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.
"Auto history buffs will consider this a 'must-have'." -Midwest Book Review, April 2011
"It's gratifying that in his sunset, Da Grump's accomplishments are so affectionately recognized. 4 stars." -Hemmings Motor News, reviewed by Jim Donnelly, May 2011
"A complete written and visual account of one of auto racing's most influential and storied personalities. Grumpy's Toys would make a great addition to anyone's motorsports library." -Area Auto Racing News, February 2011
"This is the most complete record of Jenkins' cars ever published, an essential read for any drag racing fan." -Vintage Motorsport, reviewed by D. Randy Riggs, March/April 2011
"This book is as much fun you can have reading about a drag racing hero without strapping yourself into the passenger seat." -Old Cars Weekly, reviewed by Angelo VanBogart, June 2011
Appears in "Top 21 Reading Materials for the Auto Enthusiast." -Auto Enthusiast, January 2013
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. 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 lives in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada.