In a milestone year for Hot August Nights, Dave Selesnick just might have set a milestone in his attempt to be first in line for registration for the 30th annual classic car and music festival.
“I’ve been coming to Hot August Nights for nine years,” said Selesnick, who is a Kampgrounds of America manager in Winnemucca. “This is the first time I’ve been the first in line.”
Selesnick played a little coy when asked what time he showed up to the doors outside the convention center at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino – the first of more than 3,000 participants who registered on Tuesday morning.
“I’m not sure I want to tell you the exact time because that will tell people when I got here and they might beat me next year,” he said with a smile. “I’ll just tell you that I left the Carson City car show at 2:30 p.m., yesterday, stopped and grabbed some McDonald’s and I came here.”
Let’s just say he had 15 or 16 hours to kill before the doors opened at 8 a.m.
Selesnick, who brings his 1971 Plymouth GTX to show and drive at Hot August Nights, said he discovered last year that being in the front of the line brings its own rewards in terms of friendships made and stories heard.
“Last year, there were about 10 of us at the front and we just had a lot of great camaraderie,” he said. “It’s just a bunch of guys who want to be here and who want to have fun.”
As events build through the week, more than 5,000 registered participants – and thousands of unregistered classic car enthusiasts – will fill the streets of the Truckee Meadows for the region’s largest special event.
Selesnick, who said he tries to hit as many spots as possible during the festivities, said there is no secret to what makes Hot August Nights so appealing.
“It’s just a really great event, with great good, great music and great people,” he said. “I got here to go to Virginia City and did the Bonanza show on Sunday and I’ll just be all over this week. I don’t really ever win anything. I just come to enjoy it.”
Well, he did win the first-in-line award for 2016.