Hot August Nights returns to the Biggest Little City on Monday, August 7th. Approximately 6,000 participants register for the largest classic car event in the nation.
The Peppermill Resort Spa Casino serves as the hub for the car show. The event kicked off Monday from 4-10 P.M. and will be followed by a week of free concerts, show 'n' shines, promotions, food and more.
The daily "Mill Mile Show 'n' Shine" will run from 4-8 P.M. each day, giving visitors a first look at some of the top cars in show. One winner will be selected each night until the 12th--where daily winners will compete for a $10,000 cash grand prize.
The cars aren't just pretty to look at, though. We spoke with two classic car owners who both agreed why this event continues to be successful. Their answer? The camaraderie between classic car owners and those who admire them.
Jeff Lancaster, who traveled all the way from Washington to attend his second Hot August Nights event, is the proud owner of a rare 1965 Chrysler 300 Convertible. It's one of approximately 1,400 ever made.
It took him three full years to restore what was originally his dad's car. Although he says it's still a work in progress, he explains why he put more than $50,000 into the project, "It's a labor of love to me. It's something my dad wanted to do. He died in his early 40's of a heart condition....every time I walked by the car in the barn--that was an unfinished project of my dad's dream."
A local classic car owner we spoke to, Joel Trematore, has attended every Hot August Nights event since its inception back in 1986. Although, at the time, his 1958 Pontiac Bonneville 2-Door Hardtop was out of service because of a car accident. But, in 1989 he decided to fix it and it only took him three months.
This year's event is bittersweet for Joel, though. It's his last time participating in Hot August Nights with his Pontiac because he's sold it to his grandson in Las Vegas. However, Joel told us that doesn't mean Hot August Nights has seen the last of him, "I'll still come. I just...you never know, I may just go get another one. You're never done. When you have a car, you're never done."
The Reno Police Department wants to remind everyone planning on going downtown or visiting venues outside of the downtown area of some travel and safety tips.
There will be more vehicles and pedestrians sharing the road throughout the region this week. Drivers need to be aware of pedestrians in and around the roadways as well as their obligation to stop for pedestrians in crosswalks. Pedestrians are asked to remain aware of on-coming traffic and make eye-contact with drivers before crossing the street. Drivers and pedestrians need to put their cell phones away while driving or crossing the street as being distracted significantly increases your risk of being involved in a crash. If you drink, don’t drive, and have a plan to get home safely.
Officers will be actively enforcing traffic violations for speeding, illegal street racing and other exhibitions of speed. Drivers who fail to yield to pedestrians, and pedestrians breaking right-of-way laws may also be cited.
The Reno Police Department also wants to remind citizens to avoid leaving valuables such as purses/wallets and electronic equipment inside their vehicle. If items of value have to be left in your vehicle, they should be hidden out of view. Police also suggest participants and attendees be proactive in trying to prevent their classic car or car trailer from being stolen by utilizing anti-theft devices or strategies to discourage theft.
There will also be some street closures in the downtown area that may affect your commute to work during Hot August Nights. Virginia Street will be largely closed between Liberty and 6th Street throughout the event. For more information on road closures during the event, go to http://bit.ly/2vLrKRk.
This year’s cruise route will again be down Virginia Street to State Street starting Wednesday through Saturday between 7:00 pm and 10:00 pm. A reduction to one travel lane on Center Street will be between Sixth Street and Liberty Street during the cruise so some delays should be expected. Businesses downtown will remain open and otherwise be completely accessible.
The event will end on Sunday morning with a parade along Virginia Street that will also cause some traffic delays in the downtown area.
Road closures in downtown Sparks from August 8 to August 13 at 2:00 pm: • Victorian Avenue at Pyramid Highway • Victorian Avenue at 15th Street (gated with security--entrance only for registered participants) • 11th Street and Victorian Plaza Circle east at C Street • 11th Street and Victorian Plaza Circle east at Nugget Avenue (gated with security-entrance only for registered participants) • 14th Street and Victorian Plaza Circle West at C Street • 13th Street at Avenue of the Oaks (gated with security) • 10th Street at C Street • C Street at Avenue of the Oaks • South Rock Boulevard at Glendale Avenue (detour in place as part the Glendale Reconstruction Project)
Nightly cruise closures in downtown Sparks from August 8 to August 12 from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.: • Eastbound and westbound Pyramid Way exit ramps on I-80 • Pyramid Highway from C Street to Victorian (detours to C street westbound) • Eastbound Rock Boulevard and Nugget Avenue exit off ramps on I-80 • Victorian from Pyramid Highway to 16th Street (Rock and Victorian is the entrance for registered cars into the cruise)
Event parking in Sparks will be available in the C Street Garage (behind Cantina Los Tres Hombres), the parking garage next to the Sparks Theater, (enter on Victorian Plaza Circle or 12th Street) and the parking lot south of the Sparks Theater (enter from the 13th Street gate).
(Reno Police Department, City of Sparks contributed to this report.)