Engines will roar and sand will fly on the beaches of Wildwood, New Jersey, this weekend for the fourth running of The Race of Gentlemen. The event, which is hosted by the Oilers Car and Motorcycle Club, draws dozens of stripped down and souped-up hot rods to the Atlantic coast for some heads-up racing.

The Race of Gentlemen (TROG) 2015

Photo by Johannes Huwe.

The Race of Gentlemen invites hot rodders from across the United States to New Jersey for two days of grudge racing. It's a weekend filled with live music, cool scenery and a wide range of vintage machinery. Photos by Mike Barillaro.

The Race of Gentlemen invites hot rodders from across the United States to New Jersey for two days of grudge racing. It’s a weekend filled with live music, cool scenery and a wide range of vintage machinery. Photos by Mike Barillaro.

Jim Loughlin of Jamesburg, New Jersey, stages his #216 Modified next to the rest of the Ray's Hot Rods roadsters on Friday morning.

Jim Loughlin of Jamesburg, New Jersey, stages his #216 Modified next to the rest of the Ray’s Hot Rods roadsters on Friday morning.

Originally, the 2015 event was supposed to be held last weekend, but it was postponed due to inclement weather. A “Hurricane Delay” was declared, and the executive decision was made to push TROG back a week while maintaining the same structure: meet and greet Friday, race Saturday and Sunday. According to the National Weather Service, this weekend’s conditions will be mostly clear with highs in the 60s.

Cream Ridge, New Jersey-resident Matt Picaro brought his "Lightning Special" single seater to this year's Race of Gentlemen. The car is based on a set of '27 Chevy rails and runs a Riley-equipped four banger.

Cream Ridge, New Jersey-resident Matt Picaro brought his “Lightning Special” single seater to this year’s Race of Gentlemen. The car is based on a set of ’27 Chevy rails and runs a Riley-equipped four banger.

The Race of Gentlemen keeps to a strict set of guidelines to ensure it maintains an early hot rod atmosphere. Cars that are competing must be based on pre-’34 American bodies and run flatheads or four-cylinders manufactured before ’53. Keeping with the theme, participants and spectators are encouraged to dress in ’40s attire. In addition to the races, the Customs by the Sea car show will take place on the beach—near the starting line—for the first time. This small show was organized by the Kustomrama team and is restricted to traditional, pre-’52 customs.

Steve Pugner of Portsmouth, Virginia, will be racing this year in his '25 Ford Speedster. Power comes from a rebuilt four cylinder.

Steve Pugner of Portsmouth, Virginia, will be racing this year in his ’25 Ford Speedster. Power comes from a rebuilt four cylinder.

t’s slated to be another great year at The Race of Gentlemen. If you’re in the area, make sure to head over to Wildwood for some unforgettable early hot rod racing. For more information about TROG, click here, or for more on Customs by the Sea, click here.

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The Race of Gentlemen's hosts have assembled an impressive display out on the Wildwood sands. Photo by Jeff Decker.

The Race of Gentlemen’s hosts have assembled an impressive display out on the Wildwood sands. Photo by Jeff Decker.