Hot August Nights 2013

A 1955 Studebaker Custom Pro Street stood under the Reno arch in the downtown area. The classic custom featured realistic flames and a monster big block motor.

Hot August Nights 2013

Car Show & Shine in Downtown Reno

One of the best venues for seeing the top show cars here at Hot August Nights is in downtown Reno. Every day they cordon off Virginia Street in the heart of the downtown area and make the whole place a giant car show with the huge casinos as a backdrop.

Once you register your car for the Hot August Nights activities you can pick which show venues at which to display your car each day. Since some of the big downtown casinos, such as Harrahs, the Eldorado, Circus Circus and the Silver Legacy don't have the parking area that the outlying casinos have, the entire downtown shopping area is made into a huge Show & Shineis cordoned off and made into a giant Show & Shine. Cars are parallel parked along both sides of Virginia Street and many of the side streets near the casinos. We spotted some of the best show cars here at this venue. It was very laid back.

The theme of the downtown Show & Shine should have been "show quality paint" because we sure saw a lot of it. This 1939 Chevy Coupe from California was chopped 4 inches and had the most beautiful candy paint. The first time we saw it was at night outside our hotel. It was stunning. But when we saw it here in the day light it was even more impressive. It has RPG Sunset Orange paint with a gold Vibrance Pearl over House of Kolor Tangerine. Notice the 23 karat Gold Leaf

Drawing more than its share of attention, a 1911 Cadillac Convertible Coupe was all there in its brass era trim.

Under the big Harrah sign in front of the Harrah Casino, this 1954 Chevy Convertible was an impressive featured car. Notice the '55 Chevy headlights. With an IFS suspension and gorgeous paint, the interior and engine compartment were truly top show quality material.

Do you know how rare this car is? It is a 1961 Chevy Impala SS 409 Convertible. Only 453 Super Sport Impalas were produced in '61, and this is one of only 27 convertibles. Only 142 of these 409 ci motors were produced in 1961, RPO 580.

An all steel 1934 Ford Fordor Sedan was brought to the show by a couple from California. The paint was Orange Ember Candy over Pure Gold. That is a ZZ 502/502 with Street and Performance Fuel Injection. The wheels are Billet Stilettos.

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