Hot August Nights Cup presented by Downtown Reno

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The Hot August Nights Cup presented by Downtown Reno is our reputable Show-n-Shine competition that will once again be one of the biggest prize purses in the country. These one-of-a-kind cars are allotted to showcase their beauty and have a chance at winning over $100,000 in cash and prizes. Hot August Nights has reviewed past processes, including judging format and added a criteria check list on what the judges will be looking for to ensure consistency in judging practices. Only an elite 50 will be able to enter and compete for this prestigious award. Must be a Hot August Nights 2017 registered car participant to enter. The application process has been simplified to one HAN Cup application which are now being accepted. (No longer need to fill out separate HAN main event application)

Hot August Nights Cup

Over $100,000 in cash and prizes.

Download and submit the registration form to become one of the Elite 50 Hot August Nights Cup Participants for 2017.

2016 Top Ten Finalists and Elite Reno Five

Hot August Nights Cup presented by Downtown Reno

Fifty elite vehicles registered to compete for top honors during the debut of the prestigious Hot August Nights Cup presented by Downtown Reno. Competitors came from across the country for the chance to win a piece of the largest prize purse of any collector car competition in the world—more than $100,000 in cash and prizes.

“Hot August Nights brought back this very notable accolade with the help of our local and national partners,” said Hot August Nights Executive Director Mike Whan.

Partners include Eldorado Resort Casino, Silver Legacy Resort Casino, Circus Circus Reno, Harrah’s Reno, Club Cal Neva, Sands Regency Casino Hotel, McCollister’s Transportation, OPTIMA Batteries, Adam’s Premium Car Care Products and AMSOIL.

During the three-day competition, renowned judges including Steve Mank (co-host of Spike TV show “MuscleCar”), Reggie Tibbets (co-owner of nationally recognized car show the “SuperNationals”) and Eddie Potestio owner of Eddie’s Rods & Customs, narrowed down the 50 entrants to the Top Ten.

On Aug. 6, 2016, Alan Taylor of “The Drive” announced the Reno Five in downtown Reno from 4th and Virginia streets. Top Ten Cup winners are as follows:

Best of Show

HAN Cup best-of-show 2016

Owner: Billy and Debbie Thomas of Robstown, Texas
Builder: Harold Chapman, Customs and Hot Rods of Andice
Year/Make/Model: 1939 Oldsmobile, Series 60 Convertible

Second Place

HAN Cup 2nd-Place 2016

Owner: Howard and Susan Groff, Northridge, Calif.
Builder: Andy Leach
Year/Make/Model: 1962 Chevy Impala SS

Third Place

HAN Cup 3rd-Place 2016

Owner: Paul Schulz, Folsom, Calif.
Builder: Leonard Lopez, Dominator Street Rods
Year/Make/Model: 1955 Chevy 210

Forth Place

HAN Cup 4th-Place 2016

Owner: Alex Short of Bluffdale, Utah
Builder: Cam Miller, HS Customs
Year/Make/Model: 1969 Chevy Camaro

Fifth Place

HAN Cup 5th-Place 2016

Owner: Dean Osland of Scottsdale, Ariz.
Builder: Doug Jerger of Squeeg’s Kustoms
Year/Make/Model: 1959 Rambler American, two-door wagon

Sixth Place

HAN Cup 6th-Place 2016

Owner:  Jerry Jacobs of Santa Maria, Calif.
Builder: Leonard Lopez, Dominator Street Rods
Year/Make/Model: 1957 Chevy Bel Air

Seventh Place

HAN Cup 7th-Place 2016

Owner: Harold and Tracy Chapman of Florence, Texas
Builder: Harold Chapman, Customs and Hot Rods of Andice
Year/Make/Model: 1949 Cadillac, Model 62 Convertible

Eighth Place

HAN Cup 8th-Place 2016

Owner: Brent Schieder of Pleasanton, Calif.
Builder: Leonard Lopez, Dominator Street Rods
Year/Make/Model: 1937 Ford, Tudor Convertible

Nineth Place

HAN Cup 9th-Place 2016

Owner: Dan Wathor of Rio Linda, Calif.
Builder: Kenny Welch
Year/Make/Model: 1937 Ford Coupe

Tenth Place

HAN Cup 10th-Place 2016

Owner: Bart Bartoni of Modesto, Calif.
Builder: Ron Crume of Infinity Motorsports
Year/Make/Model: 1938 Alpha Romeo, Club Coupe

Meet the Judges

Steve Mank

Steve MankSteve has been working on cars since he was 15/16 years of age inheriting his love of car building from his father. Steve had the honor to be involved in building, transporting, showing, etc. ALL the GREAT TV cars such as General Lee, Knight Rider, A-Team & others. Then in 1989, what Steve called his “dream job” came along. He was asked to be one of the builders on the team for Hollywood Productions for the “Batman” & “Batman Returns” movie cars.  Steve has recently joined as co-host of a TV show on SpikeTV called Musclecar, owned by RTM Productions, the Power-block home to many Great Automotive shows.  Along with Musclecar, Steve was a builder on, “Search & Restore” TV show with Tim Strange. Steve has judged I.S.C.A., Super Chevy shows along with many others up until the early 2000’s and continues to judge several shows nationwide for many different associations today. He looks forward to judging the Hot August Nights Cup presented by Downtown Reno this August.

Reggie Tibbetts

Reggie TibbettsReggie has owned and built over 150 vehicles over the years to include Street Rods, Trucks, Corvettes, Chevelles, Novas and VWs. Being a tradesman in his early days, Reggie was trained in welding, woodworking and millwright work which gave him the skills to fabricate and use almost any type of equipment and materials on the cars he built.  In the early 1970’s he built and showed a Tubular Sand Buggy with his wife Margret, named “Good Vibrations” winning 89 Best of Shows in 15 years before retiring the vehicle. Reggie has stayed heavily involved in building classic and custom cars, and has judged or managed over 33 automotive events each year for over 30 years all over the Nation. He is the co-owner of a nationally recognized event, in Albuquerque New Mexico celebrating its 25th Anniversary.  He has officiated for Super Chevy Magazine, the International Show Car Association (ISCA) and the National Rod & Custom Association (NRCA) as well as many independent promoters, adding Hot August Nights to his resume this year.

Eddie Potestio

Eddie PotestioEddie Potestio of Eddie’s Rods and Customs bought his first sewing machine the day after graduating high school, teaching himself to create custom interiors. Shortly after, he learned how to build a car from the ground up, including design, mechanical, metal fabrication, paint, and various other related skills along the way.  Fast forward to today, and Eddie has a thirty-five year storied career of building hundreds of customs, hot rods, show cars and race cars.  During that time, Eddie’s work has been featured in over fifty magazine articles, hundreds of car shows, and 12 showings at SEMA.  He has worked closely with every type of manufacturer, learning every detail about what makes parts work and how best to utilize those parts in custom and restored vehicles.  Eddie has judged the prestigious Creme de la Chrome car show in Denver for twenty years, with nineteen of those years as head judge.  Along with being an on-camera personality for the TV show Search and Restore, he was recently awarded Builder of the Year at the Super Nationals.  He is excited to see the talent and craftsmanship on display at this year’s Hot August Nights Cup Presented by Downtown Reno.