Hot August Nights

Linda Wallace, columnist

This past week I had the opportunity to enjoy “Hot August Nights” in Reno. It was a great deal of fun. The cars were amazing. There were so many of them. It was mind-boggling. It seemed to me there was a car show at every casino. And yes, I went to as many of them as I could.

Tuesday, when we arrived in Reno, we stopped at the Nugget to have dinner at the Oyster Bar. It’s always great food and usually doesn’t take too long to get your food. If you like seafood, I recommend eating there.

When we went outside, we checked out the Plaza to look at the cars cruising by Victoria Square. It was fun seeing a vintage blue truck, a 36 Ford candy apple red coup, a pretty white and purple 57 Chevy convertible, a teal 38 coup, and many more cars. Every night we were in Reno, cars were cruising about.

Wednesday evening was especially fun because we went to a special party for buyers, sellers, vendors, and VIPs of the Silver Auction. The party, including drinks and a barbecue dinner, was wonderful. After the meal a band played tunes from the 1950s to now. Go-Go girls were dancing around the stage as were many others.

The band was interactive with the audience, even singing happy birthday to an older gentleman in the front row.

We stayed at the Atlantis, which is right across from the convention center. The Silver Auction was going on from Thursday to Sunday. The Cool Showroom allowed visitors to view the cars before they were auctioned off.

I fell in love with a Sassie 37 Ford Cabriolet from Leroy’s Rod shop with a tan leather top and white pearliest metallic paint built by Leroy Schermerhorn from Eugene Oregon. It had Budnic wheels, meaning they were one of a kind, and cool suicide doors.

If you ever get in the mood for a “blast from the past” go to Hot August Nights and watch all of us baby boomers relive our “happy days” watching the controlled cruises. You can go to “Prom Night” where you can dance the night away, or sit at the Silver Auction and watch beautiful cars sell on the auction block. There is never a dull moment.

This year we met friends we’ve known for years in Reno. It’s always nice to get together with people you care about and haven’t seen in a long time. To me, life is all about making memories that last throughout one’s lifetime. Doing things with people you care about makes life worth living, don’t you think? Every day I’m reminded how quickly our lives fly by. I remember, “Time waits for no man!”

If you like to gamble, that also a possibility. I’m not much of a gambler, but it is fun when you’re winning. Planning vacations ahead is always the trick.

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