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Pro Stock legend Bill 'Grumpy' Jenkins dies
NHRA ^ | 03/29/12 | John Jodauga

Posted on 03/31/2012 4:52:47 PM PDT by Doogle

NHRA Pro Stock icon Bill "Grumpy" Jenkins, a master of the internal combustion engine and a legend among the Chevrolet faithful, died March 29. He was 81.

Jenkins, voted No. 8 among NHRA Drag Racing's greatest racers in a 2001 experts poll, scored just 13 NHRA national event wins but earned his well-deserved spot in drag racing's top 10 because no other individual has contributed more to the advancement of normally aspirated engines for drag racing competition than the legendary "Grump."

“Everyone at NHRA is saddened by the passing of Bill ‘Grumpy’ Jenkins, not only a pioneer in the sport, but also an iconic figure in NHRA Pro Stock racing,” said NHRA President Tom Compton. “He was there from the beginning, playing an integral role in the formation of Pro Stock, and remained involved in NHRA for decades. His presence and trademark gruff exterior and cigar will be missed but never forgotten at the starting line at NHRA Full Throttle events.”

(Excerpt) Read more at nhra.com ...


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The legendary "Grumpy's Toy"

1 posted on 03/31/2012 4:52:58 PM PDT by Doogle
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To: Chode

pin g


2 posted on 03/31/2012 4:53:53 PM PDT by Doogle (((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)))
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To: Doogle

RIP.


3 posted on 03/31/2012 4:55:44 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj
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To: Doogle

I probably built models of that thing when I was a youngster.


4 posted on 03/31/2012 4:57:18 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand
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To: the invisib1e hand

..think we all did


5 posted on 03/31/2012 5:07:06 PM PDT by Doogle (((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)))
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To: Doogle

That’s a name from the past.

Wasn’t he one of the Small Block Chevy experts back in the day along with Smokey Yunick?

May both rest in piece.


6 posted on 03/31/2012 5:13:21 PM PDT by Lx (Do you like it, do you like it. Scott? I call it Mr. and Mrs. Tennerman chili.)
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To: Doogle

Excellent book from back in the day

7 posted on 03/31/2012 5:13:58 PM PDT by mountn man (Happiness is not a destination, its a way of life.)
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To: the invisib1e hand; Doogle

Those were the days.


8 posted on 03/31/2012 5:31:35 PM PDT by ngat
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To: ngat

They sure were. The little things running around now with beer can mufflers are a laugh. I like the mellow note of my 6.0 Yukon Denali with Flowmaster exhaust. Love pulling up beside some little rice burner at a red light and drowning them out, plus taking them on and see their expression as a large SUV eats their lunch for them.


9 posted on 03/31/2012 5:37:32 PM PDT by SLB (23rd Artillery Group, Republic of South Vietnam, Aug 1970 - Aug 1971.)
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To: Lx

Smokey was NASCAR’s ‘MR. Pontiac’...with Fireball Roberts.


10 posted on 03/31/2012 5:44:14 PM PDT by harpu ( "...it's better to be hated for who you are than loved for someone you're not!")
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To: Doogle
father of the Grumpy Hump, just damn, truly a sad day... RIP
11 posted on 03/31/2012 6:16:42 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Doogle

My teenage hero. I saw him run so many times at Great Lakes
Drag A Way in Union Grove Wisconsin. His ‘72 vega was one of
greatest drag race cars of all time. I can still hear that
screeeeeming small block chevy! The entire crowd would stand
when he and Dyno Don Nicolson ran against each other.
Rest In Peace Grumpy Bill.


12 posted on 03/31/2012 6:29:11 PM PDT by Mr. Bond (Roll 'Em Lester!)
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To: Mr. Bond
Some of the smartest people I have ever met were drag racers. The cream rises to the top in competition. Grump knew a lot. Had the respect of the best engineers. He would have been succesful at anything he attempted.
13 posted on 03/31/2012 6:43:43 PM PDT by lynn4303
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To: Doogle

My teenage hero. I saw him run so many times at Great Lakes
Drag A Way in Union Grove Wisconsin. His ‘72 vega was one of
greatest drag race cars of all time. I can still hear that
screeeeeming small block chevy! The entire crowd would stand
when he and Dyno Don Nicolson ran against each other.


14 posted on 03/31/2012 6:51:25 PM PDT by Mr. Bond (Roll 'Em Lester!)
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To: Mr. Bond

15 posted on 03/31/2012 6:52:09 PM PDT by Doogle (((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)))
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To: Doogle; lynn4303

Thanks for the pic. That was a wild little car! Oddly enough there is a story about him in the april 2012 edition
of Super Chevy magazine.


16 posted on 03/31/2012 7:09:56 PM PDT by Mr. Bond (Roll 'Em Lester!)
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To: Mr. Bond

I think they had info about his health at the time


17 posted on 03/31/2012 7:27:24 PM PDT by Doogle (((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)))
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To: lynn4303
“Some of the smartest people I have ever met were drag racers. The cream rises to the top in competition. Grump knew a lot. Had the respect of the best engineers. He would have been succesful at anything he attempted.”

I think he was completely self taught. The first time I saw
offset wrist pins on a motor was on one of his builds. He
had an innate intuitiveness like Burt Monroe. I saw him in the
pits at Cordova Il. once. If his behavior there was typical
he earned the “Grumpy” nickname.

18 posted on 03/31/2012 8:05:35 PM PDT by CrazyIvan (Obama's birth certificate was found stapled to Soros's receipt.)
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To: Doogle

Bought a 68 Camaro in 1979. Still own it today ! RIP my boyhood idol.


19 posted on 03/31/2012 8:22:28 PM PDT by Newbomb Turk (The sheepdogs guard the sheep.)
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To: Doogle

I saw Grumpy’s Toy run at Beeline Dragway in the late 60’s. Beeline was located East of Scottsdale AZ on McDowell Road. Unfortunately, Beeline is gone and now Grumpy, too.


20 posted on 03/31/2012 9:12:47 PM PDT by wjcsux ("In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." - George Orwell)
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To: Doogle

We used to match race against him when I worked for Pat Musi in the late ‘70’s.


21 posted on 03/31/2012 11:06:50 PM PDT by ebshumidors ( Marksmanship and YOUR heritage http://www.appleseedinfo.org)
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To: ebshumidors

he liked “match racing”....saw him and Sox & Martin race at Island dragway here in Jersey


22 posted on 04/01/2012 7:15:12 AM PDT by Doogle (((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)))
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To: Doogle

I’ll bet you he asked St. Peter what his time was getting to Heaven.


23 posted on 04/01/2012 7:27:32 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Doogle

Englishtown was my old stomping ground. I sold racing gas in the pits sometimes.


24 posted on 04/01/2012 11:58:54 AM PDT by ebshumidors ( Marksmanship and YOUR heritage http://www.appleseedinfo.org)
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To: Mr. Bond

Lot of times the Sox & Martin car would in

there too

RIP Grumpy


25 posted on 04/01/2012 3:23:58 PM PDT by Harold Shea (RVN `70 - `71)
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