The Gear Grinders of Bell

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The Gear Grinders is a car club from Bell, California. The club was formed in 1938, with Jim Lindsley as the first charter member. The club joined the SCTA in 1940, at that time, there were 34 members. According to club historian Russ O'Daly, the historic roster shows there have been 764 members of the club over the years.[1]

The First Bonneville Speed Week

At least three Gear Grinders members attended the inaugural Bonneville Speed Week. The Lindsley's were volunteer workers, and Phyl Lindsley made the first timed run on the salt flats to test the clocks.[1]

El Mirage Season Champs

In 1951, Lindsley-LeSage became the first Gear Grinders to become El Mirage Season Champs.[1]

Jim Lindsley

In 1952 Jim Lindsley became the first Gear Grinder to receive the Pete Dean Memorial Sportsmen Trophy. In 1954, he was also the first member of the club that was elected SCTA President. The same year, Jim's twin-engined, modified roadster was also the first roadster highboy over 200 mph at Bonneville, making him the first Gear Grinder member in the Bonneville 200 MPH Club. Lindsley ran 202.07 MPH with his roadster.[1]


Adolph Sales
Albert McNamarra
Bill Moore: 1941 - ?
Bill Settles: 1940 - 1949
Bob Buck
Bob McCullum: 1940 - 1948
Bob McGee: 1946 - 1998
Bob Riese: 1940 - 1956
Bob Snook
Booth Brothers: 1940 - 1952
Burke LeSage
Buzz Wagner
Carl Kaylor
Clark Vines
Dennis Hampton
Don Alderson
Fritz Voight
Gary Cagle
Gary Williams
Hank Negley: 1940 - 1990
Harold Kaylor
Jack Kukura
Jim Lindsley
Joe LeSage
John Curry
Leland Kolb
Leonard Harbison: 1940 - 1949
Marvin Stohart
Mel Hales
Norman Bruce: 1946 - ?
Richard Gilbert: 1940 - 1946
Robert Self: 1940 - 1947
Robert Snock: 1949 - 2009
Robin Driscoll
Roger Hawey
Ronald Inglis: 1946 - 1947
Ronnie Smith
Stan Jones: 1940 - 1949
Tom Gabas
Tom Galvas
Tommy Glynn



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