The Race of Gentlemen | Photos & Text: Anthony Philip Festa |
The Race of Gentlemen -- presented by the Oilers CC/MC -- returned to Wildwood, NJ for another long weekend of beach trials, June 8 - 10, featuring authentically vintage hotrods and motorcycles highlighting America's rich moto heritage. Before the racing kicked off, there were some gems to be seen at the registration / car & bike corral. While the main action at registration, next to the StarLux Hotel, kicks off on the Friday morning before TROG, there are always folks around on the days leading up as well. Here, you can get up close and check out the bikes before they run on the sand. It's a great place to watch, listen and talk with those racing and in town to enjoy the show. On race day, with rain on the forecast, you could feel a bit of tension for the event to get moving, and once on, the racing was intense. Saturday's event is exhibition only, no brackets for trophies. But that did not stop the contenders from giving it their all. As the day edged on the fog rolled in as did the storm clouds. With the racing heating up mid-afternoon there was sadly a spill. Jeremiah Armenta was running full out on his '41 Harley Knucklehead when he lost control and went down. Luckily he's okay. But that, plus the inbound bad weather, shut the racing down for the rest of the afternoon. The races did continue on Sunday.
ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER: Anthony is a husband and father who can often be found outside, exploring, on or near the water, trying to enjoy life as much as he can with his family. After graduating from the State University of New York at New Paltz with a BFA in Photography, he promptly moved to Brooklyn and began working in the photo industry. Passion drives much of his work. His love for all things automotive stems from going to car shows with his father on weekends during the summer while growing up, and seeing photos of his father's 1976 Honda CB750F and motocross exploits. He continues and expands on that early fascination his father imparted on him by capturing cars and their enthusiasts.
-- Anthony Philip Festa