Two Hot Rod Giants Were Honored by Galpin Auto Sports
Blackie Gejeian was honored by Galpin Auto Sports with a Lifetime Achievement Award. It would be hard to find a hot rodder who has participated more or who has contributed as much as Blackie. He has had a hand in every area of hot rodding since the late ’30s, when he started driving his father’s Model A on the dirt roads of Fresno, California. He was 12. He was still a teenager in 1945 when he built what he calls one of the first “rat rods,” a built-to-race 1926 Ford Model T roadster. Blackie raced on the dry lakes as well as on the streets. After a bad accident at El Mirage, he rebuilt the roadster as a show car, complete with the first chrome-plated chassis. What started out as a “rat rod” in 1945 was named America’s Most Beautiful Roadster ten years later. In 1958, Blackie organized his first Fresno Autorama. He ran that show until 2010, overseeing every aspect, from personally selecting the participating cars and setting up the show area. He was the promoter of the Clovis Speedway throughout the ’60s and ’70s and operated the Fresno Dragway. For more on Blackie Gejeian’s amazing life, click here.