Attention all race fans and motorheads! Check out Pete Barrett’s latest images from The Race of Gentlemen!
Pete’s continued interest in racing has been evident with his past shoots ranging from The Bonneville Salt Flats to the explosive fast paced IHRA Dragster Racing. Continuing on in this vein, Pete recently had the opportunity to shoot at this year’s “The Race Of Gentlemen” (TROG) in Wildwood NJ.
The Race of Gentlemen is a vintage hotrod and motorcycle racing event started by the historic Oilers motorcycle club, where they race right on the beach for the glory of seeing who is the fastest on the sand. Racers and their vehicles are hand picked and must meet certain criteria… To race, vehicles must be American made and have been produced prior to 1935 for the hot rods & motorcycles dating back to pre 1947 complete with a side mounted “Suicide Clutch” on the gas tank for shifting.
It’s an exciting annual event that looks like it was plucked from the pages of time where you will find bearded/tattooed characters and motorheads of all shapes and sizes dressed in period appropriate clothing such as old leather riding pants & boots and (until this year), old style helmets and goggles. As an added bonus, the race would not be complete without a sexy, high jumping flag girl to start them off as they go roaring down the beach toward the finish line.
It’s a rip roaring good time full of friendly folks who seem like they are family. If you ever get the chance, be sure to check it out!
When creating these images, Pete chose an equally vintage look which is reminiscent of what you might expect to see from old large format cameras complete with very shallow depth of field and a Petzvall style falloff and distortion on the edges. To see more work from this collection please click here to go to the TROG section of Pete’s website.
Additionally, if you are interested in custom prints, please click here to go to our print store where you’ll have a choice of having custom fine art prints made archival photo paper, stretched canvas or even printed directly onto aluminum.