The Male, The Myth, The Legend, Bob Norwood, has been making, racing, restoring and servicing classic/race Ferraris and other autos for around fifty years. He’s known for incorporating revolutionary developments into significant-performance automotive style.
His passion for cars began at a younger age. At 13, he drove a 1946 Ford Coupe in his first aggressive drag race. He continued drag racing even though in higher faculty, driving a six cylinder GMC G-Gas Coupe and later on an A-Athletics Corvette. In 1971, he raced a Superstock Hemi-Cuda and designed it selection two in the globe A/FC stage standings.
Norwood got into Cam AM racing in 1982 with the buy of the 1979 Citi-Corp Championship motor vehicle from Carl Hass. He ran SCCA A-Sporting activities with driver Phil Compton and ongoing on in 1983 with the addition of a 2nd Lola 333 pushed by Mike Rowe. The Norwood group partnered with Don Walker in late 1983, purchased Staff VDS and received Cam AM in 1984. At one particular point he was the proud proprietor of 137 listings in the Guinness E-book of Automotive Environment Data.
In the mid ’80s, Bob’s modified Ferrari 308 QV, the initially with programmable gasoline injection, set two class velocity data on the Bonneville Salt Flats and one particular of them stood for 26 a long time.
His Ferrari 288 GTO rebody continue to holds the history as the quickest Ferrari in the earth and his intercooled twin turbo Ferrari Testarossa gained a Highway & Track Magazine Shootout.
In the late ’80s, Norwood geared up a Ferrari 12-cylinder Boxer motor with a locomotive sourced supercharger. It featured a lightened flywheel and knife-edged crank and could rev from the engine’s 1200 RPM idle to the 9,000 RPM redline in just about a tenth of a next. It was accredited on a Superflow 901 engine dyno to make 1,400 horsepower on 120-octane gasoline at 60 psi strengthen.
The short-stroke 3.2-inch bore engine was upgraded with a billet Crower crankshaft, added-lengthy Crower rods and custom cast pistons. It was managed by a Haltech F3 EFI controller and a Firepower Direct-Fireplace 12 coil ignition program. Speedy forward to these days and he is building (which include the motor block and heads) customized 5. liter 4 cylinder engines from scratch that generate 3,000+ horsepower!
Drawing on his racing track record and enthusiasm for Ferraris, Norwood’s initially Ferrari restoration assignments were being a 330 2+2 road car or truck and a Boano club racer. He then created his first Ferrari duplicate, a 59/TR (Testarossa), and went on to construct 4 extra. He has because created a lot of Ferrari replicas, such as the 330/P4. Right after years of setting up P4 replicas, GTO rebodies, and 250 Testrossa 59s, he resolved to make rebodied Ferrari 250 GT SWB Spyders (scroll down to master much more about these and his 330 P/4s).
In addition to his possess jobs, he builds race and road motors for quite a few racing teams and is a person of the main provider and restoration providers for Ferrari proprietors/collectors around the entire world.