Grant Denyer

Grant Denyer


9/9/1977, Avoca Beach, New South Wales, Australia

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Grant Denyer is a man of many varied talents... Motor racing driver, Dancing With The Stars champion and television host with the most. Grant began driving cars at the tender age of seven on the family farm in the Riverina area in NSW. He desperately wanted to be…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In May 2007, Grant was forced to apologise for making a racist remark when appearing on a radio program. Referring to how he felt after a night of partying following the 2007 Logie Awards, Grant made the comment, "Let me say I'm feeling like I had sex with a black man right now".

    • Grant Denyer will compete in the 2006 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 at the famous Mount Panorama for the first time.

      He will share the team's #18 Accor Premier Vacations Club (APVC) Racing Falcon with Carrera Cup racer Alex Davison in the annual V8 supercar enduro

    • October, 2005 Grant Denyer competed in Mini Challenge World Title Championship, held at Italy's Santa Monica race track. He finished 6th.

    • As Grant Denyer fulfilled a childhood dream of racing at Bathurst 1000 (in October 2006), he remembers when as a young boy he said "all I ever wanted to be was Dick Johnson". He now drives for Dick Johnson's V8 Racing Team.

    • On the V8 Supercar circuit Grant Denyer is know as Mad-Dog.

    • Grant Denyer has 2 offical entries in the Guiness Book of Records.
      His latest record was for the longest tandem bungee jump, a 250 metres free fall with AJ Hackett.

    • Since 1996, Grant has been the official face of The Spastic Centre's Technology Department.
      He is honoured to hold this title and actively works to raise awareness for children and adults with cerebral palsy and the importance technology plays in their lives.

    • In 1997, Grant Denyer began his career in the media, he gained a position at PRIME TV in Wagga Wagga (a local TV station in Australia) as a news reporter and journalist.

    • Grant Denyer was awarded the "Rookie of the Year" at the V8 Supercar Gala Wards in Melbourne, on December, 2nd 2005.

      This annual trophy is awarded to the best performing first year V8 Supercar driver, and was wrapped up over the weekend at Phillip Island when the Summit Fleet Leasing/Jax Quickfit Ford finished 10th in the HPDC V8 Supercar series – the best of all the first year drivers.

    • Grant won "Dancing with the Stars" (Aus) in 2006 with his dance partner Amanda Garner.

    • In 1997 Grant qualified in the top ten for the Australian National Class titles at Geelong, qualified on pole for the NSW State titles at Grenfell NSW, and won the NSW Go-kart Country Classic Championship.

  • Quotes

    • Grant: (on "It Takes Two") I can't believe the quality we've got this year. What was originally meant to be a very fun, karaoke-esque get-together of some famous faces has actually turned out to be a genuine launching pad for musical careers.

    • Grant: (asked for his most embarrassing moment) I was a hard-working junior reporter and I won the Young Achiever Of The Year award. I invited my whole family - who were very proud - including my mum and my father, Craig. Unfortunately, during the big presentation they got my name wrong and called on Craig Denyer. Since it was Dad's name, he accepted on my behalf!

    • Grant: (asked for his three dream dinner guests) Will Ferrell - I can't get enough of his comedy style! I'm also an Adam Sandler fan and would like to see them have a comedy-off. Oh, and Mum, because if I didn't invite her, she'd kill me.

    • Grant: (asked if he has any hidden talents) I can play the recorder through my nose! That's how I used to entertain my primary-school class.

    • Grant: Motor sport is a huge passion of mine and this year I'll get my first chance to drive in the famous Bathurst 1000 car race, so my boyhood dream has come true.

    • Grant (on travelling): Travelling around Australia is the greatest experience of my life. One of my absolute favourite memories was swimming with the 30-foot whale sharks off WA, near Exmouth - it was like swimming with the Death Star from Star Wars! Scary but amazingly peaceful.

    • Grant: I'm at a point where I could either burn out and do a bad job, or I could actually stop now and jump back in refreshed and enthused…but something's got to change. I don't think I'm producing much good material at the moment.

    • Grant: "To be driving with Dick Johnson's team is the realisation of an 11 year dream; when I was seven I would sit in a go kart seat in front of the TV and watch hours of tapes, turning each corner as Dick did.