Hot August Nights 2017
Tuesday, Aug 8 - Sunday, Aug 13
Reno NV


Hot August Nights 2017 DAY 1 - Tuesday, Aug 8

HOT AUGUST NIGHTS 2017 - DAY 1: THE PEPPERMILL
We drove in from NorCal on Tuesday, having taken "the long way", at around 4:00 pm. We checked into the Peppermill Resort & Casino, settled in, got a bite, then hit the car show and cruise out in their parking lot. By this time, it was dusk, it was still nice and warm with a slight breeze, so very comfortable to enjoy the 200-or-so cars on display. Some were cruising through the parking lot, out onto the street, them back into the parking lot in a loop that they call "The Mill Mile". Lots of engine revving for good effect. I took tons of pictures of American muscle cars for this site, that came out surprisingly well considering the low light. And I got plenty of video of all the action, and posted it on our YouTube Channel, on our Facebook Page, and on our own Car Videos-page. Check them out here also:

PEPPERMILL CRUISE - Large format

PEPPERMILL CRUISE - For mobile devices



Hot August Nights 2017 DAY 2 - Wednesday, Aug 9

HOT AUGUST NIGHTS 2017 - DAY 2: THE PEPPERMILL
There were so many gorgeous cars at the Peppermill's car show that I had to come back and shoot again in the morning light. I got out there before the crowds started which allowed me to get some great shots of the cars, just the way I wanted them. Don't get me wrong, I like the folks who come to car shows, but crowds of people can make it very difficult to get good pictures of cars. I got out there early and so had the place pretty much to myself, me and all those gorgeous cars. By the time lots of people showed up a few hours later, I was just finishing up, and just as it was warming up considerably. I left and got some lunch. Good thing I got in there early, because within an hour it clouded over, then started to sprinkle, then started to all-out rain, then started to hail! In the Nevada desert in August! I can only imagine what some of those convertible owners were doing right about then. I had been waiting for a family member to show up, and that arrived in the late afternoon in the middle of the rain, thunder and hail storm. It soon cleared, however most of the cars had been either put away or buttoned up. It was certainly the same way at the other venues, so we rested up that evening for what was sure to be a hectic week at Hot August Nights 2017. Below are 2 versions of the video we did on the Peppermill's Car Show from Day 2:

PEPPERMILL SHOW - Large format

PEPPERMILL SHOW - For mobile devices



Hot August Nights 2017 DAY 3 - Thursday, Aug 10

HOT AUGUST NIGHTS 2017 - DAY 3: THE ATLANTIS
It's now Thursday, and several more parties have shown up to join us at Hot August Nights 2017. I plan a full day of car stuff. We start out just a short drive from the Peppermill at the Atlantis Resort & Casino where they're hosting a huge car show & cruise of their own. I tour the cars, take tons of pictures of some amazing American muscle cars, and I make a video of all the action. Check them out:

ATLANTIS CAR SHOW - Large format

ATLANTIS CAR SHOW - For mobile devices


HOT AUGUST NIGHTS 2017 - DAY 3: THE GRAND SIERRA
Next up was the Grand Sierra, formerly the MGM Grand. They have the biggest car show in all of Hot August Nights (if you don't count the auction). 100s & 100s of incredible muscle cars and I took pictures of all the good ones, at least those whose hoods were down (and some where they weren't). It was hot, but it was worth it. Check out the video:

GRAND SIERRA SHOW - Large format

GRAND SIERRA SHOW - For mobile devices


HOT AUGUST NIGHTS 2017 - DAY 3: JOHNNY RIVERS LIVE
After hours in the hot sun at the Grand Sierra, Johnny Rivers was set to play on the outdoor stage at 8:15 pm. He had a string of hits in the1960s including "Secret Agent Man" and "Poor Side of Town". He put on a great show to an adoring crowd, mostly aging baby boomers like myself. It was a good concert, a little slow at times as John did a few acoustic numbers and some copy tunes. But he covered all his bases and it was a great concert overall. Below is a video a made of a couple of my favorite songs, "Poor Side of Town" and "Summer Rain". Hope you like it:

JOHNNY RIVERS LIVE - Large format

JOHNNY RIVERS LIVE - For mobile devices



Hot August Nights 2017 DAY 4 - Friday, Aug 11

HOT AUGUST NIGHTS 2017 - DAY 4: MAG AUCTION
In the past, Barrett-jackson has conducted the classic car auctions at Hot August Nights, always held at the Reno/Sparks Convention Center. But for the past two years MAG Auctions (Motorsports Auction Group) has been putting on the show and doing a bang-up job of it. My Day 4 is Friday, August 11 and I spend my morning at the MAG Auction at the convention center. Of course it's a huge, well-lit building, and its chock full of cars. Hundreds and hundreds of them in neat rows. Unfortunately, most have their hoods open, which means that other than a few interior shots and possibly some engine shots, assuming the engine and engine bay are stock, I can't use any exterior shots if the hood is up. Do I ever make exceptions? Yes, you'll see them on my site from time to time, only because I was so desperate for a set of photos of a car I didn't have otherwise. But there are still a few hundred cars with hoods that are closed, and I go systematically through the multitude of gorgeous classic cars, smiling the whole way. All these car pictures by the way, these and the others taken at different venues, are what I am using to build out my online index of American muscle cars, which is our corporate mission. So you'll be seeing lots of new car pics in the very near future throughout my site. So from there I went to watch the auction, and saw several great classic cars go down, sold in auction, with lots of noise and excitement. Catch it all on the video we just finished:

MAG AUCTION - Large format

MAG AUCTION - For mobile devices


HOT AUGUST NIGHTS 2017 - DAY 4: CRUISE NIGHT
Every year, the City of Reno graciously shuts down the entire center of town so that a bunch of crazies can cruise their cars all night long, all week long, for Hot August Nights. We spent our Friday night watching them, taking some great pictures, and a video of all the action.

RENO CRUISE NIGHT - Large format

RENO CRUISE NIGHT - For mobile devices



Hot August Nights 2017 DAY 5 - Saturday, Aug 12

HOT AUGUST NIGHTS 2017- DAY 5: DOWNTOWN RENO CAR SHOW & CRUISE
After a full week, I'd hit most of the high points I wanted to cover, and while I'd been here the just a few hours ago at Cruise Night, I hadn't been Downtown during the day to check out the cars on display there. They close down the entire Downtown District every year, along with side streets, and it's lined with old cars with old cars cruising up and down the streets, and gobs of lookers. Lots of great cars, some really interesting ones in some cases, and a few surprises. Check out the video below to get it first-hand (well, not quite first hand).

DOWNTOWN SHOW - Large format for laptops

DOWNTOWN SHOW - Formatted for mobile devices

HOT AUGUST NIGHTS - DAY 5: BACK AT THE PEPPERMILL
So, after a long day out in the hot sun photographing all the cars and cruising Downtown, I returned to the Peppermill for some rest and nourishment. After which it was back out to take more pictures of cars and cruising, this time back in the parking lot of the Peppermill. There were a few more cars out there that I hadn't spotted before, and some that were finally closed up (hoods, trunks, and/or doors closed). It's a real problem for me when they're not. Great if I'm doing interior or engine shots, but terrible for exterior shots. If I'm lucky, the owner is close by and I can get him to give me access. But I never touch anyone's car without their permission, so if the hood is open, I often won't take pictures of that car. It's really too bad, too, because some are really neat cars that I need for my website. And sometimes, if it hurts too badly to walk away, I'll take the pictures anyway and sometimes even use them. Oh well. So tonight, as the sun was setting, it cooled to a nice temperature with a slight breeze, very comfortable. I went to work combing the place for cars I hadn't shot before, and taking lots of great cruise video. Check out the videos below:

THE LAST CRUISE (for Laptops)

THE LAST CRUISE (for Mobile Devices)


WE HAD A BLAST AT HOT AUGUST NIGHTS 2017
All in all, Hot August Nights 2017 was an absolute blast for me. Everything went extremely well on my end, and the events, the cars, the people, and the weather (mostly) all worked out perfectly. I met up with my little group and while we were together, we had a wonderful time. Few people can keep up with me at a car show, so we got split up at times. But all went well. We had some excellent meals while we were in Reno also, which is always a good thing, and fast becoming a Reno tradition. I had filet mignon 2 days in a row! I needed it, you burn up a lot of energy running from car to car with a camera in the hot sun. My wife went to the spa the the Peppermill where we stayed, and got the full treatment, so she was happy. Besides the MAG Auction, there wasn't a single thing I attended that cost anything. All the good stuff is free! It's one helluva entertainment bargain, actually. If you like cars. If you don't, stay home. You won't get it.

ALREADY LOOKING FORWARD TO HOT AUGUST NIGHTS 2018
This trip has become a tradition with me, mostly due to this website, but also because I really dig classic car events like this. Like the Goodguys, Hot August Nights is a celebration of American cars at their zenith. And yet, they're normal cars that we all grew up with, cars that normal people can still own. Compare that to the rarified air of say Monterey Car Week where you need some mega-million-dollar one-off handbuilt Bugatti from the 1930s to get anyone's attention. Not my kind of cars, and not my kind of car folk. So, next year I will be back, and every year after. This year, several members of my family met us up there and we ran around together (mostly on Day 3 & 4, above) and had a great time. I'm actually thinking this would be a great venue to host a reunion of all my high school buddies, next year. We'll see...either way, I'll be there though. And if you want to attend, which I highly recommend, please visit the official website of Hot August Nights, www.hotaugustnights.net for all the details on next year's event. See you there.


Check out these AMERICAN MUSCLE CAR BOOKS





Muscle Cars



Muscle Cars - American Icons



Muscle Cars An Illustrated Guide



Muscle Car Chronicle



Muscle Car Milestones: AutoTraderClassics Muscle Car Milestones



American Muscle Cars: A Full-Throttle History



Muscle Cars: Style, Power, and Performance



Muscle Car Chronicle



Muscle Car Source Book: All the Facts, Figures, Statistics, and Production Numbers



The Illustrated Directory of Muscle Cars



The Complete Book of Classic Chevrolet Muscle Cars: 1955-1974 (Complete Book Series)



The Complete Book of American Muscle Supercars: Yenko, Shelby, Baldwin Motion, Grand Spaulding, and More



Top Muscle: The Rarest Cars from America's Fastest Decade



Steve Magnante's 1001 Muscle Car Facts (Cartech)



Muscle Car Chronicle



Detroit Muscle: Factory Lightweights and Purpose-Built Muscle Cars



Lost Muscle Cars



The All-American Muscle Car: The Rise, Fall and Resurrection of Detroit's Greatest Performance Cars - Revised & Updated



Muscle Cars: Kings of the Street From the Golden Era



Selling the American Muscle Car: Marketing Detroit Iron in the 60s and 70s



Muscle Cars Field Guide: American Supercars 1960-2000 (Warman's Field Guide)



How to Make Your Muscle Car Handle: Revised Edition



Muscle Cars



The Art of the Muscle Car: Collector's Edition





Auto Parts Warehouse

PLEASE LOOK AROUND AMERICAN-MUSCLE-CARS.NET:

HOME PAGE
ABOUT US
CONTACT US
SITE MAP
CLASSIC CAR SHOWS
CLASSIC CAR EVENTS CALENDAR
CLASSIC CAR MUSEUMS
CLASSIC CAR AUCTIONS
CLASSIC CAR DEALERS
CLASSIC CAR VIDEOS

AMERICAN MUSCLE CARS:

GENERAL MOTORS
.....CHEVROLET
...............Camaro
...............Chevelle SS
...............El Camino SS
...............Corvette
...............Impala SS
...............Nova
...............Tri-Five Chevy (1955-1957)
...............Nomad (1955-1957)
...............Chevy Small Block V8
...............Chevy Big Block V8
.....PONTIAC
...............Firebird
...............Trans Am
...............GTO
...............Grand Prix
.....OLDSMOBILE
...............Olds 442
.....BUICK
...............Skylark GS/Grand Sport
...............Grand National/GNX
...............Riviera
FORD MOTOR COMPANY / FOMOCO
.....FORD
...............Mustang
...............Thunderbird
...............Fairlane
...............Torino
...............Galaxie
.....MERCURY Cougar
...............Ford Engines
.....SHELBY-AMERICAN
MOPAR/CHRYSLER PRODUCTS
.....DODGE
...............Challenger
...............Charger
...............Coronet
...............Super Bee
...............Viper
.....PLYMOUTH
...............Barracuda
...............Duster
...............Roadrunner
...............GTX
...............Superbird
AMERICAN MOTORS / AMC
..........Javelin/AMX
MODERN MUSCLE CARS, 2000 and newer
MUSCLE CAR ENGINES
COP CARS

STORES:

.....Car Books
.....Car Magazines
.....Car Calendars
.....Diecast Cars

CONTACT US


Do you like Classic British Motorcycles? Check out our sister site at:

www.Classic-British-Motorcycles.com



Back to top - Hot August Nights 2017
Last updated 8/14/17

Auto Parts Warehouse

Learn how to build your own WEBSITE, like I did.


HOT AUGUST NIGHTS 2017
VIDEOS!

DAY 1:

PEPPERMILL CRUISE

* For Laptops

* For Mobile Devices

DAY 2:

PEPPERMILL SHOW

* For Laptops

* For Mobile Devices

DAY 3: 

ATLANTIS SHOW

* For Laptops

* For Mobile Devices

GRAND SIERRA SHOW

* For Laptops

* For Mobile Devices

JOHNNY RIVERS LIVE

* For Laptops

* For Mobile Devices

DAY 4:

MAG CAR AUCTION

* For Laptops

* For Mobile Devices

DOWNTOWN CRUISE NIGHT

* For Laptops

* For Mobile Devices

DAY 5:

DOWNTOWN SHOW

* For Laptops

* For Mobile Devices



NEW SECTION:

MUSCLE CAR ENGINES


The 2018 Car Calenders are here! ORDER NOW


Check out our new VIDEO PAGE


Please visit our new YouTube Channel



Online
BOOK STORE
for Car Nuts



Get your
CAR MAGAZINES
here




DIECAST MUSCLE CARS


NEW PAGES
BUILT THIS MONTH

1984 Ford Mustang SVO
1965 Buick Riviera
1970 Buick GS455 Convertible
Pontiac Grand Prix
1962 Pontiac Grand Prix
1967 Pontiac Grand Prix
1969 Pontiac Grand Prix
MAG Auction Reno 2017
1965 Shelby Continuation Cobra
1999 Shelby Series 1
2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z06
1973 AMC AMX
1955 Ford Fairlane Crown Vic
2003 Chevy Corvette Z06
2002 Ford Thunderbird
1972 Olds Cutlass Convertible
1956 Ford Sunliner
1970 AMC AMX
Mercury Cougar
1967 Mercury Cougar
1968 Mercury Cougar
1969 Mercury Cougar
1970 Mercury Cougar
Buick Riviera
1963 Buick Riviera
1964 Buick Riviera
1967 Buick Riviera
1972 Buick Riviera
1974 Chevy El Camino
1958 Ford Fairlane
1967 Ford Galaxie Cop Car
1972 Pontiac GTO Convertible
Cop Cars
1965 Ford Galaxie Cop Car
1968 Dodge Coronet Cop Car
More new pages coming all the time...
Keep checking back!