Honoring Blackie

November Roast in Fresno

Larry Jewett - July 19, 2012 12:39 PM


Blackie Gejeian in 1949


The super promoter today

Image 1 of 2

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.
An all-star lineup of celebrity roasters 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 four-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.
It will be an all-day affair with John Lawson hosting an open house at his personal museum from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. as will collector Charlie Lambecchio. Additional day time activities are in the planning stages.
Pre-Roast starts at THE GRAND at 3 p.m. At 5 p.m., a full gourmet meal will be served, followed by The Roast. Tickets are just $40. A reserved table of 10 is available for $500, which includes three 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 and customs to hard tops, sprint cars and dragsters. He’s never missed a Grand National Roadster show. 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.”
 To reserve your seat or table visit or call Mary Ellen Pappas @ (925) 218-9138.