TROG | MEL STULTZ ON THE OILERS CC / MC, THE RACE OF GENTLEMEN, AND THE WORLD

“The Oilers Car Club was founded in 1947, by five guys returning from World War II. They dreamt, not only of girls while they were away, but of speed. They were a bunch of guys that were interested in going fast, and trying to figure out ways to go faster. One of the founders names was Jim Nelson– he plays cards with a gentleman named Robert Genat– he puts out a book called “The Birth of Hot Rodding.” 

Modern day times– me and my gang wound up writing Robert Genat and say– ‘You know this book is just mesmerizing.’ He writes us back and says, ‘Send pictures of your cars.’ He is blown away. He has no idea that there’s guys on the east coast that are emulating what was happening in the 1940s. He and I got talking, and he asked if we’d be interested in taking the club over. And we were just floored. We had no idea that one of the coolest racing clubs in the world would ask us to carry the torch.”

–Mel Stultz (Oilers CC/MC, The Race of Gentlemen, AKA TROG)

TROG

A short film about a member of the Oilers CC/MC, Meldon Van Riper Stultz III. He speaks about how The Race of Gentlemen came about and his views on the world.
Director: Stephen Marino
Producer: Bruno Musso
Produced in partnership with BY & LARGE
Director of Photography: Stephen Marino
Editor: Jonathan Blair
Audio: Bill Pierce
Artwork: Joseph Guertin
Animation: Nate Milton
Archival Photography: The Oilers, David Carlo
Archival Footage: Disaster Productions

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