Bike race added to Hot Valley Nights |

Bike race added to Hot Valley Nights

Staff Reports

Anybody with a classic bike – or maybe a not-so-classic bike – is welcome to enter the Classic Bike Race as part of the celebration of Hot Valley Nights on Friday.

The bike race is sponsored by Scott Callahan and Carson Valley Bicycle Center. It will begin at 6 p.m. and riders will make a loop from the museum in Gardnerville to Buckeye Road and return through old Minden via Douglas Avenue.

Callahan and his wife Julie are displaying their antique bikes in the “The American Bicycle, 30 Years of Two-Wheeled Elegance” now in the changing gallery of the museum in Gardnerville.

The exhibition of the old-time balloon tired-bikes, popular since the 1930s, ties right into the 1950s-’70s celebration of Hot Valley Nights, Back to the Frosty Spot and Return to Hickey Drive In, says museum curator Cecile Brown.

The ride should finish up just in time for an ice cream or soda, said Brown. The ice cream, sodas and other refreshments will be served by the former employees of the Frosty Spot and Hickey’s Drive In, which were operated by the Hickey family during those years.

The Hot Valley Nights event begins at 7 p.m. People may wear their clothes from ’50s, ’60s and ’70s and take their classic cars to the museum to show them off. Those taking cars are asked to come around 6 p.m. to set up.

The event raises funds for the Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center, located at 1477 Highway 395 N. in Gardnerville.