Motorsports in the Reno Area

Racing and Motorsport Events Abound Around Reno

Unlimited class plane at the Reno Air Races, Nevada, NV
••• Unlimited class plane at the Reno Air Races. Photo © Stan White

Motor racing (cars, motorcycles, off-road, airplanes) may not be the first thing you think of when considering Reno, but these sporting events are alive and well in northern Nevada. You are probably already aware of perhaps the biggest one of all - the Reno Air Races. Read on the learn about other events and venues in the Reno area motorsports world.

Hot August Nights

Hot August Nights is not a racing event per se, but it does fit into the motorsports category around Reno.

Many of the classic cars that roll out for Hot August Nights are high-powered muscle cars and some are true racing machines from days gone by. During the event, you can actually compete in drag races and burn-out contests, and check out the restored classic cars at numerous show-n-shine compeititions. There is a demolition derby at the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center.

Reno National Championship Air Races and Air Show

The Reno Air Races is a true racing event that happens to be in the sky rather than on the ground. It's the fastest racing event most of us are likely to see, with the top unlimited racing airplanes and jets exceeding 500 miles per hour. The annual event is held in September at Reno Stead Field Airport.

Street Vibrations Fall Rally

Street Vibrations Fall Rally, held in September, is one of the biggest motorcycle events in the country. It's a motorsport event all about Harleys and other big bikes, and the whole scene surrounding these colorful machines and their riders.

Wild West Motorsports Park

Wild West Motorsports Park is just east of Sparks and opened in 2012. This facility hosts an event in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series in August. As the name implies, this track is all about racing in the dirt.

To reach the facility, go east from Sparks on I80 and take Mustang Exit 23.

The address is 12005 East I-80, Sparks, NV 89434.

More Motorsports Events in Northern Nevada

Virginia City Grand Prix - This is an off-road motorcycle race through the hills surrounding Virginia City. The annual event is held in April.

Grand Prix Watercross - For a change of pace from dirt and terrestrial racing, check out the jet ski racing featured at Sparks Marina Park in June. The event in Sparks is the US Open of Watercross.

Eldorado Reno 500 and Dirt Live Off-Road Expo - This July event combines desert off-road racing at the Tahoe-Reno Motorplex with the Dirt Live Expo in downtown Reno. This is some pretty serious stuff in the world of off-road racing, so check this one out if you are a fan or racer yourself.