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Gearheads, chili heads invading Mesquite Jan. 13-15
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Mesquite Motor Mania returns to the city Jan. 24-25 about 80 miles north of Las Vegas.

A long list of activities will keep Mesquite hopping Friday through Sunday when the fourth annual $15,000 Mesquite Motor Mania invades the city.

With some 600 classic cars, Mesquite Motor Mania will include every conceivable vehicle along with motorcycles and the rest. The event is one of several promoted by Las Vegas Cruisin Association.

The array of special activities related to Mesquite Motor Mania kicks off Friday with a roaring engines competition at the CasaBlanca beginning at noon.

An open header cruise to each of the Mesquite hotels is set from 2-4 p.m; with slow drags and burnout competition set for the CasaBlanca parking lot from 4-6 p.m.

 Saturdayís big schedule kicks off at each location beginning at 9 a.m. with an assortment of related activities running until 6 p.m.

Final day activities begin Sunday at 8 a.m.; with a giant awards ceremony set for 1 p.m. in the CasaBlanca Showroom.           

The finale in the CasaBlanca Showroom attracts capacity crowds of automobile enthusiasts for awards such as Peoples Choice, Participantís Pick and Best of Show.

Specialty Awards include Best of Chrome, Outstanding Paint Award, Outstanding Engine Award, Best Engineered Award, Hottest Flames, Coolest Car Award, Sanitary Award and Hot Stuff Award.

The husband and wife team of Kevin and Tamie Merrill of Idaho Falls, Ida., captured Best of Show honors in 2011 with a beautiful 1940 Ford pickup.

Further information can be found by visiting or by calling Art Kam of the Las Vegas Cruisin Association at 702-643-0000.

 WHO: About 600 classic cars, hot rods and street rods along with the top chili chefs in the country.

 WHAT: Fourth annual Mesquite Motor Mania, Jan. 13-15 featuring 260 trophies and $15,000 in prize money; double header Smokiní Big Chili Challenge, Jan. 14-15 benefiting Goodie Two Shoes.

Mesquite Motor Mania to include long list of special activities including roaring engines, slow drags and burnout competition. Also included will be an open header cruise Friday and Saturday; the public is invited and will be able to vote for their favorite vehicle.

Smokiní Big Chili Challenge will attract the nationís top competitors from several states.

All free to the public for the entire weekend.

WHEN: Mesquite Motor Mania, Jan. 13-15; Smokiní Big Chili Challenge double header Jan. 14-15.

 WHERE: Sponsored by the Mesquite Resort Association, Mesquite Motor Mania hotel casinos including the Oasis, Virgin River, Eureka and CasaBlanca.

The Smokiní Big Chili Challenge will complement Mesquite Motor Mania in the parking lot of the CasaBlanca.

 WHY: Because when it comes to having fun, classic cars and chili in Mesquite combine to present the best fun on earth.

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