RENO, NV — Fifty of the nation’s top custom cars competed for the first-ever Hot August Nights Cup and part of $100,000 in cash and prizes. It’s one of the largest overall prize purses offered in any collector car competition in the world, and a familiar car wound up with the top prize.

Billy and Debbie Thomas’ Ridler Award-winning 1939 Oldsmobile earned top honors, including a $30,000 first place payout. The stunning Olds beat out nine other finalists and was crowned Hot August Nights Cup winner in front of a huge crowd lining Virginia Street in downtown Reno. The competition was part of the show’s 30th anniversary celebration, but the impressive lineup of participants inspired show organizers to announce the competition’s return for next year.

Here’s a look at the entire Top 10 in order of finish:

Billy and Debbie Thomas’ 1939 Oldsmobile Series 60 Convertible

'39 Olds Model 60

Builder: Harold Chapman, Customs and Hot Rods of Andice


Howard and Susan Groff’s 1962 Impala SS

Builder: Andy Leach

Builder: Andy Leach

Paul Schulz’s 1955 Chevy 210

'55 Chevy 210 (2)

Builder: Leonard Lopez, Dominator Street Rods


Alex Short’s 1969 Chevrolet Camaro


Builder: Cam Miller, HS Customs


Dean Osland’s 1959 Rambler American Two-Door Wagon

'59 Rambler Wagon

Builder: Doug Jerger, Squeeg’s Kustoms


Jerry Jacobs’ 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air

1957 Chevy Bel Air

Builder: Leonard Lopez, Dominator Street Rods


Harold and Tracy Chapman’s 1949 Cadillac Model 62 Convertible

'49 Cadillac #62C

Harold Chapman, Customs and Hot Rods of Anice


Brent Schieder’s 1937 Ford Tudor Convertible

'37 Ford Convertible

Builder: Leonard Lopez, Dominator Street Rods


Dan Wathor’s 1937 Ford Coupe

'37 Ford Coupe

Builder: Kenny Welch


Bart Bartoni’s 1938 Alfa Romeo Coupe

'38 Alfa Romeo 2-Door

Builder: Ron Crume of Infinity Motorsports

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Author: David Fuller

David Fuller is OnAllCylinders' managing editor. During his 20-year career in the auto industry, he has covered a variety of races, shows, and industry events and has authored articles for multiple magazines. He has also partnered with mainstream and trade publications on a wide range of editorial projects. In 2012, he helped establish OnAllCylinders, where he enjoys covering all facets of hot rodding and racing.