Hot August Nights Cup presented by Downtown Reno

Classic Car Pinstripe

The Hot August Nights Cup presented by Downtown Reno in partnership with is our most reputable Show-n-Shine competition, and it just got a little sweeter for our competitors. New this year, the competition will be held INSIDE the Reno Ballroom located in downtown Reno. This new area will allow our competitors to display their beauties to their fullest uniqueness and potential for judging. With our returning expert judge panel of; Steve Mank, Reggie Tibbetts and Eddie Potestio this will be a down to the very last detail competition. Best of Show will once again walk away with over $25,000 in cash and prizes. Only an elite 40 will be able to enter and compete for this prestigious award. The application is all inclusive, no need to fill out a separate car registration. Applications are being accepted now!

Hot August Nights Cup

2018 Sponsors

Admas Car Care
Dakoda Digital Logo

2017 Sponsors

Ididit Inc
Painless Performance Products
OPTIMA Batteries
Whitney Peak Hotel
MAG Auctions
Admas Car Care

Over $100,000 in cash and prizes.

2017 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.

Top Ten Cup winners are as follows:

Best of Show


Owner: Bruce & Peggy Wanta From Bellevue, Washington
Builder: Troy & Davida Ladd of Hollywood Hot Rods
Year/Make/Model: 1936 Packard, Speedster

Second Place


Owner: Bruce Leven From Mercer Island, Washington
Builder: Craig Wick of Wicked Fabrication
Year/Make/Model: 1951 Ford, Coupe

Third Place


Owner: Ron and Dianna Maier From Hillsboro, Oregon
Builder: Aaron Atnip & Mark Spurlock of A&M Deluxe Customs, Inc.
Year/Make/Model: 1957 Chevy Nomad

Forth Place


Owner: Rob and Julie Freeman From Watertown, New York
Builder: Gary Brown of Brown’s Metal Mods
Year/Make/Model: 1956 Volkswagen Beetle

Fifth Place


Owner: John and Sheila Emacio From Chattaroy, Washington
Builder: Tyler Nelson of G3 Rods
Year/Make/Model: 1956 Chevy Nomad

Sixth Place


Owner: Ted and Colleen Hubbard From South Bend, Nebraska
Builder: Andy and Annali Leach of Cal Auto Creations
Year/Make/Model: 1930 Ford Model A Coupe

Seventh Place


Owner: Josh and Tamara Hodges From Bakersfield, California
Builder: HED Industries Speed Shop
Year/Make/Model: 1969 Chevy Camaro

Eighth Place


Owner: Kenneth Rathmann From Tranquillity, California
Builder: Steve Chapman of RSI
Year/Make/Model: 1932 Chevy Sedan

Nineth Place


Owner: Adam Simms From Napa, California
Builder: Phil Ferrari of Phil Ferrari Hot Rods
Year/Make/Model: 1953 Chevy 5 Window Pickup

Tenth Place


Owner: Jerry Logan From Salt Lake City, Utah
Co-owner/Builder: Dave Kindig of Kindig-It Design Inc.
Year/Make/Model: 1960 Cadillac DeVille

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.