Few men have impacted the sport of drag racing like Bill Grumpy Jenkins. His storied history at the drag strip began in the late 1950s, and continues today. Throughout his career, both innovation and success have followed him closely, and this book documents the long and colorful history of the competition cars that proudly bear the name Grumpy's Toy.
Grumpy's Toys: The Legendary Cars of Bill Grumpy Jenkins stands as a full and complete history of Jenkins' career to date as told through his cars, and has been heartily authorized by the man himself (Jenkins wrote the book's foreword.) Author Doug Boyce has been following Jenkins throughout his racing career, and amassed an impressive collection of vintage photography which is shared on the pages. Through his own knowledge, extensive research, and by working with Grumpy himself, Grumpy's Toys offers readers an unparalleled look behind the man and his machines.
This book boasts the largest collection of Jenkins-centered vintage photography ever assembled. Input from Grumpy punctuates the tales behind the now-legendary cars, and author Boyce's fan-friendly writing style entertains. Many myths about both Jenkins and his formidable racing cars have grown over the decades, and this book separates the fact from the fiction. This book is essential for the true drag racing fan.
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The growth of drag racing from the late 1950s through the 1980s was nothing short of spectacular, and Bill “Grumpy” Jenkins was there through all of it. He was instrumental in the sport, from his technical contributions (on the track and in the rulebook) to his prowess under the hood and behind the wheel. Grumpy’s Toys follows Jenkins’ career through the cars he developed. This fascinating introspective showcases the innovation and record-setting performances of the many competition vehicles he worked on, including his long line of personal cars. The stories behind all of Grumpy’s legendary Toys are here, but so are the tales and truths about the many other cars, teams, and drivers Jenkins has worked with (and against) in his five decades as one of the premier engine masters in drag racing’s history. Author Doug Boyce has invested countless hours in researching Jenkins’ career, and spent time with the man himself to verify all the information he acquired. It’s all collected and archived here between the covers of Grumpy’s Toys.About the Author:
Doug Boyce turned his first wrench at age 8 and attended his first drag race at age 10. By age 14, he was working on restoring cars and swapping engines. Now 49, Doug has worked on many drag cars and has written several articles for automotive magazines. He spent 15 years as an automotive technician and still enjoys turning wrenches for fun. He s been a fan of Bill "Grumpy" Jenkins since age 12, and first met Jenkins at a West Coast match race in 1975. He's followed Grumpy's career ever since.
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