A unusually stormy start did nothing to dampen the spirits of the folks who came out to experience The Race of Gentlemen for it’s first and last time at Pismo Beach. This video shows some of the challenges faced before the races opened, but rain be damned, it was still a great day on the sand!
I was there to work with clients (and friends) at the American Hot Rod Foundation, and can honestly say that it was one of the most challenging days of work most of us had ever faced, with a long wet slog bringing our booth displays & merch down to the beach for setup, a long wet day under the tent, and a last minute notice to tear down that same day. Still, not one of us could wipe the shit-eating grins off our faces as we caught up with old friends, and met new ones.
The sun finally made an appearance on day 2. No racing happened on the beach, but everyone congregated at Pismo Campground for an ad-lib “open house”.
A highlight of our day at the campground was presenting Diana Branch with the TROG spirit award. AHRF Executive Director David Steele had hand-crafted a special trophy for her, and was quite tickled by his own creation:
And it was so sweet to witness the award presentation…
This weekend at the Race of Gentlemen one amazing family more than earned our American Hot Rod Foundation “Spirit Award”. Congrats to Diana Branch and her family on showing us what this great past time is all about! • #TROG #TROGWest #AmericanHotRodFoundation #TheRaceOfGentlemen @studebakergal @theraceofgentlemen @flatheadroadster