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Drag-racing legend dies

Bill "Grumpy" Jenkins , an internationally acclaimed drag racer and engine builder, died yesterday at Paoli Memorial Hospital at the age of 81.

Drag-racing legend dies

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Bill "Grumpy" Jenkins , an internationally acclaimed drag racer and engine builder, died yesterday at Paoli Memorial Hospital at the age of 81. Jenkins, who grew up in Malvern, founded Jenkins Engineering and was widely regarded as an innovator who was responsible for numerous advances in drag-racing technology. He reportedly earned his nickname for his no-nonsense approach to the sport.

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