Last year I saw some awesome pictures taken by Rick Wenner of a very unique event called the Race of Gentlemen and was blown away. After seeing his pictures I knew I had to check it out in person. Well, a couple weekends ago, I was able to make that happen. I set out early in the morning, driving the couple hours east over to Wildwood, NJ.
The Race of Gentlemen is made up of cars that were produced before 1935 and can’t include any parts made after 1953 and motorcycles predating 1947 and have a tank shifter, also called a “suicide clutch.” Races are broken up into three classes: bangers (four-cylinder engine cars), flatheads (flathead V-8 engine cars), and bikes. Racers go head-to-head on a one-eighth-mile long “track” right on the beach! All of the contestants wear period clothing which really adds to the aesthetic and brings the nostalgia in full-force.
It was a great day even though the weather turned and a significant accident cut the day short on Saturday. Unfortunately, I couldn’t stay for Sunday but I’ll definitely be back again next year. Hope to see you there!
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