19th Annual Danville Hot Summer Nights

19th Annual Danville Hot Summer Nights car show.
The theme for this show was Corvette's 60th Anniversary

 

 

by Craig Sparkes, for Wild About Cars 

Danville CA, July 18, 2013 -- The Hot Summer Nights car shows in Danville California have grown from a small little gathering to one of the San Francisco Bay’s premier events. Held in the town of Danville in the Diablo Valley off interstate 680, the show has cars lining from one end of Hartz Blvd (the town’s main drag) to the other. This July’s show had more than 400 cars gathered on a warm and sunny Thursday evening. . . . . (Continued on the website).

The theme for this July’s show was Corvette’s 60th Anniversary and more than 50 Vette’s from 1954 – 2013 were in attendance. While the Corvettes were the “main attraction”, muscle cars, hot rods, restored iron and cool trucks were in abundance.

It must be a function of the dry California climate that so many older cars – owned and driven locally – were so clean and in great shape. I drove and entered my 1966 Ford Ranchero to the show and was parked next to a really cool 50 Merc custom. This car had the original flathead engine, full length lake pipes, frenched-in antenna and a deep-deep maroon paint job. There were Mopars from the 50’s, 60’s and up. My favorite was a 440 ‘Cuda in Hemi Orange. The Ford fans were not disappointed with Mustangs, Cobra kit cars, deuce roadsters and coupes and a contingent of F100 pickups.

Of course Chevy fans had gorgeous Chevelles and Camaros with everything from small blocs to new LS engines between the rails. The tri-five set was in force with a supercharged big block 57 thundering the ground