TROG keeps on truckin'
WORDS & IMAGES Jesse Kiser
Once a year, coupes with cast pistons and side-valve motorcycles gather on a beach outside of Wildwood, New Jersey, to recreate a lighthearted race weekend circa 1952. The Race of Gentlemen—TROG, as now it’s come to be known—has grown into a major event for those who consider anything post-WWII as “modern.” Hosted by the Oilers Car Club since 2012, the event takes control of the small coastal town of Wildwood for one weekend, with a Friday night pre-party, the Night of the Troglodytes, followed by the Customs by the Sea car show. What everyone comes to see, though, are two days of racing in sand, which proved treacherous this year; rider Jeremiah of Love Cycles and TROG O.G. “Sushi” Atsushi Yasui crashed their motorcycles and ended up in the hospital. (Both riders have since been released and seem to be in high spirits.) All things considered, another fantastic year for TROG, one of the only events in the world where you can enjoy the smell of burning oil on a salty ocean breeze.