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Hot August Nights Hits Reno/Sparks August 8-13

on Thursday, 27 July 2017.

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If you haven't been to this amazing event, then you need to make your August hotter this summer with August Hot Nights, August 8-13. At Anderson Behel in Santa Clara, CA, we're happy to share this information with our blog readers, because yes, we work hard but we also like having fun too!

Here at The Biggest Little City shifts into high gear for Hot August Nights, the largest classic car and nostalgic event in the country! Thousands of visitors come to pay tribute to the exquisitely powerful automobiles and electrifying music of the 50's, 60's and early 70's.  The world's premier classic car event, Hot August Nights showcases more than 6,000 vehicles from this golden era of design with events all over Reno and Sparks.  Restored hot rods and sexy muscle cars give enthusiasts a first-hand experience of popular decades gone by. 

 The event is a must-attend for car and music enthusiasts! From show-n-shines to nightly cruises, from drag races and burnouts to AutoCross, a swap meet and the new Auto Drifting motorsport event. The Hot August Nights Auction presented by Motorsport Auction Group promises to excite bidders with gorgeous classic vehicles.

 Free Entertainment Lineup

There will be fantastic legendary musical entertainment and headliners that you won't want to miss! The evening performances take place at the outdoor venues of Grand Sierra Resort and Sparks Victorian Square. Be there or be square and have the time of your life!

 Tuesday August 8

Lights, the Premier Tribute to Journey (Grand Sierra Resort)

Wednesday August 9

Jay White. America's Diamond-The World's Ultimate Tribute (Grand Sierra Resort)

Thursday, August 10

Johnny Rivers (Grand Sierra Resort)

Timeless Wonder, Tribute to Stevie Wonder (Sparks Victorian Square)

 Friday August 11

Rick Springfield (Grand Sierra Resort)

Boogie Nights (Victorian Square, presented by Nugget Casino)

 Saturday August 12

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts (Grand Sierra Resort)

Pablo Cruise (Sparks Victorian Square)

 Hot August Nights Collector Car Auction MAG (Aug 10-12)

One of the anticipated events during Hot August Nights is the collector car auction. Managed by Motorsport Auction Group (MAG), the auction features street rods and classics to special interest and exotic vehicles crossing the block every few minutes.

Vintage Trailer Revival

This newest event is going to be the talk of the trailer park and guaranteed to be a spectator favorite. Taking place at Rancho San Rafael Park, just north of downtown Reno, its free to the public to view these beautiful works of camping art. As many as 150 vintage trailers, 1976 and older, will be on display from Aug 8-13. Some will also participant in Tuesday night's cruise in downtown Sparks and Sunday's Grand Finale Parade in downtown Reno.  

The History of Hot August Nights

 During an evening night on August 1, 1986, the Reno-Sparks Convention Center was bursting at the seams with hundreds of revelers who were partying, cheering and pushing to be let into a first-time event of a magnitude yet to be realized. Inside, 10,000 spectators were massed together in anticipation of seeing and hearing a live event of the Righteous Brothers, Wolfman Jack, and Jan & Dean!  It was that night when nostalgia was unleashed among an audience who excitedly relived their childhood years of the 50’s and 60’s- a time of innocence, prosperity, cars and the birth of Rock and Roll.

The aim of Hot August Nights was to fill a void in tourism in Reno during the month of August and to raise money for local charities. The first concert was held in the Convention Center parking lot where most hadn’t danced to “that” music, to a live band, under the stars, since high school. The memories flooded back and so did the desire for more!  The first year of Hot August Nights was more of a nostalgia event than a car event. But it was the car parade that was the highlight of the Event for the participants and the crowds who thronged Virginia Street. The car owners were thrilled to show off their cars. They’d never had so many people “oohing and aahing” over their “works of art”. It was a proud moment for classic car owners.

Sources: Reno Tourism Guide and Hot August Nights website

The Porsche Museum is a Must for Porsche Lovers

on Tuesday, 18 July 2017.

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If you're traveling to Europe this summer, why not visit the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart, Germany? As a Porsche certified body shop, we enjoy sharing Porsche-related blogs for our Porsche customers.

More than 80 vehicles and many small exhibits are on display at the Porsche Museum in a unique ambience. In addition to world-famous, iconic vehicles such as the 356, 550, 911, and 917, the exhibits include some of the outstanding technical achievements of Professor Ferdinand Porsche from the early 20th century. Even then, the name of Porsche stood for the commitment never to be satisfied with a technical solution that fails to fully meet or exceed all of its requirements, including opportunities for further improvement.

From the lobby, visitors ascend a spectacular ramp to the entrance of the spacious exhibition area, where they can gain an initial overview of the impressive collection.

Here the visitor can choose whether to start with the company history before 1948 or head directly into the main area of the exhibition which represents Porsche`s product and motorsport history in chronological order. Both areas are interlinked by the "Porsche Idea" section, which forms the backbone of the exhibition.

The Idea section explains what makes the various themes and exhibits so unique. It tells of the spirit and the passion that motivate the work at Porsche, and pays tribute to the company as well as the people behind the product.

As a living automobile museum, the Porsche Museum presents numerous special exhibitions on specific topics or meaningful anniversaries. As a result, exhibits are changed on a regular basis and visitors always find something new to discover.

The new interactive  "Porsche Touchwall“ is waiting for the visitors at the end of the museum’s tour. The 12 meter long installation covers nine decades of exciting automobile history on the basis of 3.000 pictures, drawings and technical data allowing the visitor to explore almost all Porsche street- and racecars.

For more information about the Porsche Museum, visit their web site at:

Another 5-Star Review

on Sunday, 09 July 2017.

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From Chris T. of Santa Clara:

"In the midst of a difficult process with my insurance company about a no fault of my own accident, the one thing they hit a home run on was having Anderson Behel as their preferred body shop.  From my initial call to Tracy who finagled getting my truck in the shop the same day, to my estimator, Alan who examined my truck and noted a potential safety concern that made the vehicle iffy to drive away.  

It was then that Mariah took the reins of my repair.

She called the car rental company, who got me on track on the rest of my day.  A few days later, she was very quick on returning my phone with my initial status update I asked for and then I also received a follow up status update message that next Friday night after 7:30 pm that I didn't expect.  Yes, you read that correctly:  7:30 pm.  Proactive customer service like that is indeed a rarity.  I picked up my truck today and I am very happy with the quality of the repair.  Mariah also placed the cherry on top by taking care of the return of my rental car also.

Thanks again, Mariah.  Great job!"

Thanks for the kind words Chris. We know that Mariah is amazing and that's why we're happy that she works for us! 

I Hear America Singing

on Tuesday, 04 July 2017.

Have a Great 4th of July!

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I Hear America Singing

By Walt Whitman 

I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear,

Those of mechanics, each one singing his as it should be blithe and strong,

The carpenter singing his as he measures his plank or beam,

The mason singing his as he makes ready for work, or leaves off work,

The boatman singing what belongs to him in his boat, the deckhand singing on the steamboat deck,

The shoemaker singing as he sits on his bench, the hatter singing as he stands,

The wood-cutter’s song, the ploughboy’s on his way in the morning, or at noon intermission or at sundown,

The delicious singing of the mother, or of the young wife at work, or of the girl sewing or washing,

Each singing what belongs to him or her and to none else,

The day what belongs to the day—at night the party of young fellows, robust, friendly,

Singing with open mouths their strong melodious songs.

Independence Day List of Celebrations, Parades and Firework Displays

on Monday, 26 June 2017.

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At Anderson Behel, we're proud to be Americans and that's why we love celebrating the 4th of July every year. So, here is a list of 4th of July  celebrations, parades and firework displays in the East Bay. Have a safe and happy holiday with your family and friends from all of us at Anderson Behel in Santa Clara, CA .

 California's Great America Fireworks

Where: California's Great America, Santa Clara

When: July 4; Fireworks after dusk

Rotary Club Centennial Fireworks

Where: Downtown San Jose, Discovery Meadow

When: July 4, Symphony Summer Pops at 5:30 p.m.; Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

Rose, White & Blue Parade

Where: San Jose, Rose Garden neighborhood to The Alameda

When: July 4, Parade at 10 a.m.

Morgan Hill Freedom Fest: Parade and Fireworks On The Green

Where: Morgan Hill, Morgan Hill Outdoor Sports Center

When: July 4, parade begins at 10 a.m., Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. or dudsk

Scotts Valley 4th of July Parade and Fireworks

Where: Santa Cruz, Skypark on Scotts Valley Drive

When: July 4, Festivities begin at 3 p.m.; Fireworks at 9:15 p.m.

Fourth of July at Shoreline

Where: Mountain View, Shoreline Amphitheatre

When: July 4, 8 p.m. featuring the San Francisco Symphony

Old-Fashioned Independence Day Celebration

Where: Santa Cruz, Wilder Ranch State Park

When: July 4, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

City of Milpitas 4th of July Celebration

Where: Milpitas, Milpitas Sports Center

When: July 4, pool party from 1  – 4 p.m., Concert and fireworks 7 – 10 p.m.

Driver Dies in Tesla with Autopilot

on Friday, 23 June 2017.


As we enter the age of autonomous transportation, questions about safety will undoubtedly arise. At Anderson Behel in Santa Clara, CA, we are concerned about the future of self-driving vehicles, because one day we know that we will likely be fixing them for our customers throughout the South Bay.

A man killed in a crash last year while using the semi-autonomous driving system on his Tesla Model S sedan kept his hands off the wheel for extended periods of time despite repeated automated warnings not to do so, a U.S. government report said on Monday.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released 500 pages of findings into the May 2016 death of Joshua Brown, a former Navy SEAL, near Williston, Florida. Brown's Model S collided with a truck while it was engaged in the "Autopilot" mode and he was killed.

A Tesla spokeswoman Keely Sulprizio declined to comment on the NTSB report. In 2016, the company said Autopilot "does not allow the driver to abdicate responsibility," however.

Brown family lawyer Jack Landskroner said in an email the NTSB's findings should put to rest previous media reports that Brown was watching a movie at the time of the crash, which he called "unequivocally false."

He added that the family has not taken any legal action against Tesla and was still reviewing the NTSB report.

The incident raised questions about the safety of systems that can perform driving tasks for long stretches with little or no human intervention, but which cannot completely replace human drivers.

During a 37-minute period of the trip when Brown was required to have his hands on the wheel, he apparently did so for just 25 seconds, the NTSB said in the report.

The report said the Autopilot mode remained on during most of his trip and that it gave him to a visual warning seven separate times that said "Hands Required Not Detected."

In six cases, the system then sounded a chime before it returned to "Hands Required Detected" for one to three second periods.

Tesla in September unveiled improvements in Autopilot, adding new limits on hands-off driving and other features that its chief executive officer said likely would have prevented the crash death. The updated system temporarily prevents drivers from using the system if they do not respond to audible warnings to take back control of the car.

The NTSB makes safety recommendations but cannot order recalls.

In January, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said it had found no evidence of defects in the aftermath of Brown's death.

NHTSA said Brown did not apply the brakes and his last action was to set the cruise control at 74 miles (119 km) per hour less than two minutes before the crash -- above the 65 mph speed limit.

The agency said the truck should have been visible to Brown for at least seven seconds before impact. Brown "took no braking, steering or other actions to avoid the collision," the report said.

A Florida Highway Patrol spokesman said the truck driver was charged with a right of way traffic violation. He is due for a court hearing on Wednesday.

The NTSB report disclosed that the Tesla Model S uses a proprietary system to record a vehicle's speed and other data, which authorities cannot access with the commercial tools used to access information from event data recorders in most other cars.

For that reason, the NTSB said it "had to rely on Tesla to provide the data in engineering units using proprietary manufacturer software."

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