The Jalopy Journal
Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Royalshifter, Dec 12, 2007.
1600 pages and only 1 ugly one.... priceless!
My pleasure, it is one of the prettiest race cars ever built. (and always competitive).
I was just going to say the paint on the Keeling and Clayton car was awesome.
Rick Finch: Lovvvvvve that mini-chopper in the background of pix-post #31994 !!
Really loved the Lovell Bros' car. An Irwindale regular.
Pic is Bob Nicholson of wichita, Ks
Please tell us you'll be photo documenting the restoration. I've only ever seen the car in photos. The details always blew me away. Bothe the front engine and rear engined were bad to the bone. Looking forward to seeing it when it's completed.
Maybe some of you guys from Forth Worth recognize this. The article has features on Drags at Santa Ana, Los Angeles River, Fort Worth. Clubs mentioned in FTW are Barons, Road Lords, Gophers, Nobeletts and Dragons. Even has a full page picture of Norn Grabowsky of Sunland Ca. in his "Ford" that cost him $8,000 and five years to build. Most cars were reported to break 100 MPH with the record of 166.97. Several mentions of speed crazy, dare devil speed manics.
I saw the car win the innagural Supernationals in 1970 by beating Schultz and Glenn. Damn near won 71 Bakersfield but for a "fluke!" I think these photos were from 1971 as denoted by the chrome box air scoop that replaced the candied, pinstripped tear drop scoop from the year before. Perhaps the same motor that was installed in the Pinto flopper that followed.
A third reason was to let the engine heat out from under the hood. At least that was the thinking for the reverse bubble on the Ford Thunderbolts.
that chopper was something that i just thought the old man was going to get me from the local lawn & garden dealer, i sat on that thing so many times at the dealer thinking i was going down pch with a pack of bikers ,instead he came home with a 65 honda dream ,that i took a hack saw to to make my own chopper " 5 th grade hoodlum " still cutting good stuff up !!
funny i remember building my models that way too,
a certain black 57 chevy comes to mind,
i cut part of the plastic tree and glued it where the hood springs would be,
sorry i dont have that model anymore, wish i did
won 2nd place @ a 7-11 model contest back in the 60's sometime
Hey bud, I live on top of whats left of Green Valley Drag, if you could scan that magazine for me and send it to me Id appreciate it. Or if you want to sell it
I can't sell it but I will see if I can get a good scan and post the article.
I ran my 57 Chev with hood raised in the back as well as with the 2 hood ornaments removed. There were weekly battles over this. I was forced to close off the ornament openings after setting the class record at the local track. Funny thing I lower the record the following week. haha so much for tricks.
When I ran the Rochester FI I left off the air cleaner and connected a piece of stove pipe to the left side fender opening which gave a cooler air supply to the motor from over the left headlight.. More controversy. After a number of the East coast guys did the same thing we were allowed to do this or run a gutted air cleaner. I had already gutted my air cleaner.....can you imagin what that air cleaner would be worth today????
Whether all this did any good is questionable. I never really gave it with and without test. Since we didn't have much in the line of tires back then it was hard to get back to back times that were very consistant. Speeds were usually pretty consistant so the hp was probably not changed much.
We all ran with the front ends way up so there must have been a lot of air going under the cars. The 4 link, ladder bars and cheater slicks had not been developed yet so traction was marginal with the high powered cars.
This is the best thing I've read all year
We ran with the hood pins extended out on our old Thunderbolt gasser, the hinges were removed. It had a beam front axle and a lot of air went under the front. At speed the hood would bounce around and raise up.
I just learned that Grumpy Jenkins has passed on at 81. RIP Grump.
Grumpy Jenkins joins his fellow competitors "Dandy" Dick Landy, Sox & Martin and many others.
Yes, just read that. Afraid I don't have any pictures of the Grump to add. RIP Grumpy, one of the last real legends of drag racing is gone.
William Tyler "Grumpy" Jenkins (1930-29 March 2012) was an engine builder and drag racer. Between 1965 and 1975 he won a total of thirteen NHRA drag races.<SUP class=reference id=cite_ref-mshofoa_0-0></SUP> Jenkins raced in the clutchless planetary gear transmission era. Most of these wins were won with a manually shifted four speed transmission. In 1972 he recorded 250 straight runs without missing a gear shift.<SUP class=reference id=cite_ref-mshofoa_0-1></SUP>
He was formally trained as a mechanical engineer at Cornell University, and he used his training and skills to build engines.<SUP class=reference id=cite_ref-NHRATop50_1-0></SUP> He has been inducted in numerous motorsports halls of fame for his engine building skills in the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Pro Stock division. His innovations include drag racing's first kickout oil pans, Pro Stock strut-style front suspension, and dry sump oiling system, and cool cans, electric water pump fan, gas port pistons, and slick-shift manual transmissions.<SUP class=reference id=cite_ref-NHRATop50_1-1></SUP> Considered the "Father of Pro Stock", Jenkins-built engines were used to win five NHRA Pro Stock championships and three American Hot Rod Association (AHRA) championships.<SUP class=reference id=cite_ref-speedtv_2-0></SUP>
He was nicknamed "Grumpy" for having a no-nonsense attitude at races.<SUP class=reference id=cite_ref-mshofoa_0-2></SUP> The Motorsports Hall of Fame of America said: "his continual search for improved performance left little time for idle chatter with his racing colleagues."<SUP class=reference id=cite_ref-mshofoa_0-3></SUP>
I had the good fortune to speak with him on several occasions ......this man will be sorely missed!!!!!
Did not know he passed...thanks for the info. RIP
I built a plastic model nova after one of Grumpys cars,,
check out the video of Grumpy and his cars courtesy of dragzine:
just one word of caution, if you don't like Herb Alpert, turn down your speakers,
(Apologies to RAT T, just noticed the same video was already posted)
here is another video with some Pro Stock history including a short interview with Bill Jenkins:
My buddy made Grump laugh once, sounding like the swedish chef muppet. He laughed and threw the beer cap under our trailer.
RIP Grumpy. He was the best chevrolet drag racer back in the day.
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