Tag: Beach Racing

TROG ’21: Through the Lens of John Helmuth – J.Ukrop  @TheJalopyJournal

TROG ’21: Through the Lens of John Helmuth – J.Ukrop @TheJalopyJournal

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My New Jersey trip started sometime in the middle of the night on a lonely stretch of expressway between Philadelphia and the Atlantic Ocean. Running on pure adrenaline, I gripped the wheel of a futuristic German supercar that, for whatever reason, the fine folks at the rental company thought would be a suitable replacement for my missing sedan. The numbers on the digital speedometer continued to climb. Big trees, small trees, oversize signs and off-ramps made momentary appearances, only to be swallowed by the darkness.

I scanned my surroundings, then checked the clock again. It was half-past three a.m. I was the only one left on earth. That didn’t matter. Nothing did. “We’re gonna make it,” I told myself, turning up some Post Malone on Spotify. “There’s no stopping now.”

A few hours later, I woke up at the Aztec Motel in the beach town of Wildwood, New Jersey. The morning light cut through the blinds, bringing my beach-themed room into focus. I rubbed my eyes. The past 24 hours had been a dizzying mess. With four delayed flights and one lost rental car, it took a grand total of 18 hours to make it to Room 118’s doorstep. Nonetheless, I was there. And I had a job to do.

As I lumbered to life, I felt a hint of jealousy. The rest of the world had a head start on the day. And this wasn’t just any day. This was Saturday, October 2nd—the first day of The Race of Gentlemen.

Boogie on the Boardwalk

Although I’ve never been to the East Coast for T.R.O.G., I could feel the excitement in the air as I trudged down Atlantic Avenue with half my weight in camera equipment strapped to my back. The closer I got to the beach, the more and more I felt like something big was about to happen. I popped up on the boardwalk. Navigating my way through the crowd, I peered up at the unmistakable skyline of twisted roller coaster tracks, thrill rides and one enormous Ferris Wheel. “There it is,” I said to myself. “The Jersey Shore.”

Wildwood’s Surfside Pier was in full swing. Hot rodders from around the globe were all there for the same reason as I was: to see some of the country’s best traditional hot rods and motorcycles square off in an eighth mile beach race like none other. This event has gained a cult-like following in the past decade, thanks to founder Mel Stultz and the Oilers Car Club.

While wandering around the boardwalk, I thought back to past articles about the race. I had written some, while others journalists painted the picture in their own way. I was itching to jump in the sand and get to work. Mid-thought, I heard a familiar voice off in the distance. It was none other than John Helmuth.

Donned in a wide-brimmed hat and horn-rimmed sunglasses, John greeted me with a handshake and a smile. He and I had planned to meet up the previous evening at the Night of the Troglodytes chopper party, but the airline had other ideas. John still went and captured the debauchery in 35mm.

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The Vintage Hot Rod Association presents: Pendine Sands Hot Rod Races – 10th & 11th July 2021

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We are pleased to announce that the eighth running of the Hot Rod Races will be happening on Pendine Sands over the weekend of 10th & 11th July 2021. Once again there will be two days of non-stop racing action on the historic beach in Carmarthenshire, South Wales. We will be starting around 11.00am each day and racing for around five to six hours, with non-stop action from start to finish. Everything is determined by the tide so times can’t be set in stone.

This incredible, award winning event has fast become the most important date on the UK hot rod calendar, with participants coming from all over the globe to take part in the world’s fastest and most exciting beach racing competition available to traditional hot rods and customs. Racing is only open to members of the Vintage Hot Rod Association and their pre-1949 hot rods and customs, so it’s guaranteed old time action all the way. Whilst pit passes are only for VHRA members, spectating is free from outside the pits, and you’ll find more details on that further down the page.

There are classes for all types of vehicles and engines, with cars being built just to break class records. A full list of classes and record holders is below, as well as a roll call of drivers that have broken the 100 mph barrier. Our King of the Beach for 2019 was Marcus Bennett, who claimed the title in his first attempt, topping 120 mph in the bargain. He’s keen to take the top spot again in 2021, but there’s plenty of competition to keep him on his toes, so be sure to come along and see if he can be toppled from his throne.

Free Spectating – No Pass Required

Outside of the pits it’s free to come and spectate. The view of the race cars is fantastic and you you can wander down the beach to see the cars at speed. There is a parking fee of £4 per car payable to the council on the day, which will allow you to park on the hallowed beach in your car. No pre-booking or ticket is required, you do not need to be a member and there is no limit on numbers. This will not permit you to enter the pit or race areas, but there will be the opportunity to get up close to the cars either side of racing. Dogs on leads are welcome.

Race and Pit Pass Booking Conditions – VHRA Members Only – ALL PASSES SOLD OUT

Because of the carry-over of passes from the postponed 2020 Hot Rod Races, there are no new places available on the race card for 2021. We are, however, collating member’s names for a reserve list. Please contact us before 9th October 2020 if you wish to add your name to that list. Lead name must be a VHRA member. Applications will be accepted in the first instance from those with membership in place at the time of the event was announced to members on 25th August 2020. Racing is limited to one vehicle per member. You can add one additional driver but runs are limited to the vehicle not drivers. Additional driver does not need to be a member. Please note; any records, prizes or timing tags are awarded to the owner, not driver. All racers must hold a full driving licence. Passes are restricted to a maximum of 4 adults per booking, inclusive of member, no limit on children. Children’s passes cannot be upgraded to adult passes at a later date. All adults with pit passes agree be on site prior to racing in order to assist with setting up. Cheques payable to VHRA. If you do not have a cheque book, we will accept PayPal to info@vhra.co.uk ahead of the form being sent in, but it is the receipt of the original, signed, completed booking form in the post that determines the place in the queue. Equally, payment needs to be made for your application to be processed. There is a surcharge of £4 for PayPal payments. Incomplete applications, applications that have not been paid for, or applications not on the official booking form will not be accepted. Overseas applicants should add £2 for postage, we ask that you still include a return addressed envelope. No refunds on any tickets apart from in relation to Coronavirus cancelations, no other exceptions. Full details of entry and rules & regulations are included on the booking form and also on this page. If you have any questions please get in touch at info@vhra.co.uk.

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Mighty Mills Propel Classic Hot Rods: TROG 2019 – Scotty Lachenauer @HotRod

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Mighty Mills Propel Classic Hot Rods

One of the great features of The Race of Gentlemen (TROG) is the variety of engines that you can spy in the hot rods on the beach. Though Ford ’banger and flathead V8s are the most popular, over the years more of the less-common traditional powertrains have shown up on race weekend, giving the field the variety that helps make the experience well-rounded.

The traditional Ford mills often come with some of the rare speed parts that make hot rodders turn sea-foam green with envy. You’ll see Blue Oval four-cylinder machines built with high compression heads, and some even with prized OHV conversions from makers such as Riley and Cragar. Flathead V8s built with rare heads and hard-to-find intakes also get the senses going.

Mighty Mills Propel Classic Hot Rods

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Rattletrap beach sprints 2019 – Carly Dale @StreetMachine

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Rattletrap Beach Sprints 2019

Rattletrap pays homage to the origins of hot rodding on the beach at Crowdy Head, NSWANY traditional hot rodder worth their salt has heard of The Race Of Gentleman beach races in America, or TROG as it’s commonly known. So when the large and highly dedicated Drag-Ens Hot Rod Club decided to hold a similar event for pre-’41 period-style hot rods, vintage race cars and pre-60s bikes here in Australia, builders quickly scrambled to piece together worthy sand racers.

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Related – 7th Annual VHRA Pendine Sands Hot Rod Races

7th Annual VHRA Pendine Sands Hot Rod Races

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The Vintage Hot Rod Association held their 7th annual Hot Rod Races on the famous Pendine Sands over the weekend of the 15th/16th June 2019.

The weather in the UK so far this June has been damp to say the least earning the nickname of “Monsoon June”, so fingers were being crossed all round weather wise.

Most of those visiting the event stayed local to the sands and this gave the Pendine Sands Holiday Park a real 1950’s flavour with a lot of American iron on display outside the caravans.

Tech inspection began on Friday, and this was where you could see the sheer variety of vehicles that were taking part in the event. From speedsters, to stock cars, to family saloons the full range arrived for inspection. As you would expect the dominant make was Ford and in particular Model A and T based vehicles, which was to be expected at a Hot Rod event.

Friday night saw the predictable overnight downpour but the early start on Saturday saw a really nice sunny, if a little breezy, start to the day. An enjoyable pre-racing bonus was watching the parade of cars making its way onto the beach and into the pits.

After a few test runs by the VHRA staff the racing was ready to commence, albeit a little earlier than planned due to tidal and weather conditions.

The race classes are as follows:

Racing Classes

V – Vintage – Pre 54 engines, inclusive of all Ford flathead V8’s

L – Late – 1954 and later engines

 

4 – 4 Cylinder

6 – 6 Cylinder

8 – 8 Cylinder

U – Unlimited Cylinders

 

B – Blown – Supercharger or Turbo

 

F – Flathead – ALL valves in block, no OHV conversions

 

R – Roadster – Open top factory cars. Roof chops allowed, top must be down.

C – Closed Car – Fixed roof factory cars. Roof chops allowed.

M – Modified – Open top special & shortened bodies, including any non-factory bodies.

S – Streamliner – Closed car special & shortened bodies, including any non-factory bodies.

K – Full Body – Factory cars post 1934. All body styles, roof chops allowed. Full fenders must be fitted.

 

The cars are marked with the class that they are competing in, as can be seen below

Racing began and ran flawlessly into the afternoon with somewhat of a breeze, but thankfully no rain to speak of.

As you can see one of the downsides of beach racing is the clean-up, but I’m pretty sure that was the least of the competitors’ worries in comparison to the sheer joy of blasting down the course in search of that elusive record time, or just out for the fun of it all.

Saturday night again brought heavy rain and an early start on Sunday, once again the pre-racing parade down to the beach added to the spectacle, even the Police turned up!

The VHRA team did an excellent job in getting the course and pits set up for Sundays racing despite the adverse weather conditions. As you would expect the pits were once again a hive of activity with all the usual pre-race tweaks being carried out.

The rain again kept away on the whole during the early part of the day but the wind was considerably stronger than Saturday. This however did not discourage the competitors from attacking the course with the same gusto as on Saturday. From a spectator perspective traction appeared to have improved.

Some folks needed a bit of a helping hand to get up to the line!

The full racing programme was just about complete when the worst rain of the racing days hit the beach, but everyone put a brave face on it and all runs were completed.

All that was left was for all the cars that had congregated at the end of the track to drive back down the beach in “run for home” fashion. Even though it was raining this was a fitting spectacle to complete an excellent event. Roll on next year!

Esprit de hardcore: Pismo Race of Gentlemen 2016 – Daniel Beaudry Hemmings

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West Coast Race of Gentlemen

 

On October 15/16th this year the inaugural west coast version of the Race of Gentlemen took place at Pismo Beach.

Having been to Pismo a few years ago it’s an ideal spot, the beach is great and it’s a real “car hobby” area.

Unfortunately and ironically the weather wasn’t at all kind to the event, and it may be that it ends up being a one off?

Read more in Daniel Beaudry’s Hemmings article here

 

Return of the Old Guard: At The Race of Gentlemen, an original Oiler dons the colors once again – Daniel Beaudry – Hemmings

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TROG Quint Meland

The Race of Gentlemen will be held this weekend in Wildwood New Jersey and for the first time in 55 years Oiler Quint Meland  will be on the beach. Read the article from Hemmings here