2017 Geezers: Back Row: Steve Williams, Garry Rogers, Garth Hogan, Greg Murphy, Bob McMurray, Paul Fahey, Jack Nazer, Owen Evans, Graeme Crosby, Aaron Slight, Michael Clark, Tony Quinn, Neil Allport, Leo Leonard, Morrie Chandler, Heather Spurle, Steve Horne, Jim Palmer, P G Knight, Graeme Lawrence, Mike Marshall.
Front Row: Regan Williamson, Walter Willmot, Mike Pero, Jacqui Madelin, Graham Strandring.
The Century Batteries Gathering of Geezers motorsport legends dinner in Wanaka has now raised just on $100,000 for two local community trusts since its inception.
The fifth annual Geezers dinner was held at the Warbirds and Wheels Museum at Wanaka Airport last Wednesday (Nov 8th) honouring 26 ‘Geezers’ – men and women who have achieved the pinnacle in their chosen motorsport discipline or those who have made an outstanding contribution to motorsport.
This year’s auction and ‘superdraw’ raised more than $22,000 for the Upper Clutha Children’s Medical Trust and the Warbirds Over Wanaka Community Trust. The Children’s trust helps local families who have sick children while the Warbirds Over Wanaka Community Trust puts the funds towards its flying scholarship programme.
More than 300 guests from around New Zealand attended the dinner with Sky TV’s Stephen McIvor back as MC. “What makes this event different is that it honours people from all aspects of motor sport under one roof on one night. Over the past few years we’ve had legends of circuit racing, motor bikes, drag racing, power boat racing, speedway, jet sprinting, rallying and a whole lot more recognised,” says Stephen.
Guest speaker at this year’s dinner was Australian motor racing legend Garry Rogers. Garry has been involved with motor racing across the Tasman for more than 50 years and operates the successful Garry Rogers Motorsport Team which has enjoyed success over a number of years with successful drivers including the likes of Garth Tander and Kiwi Scott McLaughlin.
Among the new Geezers honoured this year were world-renowned golf caddie and NZ Speedway champion Steve Williams and former mechanic for Bruce McLaren, Walter Willmot. Other Geezers at the dinner included Greg Murphy, Tony Quinn, Paul Fahey, Leo Leonard, P G Knight, Steve Horne and Owen Evans.
This year’s Century Batteries Gathering of Geezers was filmed for television. The show will be aired on TV3 in January and may also be shown in Australia.