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40278_417588031460_36087236460_5210075_2478651_nA fan favorite gone for many years makes a repeat appearance for the Hot August Nights 25th Anniversary. The Official Hot August Nights Classic Car Drag Racing event will take place from August 10th through August 13th in the west parking lot of John Ascuaga’s Nugget.

The smell of burning rubber and gasoline paired with classic eye candy and high adrenaline creates a habitual dynamic draw to the Hot August Nights Drag Races. Ten years ago, 2001 marked the last year the Drags were conducted at the Reno-Stead Airport. The popular event had to be cancelled indefinitely, until now.

Full Throttle Performance and John Ascuaga’s Nugget decided to bring back a beloved element of Hot August Nights to contribute to a successful 25th year celebration.

The drag race event consists of approximately an eighth of a mile track and will take place in the west parking lot of John Ascuaga’s Nugget from 12pm to 10pm August 10-13. Hot August Nights volunteers and car participants will gain free entry into the event. The gate fee for the general public is $10 daily. To enter your car in a race, vehicles must be 1972 or older, with an American or European make. The cost to race is $25 per vehicle, per day for registered car participants and $45 per vehicle, per day for non-registered car participants. Tires must be D.O.T. approved (no slicks), no nitro/nitrous and no racing fuels allowed. Daily prize for the fastest overall time will be awarded.

Check out our photos from last year on Flickr and Facebook.37805_417588261460_36087236460_5210081_8371833_n 37805_417588271460_36087236460_5210083_5953529_n

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Photos: What do the PGA and a Mariachi band have in common?


Answer: The same as great golfers, wildlife, great scenery, cardivascular exercise, a kids party zone, awesome food and drinks and of course the Legends Reno-Tahoe Open.

Take a look at these photos and see what you are missing if you don’t get out to the Montreux Golf Course and see this great event for yourself.

Legends Reno-Tahoe Open
Jack Nicklaus Signature Design course, Montrêux Golf & Country Club
August 3 – 9, 2009

Hot August Nights: A trip back in time in Reno Tahoe

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

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Photos: Reno River Festival 2009

Amateur and professional kayakers filed into Reno-Tahoe this week for the 2009 Reno River Festival. We caught up with them at the Truckee River Whitewater Park practicing and socializing in advance of the weekend activities. Check out these photos from Thursday:

Safari Club International sets up ‘perfect shots’ in Reno

The 37th annual Safari Club International convention is taking place at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center now through Saturday, January 24, 2009, which marks the seventh consecutive year that SCI has held their annual convention in Reno.

Approximately 23,000 hunting enthusiasts, from 50 countries, are expected in Reno this week, up almost 10% over 2008.

It is estimated that the convention will have a $20 million impact on the local economy, including over 24,000 roomnights.

The show will feature more than 1,000 exhibits, seminars and auctions spread throughout 650,000 square feet of convention space. It’s being held at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center, Atlantis Casino Resort Spa and the Peppermill Hotel Casino.

The group also has committed to return to Reno again next year.

Photos: West Street Market final touches

The Brickhouse Bakery is already open, and the other dozen business hoping to open this Saturday are rushing to put together the final touches at the new West Street Market project in downtown Reno.

These photos were taken Tuesday (there are also some older architectural renderings in the Flickr set). Locals and visitors can look forward to some cool spaces in Reno’s newest shopping and lifestyle venue.

Check us out on Flickr

We’ve recently added a bunch of pics to the Reno-Tahoe Flickr site, so check out this slide show or click through to view them online. We’re always looking for new photos that showcase the best of Reno-Tahoe, so if you have some good ones we’d love to have them as part of our photo stream.

- Jim Scripps