Gricey is a former Australian Racing Legend, who’s been active for almost 40 years in the Australian and International Racing Scene. He started racing in 1966 and ended in 2005 at the ripe old age of 63.
Gricey recorded 26 starts in Australia’s most prestigious race ‘The Bathurst 1000’, finishing on the podium 7 times including 2 wins in 1986 and 1990. After 2 Bathurst podiums Gricey had a win in 1986 after 16 attempts to tame the mountain. Gricey won together with Graeme Bailey in the #2 Holden VK Commodore. Winning again in 1990 with Win Percy in the #16 Holden VL Commodore. He also won the Bathurst 12 Hour in 1991.
He never won the Australian Touring Car Championship, finishing best in third place in 1975, but captured few other championship titles, such were Australian Sports Sedan Championship, Australian GT Championship, AMSCAR Series or South Pacific Touring Car Championship.
Allan Grice will feature at this years Gala dinner, telling a few stories and doing a signing session.
With over 20 years in the Australian motorsport industry, Noonan is the head of V8 Sleuth. He’s held a range of roles including working in television with Seven and Ten, print media and public relations. With a specialty in Australian motorsport history, he’s known around racing paddocks as ’the Sleuth’ and started his motorsport media career in 1997.
Aaron’s website V8Sleuth.com.au strives to both preserve and celebrate Australian motorsport’s rich history, from tracking and tracing the race-by-race histories and changing ownership of individual cars, to capturing and retelling the stories of the people who made our sport what it is today.
Renee Gracie like most professional drivers made her way into motorsport thru a successful karting career. Gracie was to progress to Porsche Carera cup for the 2012/13 seasons and she achieved five top 10 race results and a 100 percent race finishing record in her debut season. In 2015 Gracie was to step up to Supercars Dunlop(Super2) series. It was to be this year that Renee Gracie and Simona DeSilvestro were to be entered into the Bathurst 1000 as a wild card entry. The supergirls were to enter the 2016 Bathurst 1000 in a Nissan Ultima and finished 14th. Gracie was to contest the 2017 Dunlop series for Dragon Motorsports and then left the sport.
Fast forward to 2023 and Renee was back with rejuvenated passion to a sport she once loved. Contesting the Fanatec GT world challenge series in a first generation Audi R8 GT3 LMS Ultra Gracie was to finish 1st in class (GT Trophy) in all seven races contested. Gracie won the GT Trophy championship and now plans to continue racing GT cars into the future.
Renee Gracie will be attending the Gala dinner and having a chat on stage during the evening with the V8 Slueth(Aaron Noonan). A signing session will be held at the end of the Gala dinner, and a signing session in the main expo room Sunday morning.
Warwick doolan is the founding member and current owner of Doolans heavy haulage. Doolans heavy haulage are a company that specialises in heavy and oversized components, with a capacity to move between 12 to 1,200 Tonne loads. Warwick started this iconic company some 35 years ago and now commands a fleet of over 240 road based assets.
As a young boy Craig Membrey was always fascinated with trucks and helping out at his father’s Transport Yard. After leaving school at 14 and trying a few jobs he was to return and work with his dad learning the ropes. When Craig started to run the family business only 5 trucks were in the fleet. He built the business up offering tray trucks, crane trucks, prime movers, flat tops, step decks, extendable trailers, and specialised trailers. Tragically Craig lost his eldest son Rowan at age 17 and now has become a Beyond Blue ambassador to aid in the awareness of depression and saving lives. All the Membrey transport machinery is always impeccably presented and Drake have recreated many items of the fleet.
Thomas Randle is a former Formula Ford, Toyota racing series and Supercars Super2 series champion. Randle has been a Tickford racing driver since joining Super2 in 2018. Randle was to become a fulltime Supercars driver in 2022. Currently he is the pilot of the awesome looking Castrol Mustang and with his talent, im sure race wins are just around the corner. Thomas will be coming for Sunday signing session 9am-10am