Saturday, August 17, 2013

Hot August Nights - Reno, NV - 2013


Here we are Wednesday morning August 7, 2013 just minutes away from starting our 650 mile journey to Reno, NV.  We will  caravan with Dennis and Annette K and meet up with another friend, Jack M, on Friday.  Jack is flying to Reno.  

Here is Dennis and Annette's 33 Chevy.

The trip had long empty stretches of nothing.

One sign said, Last Gas for 100 Miles.  It was correct.

13 hours later we arrived in Reno.  We checked into the Silver Legacy hotel/casino and found ourselves on the 32nd floor overlooking downtown Reno.

Hot August Nights is not one big car show as I thought.  It's a dozen smaller shows all happening at the same time, most of them located at major casinos.  This is the early morning staging area for the Virginia Street Show and Shine located in downtown Reno.

They staged us in groups of 25 cars each.  We are in group 7 and our Corvette is the lead car.  Dennis is right behind me in his yellow 33 Chevy.

Here we are transitioning from the staging area to the Show and Shine. 

We were allowed to come and go from the event as often as we liked.  Gerri took a video of us a little later in the day.  Check it out here:

Unlike the other Show and Shines around town, Virginia Street provided shade throughout most of the morning.  When the sun hit our Corvette the comments really started coming.  

There were lots of interesting things to look at.

This is a Chevrolet Nomad with a Corvette front end.  Chevrolet almost put this into production but changed their mind at the last minute opting for the Bel Air front end.  This never made production.

There was an evening cruise every night.  We watched cars go by for 3 hours.  Jack is on the right.

Gerri spotted this husband and wife pair of C2 Corvettes.  The owner said it took 25 years to complete them.  Look close and you'll see the top and bottom colors are reversed between the cars.

We also took in a couple days of the Barrett Jackson auto auction.

The cars were incredible.

Anybody remember this set-up?

A Riddler winner from a previous year.

Cobra's anyone?

Although not this specific car, Barrett Jackson did sell a frame off, fuel injected, split window Corvette at this event for an astonishing $192,000. 

Yep.  I bought tickets.  Wish me luck.

How about a pair of 2014 Corvettes?

Here's the actual auction arena.  Wow!

We ended the weekend with cocktails.  Shown are Gerri, Annette, Jack and Dennis.
Hot August Nights was a blast and we will be sure to do it again.

Our Corvette drew a crowd all day long, every day.  Things people loved the most were the color, the split window and the fuel injection.  Only the hard core Corvette enthusiast appreciated the Heater Delete option.  My most memorable comment came from a young man that was seriously intent on making sure I knew that if they had a category for Best Paint I would have won it without question.  That was a great comment.  The most frequent comment was, "Wow!"  They were either talking about the color or the pre-restoration photos we displayed.

When I look at these pictures even I say wow. 

This has been a fun, fun build and I now have one of the most beautiful, most desirable, iconic cars ever built.  The car brings a smile to my face every time I look at it.  It is absolutely gorgeous and I mean it when I say the photos don't do it justice.  You have to see this car in person to appreciate the transformation this "Ugly Duckling" has made.

I have to thank Ty for his contribution.  Ty spent many many hours on this car and it wasn't just doing the easy stuff.  Ty wore plastic garbage bags as PPE when doing fiberglass work, spent hours of sanding with a long board helping to restore lost body lines, welded gaping holes in the frame, rebuilt a horribly deteriorated A pillar, and helped research and correct at least 5 fatal flaws found in the mechanical fuel injection unit.  I remember the first time Ty's wife Bonnie saw the car.  She told me she knew Ty would spend most every weekend working on this car for as long as he was able.  She was right.  Ty helped with this build for well over 2 years.  Ty brought a wealth of knowledge passed down from his father who specialized in the restoration of early Corvettes.  The camaraderie was great and we had a fun time.

I also have to thank Lester H, aka Wilson, who participated one summer doing fiberglass work.  Since then Lester has never missed a post.  Lester also made sure I built the car the way he wanted it, often gaming the system by logging onto different computers to vote when I polled my audience for feedback and recommendations.  Tire selection comes to mind.  Lester made sure all 4 tires were the same size.  He did not want small tires up front and large ones in the back.  He got his way and I am glad he did.

There are several other people I'd like to thank.  My brother Jim often helped with research while he was working in China, Jim Q made sure I got the correct stance, Aussie Pete helped from his garage in Australia, Max H watched from somewhere in Russia and always visited the garage whenever he was in town.  Cousin Chuck B was a church mouse, never commenting on the blog, but never missed a post.  Dennis S, Dennis K, Matt P and many others were also instrumental in how this restoration materialized.  It was great fun getting feedback and recommendations from everyone.  Thank you.

I have a list of things that still need to be done but they are all minor.  I'll spend the next few months working them off but mostly I'll be enjoying the Corvette at car shows and driving it around on early morning weekends.  I don't have any immediate plans to start my next project but when I do it will be my 1957 Chevy Nomad.  When that day comes I'll post a link should you have interest in following along.

Thanks to everyone that participated.  It is a great ride!

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