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A little TROG to go with your Holidays

words/pictures: Justin Baas

Well room restraints left us will space for some individual features from the east coast race of gentlemen but we never got the full event coverage in the mag, I guess that’s what this here website is for. No restraints,,, so here’s 300 or so shots to hopefully give you guys some winter motivation to get out and build something………

 

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………… the original articles text………..

We’ve been hearing it for years from the grey hairs “what’s going to keep hot rodding going for the future” well The Race Of Gentlemen is a good starting point. Call it a phenomenon or just great promoting of a fantastic event by a good group of people but it has quickly become the “do not miss” event over the last few years. It’s great to see that what started as a simple idea by Mel Stutlz to get a few buddies racing down the beach has turned into something that actually gets people from across the nation into their garages to build a car or bike to race. With the addition of Bobby Green to the Oilers car club a few years back the race competition got even more serious and the event got even bigger.
The scene on the beach between two boardwalks in Wildwood, New Jersey has got to been experienced in person to see what these fellows are really pulling off. I mean who could have thought there’d be any chance of pulling off a race of 34′ and earlier cars and 47′ and earlier bikes all with pre 1950 technology and safety equipment on a public beach? This was the fifth running of the event on the Jersey shore and third year since the move to Wildwood from Allenhurst. The town had a slightly different feel this year with the move from October to June, due to bad weather the last couple of years. June in Jersey signals the beginning of tourist season and high school graduation, which meant the town filled up fast with family’s from Ohio and kids looking for their first party experience out of their home towns. We’d been hearing rumors of concern with all the “outsiders” taking over the town during TROG but what we found was a busy town, full of people looking to have a good time. It was great to see people who had zero idea about the race venture into the event and light up at the sight of a hundred or so vintage cars and bikes racing down the beach, won’t be surprised if a few of those “outsiders” even show up next year with an entry of their own.
      With classes split into flathead v8, 4 cylinder, and historic classes for the cars and 45 and big twin for the bikes there’s a spot for just about any vintage style racer to be competitive. Saturday is setup as a test and tune day and this year we saw buddy vs. buddy, grudge matches,  first time builders vs. seasoned geezers, 45’s vs. knuckles, bangers vs. big Lincoln flatty’s and more. There’s more grudge racing on Sunday but they also setup the single round eliminations for all the afore mentioned classes, this years winners were as follows
Flathead 8, Joe Conforth in the Lincoln powered Belond special
Flathead 4, Brook Nath in a model a powered T roadster
Historic, Eli English in his barn find channelled model a roadster built by Buddy Hinman in 1947
45, Matt Walksler
Big twin, Mike Silvio
45 vs. knuckle final, Matt Walksler on the 45
   There we some close races, some not so close races, plenty of jumped flag starts, some spills, losers and winners but the day ended with high fives and hugs by all that came to run down the hard packed sand of wildwood beach.