Early Life and Passion for Cars
Born and raised in the small town of West, located 15 miles north of Waco, George's passion for hot rodding ignited around 1955. At the age of 14, he obtained a driver's license, a common practice in rural Texas at the time. His first vehicle, a Chevy pickup with the iconic bow tie emblem, was more of a necessity than a passion. He used it to deliver ice for his father's ice house both before and after school. However, his heart truly yearned for a '32 Ford, a dream that seemed unattainable during his youth.
While many of his peers doodled rods and customs in their school binders, George's talent stood out. Recognized as the class artist, he explored various mediums, including drawing, sculpture, and photography. His artistic flair was evident in his first Chevy pickup, a '35 model, which he hand-painted black and adorned with white pinstripes using a watercolor brush. His subsequent Chevy, a '46 model acquired in 1957, was painted under the shade of a tree in his gravel driveway using two fly sprayers. His proficiency in pinstriping grew into a salable skill. He often striped cars in front of his father's ice house/market and became the go-to sign painter for businesses in West.
The Eliminators of West Rod Club
Late in 1959, after graduating, George co-founded the Eliminators of West rod club. This NHRA chartered club boasted a rented shop in West. Despite having numerous members, George was one of the few who actively utilized the shop. He spent his after-school hours and weekends there, painting designs on customers' cars. His senior year saw him acquire a '49 Chevy 2-door, which he extensively modified in the club shop. This car, with its myriad customizations and Jezek's signature pinstriping, was a testament to George's passion and skill.
Career and Later Life
Following his service after high school, George's artistic background landed him a job at a company specializing in porcelain metal gas stations. Initially hired for his sign-painting expertise, he quickly transitioned into designing buildings. This experience paved the way for his eventual career as an architect in Waco.
George Jezek's Cars
- George Jezek's 1929 Ford Model A Roadster
- George Jezek's 1931 Ford Model A Tudor Sedan
- George Jezek's 1932 Ford Sedan
- George Jezek's 1935 Chevrolet Pickup
- George Jezek's 1946 Chevrolet Pickup
- George Jezek's 1949 Chevrolet 2-Door Sedan - The Candy Cart
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