Jack Peters

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Jack Peters was born in Oklahoma. His real name was Jack E. Jerrils. Jack grew up in Los Angeles, and attended the Manual Arts High School. At High School Jack was in the Press Club, and he was also writing for the yearbook. [1]

In 1935 Jack got his first story printed in Coast Auto Racing. The following year he was contributing to the Bergen Herald National Auto Racing News. He was also writing a weekly column called Speedway Shorts for the Southwest Wave Newspaper. [1]

In 1937 Jack Peters and his friends Bill Burke, Joe Hunt, Bill Hunt, Joe Reath, Tom O'Mara, Bob Avery, and Bruce Snitzler formed the Road Rebels Car Club. The Road Rebels formed the Western Timing Association in 1938. In 1939 the WTA put on 3 events at the Rosamond Dry Lake in the Mojave Desert. The race day programs for these events were put together by Jack, who was working for a local printer at the time. Peters was listed in the programs as the WTA Business Manager. [1]

December 8th, 1940 Jack and his wife Phyllis had their first and only child John Steven Jerrils. [1]

After doing the WTA Newsletters, Peters went on to launch Throttle Magazine in January 1941. Throttle magazine closed down after one year because of America's involvement in WWII. In the combined November/December 1941 Issue of the magazine Peters wrote in his editorial how much growth there had been in his magazine and he was looking forward to an even more successful year in 1942. Throttle Magazine didn't return after the war. And the issue publised December 5th 1941 was the last issue of Throttle ever.[1]

In September 1941, while publishing Throttle Magazines Jack became the editor of a community newspaper for the Crenshaw district of Los Angeles called Boulevard News. After returning from the war, he moved to Carson, California in 1947. By then he worked for the Harbor Belt Line Railroad in Los Angeles Harbor. He worked there for 14 years, but he never gave up writing as he also at the same time wrote for several national magazines.[1]

In 1957 Jack started the old Harbor Mail newspaper, which he eventually sold to the South Bay Daily Breeze. Four years later Jack helped start the Carson Sun newspaper. Jack was also the editor of the newspaper. He finished his career writing and sales for the Daily Breeze. Jack went on to become President of the Carson Chamber of Commerce, and was also on the Carson City Council throughout the 1970s. His pride in Carson extended to writing a hardback history of the city in 1972.[1]

Jack died from lung cancer in 1980. His wife Phyllis passed in 1999. [1]

Jack Peters' Cars

Jack Peters' 1932 Ford Roadster


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 The Rodder's Journal 45 - Throttle: The Magazine


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