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Once you turn back the clock at The Race of Gentlemen, you’ll be hooked

Several years ago, surfer, musician, and vintage hot-rod and motorcycle enthusiast Mel Stultz started writing to author Robert Genat after reading about the Carlsbad Oilers Car Club in Genat’s book, The Birth of Hot Rodding. As the two men got to know each other, Genat put Stultz in touch with Oilers founder Jim Nelson, who asked if Stultz wanted to take over what Mel called “one of the coolest racing clubs in the world.”


In 2010, the New Jersey native moved the Oilers Car Club 3000 miles east. Two years later, he brought 1940s-style competition to the Jersey Shore with drag races on the beach for period cars and motorcycles ... Read the full article on