Gentleman Racer: 1931 Ford Model A

1931 Ford Model A

Back in March we featured another one of these cars that were built specifically to compete in The Race of Gentlemen. This Model A was constructed for the same event and, although not a barn find, looks like a period racer that could have just come out of a barn! People used to build cars like this because it was an affordable way to go fast. Parts were easily scrounged from local scrapyards and speed shops provided the go-quick bits. Nowadays things are a little different. Model A bodies aren’t as plentiful and big horsepower usually costs big dollars. That means that many hot rods sit in garages and are usually trailered to car shows. I do like the concept of this Race of Gentlemen event though because these guys are trying to recreate the scene as it once was. It costs a lot more than it did then, but at least they are building their machines to drive! That fact alone makes me want drop a flathead V8 in this and enter it in the race next year! If you like that idea too, you can find this one here on eBay out of Irving, Texas.

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Comments

  1. Dolphin Member

    Looks like these folks have found a way to have a lot of fun on the sand. But with the water and especially all those fans so close by I hope they keep the speeds down and focus on the fun part. But I especially like the flag marshall….if that’s the right PC term.

    On to this vehicle, the stripped-down A. It looks like fun too, although there’s not really much to it, what with the stripped-downness and the rust holes. No wonder it needs ballast to give the driving wheels some traction on the damp sand. It looks like a fun attempt at a recreation of a basic vintage rod, and the photos and auction presentation are terrific, but I don’t see myself getting as excited as the bidders are. The high bid is close to $10K and climbing.

  2. gunningbar

    Looks like great fun!

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