While it may not seem that long ago that Hot August Nights began on Aug. 1, 1986, it has grown every year since then, attracting new nostalgia and classic car enthusiasts to the Biggest Little City. Hot August Nights runs Aug. 2-7 in Reno/Sparks.

“Over the years, Hot August Nights has become a tradition for so many families and friends,” HAN Executive Director Mike Whan said. “People plan annual trips around the festival to revel in the weeklong celebration. As an event-based organization, we continually try to plan something new for our 6,000 registrants and hundreds of thousands of attendees to look forward to. This year, we’re continuing the partnership with Virginia City to kick off the event with a two-day celebration in the historic mining town. In addition to our 30th anniversary, we’ve added drifting, a new auction company and a lineup of music legends to excite the crowds.”

Attendees can get their adrenaline pumping at the ever-popular Drag Races & Burnouts where participants race down a 1/16-mile track at the Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks. Or, new this year, AutoCross & Drifting hits the Reno-Sparks Livestock Event Center with serious speed starting Aug. 4.

Show-n-Shines happen daily at participating venues throughout Reno-Sparks with more than $150,000 in cash and prizes that is available throughout the event’s combined Show-n-Shines. The largest of them being the Hot August Nights Cup presented by downtown Reno when 50 of the world’s top restored and modified cars compete for a prize purse worth more than $100,000. Judges include co-host of Spike TV show "MuscleCar" Steve Mank, co-owner of nationally recognized car show the "SuperNationals" Reggie Tibbetts and Eddie Potestio of Eddie's Rods.

Whether from the stands or at the auction block, people will feel the rush of a live bidding war during the inaugural Hot August Nights Auction running Aug. 4-6 at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center. The auction features classic cars, muscle cars, vintage cars, street rods and memorabilia. In addition to the indoor car auction, the show features a multitude of automotive-related vendors and exhibitors. The biggest ticket item crossing the block is a 1939 Futurliner No. 3 Power of the Air Age customized by Kindig It Design.

There also will be free nightly concerts featuring the unforgettable sounds of the '50s, '60s and '70s with a lineup of musical headliners and tribute bands. Musical legends America and the Monkees — Good Times: The 50th Anniversary Tour headline the weeklong celebration on Aug. 5 and Aug. 6 from Grand Sierra Resort and Casino’s outdoor stage.

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