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Old 03-30-2012, 03:36 PM   #1
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Pro Stock legend Bill 'Grumpy' Jenkins dies

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.

Those of us Chevrolet faithful lost a Chevrolet legend with the passing of the Grump. Bill Jenkens built and drove a number of Camaros, he won the 1st NHRA Pro Stock event in his 1968 Camaro.

I always wondered what a Gen 5 Camaro in Pro Stock would look like carring Jenkins colors, here are some pics of his 1969 Pro Stock Camaro. I would like to ask the assistance of all the artists on Camaro5.com, if you would draw a 2010 Pro Stock Camaro with the Jenkins colors, decals, etc. I would pay to have a copy.

RIP da' Grump
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Old 03-30-2012, 03:49 PM   #2
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I think I built a model of "Grumpy's Toy" when I was a kid...what a legend..
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Honestly he and dick landy are the only guys in drag-racing that i know. And i'm not from the US.
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R. I. P. Grumpy.. You and the white Camaros will always be remembered.
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Old 03-30-2012, 04:10 PM   #8
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Thanks. Did not see.
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Better to be too many for THIS guy, than to be omitted altogether...

Two sections simply spreads the word farther, so thanks!
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Old 03-30-2012, 04:26 PM   #11
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He's a guy from my era when I had my hands full with all the Ford fans. But the Grump did us proud. A story I remember from "the day". Grump did not run SCCA races or road races of many sorts, but he brought a closed trailer to one of the mid year Trans Am events and backed a black 68 or 69 Camaro out of it and one of the hot shoes of the day jumped in and ran 3 laps. Each succeeding lap broke the record for that track and the driver came in. Grumpy Bill opened the hood for an hour swearing it was SCCA eligible. He closed the hood and put it back on in the trailer and drove off. It was a mystery from that day and as far as I know, no one ever saw the car again. However, while looking at the engine, one of the guys noticed a small hole drilled in the top side of each header tube, less than 1/4 inch and no one could figure out why...but, from that day on, reportedly, all the Chevy guys had holes drilled in their headers....just like Grumpy Bill Jenkins car. He was a master at using the rules to "his" advantage and won more than he lost! RIP Bill! God could use a few good Chevy guys up there!
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I remember watching him growing up at match races back in the day.... RIP Grumpy! :(
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He's a guy from my era when I had my hands full with all the Ford fans. But the Grump did us proud. A story I remember from "the day". Grump did not run SCCA races or road races of many sorts, but he brought a closed trailer to one of the mid year Trans Am events and backed a black 68 or 69 Camaro out of it and one of the hot shoes of the day jumped in and ran 3 laps. Each succeeding lap broke the record for that track and the driver came in. Grumpy Bill opened the hood for an hour swearing it was SCCA eligible. He closed the hood and put it back on in the trailer and drove off. It was a mystery from that day and as far as I know, no one ever saw the car again. However, while looking at the engine, one of the guys noticed a small hole drilled in the top side of each header tube, less than 1/4 inch and no one could figure out why...but, from that day on, reportedly, all the Chevy guys had holes drilled in their headers....just like Grumpy Bill Jenkins car. He was a master at using the rules to "his" advantage and won more than he lost! RIP Bill! God could use a few good Chevy guys up there!
Thanks for sharing. Great story, remeinds of another Chevrolet legend by the name Smokey...
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Saw Grumpy race several times back in the 1960's and actually spoke to him once. Nice guy. RIP Bill.
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He's a guy from my era when I had my hands full with all the Ford fans. But the Grump did us proud. A story I remember from "the day". Grump did not run SCCA races or road races of many sorts, but he brought a closed trailer to one of the mid year Trans Am events and backed a black 68 or 69 Camaro out of it and one of the hot shoes of the day jumped in and ran 3 laps. Each succeeding lap broke the record for that track and the driver came in. Grumpy Bill opened the hood for an hour swearing it was SCCA eligible. He closed the hood and put it back on in the trailer and drove off. It was a mystery from that day and as far as I know, no one ever saw the car again. However, while looking at the engine, one of the guys noticed a small hole drilled in the top side of each header tube, less than 1/4 inch and no one could figure out why...but, from that day on, reportedly, all the Chevy guys had holes drilled in their headers....just like Grumpy Bill Jenkins car. He was a master at using the rules to "his" advantage and won more than he lost! RIP Bill! God could use a few good Chevy guys up there!
Pretty sure that was Smokey. Black and gold '68. Beautiful nonetheless.
Still remember the bearskin rug pic of Grump. Somewhere I have a bunch of pics of his Camaros and Vegas.
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Pretty sure that was Smokey. Black and gold '68. Beautiful nonetheless.
Still remember the bearskin rug pic of Grump. Somewhere I have a bunch of pics of his Camaros and Vegas.
You know, I think you're right...don't EVER get old. I saw Grumpy at Darlington one year in the early days of the "Chevy Mystery Motor"...and that may be what I was thinking of. He was the small block Chevy guru of all times! I've heard he earned his nick name, but I call it, "righteous indignations"!!! Lol
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Met him a few times, last time was a few years ago when he was back in pro-stock with a kid named Dave Connolly(?). Used to love seeing him run against the hemi-boys and always had my magazine subscriptions. Still have my "Grump-Lump" hood-scoop out in the garage. Maybe I'll have to go and attempt a "tribute-car" out of the '68. About 15-years back there was a guy that was running a Sox-Martin tribute 'Cuda that was 440 2X4 powered.
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