Hot August Nights 2013

The crowd got pretty excited when the bidding on a 2014 Shelby GT500 Convertible reached $500,000. It was the top sale at Saturday night's Barrett-Jackson Auction in Reno, Nevada. All proceeds from this sale went to benefit the Brain Injury Association of America. The association supports brain research and injury prevention.

Hot August Nights 2013

First Barrett-Jackson Cup Award Winner

RENO, NV-- Sunday, August 11, 2013 -- The first ever Barrett-Jackson Cup™ award winner was announced in the final moments of the Barrett-Jackson Auction Saturday night in conjunction with Hot August Nights, the worlds largest car show. The winner of the inaugural award was the 1969 Ford Torino Talladega Custom built by noted custom car builder Troy Trepanier. Accepting the award for Rad Rides by Troy was Troy's father, Jack Trepanier (shown above left). It was picked from among the top five cars shown here at Hot August Nights.

For the past three days, we've been covering the Barrett-Jackson Auction held here for the first time ever at Hot August Nights. This premier sale begins a new tradition where the world's most famous auction company (the Barrett-Jackson) comes to the world's largest collector car event (Hot August Nights.) It's a match made in Heaven.

They bill Hot August Nights as "the largest classic car and nostalgia event in the U.S." You have to be here to understand just how big this car show is. It encompasses all of Reno and Sparks, Nevada. This is the largest car show we have ever seen. We also understand why it happens here in the Reno area. It is the perfect spot for Baby Boomers to play and party with their cars. Cars are still king here in the valley of the Sierra Nevadas.

The list of daily events here at the 27th Annual Hot August Nights is unbelievable. Almost every large Hot August Nights in Renocasino has set aside a huge area for car show participants to "show and shine." This year the show judging is a little more formal. Each of the casinos we've seen so far has contructed a judging stand and parade lanes for the cars as they win awards.

The winners of each day's Show and Shine at the different casinos were in the running for the Barrett-Jackson Cup™, a new award for this year sponsored by the Barrett-Jackson company. The winning car and owners were honored on the stage of the Barrett-Jackson Auction at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center. The event was televised live on SPEED TV's website.

The number of cars registered used to be limited to 6,000. But that was recently increased to meet the demand. They make it pretty exclusive to be able to show your car here. Thousands more came to join the fun with an estimated 800,000 people in attendance. The streets are packed with spectators and whole parties are planned around watching the giant cruises every night from 7 PM to 10 PM.

We even had the chance to attend a red carpet Hollywood movie premier when Warner Brothers pre-released "The Snake & the Mongoose" here at the Grand Sierra Theater.

The NASCAR inspired 1969 Torino Talladega that won the first ever Barrett-Jackson Cup™ Award for being the Best Car at Hot August Nights as judged by a panel of top national judges. This car was built for George Poteet by Rad Rides by Troy, a company owned by noted builder Troy Trepanier. On hand to accept the award for Rad Rides by Troy was Troy's father, Jack Trepanier (right).

Click below for some of the fast-paced action at Hot August Nights: