This Amazing Period-Correct Event Is Cosplay for Hot-Rodders

The Race of Gentlemen (TROG) has to be seen to be believed.

The Race of Gentlemen (TROG) needs no introduction to our readers, as we've been covering this sand-slinging beach race since the New Jersey-based event first hit the sands in October 2012. Now in its eighth season on the sandy shores of the Garden State, TROG has become a tour de force, bringing its car-nival infused hot rod showcase once again to the mid-century beach town of Wildwood.

Since 2013, TROG has staked a claim to the south Jersey town, and uses the location's vintage vibe to make the total experience all the more pleasing to the traditional hot rodders.

As in past years, the weather and tides play a huge role in determining the outcome of the show, as bad luck with either could put a damper on the weekend. Luckily for head honcho Mel Stultz and his Oiler Car Club crew, Mother Nature cooperated, and the show was a massive success on all fronts. Saturday morning broke with a chill, but from there the skies remained clear and the tides went along on schedule without any offshore storm surge. This year, TROG officials cleared plenty of beachfront to move the race up the beach as the tide rose during the morning hours. This kept the lines moving and the racers happy.

New rules that included roll bars and five-point harnesses were instituted this year to keep the drivers safe, but they didn't affect the fun at all out on the eighth-mile strip. Stay in the loop at theraceofgentlemen.com.

This article originally appeared on HOT ROD.