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HAN Bonanza - 6/15/2013

Weather was perfect this Saturday for the 13th Annual Premier Hot August Nights kickoff at the Bonanza Casino.  Lots of cars, food, and beverages and best of all, admission is FREE.


A beautiful red 1957 Chevy convertible was parked near us and the story of how the owner acquired this car is interesting.  Around 1990, the Circus Circus casino featured classic cars on some the progressive slots.  This car was one of them and I remember it from the times I came to Reno for Hot August Nights.  The current owner, David Carrico, fell in love with it and would periodically try his hand at winning it.  Did he win it? NO.  He visited the casino on New Years day and the car was gone.  He was devastated so his wife contacted the manager who said they had sold the car.  Now he was even more upset as he did not know he could have bought it.  However, the manager said someone in Pa. had purchased the car and the management said they would contact him after New Years which, surprisingly, they did.  With the name and address, David contacted the purchaser and worked out a deal.  So he didn't win the car but ended up with it and has had it ever since.  After some research, he found this was a movie car.  Movie cars are not perfect restorations but just cosmetic for the purpose of a prop for a movie.  Consequently, David found the car was far from perfect and had some problems which hes has been fixing.  It is an ongoing project but he loves the car.  I even offered to fix his clock for him.
 

Bonanza Show
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Spring Fever Revival - 6/1/2013

Formaly Rock n' Roll Revival. Classic Car Show and Craft Festival, this year HAN combined the show with the annual HAN Spring Fever car show and made it a 2 day show.  The show was held on Fri. and Sat. May 31, Jun 1.  Over 500 cars were registered
and parking was at a premium both days but especially on Sat.  Despite the large number of cars and spectators, the event went smoothly.  Food and craft booths were available in the plaza and some in front of the casinos.  Unlike last year, Virginia street was primarily for the use of the classic cars.  The street was blocked off from Second St. to Fifth St. but some cars had to park on available side streets as well.  There was a line of cars waiting for 2 blocks at 7:00AM.  They were not allowed to park unti 8:00AM and by that time it hade extended even further.  A&W provided an excellent lunch consisting of Hamburger, Fries, and a drink for $5.00.  You could also choose a hot dog or cheesburger and Root Beer float.  HAN workers received a free meal ticket and participants received 1 ticket in their packet.  We were pleased  to work the event doing traffic control and parking.  Making order out of chaos.  Some rare and gorgeous cars were in attendance like the 1960 immaculate Rolls Royce (Mayor's pick).  According to the owner,
"Just basic British transportation" .
Over 60,000 attendees were expected and judging by the crowds that figure was met.

Spring Fever Revival
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Cops N Burgers - 6/2/2013

The 6th annual "Cops & Burgers" fundraiser held at Victorian Plaza in Sparks June 2 and was a huge success and topped the money raised last year. Local law enforcement officers, their family members, and Save Mart volunteers teamed up and served 940 hamburgers during the five-hour event. Each burger was served with a bag of chips and a soda or water for just five dollars. Additionally, a record number of car owners participated in the show-n-shine portion of the event. A record number of 171 classic and current cars, pick-ups, as well as vintage military, fire, and police vehicles provided a diverse collection of automobiles for the public to come out and see. A total of seventeen awards were presented this year for the car show which included the Athlete's Choice, Save Mart's Choice, Law Enforcement's Choice, Air National Guard Commander's Choice, Chairman's Choice, and Mayors Bob Cashell and Geno Martini each presented a car owner with a trophy and a plaque. We are pleased to announce that yesterday's event generated 16,195 dollars topping last year's event by nearly 2,200 dollars. This would not have been possible with the help and sponsorship of many of our local businesses and organizations. Thank you to everyone who came out to enjoy a hamburger, participated in the car show, volunteered your time, sponsored the event in any way, or made a monetary or in-kind donation. Your efforts are greatly appreciated. All of the money raised will stay right here in Northern Nevada to support the hundreds of athletes in the Special Olympics Nevada programs who participate and train in many events throughout the year.

Cops N Burgers
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