by Susanne Haala

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August 4, 2012
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Hot cars at Hot August Nights

Hot oldtimer cars brought the heat with them when they rolled into the Hot August Nights Car Show, which presents a variety of classic cars to Tahoe's car enthusiasts.

The event, which takes place through Sunday, is in its 26th year, and the old-timer car owners, who came from all over the United States, were shining up their classics at the MontBleu Casino Resort & Spa parking lot this weekend.

"This is my third time here, and I really enjoy the show," said Fred Mauldin, owner of a 1928 Ford pickup truck.

"It didn't look like this when I got it," he said of his 84-year-old car.

Mauldin said he spent about five years on it to get it in shape. The body was straight but it didn't shine, so he changed all the tires and wheels and did all the wood and metal work.

Mauldin had shown his pickup in more than 120 shows in eight years and takes out what he describes as "clean street machine" every single day.

"Whenever I drive it, I put on a hat," he said of his vintage hat. "And people love the hat; they say 'nice hat,' but what about my truck?"

Mauldin said that sitting in his car always reminds him of driving a go-cart when he was a kid because of the limited room between the seat and pedals.

Another participant who registered his car for the Hot August Nights was Miles Douglas from Gardnerville, Nev., who presented his 1933 Auburn Boatan Speedster, which he spent a significant amount of money on in Scottsdale, Ariz.

"I don't take it out very often, it's more like a concours kind of car," Douglas said.

"It's really interesting to see this old-style engine as a lot of people have gotten this kind of modified, but to see the engines as they were back then, that's really cool," said Bob Duffy of Folsom, who checked out the car at the show.

Jim Utz introduced visitors to his red '57 Chevy 150 Sedan at the show.

"It took me five years to make it look like this," he said.

First-time visitor Loren Abbott said he had only been to the Hot August Nights in Reno.

"This is the first time we have been up to this one," Abbott said.

He said that, back in the day, visitors in Tahoe had to make reservations for hotel rooms a year before the event kicked off because it was so crowded.

"I had a '56 Chevy convertible, bought it brand new for $3,586, including tax and license, and I looked at one, just exactly like it 14 years ago in Reno and it was $42,000."

Hot August Nights will also have a show at Bonanza Casino in Reno-Sparks on Aug. 7-12.

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