Anticipation revs up for free Mesquite Motor Mania, 800 cars

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Mesquite, Nevada, brings the ultimate car show for the new year with 800 classic and custom cars and a full weekend of entertainment including Bob Seger and Rolling Stones tribute bands

Motor Mania Car Show at CasaBlanca Resort in Mesquite

This custom 1946 Chevy COE owned by Richard Wood was shown at “Mesquite Motor Mania 2014” at the CasaBlanca Resort and Casino, Mesquite, Nev., Jan 17, 2014 | Photo by John Teas, St. George News

Mesquite boasts temperate January weather, making motor mania a perfect opportunity to bring your showpieces out of the garage

MESQUITE, Nev. — In what is set to be one of the biggest events for the Mesquite and surrounding communities, approximately 800 classic and custom cars will descend on the southern Nevada town Jan. 15-17 as part of the eighth annual "Mesquite Motor Mania."

This event is free to the public and offers something for every car enthusiast with a weekend full of classic cars, hot rods, street rods and more, showing off their prowess under the hood and on the body.

While much of the country remains under a blanket of snow or ice, Mesquite boasts temperate January weather, making the motor mania a perfect opportunity for car enthusiasts to bring their showpieces out of the garage and into the sunny limelight.

"We typically get nice weather," Christian Adderson, corporate sales manager for Mesquite Gaming, said. "This is one of the first car shows of the new year, it really gets people into the car show mood and many are making it a priority to attend."

The weekend will be full of activities including a roaring-engines competition, slow drags, burn-out competitions and, one of the highlights of the weekend, the open-header cruise.

"There is a great line up of cars cruising through town," Adderson said of the cruise, "it is really a neat deal to see all the cars drive by."

More than 260 awards will be given out during the event including awards for the Top 150 cars, dignitary and sponsor awards as well as cash and drawing prizes, Adderson said.

Mesquite Motor Mania will take place throughout Mesquite at the CasaBlanca Resort and Casino, the Oasis Resort, The Virgin River Resort and the Eureka Resort Casino and is sponsored by the Mesquite Resort Association, all of the participating resorts and casinos, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, Las Vegas Events, Mesquite Car Shows and Las Vegas Cruisin' Association Inc.

Music to match the motors

In addition to the car show, the CasaBlana Resort and Casino, located at 950 W. Mesquite Blvd., has a lineup of musical acts in its showroom to keep your engines revved into the night.

  • Friday

On the showroom stage Jan. 15, will be Turn the Page, the ultimate tribute to Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band. Advanced tickets range from $15 for basic seating to $30 for VIP booths and tables.

Tickets can be purchased online, by phone at 800-585-3737 or in person at the CasaBlanca front desk.

  • Saturday

The musical tributes continue Saturday, Jan. 16, with Mick Adams and The Stones, a tribute to the Rolling Stones.

In another high-energy show, Mick Adams and The Stones will honor what some call the greatest rock and roll band in history. Advanced ticket purchases range from $15-$30 and can be purchased online, by phone at 1-800-585-3737 or in person at the CasaBlanca front desk.

Additional charges apply for tickets purchased on the day of the events. Both shows are for people 21-and-over only.

Event details

What: Mesquite Motor Mania
When: Friday-Sunday, Jan. 15-17
Where: Participating resorts and casinos in Mesquite, Nevada
Cost: Free, some activities vary

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