Monday, November 4, 2019

The Race of Gentlemen wins again with largest event in years

TROG expansion a success with large crowds for the offseason


WILDWOOD, NJ - Over 20,000 people made it onto the beach October 6-7th for The Race of Gentlemen, making this year’s event the largest in the past few years.

TROG started as a two day beach race of pre and post war cars and motorcycles, and this year expanded to a five day event through Wildwood. The event was a good kick off to the October off season in Wildwood, and provided a boost to area businesses.

"We were happy to be back in October,” said creator Mel Stultz “TROG is one of the most special times of year for us in Wildwood. Racing this year was great and we can't wait to come back next year."

Wednesday the party kicked off with a sold out pre-party at PigDog at the end of Morey’s Piers. Thursday and Friday brought a swap meet and car show down to Fox Park and Atlantic Avenue. The swap meet featured over 50 vendors selling various vintage and antique parts, vehicles and more.

Throughout the swap meet visitors enjoyed live music, Warsteiner beers, and food from Mermaid Mutineer and Ribeyes. The Night of Troglodytes Chopper Show once again took place at the Binn’s Motel, where over 70 choppers were on display. 

Saturday and Sunday mornings, racing kicked off early to beat the tides. A wall of fans watched at the fences, more attendees sat in the stands and sand dunes, and even more enjoyed walking around the event for food, more Warsteiner beers, the TROG merch tent, and more attractions. The classic car show just outside of the event space featured over 50 classic cars and was an added bonus to the event festivities.

Wildwood Mayor Ernie Troiano, Jr considers this year’s event as a massive success due to the October event date, expanding the event through town, and creating unique additions like the swap meet.

“The event was very beneficial to our businesses and community,” said Troiano. “It was enjoyed by all and the event draws a nice crowd. We look forward to hosting The Race of Gentlemen again next year.”

Winners from this year were: Rail Class- Harry Carlson AKA Crazy Uncle Harry; 4 Banger- Pat Cronin; V8-Jeremy Baye; Big Twin Bike-Nick Hunter; 45 Bike-Traver Stegall.

The Race of Gentlemen looks forward to returning in 2020, and details will be posted on and social media.

About TROG
TROG isn’t an invention. It’s been happening well before our founders were born, but now it has a name and a place in the foreground of modern culture. TROG taps into something primal and emotional. An escape from an impressively mundane world, offering mechanical reprieve from its backlit, binary grip. TROG events are real, jarring and built on the strongest, sappiest foundation of all... friendship. A weekend retreat with late nights and early mornings, where you laugh and yell and experience nature in the strangest possible way. A reminder that most admirable aspects of humanity have yet to die off.

About The Oilers Club
Founded by Jim Nelson in Southern California over 65 years ago, The Oilers Club, was a small group of thrill-seeking friends that built and raced hot rods and motorcycles using outdated pre-WWII era chassis, bodies, motors and parts. In 2010, the keys to the club were handed to Meldon Van Riper Stultz III, a Jersey Shore native who, with his colorful crew of vintage car and motorcycle revivalists, now stage these rolling exhibitions at historically significant locations across the country.

More information on The Race of Gentleman and tickets can be found online at and

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