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Re: We lose another of drag racing's pioneers...Grumpy, dead at 81
« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2012, 10:16:54 pm »
Saw that earlier, truely sad.  We were lucky to recently get some of his insight in some recent magazine interviews.  He will be missed.

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Re: We lose another of drag racing's pioneers...Grumpy, dead at 81
« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2012, 01:15:10 am »
Even a Ford guy like me can appreciate "Da Grump's" efforts.. sad day for sure.
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Re: We lose another of drag racing's pioneers...Grumpy, dead at 81
« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2012, 01:27:00 am »
Guys, even if you are a Ford fan, Bill was still loved even if he was grumpy. When you talked to him and all he did was grumble and didn't say another word, he still heard what you had to say. He didn't talk a lot to most people who talked to him, but when he did talk, you listened REAL close to what he had to say because the man was a genius when it came to engines..ALL ENGINES. He built some really mean Hemi's in his day as will as Chevy's, Olds, and others. But his real knowledge was making the engine run. He invented some of the parts that are used in engines to date, also in the gas flow to the engines. You can read about him on line and what he invented . There is a car museum in York Spring, PA called EASTERN MUSEUM OF MOTOR RACING. This pasted weekend was the opening of the new wing dedicated to drag racing. Bill was to be there, but unfortunately didn't live to see it.  It has a picture of Bill and his cars hanging on the wall in memory to him, as well as one of his cars. We have had the pleasure of knowing him and talking to him over the last 30 years,  Drag racing and drag racers lost a vital part of our world this past Thursday morning March 28, 2012 when the famous Bill "Grumpy " Jenkins left us to join Dyno Don, Dick Landy and Ronnie Sox in Racers heaven, and like these guys, HE WILL BE SURELY MISSED.
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Re: We lose another of drag racing's pioneers...Grumpy, dead at 81
« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2012, 01:38:16 am »
Very well said!
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