The Race of Gentlemen was founded four years ago in Wildwood, N.J., on a formula of sand, sun and speed.
For the retro-styled event’s first West Coast drag race, set in Pismo Beach (October 15 and 16), California’s Central Coast offers vintage gearheads something more. “Pismo, Grover and Oceano beaches are all rich with racing history going back to the teens through the 1930s,” co-founder Bobby Green says. Green, whose 1933 Group Los Angeles cocktail venues (Highland Park Bowl, Oldfield’s Liquor Room and Sassafras Saloon, among others) are done up in pitch-perfect era-defining decor, is prepping his own 1930s HAL sprint car at the Old Crow Speed Shop in Burbank. He’s confident that the TROG Cali edition will have a distinct identity. “The Jersey Shore is carnival-like,” he says. “Pismo, with its grassy dunes, makes for a timeless backdrop.” theraceofgentlemen.com. • JESSICA RITZ
Edited by Andrea Stanford.