The late Bill “Grumpy” Jenkins was not only a master engine builder and drag racing legend, but he also helped build the Chevrolet brand as one to beat in motorsports.
Jenkins, who died in March at 81, was scheduled to take part in this year’s Super Chevy Show on July 20-22 at Maple Grove Raceway as a special car show judge. He was going to pick his top 25 picks from the hundreds of entries.
However, his spirit will be present through the weekend. A special “Jenkins Competition” award will be presented after time trials Saturday, July 21, to the door/body car that has the lowest elapsed time during the second round of time trials.
And at the car show Jenkins Competition will be represented by company general manager Jake Barbato, and former NHRA world champion Larry Lombardo who drove for Jenkins in the 70s. The two will make the top 25 picks on Saturday.
The Super Chevy Show gets underway on Friday, July 20 with a 7 a.m. opening and time trials from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Gates open Saturday at 7 a.m. with racing beginning at 8:30 and the car show going through the day until awards are presented at 3:30 p.m. Feature shows, with jet cars are at 1 and 4 p.m.
Sunday’s gates open at 8 a.m. with racing continuing at 9:30 and feature shows at 1, 2:30 and 4:30. Car show awards are at 4 p.m.
For more information, call Maple Grove Raceway at (610) 856-9210 or visit www.maplegroveraceway.com.