HOT AUGUST NIGHTS 2022: 35th Year of Cruisin’ and Shows in the Reno/Tahoe Area

Coming up this next week at the start of August, 2022, the classic car event here in the Northern Nevada Area starts up for it’s 35th Year Anniversary. This large event started in 1986 as just small gathering of Local Car and old time rock n’ roll enthusiasts , up at the University of Nevada Reno Parking lot near Lawlor Event Center with a big BBQ Tent called “Hamburger Haven” and then had a few organized cruises up and down Virginia Street. The “Event” would basically be a Friday night, with some show events on Saturday and end up with a Parade through downtown under the iconic Reno Arch on Sunday morning.

Also, the old A & W on Kietzke Lane was a traditional old time drive-inn and hosted all night shows and cruisin’ in the style of “American Grafitti” ’till the sun came up, more or less… Hot August Nights has now grown to a 10 day event with a Show and Cruise in Virginia City starting the weekend before and many of the larger Casinos , such as the Peppermill, Atlantis, Nugget and Grand Sierra all hosting Show and Shines throughout Reno and Sparks for the 1st week in August.

We have been participating in Hot August Nights for over 30 Years with many different cars, starting with the 1965 Mustang GT Coupe that I brought up this way from the San Diego California area when my family and I moved to Reno in late 1990. We are registered this year again for the ’22 Event with the Fox Bodied Race Ford Mustang we have and are planning to go to a couple of the shows. Generally hang out at the Peppermill and the Atlantis Casinos and probably just cruise through this year a few times…

Here are some photos from some of the events over the last few years and I will also see if I can dig out some from even 20-25 Years ago.

Thanks for stopping by and as always…….TACH IT UP…..!!!

HAN 2000 at the Atlantis right around the time the Sky Bridge and Flame Towers were finished. Nice lineup of cars where we used to “camp” along drive in to the picture taking spot/judges. I had the white RS/SS Chevy Camaro here in this shot………USA 1 Baby!!
Beautiful 1940 Willys cruises by our group in 2018.

My brothers 1969 Chevy Corvette, my 1965 Pontiac GTO and my wife’s ’56 Candy Blue Chevy in the background at a kick off event in 2014…..

Nice Pontiac Formula 400 at the Atlantis in 2015
’32 Ford Roadster at last years event 2021 at Atlantis

Fantastic Shelby Cobra 289 FIA Roadster downtown across from us in 2019

One of our friends we’ve met over the years from Oregon brought his very cool 1956 Chevy Nomad Station Wagon here in our lineup at Atlantis in 2018….

Cruising our 1965 Buick Skylark through for an Atlantis picture in 1997

Couple of classic Hot Rods for 2019
Start em young……..Mini cruiser goes by in her ’57 Chevy in ’18
Our first year out with the FOX STANG after making it street legal in 2018
An awesome Cobra Coupe replica down from our setup in 2019 at the Atlantis
Great looking Datsun 260 Z near us downtown in 2018
A friend of our group brings out this very clean and original 1967 RS Chevy Camaro. This one is quite rare as it came with a bench seat….Did not see too many ordered that way back in the day,,,
My 1972 RS/SS Camaro with our long time friend from San Diego, “Uncle Joe” in 1998 getting our promo picture taken at the Atlantis Show of Champions…..
Here’s a Ridler Award Finalist straight from the renown custom show from Detroit in 2019. It a beautiful customized 1965 Chevy Chevelle…….Many hour and lots of cubic dollars to compete at this level…

Fantastic mild custom 1963 Split Window Corvette with a Big Block hood and American Racing Wheels to set it off from mostly stock earlier “vettes that you see at HAN……This is at the Peppermill in 2017 for the Kickoff Night.

Classic Image from the Downtown Spring HAN Event in 2018 with the Chevy II Gasser and the Iconic Reno Arch in the background. We were set up down the street in front of Harrahs where you can see the purple dome and tent below.

Fantastic looking Custom Fiat 124 Sport Spyder at last years Show at the Atlantis.
Very well done Datsun 240 Z with a small block Chevy stuffed in the engine bay from 2019 at Baldini’s in Sparks……
Super nice custom ’40 Ford Coupe from 2017
Iconic 1956 Ford Thunderbird from the Peppermill at the 2016 Opening Night….

These pics are for my Wife……This a mid-sixties Mini-Cooper in blue with the famous Rally Stripes in white. We have a new Mini for her to drive in this color combo which she loves and I enjoy taking it out too……

Great looking 1970 Chevy Chevelle with the famous rally stripes and upgraded wheels for a Pro Touring Look…..This pic from 2017 at Atlantis Cruise

Old School Hot Rod…..Ford Model A 5 window chopped coupe with a Flat Head Mill at the 2018 Kick off at San Rafael Park

Early Seventies MGB GT at the 2016 Kickoff at the Peppermill for all the British Sports Car Fans.

Our Groups lineup at the 2014 HAN Cruise of Champions at Atlantis starting at the far end with my 1965 GTO, then good friends cars with a ’70 Olds 442, the yellow ’72 Corvette, very nice ’65 Mustang, like my first one and the 1967 Camaro in the foreground……Thundershowers were moving in from the South.

Again, Thanks for stopping by, and come back during this next week as I continue to add some pics from the past and then some new ones as HAN for 2022 starts next week………TACH IT UP….!!!

One thought on “HOT AUGUST NIGHTS 2022: 35th Year of Cruisin’ and Shows in the Reno/Tahoe Area

  1. GD

    Unfortunately I was not able to get out very much to HAN this last week. I have been having some health issues lately and they continue to persist some. I did get out for a bit on the Tuesday late afternoon for about 2 hours with the Mustang, but needed to leave pretty abruptly, and then just got out on Saturday early evening to say Hi to some folks in “our group” bu didn’t even get any pictures for this event. It was very crowded for the Saturday night at the Atlantis so even though there were some rainy afternoons and nights that put a “damper” on things, it certainly appeared to be a successful event this year for the HAN crew…


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