Drag racing legend Bill “Grumpy” Jenkins would have been 83 this week. To celebrate the great man’s birthday, here’s a clip starring Jenkins at the 1968 U.S. Nationals in Indy. Race fans, don’t miss this.
If ever a racer required no introduction: Ladies and gentlemen, Bill “Grumpy” Jenkins. One of the sharpest technical minds in the annals of motorsports, Jenkins is responsible for numerous innovations, from the Jenkins-style traction bar to the small-block/short wheelbase Pro Stock combination. But it might be for his mastery of internal combustion that Jenkins is best remembered. Nobody ever wrung more output from a Chevrolet V8. Nobody.
This ten-minute video, which includes narration by veteran broadcaster and Car and Driver writer Brock Yates and interviews by a host of the Grump’s peers, showcases Jenkins in action at the 1968 U.S. Nationals in Indy. There are many neat moments here, but our favorites include the in-car segments with Jenkins up on the wheel. Enjoy the video.