A new company will be spearheading the auction and exhibition portions of Hot August Nights (HAN), launching in 2016 for the popular classic car event’s 30th anniversary. Reno-based Motorsport Auction Group (MAG) will not only take hold of the auction gavel for the first time between August 4 and 6, 2016, but it will also present an array of automobiles and product vendors in the Reno-Sparks Convention Center.
In addition to the indoor car auction with a multitude of automotive-related vendors and exhibitors, the new auction company will produce and promote a three-day event in conjunction with Hot August Nights that will feature cars crossing the block every few minutes. From street rods and classics to special interest and exotic vehicles, gearheads will find an exhilarating automotive array at the new auction, including memorabilia.
“We’re looking forward to working with MAG to build an even bigger and better auction for our participants, and one that’s locally based so our economy is directly impacted,” asserted Hot August Nights Executive Director Mike Whan.
Motorsport Auction Group is comprised of four partners.
Husband and wife team Sandy and Mike Oberle have more than 30 years in the automotive industry, and a strong passion for classic cars and memorabilia. They have experience owning car dealerships in three western states, working with collector car auctions across the country, as well as in restoration, sales, service, appraisals, transport and customer service.
Hailing from Cincinnati, Ohio and currently residing in central Texas, Larry Gayhart—MAG’s strategy and finance director—has been collecting and fixing up classic cars since he was 14 years old. Owner of A & E Classic Cars near San Antonio, Texas, Gayhart has two prized classics of his own, one a Detroit Autorama Ridler Award winner, and frequents car auctions around the country.
MAG Partner and Marketing Director Frank Yaksitch is also chief executive officer and founder of Frank’s Classic Cars, an automobile dealership in Mansfield, Texas, where he has created national partnerships in more than 20 states. Retired from Albertsons, with over 30 years experience as VP of Operations and continued success in personal business, Frank will bring his executive leadership, strategic and operations expertise to the group.
“We look forward to partnering with Hot August Nights to put on an auction and exhibit that their participants will enjoy for years to come. I’ve been attending Hot August Nights and its past auctions as a spectator and consigner for over 25 years, and am looking forward to bringing the positive relationships we’ve built personally and professionally across the country to northern Nevada,” said Motorsport Auction Group Partner and Spokesperson Mike Oberle.