Our History

Gear Grinders 60th Anniversary Logo by Charles Fennen

The Gear Grinders started out in 1951 as a group of guys from San Antonio, Texas that were basically just interested in cars. To date, I believe that we are the longest continually operating car club in the great state of Texas, and the second oldest club in the United States.

We are a "Not For Profit" club. A good portion of our treasury is donated back annually to the communities in which we live in one form or another. You can view our charitable works on our "Charitable Work" link.

We have members living in San Antonio, New Braunfels, Cedar Creek, Kingsland, Spring Branch, Tomball, Bulverde, Boerne, Schertz, Seguin, Helotes, Adkins, Canyon Lake, Fair Oaks Ranch, Converse and even as far away as Houston. We currently have a total of 70 members, 50 of which are active, and 23 that are "Life Members".

Our members run the gamut with regard to age. We have members that are still teenagers and other members that can still remember being a teenager. 

Our cars also span a wide variety, from Rat Rods to Classic Hot Rods to Race Cars and a little bit of everything in between. Please visit our "Members Cars" link.

We meet once a month, on the third Wednesday of every month. The location of our meetings vary but can be found on the "Events" page. Visitors are always welcome at our meetings. 

Our club has proudly hosted the AutoRama Car Show from 2003 to 2010. The show was held in the Alamo Dome in San Antonio, TX. the first part of every year. For more info please check out one of the links entitled 2008 AutoRama, 2007 AutoRama Pics or just AutoRama. 


1948 Gear Grinders PlaqueOne of the first club plaques from 1948, before the club was "officially incorpoated"

Gear Grinders Belt Buckle owned by Eddie Zipp


One of the rare, always sought after belt buckles! This one belongs to Eddie Zipp.



First Swap Meet Flyer dated 1972The very first swap meet flyer by Gear Grinders San Antonio in 1972.

Charter Members - 1951

Jim Hofstetter
Harry May
David Cross
Gary Slankard
Charles Petree
Sonny Moreau
Bob McCullough
Tommy Bertetti
Ronald Ahr
David Combs
Gaylan Palmer
Carl Wideman
Leroy Anderwald
Roy Tioboese
Pat Brady
Ralph Thompson
Bill Thompson
Bob Schwope

View Other Early Members

Just a little history

From John Bradley

"Us car guys that went to Jefferson High drove our cars in a circle between Buddys and Triple x on weekends. I did that even after graduating in 1960 and continued with my first fast 57 Chevy HT (never was beat on the street or track) quite a car and a lot of good times and memories."

"I built the engine, .060 over 283 (292 CI), with all the machine work done by Hardy at Radicke's auto supply. Bubbie Radicke was just a young kid running around in his dad's auto parts store."

Old Truck"In the early 60's many of the old club members went to the Bun regularly on weekends mainly on Friday nights. We also went to the Bun after GG meetings. Some meetings were actually held at the Bun but I don't remember many there. Most of the early 60's GG meetings were held at old Frontier Drive In at the corner of Fred Rd and Club drive."


High School Days

Some dudes from the past...recognize anyone?