It Wouldn’t be a Car Show Without Driving Like a Maniac
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View from the Front Seat: Drifting in a modified ’93 Mazda RX-7
Our second installment on Reno’s 2016 Hot August Nights focuses on a swap meet. Yes, you read that correctly. Turns out swap meets aren’t limited to just jewelry, curtains, and lawn ornaments. Car enthusiasts have long relied on these meets to build their custom rides on the cheap. And why not? There are plenty of old car parts to go around.
But this swap meet–one of the more popular attractions of Hot August Nights–is big enough to incorporate some other items of interest, like antique gas pumps (see gallery below), old car phones, and other oddities that could satisfy any collector. So, come shopping with us!
Reno, Nevada is known for a lot of things. The “Biggest Little City in the World sits within a morning’s drive to the West Coast–but Lake Tahoe is a lot closer–and the sun’s out pretty much all year round. As the city reinvents itself for the 21st century, there is one staple to this city that will always be here…
Hot August Nights, an annual auto show, is famous for its display of classic cars and adrenaline junkies. For thirty years, it has been well attended by professional and amateur enthusiasts alike. Usually held around the first week of August each year, Hot August nights have numerous venues in Reno and Virginia City, and it has also expanded to include other points of interest, like racing, swap meets (for car parts), and, more recently, drifting.
Needless to say, it’s a big deal and worth a look not only if you’re in the area, but worth the trip if you’re really into cars!
It’s America’s (modern art) answer to England’s Stonehenge. Located in the wilds of western Nebraska, about an hour from Chimney Rock, Carhenge cannot be matched. It’s a must see roadside attraction that is beyond unusual.
You would think that something so interesting might be near a big city, but it’s actually located off the beaten path, just outside of Alliance, Nebraska. That’s good for UndiscoveredWanderings at least, since we strive to find places that are unconventional and hard to find. And because of that, Carhenge deserves a place on our site.