Over 10,000 cars on display all over Reno and Sparks, everywhere you looked.
I have experienced Hot August Nights many, many, many times, as I lived in Reno for over two decades, but for my Rock n' Roll buddy, it was a first.
There was more to see than cool old cars. There was live music.
This guy danced like nobody was watching.
I have pretty much decided that very nearly everyone that went to high school in the 60's or 70's is now an old car enthusiast on some level.
It makes sense. We've raised our families, the economy is improving, (slowly, but steadily) we've got the time. and it takes us back to some fond memories of cars we had, or our parents or grandparents had, back in the day. In some cases, the guys that have restored these cars have had them since they were in high school.Such was the case with this guy... he originally bought the car for $20 while in high school.
He took his dad for a test drive in it before he bought it and his dad said, "Honk the horn."
He did, and it was loud.
His dad then said, "Heck, the horn is worth twenty bucks! Buy it!" and the rest was, as they say, history. (Granted, it didn't look like this back then. It was a rust bucket jalopy that needed some TLC and clearly this was just the guy to provide it.)
If I knew then what I know now.
I would have hung on to my midnight blue '71 Superbeetle that I bought on payments through my Mom's credit union for $800 after high school.