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THE RACE OF GENTLEMEN 2014

It’s not in Allenhurst anymore. And that is a bummer for sure. But the Race of Gentlemen vintage motorcycle and automobile beach race is still in New Jersey. We can be thankful and prideful for that and remember that the first race was right here in our backyard.

What a day that was back in October of 2012, just a week before Hurricane Sandy screwed our coastline forever. It was a sunny Saturday afternoon, 75 degrees with huge barreling surf rumbling in the background. Around 3, 000 people came out to witness history. The first motorcycle and auto beach race in the United States since the 50s happening right here, just north of Asbury Park in New Jersey of all places. Truly one of those days that will never be forgotten.

The third Race of Gentlemen happens next weekend, October 3rd, 4th and 5th down in Wildwood. The event is presented by the Oilers Car Club including Neptune resident Mel Stultz and Bobby Greene of the Old Crow Speed Shop of California.

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Why did the race fly south? The beaches down there are much wider and perfect for racing on. Plus the vibe in Wildwood with its vintage motels, cool old neon signage and amusement rides on the beach are the perfect backdrop for TROG.

This year things are bigger and better. Harley Davidson is a major sponsor along with Edelbrock, Craftsman Tool Co., Stromberg Carburetors, Hemmings Motor News and Sailor Jerry Rum. All the sponsors are American companies founded in the early 1900s and prior.

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The 3 day event kicks off Friday night with a Chopper show sponsored by Dice Magazine. Night of the Troglodytes as they’re calling it will happen at 8pm in a secret location. Stay tuned at theraceofgentlemen.com for updates or follow their facebook page at www.facebook.com/OilersCCRaceOfGentlemen.

There will also be a custom car show happening all 3 days. Kustomrama presents Customs by the Sea, an exhibition of historic custom cars, surrounded by period correct traditional customs from all decades. The car show will take place by the boardwalk at Rio Grande Ave. You’ll also be able to see the helmets from High Seas, Open Roads helmet art show (presented by the triCity affiliated Asbury Anchor and Two Moto Co.) which will be on display all weekend. Their will also be a bonfire on the beach Saturday nights, with live bands, booze and more.

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The race itself has grown to over 93 entrants from all over the country, spread out over two days and features a collection of pre-war (1920’s and 30’s) cars and motorcycles.

Tickets are $30 for Saturday or Sunday only or $50 for a full weekend pass. Buy tickets at theraceofgentlemen.com.

One of our favorite parts of TROG, aside from the cars and bikes of course, is the amount of detail and production that goes into this 3 day event. From the hand painted signage everywhere to the hand built checkered stands that mark the start and finish lines to the giant lifeguard stand that acts as a viewing stand for filmers and photographers. It’s a tribute to the way things used to be done. Grass-roots, DIY, with attention to detail and a focus on quality. That is what defines The Race of Gentlemen. Don’t miss it.

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