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Vegas Lugnut's Car Show Has Sin City Seeing Red

P2151871-001 Vegas Lugnut's Car Show Has Sin City Seeing Red

It has been said that the first non-neutral color we see at the beginning of life is the color red. For centuries the red mystique has many stories well versed in prose and folklore in many different cultures around the globe. For those in the world of street rodding and vehicle customization that sentiment is certainly no different.

It is so much so that a group of folks have built a car show around the theme. Lugnut's Red Car Show, now in its sixth year, was held in warm and sunny Las Vegas, NV over the President's Day weekend. As in previous outings the show was held at the Nostalgia Street Rods facility just a few miles west of the Las Vegas Strip.

"The Lugnut" - as he is known throughout the Vegas rodding community - and company teamed up with Nostalgia Street Rods curator and owners Art and Sherri Goldstrom to host a car show and give back to help a charity to those in need. That charity - Teen Challenge - is a program designed to help people of all ages with addiction. Several members of that group were on hand to tell their stories and to help with the show.

All those in Teen Challenge, who members span a couple generations, have pledged sobriety and have remained so from a few months to several years. Maintaining that sobriety - the success of this program in a city such as Las Vegas, known for its excesses and the 24/7 lifestyle, is quite an accomplishment for everyone associated with the program and deserves praise.

Contrary to the belief of some that the show only featured cars hued in the glow of magenta is another fallacy not lost on those involved in the show's creation. All vehicles regardless of color, or lack of one, were welcome. There was a wide display of various types of rods, customs, trucks, rat rods, traditional builds and tricked out rides of all makes, models and colors on view that spectators and other car enthusiasts were able to take in.

Because this took place on the site of Nostalgia Street Rods everyone in attendance was able to tour a portion of the facility that day. Walking inside was like being in a dream-like man cave. Classic cars of several decades were joined by sprint cars, barstool racers, neon signs and other wall and floor art. There is even a "Vegas Born" zamboni adorned with team-related art from the hometown Golden Knights and featuring a V8 as its power plant. Too bad I couldn't see that bad boy in action during game periods of the hockey game that weekend.

Utah was well represented at this year's show. Besides the several cars who made the trek south to the sunny climate of the Vegas Valley SLC's JC Hackett spun the tunes and pinstriper and graphic artist Jeff Dastrup came in from St. George to splash some accents of vehicles hued in red and vehicles of all other hues of the color wheel.

Being in that environment that weekend has fired me up more than ever for our forthcoming 2020 car show season here in the Beehive State. March is just around the corner with cruise nights, car shows, car meets and other automotive related euphoria forthcoming. Guess I better get a move on with my projects so I come out and play too.

Until next time….I'll soon see you out and about and keep the rubber side down.

“As an owner of a ’66 Impala SS I couldn’t help but be drawn to this beauty; a meticulous restoration of a 1966 Chevy Biscayne. A full-size car in Chevy’s budget line Biscayne’s were usually no-frills six-cylinder, three-on-the-tree grocery getters. However some were ordered from GM with its 427 big block and Muncie M22 “rock crusher” four speed as this model attests to here.”
“A two door station wagon was a foreign concept in 1955 yet the” flawless” restoration of this ’55 Chevy Nomad definitely turned a few heads. No detail was overlooked in this build and it shows. Imagine eating potato chips and drinking soft drinks while motoring down Route 66 as a kid in this ride.”
"The 1949 to 1955 first series Chevy Pickups have always an appeal to me. Their rounded, aerodynamic styling opened up a wide array of performance and style ideas. This one is certainly no exception! Does it have a stock small block or a fire-breathing big block with a small blower under the hood? Only "The Shadow" knows….."
"Early sixties Mopars are always few and far between at car events. When they look as beautiful as this '64 Dodge Dart they stand out more. This is one great looking car to look at inside and out."
"Late model muscle was represented with cars such as this COPO Camaro. Taking their name from GM's "Central Office Purchase Order" Camaros of 1969 and manufactured between 2012 and 2015 these Camaros were production built race vehicles that "cannot be registered, licensed or driven on public streets or highways" according to the GM Parts Center website. Yet one was here in all its beauty that day."


© © 2020 Jay Horrocks Jr.

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