RENO, NV – August 6, 2015 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions®, and Pennzoil-sponsored stunt driver Rhys Millen delivered the Barrett-Jackson Cup to Hot August Nights today in honor of the 3rd Annual Hot August Nights Auction in Reno Tahoe, Nevada, Aug. 6-8. Millen drifted a yellow 2015 Dodge Hellcat on a closed-road course through downtown Reno, where he personally delivered the coveted Barrett-Jackson Cup trophy.
“We were able to deliver the Barrett-Jackson Cup in true high performance style by teaming up with Pennzoil and Rhys Millen,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “Rhys’ ability behind the wheel is unmatched, as seen in his stunt driving and racing career. I can’t think of a better way to open this year’s Hot August Night Auction and Barrett-Jackson Cup competition than by Rhys’ electrifying entrance into Reno.”
The Barrett-Jackson Cup has become one of the most anticipated custom car competitions boasting one of the hobby’s richest purses of more than $100,000 in cash and prizes.
“Having a Hellcat race through the streets of downtown was a first for Reno and Hot August Nights,” said Tony Marini, executive director of Hot August Nights. “The Barrett-Jackson Cup has grown to be the greatest competition of its kind. It’s only fitting that a professional stunt driver delivered the trophy amidst smoke, donuts and screeching tires.”
With the help of Hot August Nights, the City of Reno and the Reno Police Department, Rhys piloted this 707 horsepower yellow 2015 Dodge Hellcat through downtown Reno, drifting past several iconic Reno landmarks, including the famous Reno Arch and Barrett-Jackson Cup sponsors Eldorado Resort Casino, Silver Legacy Resort Casino, Harrah’s Hotel & Casino and Circus Circus Hotel & Casino. For a video of the drifting excitement, click here.
“I was excited when Pennzoil asked me to be part of Barrett-Jackson and Hot August Nights Auction,” said Millen. “Drifting through the streets of Reno to deliver the Barrett-Jackson Cup and being a part of the week’s excitement was a huge thrill for me.”
Rhys will be also be on-site to sign autographs for fans during the 3rd Annual Hot August Nights Auction presented by Barrett-Jackson. His autograph session will be held in the Vendor Marketplace on Thursday, Aug. 6, from 11:00 a.m. until noon.
In addition to Rhys lighting up the streets of Reno in a Hellcat, Barrett-Jackson has two 2015 Hellcats crossing the block at No Reserve on Saturday, August 8 at the 3rd Annual Hot August Nights Auction. One in Billet Silver and the other in Sublime Green Pearl, both 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcats feature the lauded 6.2-liter HEMI V8 engine. For more information on becoming a bidder, follow the link to http://www.Barrett-Jackson.com/Bidder/Home.