For the past few years the Oilers car club has hosted the Race of Gentlemen on the east coast beach of Wildwood, New Jersey.
A show featuring hand selected pre-war cars and motorcycles racing each other and the tide along the sandy shoreline. An event I have
long wanted to see and photograph after seeing photos that started to appear online and in magazines. How excited I was to hear that the Oilers were packing up the wagons and bringing the show to the west coast this year,
I booked my flight the next day.
With the surprise of overcast skies and misty rain, it seemed as if the Oilers had brought the complete package of TROG to California, including the east coast weather. Along with the greasy and gritty cars ripping around on the sand, I think the misty weather only helped to complete the illusion of stepping back to a time to when things were little bit simpler .
This tanker has never seen salt but it has gotten sandy on both coasts, racing at both TROG events.
The smell of exhaust and ocean air was thick in the staging lanes.
Getting a better view
Some got stuck....
..some got sandy
What an impressive sight it was to see such a great mix of automotive history speeding along the shoreline. Everything from early Fords, Dodges, Speedsters, Harleys, and Indian motorcycles racing down the 1/8th mile course of sand. It was hard not to feel as if you had stepped
into the pages of a history book.
Traditional didn't just stop at the machines racing on the sand, it could be seen in the early 30's styled outfits that were worn by many, I thought these two fellas had it down.
and the flag waved all day long, five runs at a time, until the ocean took back it's beach.
A little tip: goggles are a must when racing on the beach
Pedal start! So great to see this up at the start line, the zap strap on the brake and the electrical tape around the fuel tank are priceless gearhead fix'em uppers
A 1930's Miller bodied Indy car made an appearance on the sand...what a great piece of racing history.
Stories were told....
and traffic was a bitch....
some great memories were made, and a new page, (this page in colour) to add to the history books.
The Oiler's car club did an amazing job and gave a living history lesson that few will forget.
I look forward to getting sandy again next year.