Car enthusiasts to stop in Gardnerville on way to air races |

Car enthusiasts to stop in Gardnerville on way to air races

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A classic Corvette was one of the hot rods involved in last year's cruise to the Reno Air Races.
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It will be cars for planes at Grand Prix Car Wash on Wednesday when hotrodders from Southern California and Canada stop in Gardnerville on their way to the Reno Air Races in Stead.

Car wash owners Jan and Chuck Kriss are inviting residents to come and check out the cars at the car wash and Enterprise Car Rental. They’ll have coffee and doughnuts from 11 a.m. to noon.

Chuck Kriss said the idea for a Hot Rod Cruise started in 2010 after two trips to the Reno National Air Races in 2008 and 2009.

The original event saw 20 people in 13 hot rods from Southern California drive up to Reno, stopping along the way. Last year was the first time that Canadians joined the event, with 17 people in a dozen cars driving down from British Columbia.

That was the first year the group of almost 50 people met up in Gardnerville on their way to Reno.

Kriss said he expects 40 cars and 55 people this year, with some from Arizona and Massachusetts, joining the Californians and Canadians.

Qualifiers for all classes at the 50th air race start Monday and end at noon Wednesday. According to the air race website, racing starts noon Wednesday with all classes except the unlimiteds, which will start racing on Thursday afternoon. All classes race each day starting at 8 a.m. and continue until 4:30 p.m. Stead is located on Highway 395 north of Reno. Take the Stead Boulevard exit and follow the signs to the airport.

Ticket prices at the gate depend on the day, running from $14 for age 13 and up on Wednesday, to $32 on Saturday and Sunday. Discounts are offered for children age 6-12 and seniors 55 and older. Children 5 and younger are free when accompanied by an adult. Tickets purchased online and in advance are $2 less.

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