The Bill "Grumpy" Jenkins Pro Stock Gallery
#187: 1971: Bill Jenkins In "Grumpy's Toy 8" - Wheelstand
This image was was captured at Thompson Drag Raceway (Thompson, Ohio) on May 23, 1971. The match race of the day featured Grumpy's white Camaro verses the Sox & Martin Pro Stock Plymouth. Bill had the wheelie bars set very high and to the delight of the drag fans, pulled really tall and long wheelstands all day.
#217: 1971: PS Race: Sox and Martin vs Bill "Grumpy" Jenkins
Here's another image from the same day (May 23, 1971).The Sunday match race featured Sox and Martin's Hemi powered Plymouth against Bill "Grumpy" Jenkins' Rat powered Chevrolet. Notice the powdered rosin on the starting line and the traction paths. Here we see both cars launching, Grumpy's wheels high in the air. The factory backed teams raced three times and posted six almost identical 9 second ETs. Each race was decided in the lights and the Thompson crowd went nuts.
Pro Stoc fans: This collectible drag racing image pictures the legendary Bill "Grumpy" Jenkins wheelstanding his Camaro Pro Stocker, "Grumpy's' Toy 8." It was captured at Thompson Drag Raceway (Thompson, Ohio) on June 12, 1971. This low resolution Net image doesn't do the print justice (great feeling of motion).
#132: 1971: PS, Bill Jenkins Driving "Grumpy's Toy 8" - Wheelstand
This car is one of a long line of wicked quick Jenkins Chevys. In this image, we can clearly see Grumpy through the side window, up on the wheel and carrying the Camaro's front wheels on another hard launch. By this time (1971) Bill was already a living legend building awesome, high revving Chevrolet grenade engines. Now, over thirty five years later, he is still very much involved in Drag Racing with an especially high profile in the NHRA Pro Stock class.
This is an image picturing two great engine builders. The infamous Bill "Grumpy" Jenkins is seen conferring with the up and coming engine builder and Pro Stock driver, Ron "Hut" Hutter. It was captured at Thompson Drag Raceway on June 12, 1971. Here we see the famous engine builders totally focused on one of Ron's big block Chevy pistons. Grumpy was reading the combustion deposit patterns for Hut, and probably said something like, "Ah so Grasshopper, I see a tall and racy woman coming into your life." A third party is holding the flash light but we cant identify him. Also, notice how high the wrist pin is located in the piston.... very trick for 1971. Both men continue to build legendary racing engines.
#196: 1973: Bill Jenkins Driving "Grumpy's Toy 10" - Burnout
This image was captured at Thompson Drag Raceway (Thompson, Ohio) on May 12, 1973. The match race of the evening featured a large field of famous Pro Stockers. Here we see Bill as he burns out "Grumpy's Toy Ten," the tenth car in a long line. At that point in Drag Racing history (1973) Pro Stock cars were running in the mid nines and approaching 160 MPH.
#208: 1973: Bill Jenkins Driving "Grumpy's Toy 10" - Launch
This image was captured at Dragway 42 (West Salem, Ohio) on May 20, 1973. On this weekend, a bunch of big names were at Dragway 42 for a National AHRA race. Here we see Bill up on the wheel on his first burnout through the rosin, down on the wheelie bars, front wheels in the air. Check out the ripple in the huge slicks. This low resolution Net image doesn't do the print justice (extremely sharp). At that point in Drag Racing history, Pro Stock cars were running in the mid nines and "Grumpy" was the Chevy King.
#222: 1973: Bill Jenkins Driving "Grumpy's Toy 10" - Launch
Here's another image from the same race captured at Dragway 42 (West Salem, Ohio) on May 20, 1973 (notice the overflowing crowd).
#210: 1973: P/S Personality: Bill Jenkins, In A Real Small Vega
Here we see the infamous Bill "Grumpy" Jenkins approaching the starting line in his supper light weight "Grumpy's Toy 9," running high gear only with a trick slipper clutch. It was captured at Dragway 42 (West Salem, Ohio) in July, 1973. A special match race of the day featured Bill driving a diminutive version of the "Grumpy's Toy 10" against The Hrudka Bros. "Mr. Gasket" car (a similar Vega) with Paul driving. In this photograph, Grumpy appears to be on the edge of a smile but that would change. Bill put a hole shot on Paul but the Red "Mr. Gasket" car drove around Grumpy on the top end turning a blistering 23.55 at almost 40 MPH. Grumpy loudly protested, to no avail, claiming the Hrudka Bros. illegally altered the rev limiter on their Briggs & Stratton power plant.
Here's Jungle Pam and Bill (not so grumpy) Jenkins with two crew members. This is rare, Grumpy almost never smiled. The crewman on Pam's right (with the glasses) is chassis builder Ed Quay and the man to his right is is Tom Kerr from East Liverpool OH. They both worked for Bill in 1972/73.
This image was captured at Dragway 42 during the multi day AHRA National event in May, 1973. This was Friday night, just after pro qualifications. Jenkins set fast P/S time and won the trophy. Is that why Grumpy's smiling? We don't think so. We think Jungle Pam Hardy melted the Grump.
#223: 1976: Bill Jenkins Pro Stock Monza" - Launch
Here's one picturing the infamous Bill "Grumpy" Jenkins launching his factory backed, Rat powered Pro Stock Chevrolet Monza, front wheels high in the air. It was captured at Thompson Drag Raceway (Thompson, Ohio) on July 3, 1976. This low resolution Net image doesn't do the print justice (very sharp with a great feeling of motion). On a warm Saturday night, a huge crowd gathered at Thompson both to celebrate the country's 200th birthday, and to witness a large field of famous Pro Stockers in action. Here we see Jenkins as he lifts the front wheels of his famous "Grumpy's Toy," Monza. This is the first round of the evening and a little light is still in the sky.
#224: 1976: Bill Jenkins Pro Stock Monza" - Burnout
Here we see Jenkins at the 1976 Thompson race as he melts the slicks on his famous "Grumpy's Toy," Monza. At that point, Grumpy was sporting a full beard which can be clearly seen through the windshield. Also, check out the overflow crowd in the background. Bill "Grumpy" Jenkins is a living drag racing icon and is still building fantastic Chevrolet racing engines.
Here's another great burnout from the 1976 Thompson race as The Grump heats the slicks on his Monza. This extremely sharp negative lay unprinted in the artist's files for almost thirty five years.
Interesting print detail: Check out this trick hood scoop by Jenkins. At that point in drag racing history (1976) most pro stock teams collected at least some of the air for the carburetors from the base of the windshield. The conventional engineering placed the back of the hood scoop about one inch from the windshield (a high pressure area). Not Grumpy. In this detail we see the back of this very unusual and swoopy Jenkins hood scoop actually touching the windshield with only a very small opening at the extreme base of the windshield. Was Bill just messing with the boys . . . or was this a real "Grumpy Trick"?
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