We love our American racing heritage and The Race of Gentlemen is a living breathing celebration of that history filled with action and fun for all!
TROG goes through great lengths to bring its spectators back in time to those early days of racing. We expect our racers to have the time of their lives and showboat their machines to the fullest. Cars and bikes must be hopped up and look authentic to racings golden era.
Bikes and cars must be stripped down for racing and you may be asked to modify your vehicle even further if selected. Space is limited and submissions are hand selected for their authenticity. All entries must be pre-approved and must comply with the spirit of the event. If your vehicle has raced before we would like to see modifications made in order to be re-approved. Sorry, no pick up trucks or sedans unless they are heavily modified competition style race vehicles, ie; (Setback engines, heavy chops, extreme channel, major speed equipment).
Note: Only completed race cars/bikes can be entered for submission. Incomplete projects will not be reviewed or accepted until final completion, and cars/bikes are race ready for final submission. Only one racer per vehicle.
You must read and agree to comply with these specifications prior to submitting your entry.
The Race of Gentlemen “Competition” Car Specs for 2018
Autos must be modified to enter TROG. Stock/antique cars with fenders pulled off to emulate hotrods do not count. All engines must be hopped up and prepped for speed. We have four race classes; 4 cylinder, flathead V8, drag class and exhibition (additional details below).
Year: Car bodies must be 1934 or older, American made only.
Engine: American made 4 cylinder and V8 flatheads up to 1953.
Fuel: Gas only, NO ALCOHOL OR NITRO!
Running gear: 1953 and older. No modern transmissions, disc brakes, alternators, etc.
Paint: Period paint that emulates the early days of racing. No late model graphics, No vinyl stickers or emblems, etc. Cars can be shiny, primered or have old paint. No sponsorship/advertising allowed on cars or bikes without written consent.
Additional requirements and restrictions: No headlights, no white wall tires or aggressive tread, no Fenders on hot rods (some very early-teens racers and speedsters may be exempt but must be pre-approved). Cars must have visible race numbers.
*Notes: Vintage reproduction parts are accepted. i.e.; frame rails, intakes, cylinder heads, ignition systems, Stromberg carb's, etc. Converted 12 volt generators are ok, no alternators. Absolutely no fiberglass bodies.
4cylinder Auto Class: All American flathead four cylinder makes and speed vintage equipment are accepted. Over head valve, trans adapters, and 1939 transmissions are acceptable. No modern transmissions or parts accepted.
Flathead V8 Class: 1932 through 1953 American flatheads and speed equipment is accepted. No late model Carb's, or alternators are accepted. All vintage speed equipment and 12 volt converted generators are accepted. We no longer allow T-5 or modern transmissions in the bracket racing.
Drag/Rail Class: All entries must use stock model T or A frames only. You can not lengthen frames over the stock Ford Motor Company length, you may shorten if you wish. Wheel base or front and rear axles may move or be altered in either direction. Acceptable engines are, Flathead 4cyl, Flathead V8, and Straight six only. No bodies or tin is allowed in the drag class, only a small firewall if desired. Roll bars are optional, but must resemble safety bars of this era. No knobby or paddle tires accepted. .
Half of our race weekend is dedicated to bracket racing of the competition classes, but the other half consists of:
Grudge Matches: run for fun, race your friends, banger vs V8, sprint car vs motorcycle etc., anything goes.
Exhibition Class: This is also a run for fun class reserved for unique or historically significant vehicles. All cars that do not fit into the 4 cylinder or V8 classes, i.e.; 12 cylinder, straight six cylinder, etc., will race in exhibition only, no bracket racing, sorry.
*Note: If you want to enter a pre ‘53 six or twelve cylinder motor and your car is approved, you can run as exhibition only.
The Race of Gentlemen “Competition” Motorcycle Specs for 2018
Modify your bike for racing. No “straight off the street” bikes. No headlights, No full fenders, etc. Bikes must be “Bobbed” and stripped down for racing. The idea is to recreate the look and feel of bikes that would be racing in the late ’40’s. The below specs are for motorcycles from 1930 – 1947. For motorcycles that are pre 1930, send in your photos and descriptions.
Year and Make: 1947 or older American made Motorcycles. Exception on year for Harley 45 WRs – If you have a Harley-Davidson factory 45 Flathead model WR that is 1948 – 1952 and want to race, please submit for review.
Engine: 1947 or Older: Knucklehead, Flathead, or other American Overheads – No aftermarket motors, S&S, etc.
Exception for Harley-Davidson 45 Flathead engines: Due to the fact that Harley 45 Flathead engines are all basically the same throughout, we will be allowing motors built up from later Harley 45 Solo and Servi-Car cases upon review.
Exception for Indian Motorcycle Flathead engines: If you have a later Indian 74 Flathead engine that you would like to run in your 47 and earlier chassis please submit for review.
General Overall: Period fasteners. No Nylon Zip Ties. No yellow, red, etc. plug wires (if you have them wrap them in black friction tape). No modern hardware.
Carburetor: Period Carburetors. Linkert or other factory or period (1947 and older) carb. Absolutely NO LATE MODEL CARBURETORS… No Mikuni, S&S, etc.
Ignition: Period timers, distributors and magnetos. Exception on magnetos: Older Sportster type, Morris or Joe Hunt type magnetos are OK with approval. None of those modern looking magnetos.
Transmission: Period transmission. No blatantly late model or aftermarket transmissions.
Shifting: Period Hand Shift, Foot Clutch – no “Jockey” style ratchet lids, no aftermarket chopper style clutch pedals, no “Cheater” hand clutches…
Harley-Davidson – Tank shift
Indian or other American Motorcycle – Tank shift or Factory off the transmission (i.e. Indian Scouts), Crocker, etc.
Frame: Harley-Davidson– OEM Rigid. Indian– OEM Rigid or stock sprung rear (40-47). Other American brands– OEM frames
Forks: Period Forks. Harley Springer, Indian Girder or Leaf Spring… Hydraulics i.e. Vard, must be pre-approved
Wheels: Period wheels and hubs– No late model hubs. No aluminum wheels!
Brakes: Period Mechanical Drum– No disk brakes, or modern hydraulic drum brakes
Tires: Period Tires with Period Tread – Aggressive OK (i.e. Grasshopper, Firestone ANS, etc.) Absolutely NO MOTOCROSS KNOBBIES, paddle style, or modern tread tires permitted
Paint: Period style paint that emulates the time period. No late model tank graphics, emblems, etc. Bikes can be shiny or crusty as long as they are Period Correct. No blatant “Rat Rod” style paint jobs please.
Number Plates or Painted Numbers : Period Number Plates with racing number clearly visible on both sides of the bike and front fork (if possible). Period style number plates, No yellow plastic Motocross plates with zip ties. Paint or shoe polish on both sides of the gas tank is OK if you can’t do plates.
*Note: Harley-Davidson Servi-Cars - If you intend on building a Harley-Davidson Servi-Car (Trike) to submit for entry into TROG make sure the chassis is 1947 or older... This means No Hydraulic brake frames, No Hydra-Glide front ends and no later model fuel/oil tanks. Must be period correct 1947 and older.