THE RACE OF GENTLEMEN – JUNE 8/9/10April 24, 2018
This June, instead of beachgoers tanning and frolicking in the surf, Wildwood Beach will be filled with the sounds of cars and motorcycle engines revving up. The Race of Gentlemen (TROG) is a race consisting of motorcycle and hot rods built before the 1950’s. In 2008, founder Mel Stultz and members of the reformed motorcycle club “The Oilers” conceptualized a race that celebrated the tradition of pre-1950’s racing. Over the years the event has become something of a reunion to young and old, from many different cultures and nationalities. Bringing the fastest, coolest looking bikes is not the only requirement, they are always interested in the uniqueness of the 20,000+ individuals that come to race and spectate each year. The race era is not only represented in the signage situated around the event, but even the Racers and spectators dress in gear appropriate for the time period. A TROG event is a photobook from a bygone era come to life.
The Race of Gentlemen in Wildwood, NJ from June 10-11, 2017.
The first day of the event, considered “Inspection Day” is an amalgamation of cars and cycles that are rusted, beat up and pieced together. This is not your typical car show. It’s the character of the vehicles which make each vehicle special. As race day commences, contestants arrive early to get their pride and joy onto the beach. The roaring engines downing out the conversation as the spectators fill the bleachers and the race day begins. As the sun begins to set, the crowds prepare for the nights festivities. Music, drinks and good food close out the busy and exciting day.
Photos By: Dean Chooch Landry Photography And Allan Glanfield