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San Antonio, Texas

Who We are

70 Years, Since 1951

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, 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".

Gear Grinder's Plaques

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.

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
1972 Swap Meet Flyer

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."

"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."


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