REMEMBERING BLACKIE: June 24,1926-September 2, 2016
MIKE "BLACKIE" GEJEIAN was an Industry Legend for over 7 decades. Blackie was a friend for many years, but at the 2009 14th Annual Induction Cermonies at Darryl Starbird's we finally got a chance to sit down and record some of his fantastic stories & document his oral history for all to hear.
In this part of the Interview I wanted to cover Blackie's early years, his passion to create his first Street Rod, and his longtime association with the Slonaker's and the GNRS.
During the course of his career Blackie had literally "done it all": building street rods, being a NASCAR Champ, an early AMBR Winner, helping to put together the Legendary "Ala Kart", running the Clovis Speedway for 20 years, running the Fresno Dragway for 18 years, and, hosting his "Fresno Autorama" for 51 YEARS !
Listen, and enjoy, these historic stories by, truly, one of the Founders of the R&C Industry: "Blackie" Gejeian.
R.I.P. MY FRIEND, it was a pleasure and an honor to know you, spend time with you, and, learn from you. You can never be replaced. JK
(Top of Page: Blackie signing autographs for his fans; Photo just below that: Blackie and his lifelong friend, Amos Torsian, on the road in Blackie's first Street Rod...this time it was Reno, 1946; Center photo: Blackie's Rod with the '29 Sedan he learned to drive in at the Family Ranch, 1948; Bottom: Poster from Blackie's 50th Annual Fresno Autorama,2009...he held his last one in 2010.)
SPECIAL: IF YOU WANT TO HEAR one of Blackie's wildest, most-legendary stories "The Ala Kart Bathroom Mirror Story" is one you simply can't miss ! CLICK-ON-HERE and that Link will take you there !! JK