STATELINE, Nev. - Hundreds of classic cars were on display this weekend in South Lake Tahoe as Hot August Nights gears up for the main event in Reno-Sparks next week.
“This has been a great event, everybody’s really excited and we can’t wait for the kickoff for Reno,” said Chris Kilian of the HAN Board of Directors. “Our staff, our members are absolutely amazing; our guests are phenomenal, their cars are totally amazing so it’s great to see all the goodwill and happiness here. It’s very fulfilling when you work all year long on this thing."
About 450 cars made the trip to Tahoe this weekend. This is the third time Mike Murphy has brought his ’66 Chevelle.
“I bought it in 2002 and got it on the road in 2009, it took me 7 years,” Murphy said. “It was basically a pink slip and part of a car and now it’s got new fenders and doors, new quarter panels and trunk, a different engine, a 20-gallon fuel cell. It was my retirement gift to myself.”
He says turnout for this weekend’s event was the best he’s seen.
“We love it here, we were here for the very first show,” Murphy said. “This year seems to be the best-attended even though we had some rain and lightning last night. It’s a great venue and we wouldn’t miss it.”
Charles Barbata brings his ’41 Chevy here every year as well.
“It’s a ’41 Chevy 4-door Special Deluxe with a 350 Chevy motor,” Barbata said. “It’s got power steering, air conditioning, cruise control, just a nice cruiser. We’re retired and we just love to get out with the cars and have a good time. A lot of people come here to try and win something; we just come for the fun of it. If we win, that’s great. If we don’t, we don’t.”
There are nearly 6,000 vehicles registered for the Reno-Sparks event and organizers say there are still spots available. They want as many locals as possible to take part in the main event.