He was a phenomenal engine builder, a Hall of Fame drag racer and an all around legend, and when the automotive world lost Bill “Grumpy” Jenkins last spring, we said goodbye to one the premiere horsepower artists of his time. Jenkins will always be missed but will live on in the community thanks to his tireless dedication and support of the racing industry. And now, you can own a piece of his glorious career thanks to Mecum Auctions.
Starting May 14th, Mecum Auctions will be auctioning off a large collection of Grumpy Jenkins treasures spanning from iconic die cast toys to Grumpy’s personal daily driver at the 26th Original Spring Classic in Indianapolis. With over 150 personal affects from Grumpy’s estate going up for bid, there is bound to be something for every kind of drag racing fan.
Among the items most notable in the collection are dozens of trophies won over the years by the one and only Jenkins, as well as medals and plaques from his incredible achievements.
Among those plaques is even Grumpy’s 1993 International Drag Racing Hall of Fame induction plaque, a true souvenir of drag racing greatness.
One of the top finds in the collection is Grumpy’s personal Snap-On tool box complete with a variety of his tools. A Jenkins’ custom made 750cfm carburetor, his aluminum restrictor plate and two Honda scooters used for traveling through the pits will also be available and potentially top sellers at the auction.
There are also framed NHRA qualifying lists, team posters, personal prints and sketches of Jenkins and his many cars, framed magazine covers and features, and even a framed portrait of the man himself from 2011.
Among the rest of the collection is attire from Grumpy’s personal closet, race gear like a jacket and helmet, as well as the drag racing legend’s vintage Goodyear jacket, 1972 NHRA Top Eliminator jacket, and his 1999 Pro Stock Truck jacket.
And let’s not forget Grumpy’s iconic straw cowboy hats that he was known to wear in his later years and his walking cane.
A vintage Mr. Gasket banner and barometer mark the earlier years represented by the Grumpy estate pieces heading to auction, while items like Grumpy’s bright red 2004 Pontiac GTO that was used as his personal daily driver represent more modern collectors items.
All of Grumpy’s items will go up for bid starting next Tuesday with no reserve set for any of the collection.
Owning just one piece of Bill Grumpy Jenkins’ estate is an amazing honor, but to have access to such a collection of treasures that were undoubtedly held dear to Grumpy’s heart is virtually unimaginable.
Grumpy is remembered by friends as a “mechanical engineer to a fault” and an artist like no other, according to Grumpy’s friend and estate executor Dick Williams. What better way to pay homage to Grumpy’s life and his legend than owning a treasure from his very own career as a premiere drag racer and engine builder?