This past weekend marked the kick-off of Hot August Nights, when thousands of hot rods and customs descend on the northwestern Nevada towns of Reno and Sparks. The weeklong rod run boasts a jam-packed schedule with everything from cruises and car shows to drag racing and live rock and roll, and this year they’ve partnered with Barrett-Jackson for the inaugural Hot August Nights Auction and Barrett-Jackson Cup.
The auction takes place this Thursday, August 8 through Saturday, August 10 at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center. Like many of Barrett-Jackson’s auctions, portions of it will be televised on the Speed and Fuel networks. Barrett-Jackson has built a reputation among classic car collectors for bringing top shelf rods and customs to auction, and we wanted to share just a few of the cars scheduled to be sold this week. Whether you’re looking for traditionally styled hot rods, ’50s customs and street rods, or ’60s and later muscle cars, chances are you’ll find it at Barrett-Jackson. What’s unique about the Hot August Nights Auction is that winning bidders will have the opportunity to drive their cars off the auction block and right into the middle of one of the biggest rod runs in the west.
Accompanying the auction will be the inaugural $40,000 Barrett-Jackson Cup awarded during the Downtown Reno Show-n-Shine. The “Ultimate Best of Show” will take home the Cup and $20,000, and the remaining $20,000 will be divided among the top four runners-up. Barrett-Jackson judges will be assisted by Bobby Alloway of Alloway’s Hot Rod Shop, Pete Chapouris of So-Cal Speed Shop, hot rod builder and general manager of the Detroit Autorama Bob Millard, and hot rod collector and land speed racer Bob Johnson. Judging will take place during the Downtown Reno Show-n-Shine this Wednesday through Friday. The finalists will be on display at the Silver Legacy Ballroom during the day on Saturday, and the winners will be driven to Virginia Avenue for the Saturday night fireworks display.
In addition to the auction and Reno Show-n-Shine, Reno/Sparks will be rumbling all week with regular events from morning to night. Hot rodding icons like Don Prudhomme and Troy Trepanier will be on hand for autograph signings. Daytime car shows and poker runs culminate in evening cruises at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno and Victorian Avenue in Sparks. For those who want to get more serious than the cruise nights allow, “Run what ya brung” drag races and burnout contests are held in the west parking lot of Jon Ascuaga’s Nugget casino and resort every night from 7:00pm until midnight. And nostalgic Americana will be well represented in a range of events like hula hoop contests, bowling tournaments, and concerts featuring Bill Medley of the Righteous Brothers, Sonny Turner of the Platters, and the Tower of Power, among others.