Minden stop a Hot August favorite
Every August, the streets vibrate with the sound of hundreds of rumbling engines cruising through Northern Nevada for the annual Hot August Nights, while droves of spectators line the sidewalk for a glimpse of the classic cars.
Thursday was the ninth straight year Hot August Nights has come to Minden for the annual poker run.
Hot August Nights was founded Aug. 1, 1986, as a way to fill a void of tourism and raise money for local organizations and charities,according to Hot August Nights. net.
The poker run began Thursday morning in Reno at Summit Racing Equipment and the stops included the Atlantis Casino Resort, and Virginia City, before wrapping up at Champion Chevrolet in Reno. Traditionally each stop deals a playing card, and the winning hand takes the prize at the end of the run. Minden Park is known as the lunch stop and a frequent favorite to locals and out-of-towners.
Judy Hogan from Daytona Beach, Fla., said this was her second year participating in the Hot August Nights. She had such a good time last year, she had to come back.
“This town is darling. It’s one of my favorite stops,” she said.
Oakley, Calif., residents Nick, Kristen and Westen Cabatingah agreed as they revved up their 1974 Fiat 124 Spider.
Chad Hicks of Sparks has been making the Poker Run a family tradition in their 1948 Plymouth since the event began 31 years ago.
“I love waving from the car as we’re cruising and continuing the tradition every year,” said Hick’s granddaughter, Brielle.
Genoa resident Guy Hannon, member of the Valley Cruisers, said he has been either working or participating in every car show he can since 1993.
“I love doing this because you see cars you’ve never seen before from all over the state and out of state too,” said Hannon. “ If you like cars, Hot August Nights is the place to be.”
The annual Hot August Nights Grand Finale Parade is scheduled to take place in downtown Reno 10 a.m. today. Staging is at the University of Nevada, Reno, 7-10 a.m.