Eye Candy: Hot August Nights Cruise-in at the Sands Regency

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Classic car and truck in front of downtown Reno | Nicole James photos

Hot August Nights was created 30 years ago in an effort to fill a summer tourism void in Reno, Nevada. That void has been more than filled to become one of the premier events for classic and collector car enthusiasts as thousands of  cars flood the streets and take over downtown.

Classic cars can be seen at each major hotel, resort and casino in the downtown area, each with its own flare for attracting various makes or models. For example, Thursday night Classic Car News attended the cruise-in at the Sands Regency Casino Hotel,  a unique backdrop to showcase American muscle, hot rods, and custom builds.

One participant, the owner of a custom 1969 Willys truck, said he had rushed to finish his build, finishing just hours before bringing the truck to Reno from Washington State so he could show it at Hot August Nights for the 30th celebration.

The Sands also attracted several low-rider style cars as well as car clubs that parked together and played music from their cars to get the crowd moving around.

Photos by Nicole James

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Nicole James has been involved in the automotive world her entire life. Her dream car is a 1965 Shelby Daytona Coupe. She currently drives a 2005 Mustang affectionately known as Marilyn and uses the car to participate in track events, car shows, and explore the world around her. Nicole joined the ClassicCars.com Content and Marketing team in 2014. Nicole is an automotive journalist and the creator of Pretty Driven - an online source for car culture and news for millennials, as well as a contributor for ClassicCars.com. Follow Nicole on Instagram and Facebook - @Nicoleeellan