Classic cars cruise into Lincoln for tonight’s Hotter August Nights

By: Cheri March The News Messenger
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The sizzling summer heat is no match for the lineup of cool classic cars set to invade downtown Lincoln tonight. Lincoln’s annual car show, Hotter August Nights, rolls into town from 5-8 p.m. Vintage coupes and convertibles will park along Fifth Street and in Beermann’s Plaza during the final night of the Historic Downtown Lincoln Certified Farmers’ Market on F Street. “This will be my first year at the car show, and looking at the list, I think it will be pretty cool,” said Terri Reeves, a special events coordinator with the Lincoln Area Chamber of Commerce, the market’s sponsor. “We have a really good variety.” A 1965 Impala Super Sport convertible, a ’34 Roadster, a ’57 Thunderbird and a ’69 GTO are just some of the cars pre-registered, she said. Joining the classic autos – many of which are from Lincoln Hills car group Rods and Relics – will be several motorcycles, a first for the show. Approximately six bikes will be on display, including a few one-of-a-kind models from Clinton’s Custom Cycle in Lincoln. Along with the cars, crowds will be treated to classic tunes by local oldies band the Fabulous Devilles. Reeves said she was hoping for a higher turnout than last year, when 25-30 cars entered the free show. As of last week, 20 auto enthusiasts had registered their vehicles, and organizers anticipated an additional 30-40 could join by today. Like last year, spectators will have the chance to vote for a favorite vehicle. This time, voting takes place at the chamber’s new office at 540 F St., where chamber staff will be holding an open house. “Voting on the cars creates an atmosphere – the crowd gets more into it,” said Tom Jones, chairman for farmers’ market. As opposed to last year, when just one trophy was awarded, visitors will be able to pick a first, second and third-place winner for the best car, and one for the best bike, Jones said. But even if car owners don’t walk away with a prize, they will leave with a souvenir – a commemorative Hotter August Nights dash plaque. “It’s something we haven’t done in the past,” Jones said. “It’s just a way to show our appreciation to them for coming out to the show, our little way of giving back.”