by Jennifer Harrington • Posted on December 19th, 2012
Three new limited-edition Mopars will be available from Mr. Norm’s in January 2013 to celebrate Mr. Norm’s 50th anniversary. Dodge dealerships nationwide will offer the GSS Challenger, Charger, and Ram.
Norm Kraus had a vision of a new car dealership focusing on performance cars when he opened Grand Spaulding Dodge in Chicago in 1963. He treated young buyers with respect, and hired an equally young staff who loved and knew performance cars. The dealership turned into the number one volume Dodge dealer in the world in a few short years.
Norm took advantage of “Race on Sunday, Sell on Monday,” and raced a supercharged 426 Hemi-powered, nitro-burning, altered-wheelbase Dodge Coronet that was tuned by Gary Dyer. He beat factory-backed teams like the Ramchargers and made the Los Angeles Herald’s front page when he set the record at Lions Dragway (Long Beach, California) with a 8.63 elapsed time. Norm professionally drag raced for 14 years and was involved in the funny car’s evolution.
The dealership had more Hemi Chargers, Six-Pack Super Bees, and Challenger T/As than any other dealer in the country, but Norm wanted to go further. He developed the 1967 Dart’s GSS 383 big-block package and created the GSS 440 Dart in 1968. Norm’s team also created the 1972 GSS 340 Supercharged Demon. Mr. Norm continues with modified Chrysler cars and trucks today, and, in 2007, created an updated 1968 Dodge Dart GSS series (pictured above), using modern 472 or 528-cubic-inch Hemi engines in iron or aluminum, with updated suspensions, under restored 1968 Dart bodies.
In today’s print edition of Automotive News, Larry Vellequette wrote about one more facet of the ongoing battle for bragging rights among pickup manufacturers.
This time, Ram is engaged in a tussle with Ford over top towing rights. Ford claims the championship over the Ram 3500, saying its 4X4 crew cab heavy-duty pickup can tow 31,200 pounds, 1,200 more than the Ram 3500 regular cab 4X2, which Chrysler maintains has “best-in-class” towing....
San Francisco-based Glass, Lewis & Co. has recommended that its clients approve the Fiat Chrysler merger this Friday.
Glass Lewis is one of the two leading proxy service companies in the world, the other being ISS which last week advised its clients to vote down the merger.
According to a Reuters report, the company said the benefits of the merger outweigh concerns about voting rights....
NHRA Pro Stock points leader Erica Enders-Stevens didn’t race at Sonoma and she won’t be competing at the Northwest Nationals in Seattle.
Elite Motorsports owner Richard Freeman two-event “holiday” at the Mile-High Nationals in Denver.
Despite her very impressive racing resume, Enders-Stevens lacks a real sponsor and it’s likely this was a major consideration, especially since she had built up a 241-point lead over Allen Johnson, who is second in the point standings, at the end of the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio....
Jeg Coughlin Jr. became the second Mopar driver to clinch a spot in the six-race Countdown to the Championship that will determine the Mello Yello NHRA Pro Stock world championship.
Coughlin joined teammate Allen Johnson in the Countdown after making it to the Pro Stock semifinals in the NHRA Sonoma Nationals that ran this weekend at Sonoma Raceway....