NORM GRABOWSKI TALKIN' ABOUT...
THE EARLY YEARS & THE KOOKIE KAR !
NORM GRABOWSKI was one of the funniest, nicest people you'd ever meet. I've dubbed him the "Don Rickles" of the Rod & Custom World...and if you ever got the chance to talk to him for at least 5 minutes you'd have been able to fully experience that.
This Interview took place at night, when Norm was REALLY at his best. I asked him how he got interested in cars to begin with and, at that point in time, we covered BOTH his early years, PLUS, the beginning of the build on his '30 Model A Roadster...which ended up being the "Kookie Car". Norm's considered by many to be the "Father of the T-Bucket", and this is where it all started.
What you'll learn from listening to Norm is:
1. Take a kid to a car show ! It could start him into a lifetime of fun & excitement.
2. How to get your dear old Dad to part with the engine in his '52 Cadillac ! JK
(Above left: The '52 Caddy motor (190 hp) shown in the Original 1952 Cadillac Dealer Brochure; Above right: From that same Brochure, the '52 Cad Coupe DeVille...the same type 2 door that Norm's Dad could have had.)
(Above: Norm & I sharing a good laugh at Darryl Starbird's 42nd Annual Tulsa Rod & Custom Show in February, 2006.)
NOTE: All photos/images on this page courtesy of their original owners/copyright holders...with sincere thanks.
SPECIAL NOTE: OUR FRIEND, NORM GRABOWSKI, passed away Friday, October 12, 2012, after a long illness. He will be missed by all who knew him.
He was a very talented, very-fun-to-be with "people person". Norm's passion for Rods & Customs, his love of Crusin' & Car Shows started at a very early age...and he continued it all his life.
He was truly a Hall Of Fame Legend...and, a wonderful, giving, individual who will always be remembered for his love of the R&C Industry, and his fantastic sense-of-humor. JK
BTW: TO HEAR JERRY WEESNER & NORM talk about Crusin' Hollywood In The 50's...Just Click-On Here, listen & enjoy