On June 4-5th, Wildwood, New Jersey, will take a step back in time for the 2016 Race of Gentlemen. Hosted by the Oilers Car and Motorcycle Club, the exclusive event combines a traditional, 1940s atmosphere with high revving, sand flinging racing out on the beach.
After last fall’s race was delayed by a hurricane, The Race of Gentlemen organizers made the decision to hold this year’s event in early June. Not only did this allow them to take advantage of the warm spring weather on the Atlantic coast, it also gave them the chance to host a second race in Pismo, California, on October 15-16th.
Just like in the past, The Race of Gentlemen is an unwavering exercise in early hot rodding aesthetic. Only American cars of pre-’34 origin are allowed in competition, and engines must be flatheads or inliners produced before 1953. Organizers encourage participants to give their cars the dry lakes treatment by souping up their engines and leaving their windshields, headlights and fenders at home. With a total of 130 cars and motorcycles registered to run, the two-day event will be jam-packed with grudge racing on Saturday and eliminations on Sunday.
The competition machines aren’t the only ones subjected to strict guidelines. For the third year, the Kustomrama team will be hosting their highly selective Customs by the Sea show in conjunction with The Race of Gentlemen. This unique event-within-an-event showcases new and old customs that have been built using pre-1952 components.