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Old 10-13-2012, 01:38 PM   #421
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A sad day.May God bless and watch over Mr Norms family in this time of sorrow.
Now,if `ole St Pete can just overlook the burned rubber on the "Streets of Gold"
all will be well.Norm,you WILL be sorely missed.
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Wouldn't that make a great cartoon, Norm burning out on the street in heaven and Saint Peter asking who let him in here?
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Old 10-13-2012, 01:51 PM   #422
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RIP, old friend...
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Old 10-13-2012, 01:58 PM   #423
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Did not know him; knew of him and ran into him in Sacto at the shows, great guy ! One of the legends gone but not forgotten. RIP NG
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Old 10-13-2012, 02:48 PM   #424
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Very sad news indeed. My heartfelt condolences to Norm's family and many, many legions of friends.
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Old 10-13-2012, 02:55 PM   #425
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My condolences to the family on their loss. If a man's legacy, is judged by the number of lives they influenced, and the friends they made along the way, it's easy to see Norm's legacy will never be forgotten. Think of all the happiness he brought to this world, during his life. R.I.P. Norm.
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Old 10-13-2012, 03:19 PM   #426
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Thank You Norm, God Bless You.
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Old 10-13-2012, 03:51 PM   #427
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Old 10-13-2012, 04:23 PM   #428
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Springfield NSRA 2007. Norm and my friend Karl Skalnik. They were good friends and hot rod builders. Norm was the Will Rogers of our time, "He never met a man he didn't like." He always had time for anyone who approached him. What an ambassador for our hobby. I'm sure hes keeping them laughing in Heaven. He is missed around the world if you look at the posts coming in. What a friend.
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Old 10-13-2012, 04:30 PM   #429
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I had the honor to help Norm with a few things on Kookie II and for the next 10-years, remarkable little gifts would arrive in my mail box from Norm. I treasure every one of them, even more so today. That's the kind of guy he was, he was always doing favors for others and he never forgot a favor done for him. I never heard a bad word about him. How many celebrities can you say that about?

I have included photos of a couple of Norm trinkets that I haven't seen posted before.

Dobre piwo to you , Norm.

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Old 10-13-2012, 05:09 PM   #430
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I met Norm at NSRA Springfield show in 2006. What a person he was. Very friendly, and really enjoyed life. RIP Norm
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Old 10-13-2012, 06:47 PM   #431
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Another Hot Rodding Icon gone.....
Rest In Peace Mr.Hammerhead
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Old 10-13-2012, 07:05 PM   #432
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So sorry to hear about Norms passing. I believe he was the person that got me interested in hot rods. I remember deawing the "Kookie Car" in jr. high. Met the man on a couple of Hot Rods power tours. After seeing me just once, each time he saw me he would hide nearby and shout "Norrrrm", he then would jump out with that schoolboy smile and laugh. Great guy, glad to have met him, will really miss him. World needs more like him.

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Old 10-13-2012, 07:19 PM   #433
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Great guy, will be missed. I met him a couple times at shows.
It was very nice and fun. R.I.P. Norm
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Old 10-13-2012, 07:41 PM   #434
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R.I.P. What a funny guy! I can see it now him driving the Kooky Kar into heaven and old St. Peter smiling giving him the "thumbs up"!


Thanks to Mark Ervin "JIGGER" here on the H.A.M.B. for sharing this art work
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Old 10-13-2012, 07:49 PM   #435
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Had the honor of meeting him at a party a few years back. Couldn’t have been a nicer guy. Took the time out to break away from the crowd to show me some old magazines pics of his cars. It was a pleasure to have met him. Rest in peace.
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Old 10-13-2012, 09:18 PM   #436
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Man this sadens me but Norm loved a good laugh I met him in Lead Hill at Spirit Industries I was picking up a T bucket body for a friend, he told me you could built a cool car out of those things .I did not know who he was but I found out I will never forget then I saw him at the round up . I believe he never met a stranger ! He made me laugh and everyone near he was a mess quite the comic !we will all miss him I was lucky enough to shake his hand twice .
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Old 10-13-2012, 11:25 PM   #437
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Wow - no one will replace him - sincere sympathy to his Family, and friends - last saw him was 3 years ago at the Gene Winfield & Larry Watson Gathering (pic)
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Old 10-14-2012, 02:13 AM   #438
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Wouldn't that make a great cartoon, Norm burning out on the street in heaven and Saint Peter asking who let him in here?
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R.I.P. What a funny guy! I can see it now him driving the Kooky Kar into heaven and old St. Peter smiling giving him the "thumbs up"!
We're all on the same wave length...

Thanks for posting the sketch Scott, funny, I didn't even catch these comments before doing the sketch.

Here's the whole thing...

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Old 10-14-2012, 07:47 AM   #439
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R.I.P. Norm. YOU were one of the first and best!! Your car started it all for me on 77 Sunset Strip and I'll never forget it or you!
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Old 10-14-2012, 08:07 AM   #440
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Fantastic job, Jigger! Below: An example of how Norm got to the Pearly Gates!






CLASSIC! Thanks to JustACarGuy, we have two greats in their prime -- plus a great story!
"TV Tommy" Ivo, top, drags with Normie "Woo-Woo" Grabowski at Santa Ana Drag Strip
in 1957. Ivo had earlier asked Norm if he could take measurements of the "Kookie Kar,"
bottom. When Norm said, in effect, "Guess!", Tommy took the matter undercover and
sneaked up on the Kookie Kar! By the time Norm arrived on the scene, Tommy had his
coveted key measurements and was, you might say, "off to the races." In the above run,
Norm's running a Caddy OHV, Ivo one of his cherished Buick Nailheads. What a life!
One of the many ways we want to remember Norm!
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