Hot Tahoe Cruisin’ was cool
Tahoe is stealing some of Reno’s classic car craze with Hot Tahoe Cruisin’ – the scaled down version of Reno’s Hot August Nights.
Hot Tahoe Cruisin’ held Aug. 4 through 8 at the Horizon Resort and Casino overlapped and out ran Reno’s Hot August Nights which ended Aug. 7.
Sharing some of the same dates and even some of the same classic cars as Hot August Nights, some might say that Hot Tahoe Cruisin’ is nabbing some of the popularity of Reno’s popular classic car event.
But Tom Argo, Hot Tahoe Cruisin’ coordinator, said the two events differ in character. The biggest difference is the size.
With a maximum limit of 150 cars allowed in the show, Hot Tahoe Cruisin’ is just a fraction of the size of Reno’s Hot August Nights. But Argo said that’s part of the appeal.
“Some people like small shows,” he said. “They’re more casual and people are less serious about winning.”
At least that’s what attracted car owners Linda and Frank Govin, of San Diego.
The Govins entered their jet black Ford F-100 pick up in both shows and, despite winning best of show in the Cruise of Champions at Hot August Nights, said they preferred the Tahoe scene.
“It’s really family oriented here in Tahoe and the people are very respectful of the cars,” Linda said. “We’ve been to hundreds of shows and we won’t go back to Reno – it’s absolutely chaotic down there.”
Argo said that Hot Tahoe Cruisin’ also offers cruisers a place to go for the weekend when Hot August Nights comes to a close.
“(Because of last year’s riot) Hot August Nights is basically over by Friday,” he said. “We want to give people a place to go on the weekend. They can come up to Tahoe and cool off.”
Hot Tahoe Cruisin’ offered more than 45 trophy classes including best of show, best custom and best Tahoe cruiser. Entry fee for the show was $50 per car. All proceeds went to the South Lake Tahoe Good Samaritans.
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