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Norm grabowski 1933-2012

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

  1. Gerg
    Joined: Feb 27, 2006
    Posts: 1,827


    R.I.P. Norm you will be missed I wish I had the chance to have met you
  2. Gromit
    Joined: Oct 13, 2011
    Posts: 726


    God Bless you and Thanks Mr G. The heavenly Henway has arrived to take you home.
  3. Pooch
    Joined: Apr 11, 2006
    Posts: 867

    from Oklahoma

    Rest in peace
  4. v8gasser
    Joined: Mar 19, 2012
    Posts: 11

    from england

    R,I,P, Norm , I was lucky enough to chat with him when he came to the UK hot rod nats at Old Warden , so sad ...........
  5. Don's Hot Rods
    Joined: Oct 7, 2005
    Posts: 8,319

    Don's Hot Rods
    from florida

  6. Jalopyrama Mike
    Joined: Dec 21, 2006
    Posts: 334

    Jalopyrama Mike

    I was talking to Norm at Detroit a couple of years ago and he asked me to get him a LARGE glass of ice. When returning with the cup he immediatly pulled a brown paper bag from under the table and poured a cold one!

    Here's to you Norm-gone but very much not forgotten!
  7. kingwm33
    Joined: Dec 1, 2005
    Posts: 24

    from Delran,NJ

    Talked with Norm at the Wheels of ime show in PA a few years ago. One of the true , funny , Roddin' Guy's . Rest in peace!
  8. Some mighty Big footprints he left. But seriously, who has enjoyed Life more than Norm? Always the Gentleman, Always your Friend, Always Smiling. What a Guy. Rest in Peace Norm, you will be missed.
    The Wizzard
  9. 48 Poncho
    Joined: Jul 24, 2005
    Posts: 702

    48 Poncho
    from Tennessee

    Sad news indeed!

    48 Poncho
  10. LSR 2909
    Joined: May 10, 2012
    Posts: 607

    LSR 2909
    from Colorado

    X 2 RIP Norm
  11. RIP

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  12. Oh that's shit news. Rip Norm, Godspeed..
  13. Leebo!
    Joined: Nov 22, 2005
    Posts: 800

    from Yale OK

    Man, I was just watching the Monster Garage episode this week where they sectioned the 54, and was thinking what a hoot he was. Got lucky enough to meet him in Tulsa, and couldnt believe how easily he could speak to a random guy like me like we were long lost buddies. He reminded me a lot of some cool old coots I call friends. Makes you realize how important it is to put down the wrench occasionally and enjoy those around you.

    I actually just found him yesterday on FB and got approved for a freind request last night. Didnt realize my day was going to start like this:(

    RIP Mr. Grabowski, you were a highlight to this hobby of ours
  14. Dreddybear
    Joined: Mar 31, 2007
    Posts: 6,030


  15. Ranunculous
    Joined: Nov 30, 2007
    Posts: 2,466


    Norm's legacy is gigantic,as his personality and humor!
    I had the great pleasure to meet and speak with Norm four times-always kind and fun and gracious.HIs autograph graces my glove box door-"Oh,you have a crappy truck too,huh?"
    We spoke with Norm first in Indy back in the early 90's.He had a huge following everywhere he went.When asked about his role as a cat burglar on "The Beverly Hillbillies" he lit up and told us stories how tv and how Hollywood operated.Great fun!
    It was such a kindness...he autographed a "round to-it" for a gag gift for some friends of mine after I called him."Send it out with a note and I'll get a "round to-it" too!"

    Thanks Norm,you made me a better hot rodder!
  16. Nobey
    Joined: May 28, 2011
    Posts: 1,234


    Thanks Norm, You made the world a better place......
  17. Wow! what a loss.... RIP peace Norm!!
  18. Model T1
    Joined: May 11, 2012
    Posts: 3,309

    Model T1

    Words are difficult at times like these so I will copy a few earlier posts that says it all.
    X-2 above.
    Please also referre to post #12 by Don.
  19. daddio211
    Joined: Aug 26, 2008
    Posts: 6,002


    RIP sir. You will be missed.
  20. Dragracer65
    Joined: Oct 20, 2011
    Posts: 147

    from Moore, Ok

  21. RIP Norm
    You will be missed, but left a legacy that will live forever.
  22. S.F.
    Joined: Oct 19, 2006
    Posts: 2,895


    met him in 09, he wrapped and said a few jokes at the charity pinstripe auction at the Detroit Autorama. Great guy. RIP.
    Last edited: Oct 12, 2012
  23. RIP Norm, you are a legend.
  24. skyrodder
    Joined: May 7, 2005
    Posts: 1,925


    So sad. RIP Norm
  25. Sad. Going to miss El Polacko.
  26. acj
    Joined: Jul 8, 2011
    Posts: 32


    So sad,RIP.....
  27. 61TBird
    Joined: Mar 16, 2008
    Posts: 2,640


    Met him at a few shows. He was ALWAYS smiling or laughing.
    I will always treasure this pic that He signed and how He instructed me to read it...
    RIP Mr Grabowski.

  28. Royalshifter
    Joined: May 29, 2005
    Posts: 15,511

    from California

  29. HotRodJosh
    Joined: Jan 10, 2002
    Posts: 321


    Very sad news. I met Norm at the Street Rod Nationals in Louisville KY. It had to be 2001. I had him sign the dash of my hot rod. He was a nut! A great guy and a true hot rodder. I then saw him a few years later at the 50th Detroit Autorama. He remembered me before I got to introduced myself. I was shocked! That was quite a feeling, being remembered by the man himself. It is a real loss for the hot rod community. He will surely be missed
  30. Jive-Bomber
    Joined: Aug 21, 2001
    Posts: 3,468


    WOO WOO Grabowski-- Funny, kind, down to earth hot rodder with a heart of gold.

    I was hanging out with my Dad at the HAMB Drags host hotel in '06 and Norm was just having a blast. Luckily I got this shot of the two of them together. My Dad passed away May 1st, and 5 months later Norm is gone... They're just hanging out together in a better parking lot now.

    Last edited: Oct 12, 2012

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