not forgotten . . .

Jim Winks


Oak Hill, FL
day.mo.1948 - 07.11.2013


Received word that my longtime friend Jimmy Winks passed away today. He was a fantastic racer with a great talent and one heck of a great guy. So glad I was able to spend time with Jim and Debbie last year in Florida. Great memories!!! My love, prayers and special thoughts to Debbie and the Winks family.

  . . . written by Jim Ferlito

Just got word that racer Jimmy Winks passed away yesterday. Jimmy had a great career up north, winning in everything from dirt LM's, asphalt & dirt Mods, and Supermodifieds at Oswego. The. He moved south to Edgewater and won a bunch of races at Volusia, NSS, & OSW in both the Fla Mods (the Bob Judkins 2x), and also Limited Lates in a black #17. His career started in 1968 as a 17 year old kid, and raced anything on wheels for over 40 years. If you never met Jimmy, you missed quite a character. If you did meet him, you'd never forget him. Great racer, great guy, and he will be missed by thousands, both here and in NY. RIP Jimmy..... a TRUE RACER for his entire lifetime.

  . . . written by Frasson118

Not many people know that after Jimmy 'retired' from racing, he moved south, and won a lot of races here in Florida also. What a fun guy to be around too. Sure will miss him at this years Reunion..... He usually came with car owner Bob Judkins, who he drove for in the famous 2x Modifieds. RIP Jimmy.... one of the most versatile racers the Northeast has ever seen.

  . . . written by Jerry Binner

1973 program cover

Aug 4th '73 midsummer champ

Aug 19th '73, in victory lane again

1973 Battle for Classic lead. Jim Shampine and Winks qualified 1-2 for the race and the two battled early then Winks took command until he lost the lead around lap 180 to winner, Ken Andrews. Winks faded to 8th at the end.

1974, return of the Purdy Deuce

1974, Jim edges Johnny Logan for the last Oswego win for Jim and the Deuce

Oct 5, 1974, final Oswego checkers

1977, in the Doug Duncan 07

3rd in the 1977 Port City event

more action from 1977

July 1977

1978, dicing with Ronnie Wallace

1980, in the Doug Duncan 07

1980, the last Duncan 07

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  Jim Winks links
  stats
  • Oswego rookie of the year in 1970
  • 5 feature wins and 31 top 5's at Oswego. 64th in all-time points
  • 5 Oswego Classic top 10's (10th in '73, 8th in '74, 3rd in '77, 4th in '78, 10th in '80)
  • 1974 Classic Fastest qualifyer
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