cars. This is a cultural can’t-miss event that guarantees a good time for all.
Hot August Nights 2009 highlights:
- Peter Frampton plays John Ascuaga’s Nugget July 31
- Show-N-Shine at Cabala’s Outfitters, with raffles and giveaways Aug. 1
- Downtown Reno Show-N-Shine presented by the Eldorado, Silver Legacy and Circus Circus casinos Aug. 2
- Sparks Victorian Square Craft Fair; kick-off party and cruise night at Peppermill Resort Spa Casino Aug. 3
- Guinness Book of World Records Hula Hoop contest at the Atlantis Casino Resort Aug. 4
- Controlled cruises in downtown Reno and downtown Sparks Aug. 5
- Bog Boys Toy Store at the Reno Events Center in downtown Reno Aug. 6
- Meet the stars and see the cars from American Graffiti at the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino Aug. 7
- Grand Sierra Resort “Best of Show” $10,000 Competition Aug. 8
- Official Hot August Nights parade in downtown Reno Aug. 9
Check out complete information online at www.hotaugustnights.net