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The Race of Gentlemen 2018: A weekend of vintage racing on the beach

Wildwood, New Jersey, United States

Bike 50

Bike 50

The Race of Gentlemen, TROG

The Race of Gentlemen, TROG

In June of this year I had the opportunity to travel back in time and witness a weekend of racing on the beach in Wildwood New Jersey at The Race of Gentlemen (and women) otherwise known as TROG.

From June 8th to the 10th, the streets and beaches at Wildwood, New Jersey are filled with the sounds of Hot Rods and vintage motorcycles (mostly American with a sprinkling of British here and there).

TROG harkens back to the early days of racing before racing became a big money affair with sponsors, crews and R&D budgets, to where it started; with drivers pitting their personally modified cars against others just to see who had the fastest machine.

TROG

TROG

Oilers

Oilers

Harley-Davidson Riders

Harley-Davidson Riders

Bike vs Car

Bike vs Car

Burning Man for wrenchers and vintage car and motorcycle kooks

During the races, period correct cars and motorcycles compete for glory in what can only be described as the most interesting history lesson I have ever had, while at the same time serving as an unforgettable automotive carnival weekend - a sort of Burning Man for wrenchers and vintage car and motorcycle kooks. To qualify, cars must have been produced before 1935 and cannot include any parts made after 1953, while motorcycles must predate 1947 and have a tank shifter and period correct motors, wheels and accessories. All contestants wear period clothing, while the staging boss wears a tuxedo and top hat.

Billy Lane Choopers Inc

Billy Lane Choopers Inc

Bike 143

Bike 143

Harley Riders

Harley Riders

Lady Rider

Lady Rider

Period Correct

Period Correct

Bike 102

Bike 102

Give him a hand Service Guy

Give him a hand Service Guy

Pep Talk

Pep Talk

Bike 312

Bike 312

Aaron Kaufman from GasMonkey Garage

Aaron Kaufman from GasMonkey Garage

Riders

Riders

Waiting to Race

Waiting to Race

Rider

Rider

Riders Waiting to Race

Riders Waiting to Race

The weekend's events

The weekend did not disappoint and for most of if I felt like a kid in a candy store. The festivities started out on Friday afternoon in front of the Starlight Motel in Wildwood where the cars and bikes that would be racing “checked in” and had their machines inspected to verify that they qualified .

Friday night - or the more aptly named “Night of the Troglodytes” - included a Chopper party with live music and motorcycles and custom choppers galore on the grounds of the Binns Motor Inn. I did manage to attend the party for a bit at the end of the evening, I must confess that I missed most of the action as I arrived “late to the party”. Suffice to say that it looked like a good time was had by all.

Saturday was the main attraction in which the racers, paired off in informal “grudge matches”, line up two-by-two and their turn to go head-to-head on the one-eighth-mile long beach track. Winners earn bragging rights; losers are reassured that that they get back in line and race another racer. The day was filled with smiles and light hearted camaraderie.

Sunday was more formal with bracket races for the winning title.

Aaaaand they're off!!

Aaaaand they're off!!

Finish line

Finish line

Head to Head

Head to Head

Lady Rider - All Smiles

Lady Rider - All Smiles

Sometimes they had to push their way back

Sometimes they had to push their way back

Giving it a Kick at the Start

Giving it a Kick at the Start

Bike 19

Bike 19

Heading to the finish for the win

Heading to the finish for the win

Waiting to roll

Waiting to roll

Girder Front End

Girder Front End

For the Win!

For the Win!

Motion Blur

Motion Blur

Tucked in and Racing

Tucked in and Racing

Neck and Neck

Neck and Neck

Neck and Neck

Neck and Neck

Pulling away at the start

Pulling away at the start

Ready Set Go

Ready Set Go

Bikes and Cars

Bikes and Cars

Sometimes you just need a tow

Sometimes you just need a tow

Heading to the Start

Heading to the Start

Neck and Neck

Neck and Neck

Convo before the start

Convo before the start

The Tuck for extra speed

The Tuck for extra speed

Neck and Neck

Neck and Neck

The Racing and the Flag Girl!

On Saturday and Sunday, all eyes are on the flag girl, Sara Francello, (as much as they are on the bikes and cars), barefooted in the sand with blonde hair wearing white Harley-Davidson service hot pants overalls, she's star in her own right, waving the checkered flag in her hand to signal the start of the race. The engines roar as the tension on the beach rises. Then the flag girl jumps a good two feet into the air, and with incredible energy, lowers the flag and the cars and bikes are off! It’s an amazing spectacle and it didn’t get old for the full two days.

RU Ready?

RU Ready?

Go!

Go!

Friendly smack on the cheek before the race

Friendly smack on the cheek before the race

Get going!

Get going!

Go!

Go!

I will definitely be back next year and am already scheming to build a Harley racer for future years.

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marina

73 months ago

Paul, wanted to let you know the TROG team shared your story. Lots of good vibes.