MECHANICSVILLE, MARYLAND (February 4, 2022) – It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Greg Grifana. Greg was the Chief Motor Show Judge at MIR as well as many other shows and organizations. “Greg has been doing my car shows here at MIR for the over 30 years that I’ve been here,” track owner Royce Miller said. Greg was a team leader who loved and appreciated cool cars, trucks and bikes. Greg, along with his wife Bertie and their team, took care of the shows, parking and registration, judging and awards.
Royce added: “It really hurts to lose someone you worked with for so long and who was such a vital part of the organization.” Bertie and Head Judge Jake McSparron, along with the rest of the GS Grifana Car Shows Inc team, are committed to continuing the judging legacy that Greg started, in his honor. Royce further said, “I will miss you my friend and thank you for all the years of great car shows here at MIR.”
Gregory Scott Grifana, 63, of Virginia Beach, VA died Monday, January 31, 2022. He is survived by his wife, Roberta (Bertie); his children, Sarah Grifana, Heather Lynn and Jeffery Ferrell; sister, Marlene Puskar; brother, Philip Grifana Sr.; cousin, Kim Hicks; several nephews and nieces; and his great-great-grandnephew, Benjamin. Preceding him in death were his parents Camille and Margaret Ann Grifana; His grand-parents; and his best friend and car enthusiast, Dale Hocking.
Greg was born in Greensburg, Pennsylvania and moved to Northern Virginia where he graduated from Falls Church High School. He met and married the love of his life, Bertie, in 2001, and moved to Virginia Beach, Virginia in 2007. Greg was a 38-year veteran CDL Class A Truck Driver and for the past fourteen years Greg worked for Service Transfer Inc in Chesapeake VA. Greg was best known for his professional judgment of auto shows, as well as building and racing automobiles and motorcycles. Greg was also one of the founding fathers of the Northern Virginia Street Machines in 1977.
In previous years, he participated in The World of Wheels where he received the title of 1997 ISCA Eastern Division Grand Champion, which led to his certification as an official ISCA Show Judge. He also participated in the Hot Rod Power Tour in 1998, 1999 and numerous indoor/outdoor car shows throughout the East Coast including Turkey Run, Street Rod Nationals, Goodguys, Myrtle Beach, Daytona Bike Week, Corvette America , Bellefonte Cruise. , Carlisle Productions, Ocean City Cruise Fest and PT Cruisers, to name a few.
For the past 16 years Greg has promoted, produced, directed and professionally judged bike, car and truck events at Maryland International Raceway including: Super Chevy, PINKS, US Big Rig Nationals, NOPI, IMSTAR, Presidents Cup , Carlisle Truck Nationals, PT Cruisers and Biketoberfest. Greg is also a member of HOG and a former member of the Tidewater Chapter of Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Greg has supported several local charity events including Disabled Veterans, Wounded Warrior, SPCA, March of Dimes and Children’s Performance Workshop against Child Abuse located in Virginia Beach, VA.
Greg was a loving and devoted husband, father, brother, uncle and friend.
He was truly loved by many and will be deeply missed. We are reassured to know that Greg is now at peace in his eternal resting place. A future commemorative walk will be organized in his honor. Date to be determined.
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