The official Hot August Nights classic car drag racing event will take place from Aug. 10 through 13 in the west parking lot of John Ascuaga’s Nugget.
The smell of burning rubber burnouts and gasoline, paired with classic eye candy and high adrenaline levels caused by risky racing, the Hot August Nights drag races have always been a draw. The drags were last held at the Reno-Stead Airport in 2001. Due to stringent FAA regulations put into place after 9/11, as well as skyrocketing insurance premiums, the popular event had to be cancelled indefinitely.
This year, 2011 marks 10 years since the drags took place. It also marks the 25th Anniversary of Hot August Nights and the drag racing event sponsors, Full Throttle Performance and John Ascuaga’s Nugget, decided to bring back the beloved event to contribute to a sucessful celebration.
“We wanted so badly to bring back something that not only helped add to this monumental celebration, but also to add to the nostalgia of what Hot August Nights represents: the simplier and happier times of the ’50’s and ‘60s,” said Charlie Carter of Full Throttle Performance.
The drag race event consists of a one-eighth- mile track and will take place in the west parking lot of John Ascuaga’s Nugget from noon to 10 p.m. Hot August Nights volunteers and car participants will gain free entry into the event. The gate fee for the general public is $10 daily. Entering vehicles must be 1972 or older, with an American or European make. The cost to race is $25 per vehicle, per day for registered car participants and $45 per vehicle, per day for non-registered car participants. Tires must be D.O.T. Approved (no slicks), no nitro/nitris and no racing fuels allowed. Daily prize for the fastest overall time will be awarded.