The Race of Gentlemen
"Competition" Motorcycle Specifications for 2017
"Period Correct" is what TROG is looking for with the Motorcycles, Cars and the entire look and feel of the event.
As you know, or have seen in photos, TROG goes to great lengths to get all the structures, banners, signage, etc. just right to emulate beach racing from the late 1940's / early 50's. Modify your bike for racing. No "straight of 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 for approval...
All entrees must be pre-approved and must comply with the spirit of the event.
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 approval.
Engine: 1947 or Older Overhead (i.e. 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 the years, we will be allowing motors built up from later Harley 45 Solo and Servi-Car cases upon approval.
Exception for Indian Motocycle Flathead engines – If you have a later Indian 74 Flathead engine that you would like to run in your 1947 and earlier chassis please submit for approval.
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 upon 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.
You must read and agree to comply with these specifications prior to submitting your entry to The Race of Gentlemen.