Racing Legend “Grumpy” Jenkins To Be Remembered At Mecum’s Indy Auction

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1972 Pro Stock Wally Spring Nationals Columbus OHHall of Fame Racing Legend Bill “Grumpy” Jenkins may be lost, but Mecum Auctions will help keep his legacy alive this May 14-19 at Dana Mecum’s 26th Original Spring Classic auction in Indianapolis with the auctioning of "Grumpy's Stuff" featuring more than 150 personal artifacts from his estate to be offered Saturday, May 18, all at no reserve. “Grumpy,” as he was known by most, made a name for himself in the ‘60s drag racing in the NHRA (National Hot Rod Association) using cars equipped with engines he had enhanced on his own. Jenkins would often take off down the strip with a lit cigar wedged between his teeth and come out ahead without even breaking a sweat. More than a champion racer, Jenkins is even better remembered for the numerous mechanical innovations he developed through the years including drag racing’s first kick-out oil pan and Pro Stock’s strut-style front suspension. He was also personally responsible for building 30 vehicles that set national records in various racing venues and that won a total of 61 races including eight championships. “He was a mechanical engineer to a fault,” describes friend and estate executor Dick Williams. “He was lost in his own world; he was like an artist that way. If he was back working on something you might have to remind him to eat.” Join Mecum this May 18 in immortalizing this revered man by celebrating his life through his most prized possessions including trophies, awards, model cars and competition jackets, just a few of the many things that comprise the collection. Stars of the lineup will be Grumpy’s 2004 Red on Black GTO Coupe (Lot S1) and his personal Snap-On tool box (Lot K175) from the late ‘60s with all the tools and trinkets. There is no better place than at Mecum’s Indy auction to attain a piece of history and pay homage to a man who spent his life behind the wheel and under the hood.Tags: