–The Race of Gentlemen, an automotive carnival celebrating American racing heritage, hits the shores of Pismo Beach Saturday, Oct. 15 through Sunday Oct. 16. On the heels of its fifth year in New Jersey, the vintage drag race introduces its west coast rendition for the first time. The family-friendly spectacle kicks off Friday night with a 1960s style motorcycle show, which leads into a weekend-long celebration that embraces true Americana.
With a reverence for car and motorcycle history, Stultz & Green Productions led by Meldon Van Riper Stultz III and Bobby Green, transports spectators and racers to a bygone era with a flurry of commemorative beach races and exhibitions, alongside nostalgic attractions, games, entertainment, live music, a massive bonfire, food and drinks, and more.
The festival harkens back to a time when men hand built pre-WWII automobiles in backyards and garages, then tested them on flat, hard sand beaches. The assemblage of gentlemen and women are poised to showcase motorcycles and automobiles from the eras of 1905-1940 that use pre-WII chassis and engines, as well as period-correct, hand-fabricated parts through a weekend of beach races.
“California is the hotbed of hot rodding and the Pismo area is rich with racing history dating back to the teens, 20s and 30s,” says Green. “Along with Pismo’s natural landscape and grassy dunes that make for a timeless backdrop, these factors signify the importance of bringing The Race of Gentlemen out west.”
The event will kick off Saturday, on West Grand Avenue in Grover beach at 11:30 a.m.
An adult weekend pass is $50 advance purchase, $55 at the door. A child weekend pass is $20 advance purchase, $25 at the door.
For more information, visit theraceofgentlemen.com/pismo-2016-event-details/