Grumpy's Stuff

Available at Mecum's Spring Classic

Larry Jewett - April 18, 2013 10:31 AM


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Hall of Fame racing legend Bill “Grumpy” Jenkins may be lost, but Mecum Auctions will help keep his legacy alive 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 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.”
Stars of the lineup will be Grumpy’s 2004 Red on Black GTO Coupe and his personal Snap-On tool box 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.
Thirty-two hours of the Indianapolis auction will be broadcast live on Discovery’s Velocity Network with the entire auction streaming live on Mecum’s website at For more information on the auction or to register as a bidder, visit or call (262) 275-5050.