Fresno Autorama Promoter Blackie Gejeian to Be Roasted in November

Jul 2, 2012

Promoter and hot rod kingpin Blackie Gejeian will be honored at “The Celebrity Roast of Blackie Gejeian and Salute to Fresno Motorsports Heroes” on Saturday, Nov. 3 at The Grand in Fresno, California, Goodguys has announced.

An all-star lineup of celebrity roasters (expected to include George Barris, Chip Foose, Gene Winfield, Darryl Starbird and many more) will honor and tell war stories of the promoter who founded the Fresno Autorama and packed the stands at Clovis Speedway and Raisin City Drag Strip, where he ran four wide-top fuelers.

Gary Meadors and NHRA Motorsports Museum Curator Greg Sharp will host the festivities.

Fresno area rodders have joined in to make the roast an all-day affair with John Lawson hosting an open house at his personal museum, as will collector Charlie Lambecchio.

Additional daytime activities are in the planning stages. Hot rods and race cars will be on display at the roast.

“It’s time to pay tribute and barbecue one of history’s greatest motorsport promoters and a true central valley icon” Meadors said in a statement released by Goodguys. “Most people don’t realize the reach Blackie had as a promoter. He’s done it all-from hot rods and customs to hard tops, sprint cars and dragsters. He’s never missed a Grand National Roadster show. Think about that. He personally invited every car to ever exhibit at the Fresno Autorama. I grew up in the valley and can tell you for a fact, nobody could pack ’em in like Blackie. This will be a special evening.”

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