Special Guest 2019 Garry Rogers

October 31, 2018

gnoo-blas-classic-autofest-2019-special-guest-garry-rogersV8 Racing team owner Garry Rogers may be one of the seniors of Supercars but few in the sport are as fun-loving. He’s irreverent, mischievous and an unabashed show-off, making him a refreshing change from his mostly humourless peers and his high-spirited behaviour makes him V8 racing’s most colourful character.

He delights in outrageous comments and antics and the informal attitude of his tight-knit team reflects his mischievous personality. Garry Rogers Motorsport may not be one of the biggest V8 teams but it’s one of the most popular because it’s fan-friendly. Also a big part of its appeal is that it has more history than any other team in Australian motor sport, celebrating 54 years.

Renowned for being outspoken and an exhibitionist, often appearing on the grid in outlandish outfits, Garry likes being a colourful character.

‘’It’s a bit of fun. And let me tell you, it surprises me the interest it generates. People are always saying to me, ‘When are you going to appear dressed up on the grid again?’ Am I a born exhibitionist? Of course, absolutely. Couldn’t agree more.’’

Garry has been recognised as a talent spotter with a number of future champions and Bathurst winners finding their feet in his team including Steven Richards, Jason Bargwanna, Garth Tander, Jamie Whincup and Lee Holdsworth. The latest talent was Scott McLaughlin who Garry brought into the team as a 19- year-old and is now with Shell Team Penske.

GRM’s biggest win in V8s was at Bathurst in 2000 with then youngsters Garth Tander, a GRM Holden team driver and three-time 1000 winner, and Jason Bargwanna.

Garry acknowledges a combination of factors keeps him not only going but wanting to keep going. He loves motor racing, enjoys the interaction with the fans and seeing the excitement and passion in them that sport generates and most of all he truly loves his team.