Why a vintage motorcycle beach race story on CafeRacer.XXX, you may ask...? Well, we have a theory here at world headquarters that Cafe Racers are not just a Modern art interpretation of some lost relic of machine, but a actual living, breathing human! We have the wild notion that motorcycling down to its core and its people are about as Cafe Racer as it gets. Sure we like street race inspired vintage machines. Sure we like slicked hair and rock and roll. But at the end of the day, We LOVE motorcycle people. Chopper guys, Vintage racers, Modern track day enthusiasts, Touring Guys, the Guys and Gals whom ride to work every day. All of them sharing their adventures of two wheeled glory are Cafe Racers to us, whether they realize it or not.
This leads us to our next post. Not a BIKE?? No! It is about an amazing event and a unique and ambitious Cafe Racer!! This motorcycle and car nut to us hits the true essence of what this is all about. Our very own "Bandita" was there to cover the event and meet the man! Following the true inspiration of the event and reading the man’s passion in his own words, for us, was truly moving. He gets it.
On October 20th, we stopped by the shores of Allenhurst and Loch Arbour, NJ to watch “The Race of Gentlemen”. The races consisted of head to head matches between pre-1950 antique cars and motorcycles, stretching 1/8th of a mile jetty to jetty on the beach.
The event perimeter was lined with custom roadsters and antique motorcycles ranging in year, make and model. For $20 you could step "back in time" from the boardwalk and enter the race track. The weather was a sunny 70 degrees, perfect race weather. The air had a salty tinge against an ocean back drop mixed with the sound of engines revving and waves smashing onto the beach. Vendors, bands, sexy race gals, and an enthusiastic announcer dressed in period proper attire completed the picture. Thousands of people were scattered, smiling and