Reno, Nevada has been extremely successful with their Hot August Nights extravaganza over the years. The car-enthusiast events bring thousands of people to the area and every business benefits. And, if you love vintage cars and the excitement of crowds of like-minded people, you can cruise up Highway 50 from California and hit South Lake Tahoe the next few days (August 3-5, 2012) before the main event in Reno from the 7th through the 12th.
Daily festivities include Show-n-Shines with cash and trophy awards, Poker Walks with cash awards, a Cool Car Showroom, a Classic Car Auction, and automotive exhibits. Car registration is open to all 1972 and older American and European cars and trucks, you you can see great vehicles on display and enjoy many vendor booths, a sock hop, and free 50's and 60's style live entertainment!
South Shore Lake Tahoe has been a summer fun favorite for over 100 years, and casino gambling's played a major role. Small clubs have come and gone, but Harvey's and Harrah's casinos have been around for 70 and 60 years respectively. Before Harrah's, the State Line Country Club, owned by Nevada Casino Pioneer, Nick Abelman was the largest club at South Shore.
Abelman owned the property in the 1930's and 1940's and the casino brought in big crowds, offered slots, blackjack, craps, roulette and hazard games, plus big-time entertainment and great food. Harvey's high-rise opened in 1961 and the Sahara Tahoe, across the street (now the Horizon), opened it's hotel in 1965. Harrah's hotel tower, built on the site of the State Line Country Club, wasn't finished until 1973. The Monte Bleu, next door to Harrah's, first opened in 1977 as the Park Tahoe before becoming Caesar's Tahoe.