- Blackie Gejeian, promoter par excellence and Fresno hot rod kingpin is getting roasted. The gala event, billed as The Celebrity Roast of Blackie Gejeian and salute to Fresno Motorsports Heroes takes place Saturday, November 3rd at THE GRAND – the opulent, newly restored banquet hall in downtown Fresno (www.thegrand1401.com
An all star lineup of celebrity roasters (expected to include Barris, Foose, Brizio, Vukovich Sr, Scelzi, Winfield, Starbird and many more) will honor and tell war stories of the cantankerous Armenian promoter who founded the Fresno Autorama and packed the stands at Clovis Speedway and Raisin City Drag Strip – where he ran 4 wide top fuelers long before Bruton Smith. Goodguys Rod & Custom Association Founder 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 (featuring a dizzying array of ’32 Fords and memorabilia) from 10am-2pm as will collector Charlie Lambecchio. Additional day time activities are in the planning stages.
Pre-Roast partying and bullshitting with a no-host bar starts at THE GRAND on Nov 3rd at 3pm. At 5pm, a full gourmet meal of Tri-Tip and Chicken and all the fixins will be served followed by The Roast
. Tickets are just $40. A reserved table of 10 is available for $500 which includes 3 bottles of premium wine.
“It’s time to pay tribute and barbecue one of history’s greatest motorsport promoters and a true central valley icon” said Gary Meadors. “Most people don’t realize the reach Blackie had as a promoter. He’s done it all – from hot rods & 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.”
For those coming in from out of town, the Holiday Inn Fresno Downtown (559-233-6650) will serve as the host hotel. To reserve your seat or table visit www.blackieroast.com or call Mary Ellen Pappas @ (925) 218-9138. You can also send a check to Blackie’s Roast, P.O. Box 9132, Pleasanton, CA 94566.