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Old 03-30-2012, 08:41 PM   #1
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Grumpy Jenkins is gone!

I've been following this guys career in Drag Racing for almost 50 years. He was one talented engine builder and he will be missed.


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OMG! I thought you meant our forum member Grumpy.
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Sorry, didn't mean to scare anyone. Maybe one of the Mods can change the thread to Grumpy Jenkins is Gone!
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My first drag race featured this car, Grump's Toy (Chevy II). Still the most memorable. I was in awe of that guy and his talent building cars.

EDIT: BTW, real oldie but "Who drove this car?"
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He was one of my idols as a teen and no one wore the bowtie better. I didn't realize Grump was that old, would have thought he was more in his early to mid 70s.

RIP Grump, you'll be sorely missed by all your fans.
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I remember that Preparation H six cylinder Maverick. I had to do a little internet hunting to find that it was driven by Bruce Sizemore.
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I recall names like Bob Glidden, Don Prudhomme, etc, but also some lesser knowns like Dempsey Hardy, Paul Mercure, etc.

Check out this one, mate. Checkmate
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I remember Grumpy's Toy in the early to mid seventies at Cayuga. That was a great Canadian track run by a local who spent the money to get the big stars of the day. I was there when Shirley Muldowney got her top fuel licence in 1973. Tommy Ivo Connie Kalitta and Don Garlits signed her licence. Too bad I was not into Photography then. I have some from a few years later when Shirley returned to match race Gary Beck a few times. Another long term driver I remember is Chris Karamesines who was racing top fuel a few years ago in his late seventies.
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This was just posted on You Tube, a very nice tribute. RIP Grump!


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