of the true legends of drag racing, Bill “Grumpy” Jenkins, will make an
appearance at the Motorsports 2012 Presented by VP’s Small Engine Fuels Race
Car & Trade Show at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA on
Saturday, January 21st.
Jenkins, a native of Malvern, PA, was an outstanding drag racer who became
an expert engine builder. He will be touting his new book titled “Grumpy’s
Toy” which is a full and complete history of Jenkins’ career to date written
by Doug Boyce. The book will be available at the during the three day show.
The popular drag racing legend will be meeting fans and signing autographs
in the Coastal 181 display area.
Between 1965 and 1975 he drove to victory in thirteen National Hot Rod
Association Pro Stock drag racing events.
Once he gave up the driving he turned to building engines using his
mechanical engineering skills earned at Cornell University. Over the years
he has been inducted a number of motorsports halls of fame, including the
Eastern Motorsport Press Association hall, in recognition of his
achievements as an engine builder.
Considered the “Father of Pro Stock”, Jenkins built engines were used to win
five NHRA Pro Stock championships and three American Hot Rod Association
Often asked about the nickname of “Grumpy” the man of few words had this
said about him by The Motorsports Hall of Fame of America, “his continual
search for improved performance left little time for idle chatter with his
A little known fact about Jenkins is that he built the engine used by Donnie
Allison to win the pole position in the 1975 Daytona 500.
“We are expecting to make additional announcements regarding appearances by
drivers and motorsports personalities in the near future,” said show
organizer Len Sammons. “We are expecting this show, the 27th annual, to be
the biggest that we have presented.”
The three day show, January 20-22nd, covers all of the space available in
the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks and gives attendees the
opportunity to see just about anything and everything imaginable in
Information on the show may be had by visiting
Tim Hogue can provide those interested with all details on the show and send
a complete color brochure that outlines all show details for those wanting
to be exhibitors. And it is not to early for race teams to be thinking about
having their race car on display at the show. Contact Tim at 609.888.3618.
The annual show, produced by Len Sammons and his staff, is considered by
many to be the most successful show of its type on the East Coast.
Information on show tickets, show hours and more can be had by checking in