And the winner is…: Hot Tahoe Cruisin’ Car Show’s 31st year on South Shore |

And the winner is…: Hot Tahoe Cruisin’ Car Show’s 31st year on South Shore

South Shore's 31st annual Hot Tahoe Cruisin' Car Show began Monday, Aug. 1 and continues through Sunday, Aug. 7. Nonprofit organization Good Samaritans Safe Ride puts on the event each year.
Courtesy / Tom Argo |

If you go ...

What: Hot Tahoe Cruisin’

When: Friday through Sunday, Aug. 5-7, 11 a.m.

Where: Heavenly Village

Tickets: Free


The 31st annual Hot Tahoe Cruisin’ South Shore Car Show kicked off on Monday, Aug. 1, and the fun continues this weekend. Held from Aug. 1-7, the event showcases a variety of cars, motorcycles, trucks and more in Heavenly Village.

“This is our answer to Hot August Nights. We wanted to step in and fill the gap,” show coordinator Tom Argo said. “We’ve been putting on car shows up here during Hot August Nights because there’s people who don’t want to go to Reno because it’s too crazy or crowded. We want to give people the opportunity to show their cars.”

Argo and his wife, Polly, have put on the show for the past three decades in order to raise money for their nonprofit organization, Good Samaritans Safe Ride, which promotes using designated drivers and seat belts to defend against drunk driving.

While the event is free to attend, it costs $40 to register a vehicle for the judged show on Saturday, Aug. 6. The price includes an event shirt, free drinks, discounted food, participation in the judged competition and more. Friday and Sunday are free show-and-shine days.

“People can come show off their cars and look around. We have one of the most beautiful locations,” Tom said.

Saturday’s judged competition occurs from noon to 4 p.m. and includes 25 awards such as Best of Show, Best Paint, Best Muscle Car, Best Hot Rod, People’s Choice and Longest Driven — the latter awards the farthest-traveled competitor simply for showing up. According to Tom, there are different classes of competition to avoid Ferraris contesting with Volkswagons and stock cars with hot rods.

“We have cars from way back in 1920 up to a brand new 2016. Everyone is proud of their cars, so everyone is welcome,” Polly said.

The three Best of Show winners — stock, custom and special interest — will be featured on the event shirt for 2017’s Hot Tahoe Cruisin’ Car Show. In past years, the show has seen between 50-75 cars registered for competition days, and Tom expects the turnout to be the same this year.

“It’s primarily local people. We do get out-of-towners who are heading through to Reno and say, ‘Oh, I didn’t know there was a car show here,’” he added.

There are also games, poker walks and opportunities to purchase raffle tickets during the event. This year’s grand prize is a 1952 Chevy Woody Wagon and 1968 Shasta Vintage Camper, which will be given away on Oct. 9.

“This is one vehicle that we’re proud to have,” Tom said. “It’s the nicest car ever given to us.”

Tickets are $5 each, five for $20, 15 for $50 or 33 for $100. Participants do not need to be present to win, and more information is available on the Good Samaritans Safe Ride website. Proceeds from raffle tickets go towards the nonprofit’s program of providing free rides for intoxicated drivers in the Lake Tahoe area.

Cars are on display from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. throughout the weekend across from Friday Avenue near the Heavenly Village Gondola.

To learn more, visit or attend Hot Tahoe Cruisin’ at Heavenly Village, located at 1001 Heavenly Village Way.

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