Everything Wrong With Hot Rod Shows

Bradley Brownell August 10, 2016 Car Shows


I spent last Friday here in Reno venturing out to see the sights of “Hot August Nights”. Every year, for a week, hot rods of all flavor invade the city and take over parking lots everywhere. Thousands of vintage V8s rumble down the road, and trundle through the lots. Every casino hotel has their own show, there’s a major parade downtown, and there are auctions around as well.

In my travels I’ve been to a bunch of hot rod shows, and I’ve noticed that there are a lot of common themes people use to attract attention to their cars. It all needs to stop. I plead with you, do not do any of these things.

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Redusernab Motorsport News For August 8th, 2016

Bradley Brownell August 8, 2016 Motorsports


This week has been packed with some great racing, but unfortunately was marred by tragedy as well. There were multiple events worthy of concern, and the community is again left reeling with the untimely passing of young gun Bryan Clauson. This was a freak accident that couldn’t really have been prevented in midget car racing, though I have not watched the video, and will not be posting it here, so I only know the details from IndyCar’s press release. I’ll put that below the jump. As unfortunate as that is, I’ll still bring you the rest of the news, but perhaps with a more somber tone.

Read along to see what good stuff happened this weekend. Summer is winding down a bit, and the racing is running to the end of the championships, so we’ll do our best to help keep your finger on the pulse. Just be aware of the fact that this post is filled with spoilers. Giant carbon-fiber, multi-element, DRS-equipped, Gurney-flapped, Spoilers! Oh, and in case you missed it, I am also hosting a new motorsport podcast these days…

Bryan Clauson RIP 1989 – 2016

Seat Shakeup In IMSA GTD

NASCAR Left & Right In New York


WTCC In Argentina, More Trouble Than The Olympics

GT Masters At The N-Ring

More News and Press Releases

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Weekend Edition: Hot August Nights – The Gassers


I am the first to admit that I don’t know much about vintage drag racing, but there is just something about an old Gasser that makes me happy inside. There were a bunch of gassers hanging around, so here is a masterpost including all of my photos of gassers. They all go lumpy lumpy lumpy as they trundle past, and they are all kicked way high up in the front. I’m not even sure how some of these cars are driven, especially any kinds of distances. At any rate, I applaud them. Today is Gasser Appreciation Day.

There was just so much going on, I’m sure I missed some of them, which makes me sad, however I’m glad I have what I have. Of course I took too many pictures of some cars and not enough of others. Enjoy!

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Weekend Edition: Hot August Nights – The Mercuik


Walk around the back of this 1951 Mercury custom, and you’d never guess anything was out of the ordinary. There are plenty of old Mercs turned into hot rod low-and-slow type cruisers. It’s got loud paint and lake pipes, tucked and chopped and channeled everything else. However, when you move around to the front of the car, you get a bit of a WHOA moment. Check it out after the jump.

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Weekend Edition: Hot August Nights – Jeep Fleetvan Milk Truck?


With some minimal research it would appear that this is what is known as a Jeep FJ-3 delivery van. They were built in the early-to-mid 1960s, though not in notable quantities. This is the first one I’ve ever seen, and frankly had never heard of them. This  leads event the most avid Jeep historians to dub the FJ series of vans the “Forgotten Jeep”. The FJ-3 was primarily built for postal service delivery, accounting for their Right-Hand-Drive configuration. There was also an FJ-3A which was left driven, and had a proper Jeep vertical slat grille. More Photos after the jump.

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Weekend Edition: Hot August Nights – The Atlantis


Our third stop of the night was at the Atlantis Casino parking lot. This was the largest of the three stops we made, perhaps 700 cars or so were in attendance. There were a few interesting bits in this lot. Not a lot of variety, but if its old and has a V8, chances are there’s one in the lot. The show was starting to get a little overwhelming, we were tired and hungry, and we were ready to get home, so photos of the more normal stuff were limited, and we just stopped to look at the more bizarre. It was fun, but one evening a year is about all I need. Too crowded, and I prefer my vintage days to include a lot of racing, which is why I’m headed to the Monterey Motorsport Reunion in a few weeks. Anyway, there will be more coverage of this stuff tomorrow, focusing on particular cars of interest.

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Weekend Edition: Hot August Nights – The Peppermill


Stop #2 was the Peppermill casino parking lot. This was one of the “officially sanctioned” stops, so there were a few hundred cars on display at this show. I didn’t bother going to the biggest show at the Grand Sierra, because it was a madhouse, and I didn’t go downtown, because that’s always a mess. These few that I went to were enough for me, though. If you’ve seen one parking lot full of hot rods, you’ve pretty much seen them all. The doors at the Peppermill are tinted red, so I thought I’d snap a photo through them. It’s weird.

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Weekend Edition: Hot August Nights – Mopars At The A&W


This week in Reno is a massive vintage hot-rod show called “Hot August Nights” that involves nightly car shows at all of the major casinos and most of the local restaurants. Everywhere you look all week there has been vintage rods of all kinds scooting around, and Friday night I decided to finally venture out and snap some photos of them for you lovely folks. This is the first of many parts this weekend. The A&W is right around the corner from work, so that was my first stop. They were having a Mopars only night, but there were a few interlopers. I hope you enjoy.

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The Cammed & Tubbed Podcast: Episode 122 – Homecoming


JASON IS BACK! It’s Cam, Brad, and Jason back for episode 122. Your #FreeJason campaign finally worked! Honestly, we’re really glad he’s returned, as he’s our buddy and we missed him.

This week we talk about Cam’s recent boating trip, and the fact that he just bought a BMW wagon. Next thing you know he’s going to start wearing an ascot and call people “Sport”. Brad recently went on a road trip to the Bay Area (the BAE area) of California to see a concert. Jason is back so we can finally talk about #ConfiguratorFun again, and most of us have forgotten about our DB11 picks, so we decided to move on and pick new MINI products.

Brad and Jason are planning their trips to the Monterey Motorsport Reunion. Brad has an Acura Dinner and a Porsche Dinner and tickets to Gooding and Bonhams auctions, as well as the motorsport reunion and Pebble Beach. Jason has SO MANY manufacturer soirées to attend. Our buddy Manuel will be there as well, and the guys from the (If you don’t listen to their podcast, you should. Two episodes a week is difficult to keep up with, but they talk interesting words and know a lot about stuff and things.)

The Cammed and Tubbed Podcast – Homecoming

The DFL Show: Episode 4 – The Best Words W/ Duncan Ende

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Here on The DFL Show, we strive to have the best words. In this episode, unfortunately Stef could not be with us, but we were joined for the first time by new co-host Duncan Ende. Duncan is a great guy, and a full fledged racer with actual experience to back up his opinions. We’re very happy to have him aboard, and he’s welcome back whenever his schedule permits.

We start the show by asking Duncan about his career a bit (and ripping on the Nismo GTR LM at the same time), and move into some insider info on what it takes to be a driver and what they go through. We move into some light race recaps from NASCAR and Spa 24 and F1, and IndyCar and PWC and GRC and WRC. Then comes a bit of news: Brad tried Beard Papa’s, Eric tells us about Team Demolition Derby, IndyCar and PWC have started announcing their calendars.

Intercontinental GT3 Challenge is a thing that is supposedly happening. We speculate on who will care and why. Eric has a new quiz “Rally Finland Stage Name, Hockey Player Last Name, or Scandanavian Food”. Listener Questions, in which a racing driver punches Duncan in the dick and then Brad sings him a Karaoke rendition of Mr. Roboto. And finally we have our awards for the week, and we tell you what we’ll be watching this coming weekend.

The DFL Show – The Best Words – W/ Duncan Ende



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