What is Gathering of Geezers Charitable Dinner?
Gathering of Geezers is an evening of fun and interaction with 300-350 guests mingling with over 25 of New Zealand’s best motorsport legends covering many disciplines from rally to saloon, jet boats to drag racing, speedway to bikes.
A Geezer is a retired legend of motorsport who has won a major NZ or world title in the world of motorsport or has made a major contribution to the sport –across all disciplines. Hear the tales of triumph and disasters, of near misses and close calls, of great life changing moments from some of the Geezers who take to the stage to regale you with their stories. Last year's format of sports cafe interviews by Stephen McIvor was a big hit, and this will be the format for this year. Plenty of banter between the Geezers made for a lively evening's entertainment.
This annual event is now in its fifth year and continues to grow with new ‘Geezers’ invited each year. In 2016, we included for the first time "Geezers in Training" theme, to enable some of the younger guns to attend. It’s a great evening celebrating Kiwi Motorsport with like-minded people while raising funds for charity at the same time through the charity auction on the night.
This event will be held on Wednesday 8th November 2017 at Warbirds & Wheels at the Wanaka Airport to coincide with Highlands 501 held at Cromwell from 9th to 12th November. This is a great opportunity to take in both events whilst in the area.
Tickets are either by the table of 8 people $2,800 or $350 per individual ticket. Each table includes a Geezer and his (or her) partner. If you need more information please phone Robert Duncan 0274 332 047. For bookings, email email@example.com or phone 03 443 7010.
New Geezers for 2017: Garry Rogers, Michael Clark, Kenny Smith.
Confirmed returning Geezers: Neil Allport, Morrie Chandler, Graeme Crosby, Paul Fahey, Robbie Francevic, P G Knight, Graeme Lawrence, Leo Leonard, Bob McMurray, Jim Palmer, Mike Pero, Aaron Slight, Heather Spurle, Graham Standring, Garry Rogers.
Will keep the website updated with more Geezers when they confirm they are coming.
Wanaka graced the fourth annual Gathering of Geezers with a classically picturesque afternoon; the perfect to welcome for our 25 Geezers and 250 guests to the Warbirds and Wheels Museum. The evening was all about our 250 guests mingling and hearing first-hand about the tales, triumphs and sometimes disasters of each Geezers career. For those not up with the motorsport lingo, a Geezer is a retired legend of motorsport who has won a major New Zealand title or a world title of motorsport or has made a major contribution to the sport.
Our 25 Geezers this year were Rodger Anderson, Craig Baird, Andy Buchanan, Graeme Crosby, Shane Drake, Owen Evans, Paul Fahey, Steve Horne, P G Knight, Graeme Lawrence, Leo Leonard, Dennis Marwood, Andy McElrea, Bob McMurray, Chris Munro, Greg Murphy, Mike Pero, Tony Quinn, Jim Richards, Garry Running, Aaron Slight, Heather Spurle, Graham Standring, Tony Teesdale and Regan Williamson.
This year the evening was kicked off with our keynote speaker Tony Quinn giving us an insight into his earlier life and what it was like to find his passion only to give up on it but surely return to it later in his life. The evening was run with a sports café-style theme, where three panels of three Geezers were hit with the interesting sometimes tough questions by our MC Stephen McIvor from Sky Sports Sky Speed. The panels were divided up in 3 categories, the first, Motorcycles hearing from Graeme Crosby, Aaron Slight and Mike Pero. The second panel was Supercars hearing from Jim Richards, Greg Murphy and Craig Baird. The last panel of the night was all about International Motorsport hearing from Heather Spurle, Steve Horne and Graham Standring.
As it came to the end of the night the charity auction got under way raising an astonishing $24,750 for the two charities involved. Upper Clutha Children’s Medical Trust and Warbirds Over Wanaka Community Trust. A great atmosphere created by the interaction of Geezers and our guests and the phenomenal support and enthusiasm towards our charity auction made for a fantastic night for all.
Back Row: Graeme Lawrence, Andy Buchanan, Regan Williamson, Chris Munro, Garry Running, Tony Teesdale, Bob McMurray, Jim Richards, Steve Horne.
Middle Row: Mike Pero, Aaron Slight, Craig Baird, Greg Murphy, Leo Leonard, Tony Quinn & John Berry (Chemz)
Front Row: Dennis Marwood, Rodger Anderson, Heather Spurle, Shane Drake, Andy McElrea, Graham Standring, Paul Fahey, Graeme Crosby and Owen Evans.