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Norm grabowski 1933-2012

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by FLAT-TOP BOB, Oct 12, 2012.

  1. Sanford Graham
    Joined: Apr 9, 2009
    Posts: 89

    Sanford Graham

    Very sad news indeed. God Speed Norm........
  2. OfficerBimbo
    Joined: Mar 22, 2012
    Posts: 89


    God bless you and your family. Rest in peace Norm.
  3. Back in '89, Norm showed up at my wedding reception. Uninvited. And a good time was had by all.
  4. Man ... that takes the wind out of my sails .........

    Unfortunately, I never met him face to face, but I was hoping to before he or I passed on.
    He was one of the first to have an influence on me. God bless him!
  5. mow too much
    Joined: Nov 20, 2008
    Posts: 907

    mow too much

    Very sad, Norm had an influence on me as a child as I'm sure he did on many of us, had a nice vist with him about 20 years ago when my friend Dan was doing some metal work on the Kookie Kar 2 for him. R.I.P.
  6. jax59
    Joined: Feb 20, 2010
    Posts: 51

    from nor cal

    god speed norm. you will will forever live in the hearts and minds of us all
  7. 1blown57
    Joined: Oct 19, 2006
    Posts: 832

    from Florida

    rest in peace !
  8. the other me
    Joined: Jun 21, 2007
    Posts: 387

    the other me

    Damn.... R.I.P Norm
    GODSPEED my friend.
  9. 296ardun
    Joined: Feb 11, 2009
    Posts: 4,130


    He started doing his best work in the mid '50s, with a car on the cover of HRM then, and here is it 60 years later... there are 16 pages of condolences in a single day...that says a ton about his legacy ... can't think of many others in our hobby who would deservedly rate such tributes, and he deserved them all.....RIP, Norm
  10. Arky_118
    Joined: Jul 9, 2011
    Posts: 6

    from Arkansas

    Sucks, I just came home to a message on the phone. Man I am down over this. Having known Norm since the day he started building hi little house on Bull Shoals Lake, on Bear Creek. Having been allowed the honor or driving the Henway!! The world of Hotrods will not be the same. Never was the same after he built Kookie T bucket!

    Just got off the phone with Mary, his niece. Services still not firm at this time.

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  11. xhotrodder
    Joined: Jul 2, 2009
    Posts: 1,530


    I remember the 1st time I saw him. He was on the old "Ozzie & Harriet Show", driving his bucket T and played a friend of Ricky's. Man did I want to be him, and have a cool car like he had. I loved reading articles about him and his cars. Whether it was his bucket T, or his Henway truck. He made some cool shiftknobs, and canes also. Rest in peace Norm. Prayers said for his friends and family.
  12. jaxx
    Joined: Mar 22, 2008
    Posts: 369


    DEEPLY saddened - thanks Norm for the movies, the memories, and the motovation - jaxx
  13. Nads
    Joined: Mar 5, 2001
    Posts: 11,557

    from Hypocrisy

    There's no way of overestimating what Normie Poo meant to us, his loss is huge but his legacy lives on.
  14. williebill
    Joined: Mar 1, 2004
    Posts: 2,417


    So sorry to read this,Godspeed to Norm.. Never met him,but knew of him most of my life..and thanks to all who kept us on the HAMB informed during his illness.
  15. autobilly
    Joined: May 23, 2007
    Posts: 3,094


    RIP Mr Grabowski, your impression on me was profound. I'm truly saddened by this news.:(
  16. Engine man
    Joined: Jan 30, 2011
    Posts: 3,476

    Engine man
    from Wisconsin

    RIP Norm. This is a reminder to all of us. Nobody lives forever.
  17. Doc.
    Joined: Jul 16, 2005
    Posts: 3,533


    Rest in peace Normie. Your suffering is no more. I love you buddy. I hope our houses in heaven are next to each other.

  18. Arky_118
    Joined: Jul 9, 2011
    Posts: 6

    from Arkansas

    Back in maybe 72 0 73, we were cruising the Sonic is Harrison AR, Norm was doing a pretty good show with the Henway, coming out of the Sonic and spinning tires. Anyway one of the local cops was hitting the blue lights when about 10 of us pulled out in front of the cop.

    Later across from the Sonic Norm was autographing everyones underwear, , he would give us a wedgie and sign them. for getting him out of the shit!.

    I was up in Bear Creek fishing once, and out in the fricken Middle of Bear Creek arm of the lake were two nutz in a canoe, one was Norm the other was Bert Reynolds. Bert without hair piece to boot. They were fishing, not trying to catch any fish, just fishing.

    Throttle cable broke on his big assed boat once endup up the boat ramp about 20 yards.

    Damn old fart was a lot of fun.

    RIP Man
  19. RodStRace
    Joined: Dec 7, 2007
    Posts: 2,204


    I met him at a couple different venues and the guy was a blast to be within shouting distance of... we have lost another hero.
  20. Thanks for the "Memories", we were big fans from day one !. At the Nat's in Tulsa,my wife triped over a cable and Norm came to her rescue, always the gentleman. R.I.P.
    Bill and Jean Dyson
  21. I kinda' had the feeling this wasn't gonna' end well.:(

    We're hurting down here in New Zealand today too... it's amazing how far and wide Norm's influence has spread (as you can see in my avatar).

    I was very fortunate to get to meet Norm at Pleasanton back in '97. and I'll always regret not telling him that I was building a bucket hugely influenced by his, but at the time I figured he probably heard that kinda' stuff all the time and wouldn't really be interested.

    I later named mine 'Kookie Too' as a tribute to the original, and acknowledged Norm's influence on my showboard.


    Anyway, when I got to meet Norm, He was 'entertaining' a bunch of older 'street rodders' who were all standing around the Kookie 2, trying (unsuccessfully) to figure out what engine he was runnin' . When they were all done guessing, I called out "isn't it a late model Cadillac?", at which point Norm spun around to look at me, and hollered out in his big ol' voice, " See, the kid knows!" .....I was 34 at the time:eek:


    RIP Norm:cool:
  22. :(Just thought Id give ya all a insight to a email I got from Norm about2 years (10/10) or so ago.I had sent him a note saying hi and to let him know how much we on the HAMB enjoyed his work and history and thought he would like to see it,his words to me was that he was really glad to know that we all cared and knew the work (film,art,cars) he had done even if he wasnt acomputer guy it DID mean alot to him,NOrm did say he had someone give him the "scoop" about the HAMB form time to time,I also got a email from Billy F Gibbons,He to was saddened by Norms passing however it soon turned to fondness when remembering what a life Norm lead and that whenever anyone thinks about him they will smile for a long long time (short version).............and we were indeed lucky to be able to enjoy what he brought to us all.....................!:(
    Last edited: Oct 12, 2012
  23. WZ JUNK
    Joined: Apr 20, 2001
    Posts: 1,610

    from Neosho, MO

    I first met Norm at the Street Rod Nationals in Memphis about 1975. He was driving the Henway. Every time our paths crossed over the years he was always easy to talk to and a lot of fun. He lived life large.

    Godspeed Norm.

  24. lo-buk
    Joined: Nov 11, 2006
    Posts: 264

    from kcmo

    We have known Norm for many years and will truly be missed. RIP NORM.......
  25. davidvillajr
    Joined: Apr 4, 2005
    Posts: 721


    Sad news, but it's good to hear all the happy memories people have of him. He's gone, but he'll live on in all our tall tales.

  26. desoto
    Joined: Mar 23, 2001
    Posts: 682

    from Ayer, MA
    2. Early Hemi Tech

    I knew Norm for close to 40 years and I'm deeply saddened by this terrible news. We had a lot of good times together and I'll miss him terribly.

    Rest in peace, old friend.
  27. Rich Wright
    Joined: Jan 9, 2008
    Posts: 3,922

    Rich Wright

    I've never met him but, like many, I've lived under his influence for most of my life. I remember watching "77 Sunset Strip" every week totally entranced with that car. It made a big impact on me...

    So sorry to hear about another pioneer passing away.
    Last edited: Oct 13, 2012
  28. Southern Motors
    Joined: Dec 29, 2008
    Posts: 34

    Southern Motors

    I was there and met him too, it was a lot smaller world back then it seems.
  29. Sparkswillfly
    Joined: Oct 25, 2006
    Posts: 1,057

    from Colorado

    One of the best hotrodders ever!!!!

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