Eliminators of West
The Eliminators was a car club established in 1960 in West, Texas. Founded by a group of six passionate hot rodders, the club was dedicated to the world of rods and customs. With a motto of "Dedicated to Safety," the club played a significant role in the local car culture of the early 1960s.
The Eliminators were formed by a group of young men between 18 and 22 who shared a common interest in rods and customs. Their activities encompassed a wide range of the hobby, from organized drag racing to dirt track racing. In the same year of its formation, the club received sanctioning from the National Hot Rod Association.
Several club members participated in regional indoor car shows organized by the International Show Car Association, which was then in its early stages. One of the club's cars, George Jezek's 1949 Chevrolet, even gained recognition by being featured in multiple custom car magazines, marking a notable achievement for its time.
Clubhouse and Activities
The club's primary meeting and workshop space was located in a building in downtown West, Texas. This structure, characterized by its corrugated metal walls and a unique concrete floor that sloped with the surrounding terrain, still stood in 2023. Despite its rudimentary appearance, it was a haven for the members. Within its walls, numerous engine modifications, automotive improvements, and custom body and paint jobs were undertaken.
The Eliminators Rod Club had a relatively short lifespan, disbanding in 1962. The primary reason for its dissolution was the departure of its members for various reasons, including college, military service, and work commitments.
- George Jezek
- Charles Andrle
- Joe Smith
- Danny Schonerstedt
- Jack Willenborg
- Wesley Filer
- John Girard
- John Holland
- Billy Silaff
- Morris Faulk
- Bernard Gerik
- Glenn Lightfoot
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