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