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Mar 29 2012

NHRA Legend Bill “Grumpy” Jenkins Dies

Bill “Grumpy” JenkinsPhoto courtesy of NHRA.com

NHRA Pro Stock legend Bill “Grumpy” Jenkins died today.

He was 81.

Jenkins was a drag racing champion, a masterful engine builder, and admired by countless fans.

You can read more about Jenkins’ life and immense contributions to drag racing and engine building here.

In 1970, he became the first guy to break 10 seconds in a NHRA Pro Stock event.

To a pioneer and a worthy hero—grumpy or otherwise.

Godspeed, Grump.

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Andrew Jenkins says:

Grumpy is my idol. Always has been. Not just because we share last names but because of his accomplishments. I hope some day I can be as good an engine builder and racer as he was. The Jenkins name was made to go fast!