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JANUARY 2003

 

Laguna Seca - in flight

Laguna Seca 1984 - San Diego's Norm DeWitt takes off ...  

Laguna Seca - after landing

... and lands!

This was Norm DeWitt's second race at Laguna Seca. After finishing an excellent 2nd in 1983 against a tough field, which included the ex-Lee Mueller Triumph TR7, Norm's return in 1984 produced an altogether different result. While battling for the lead against Danny May's tube framed 200SX, Norm spun on his own radiator fluid at the entry to Turn 4 (now Turn 6) when his head gasket gave up.  It turned out that Norm broke the track record trying to pass Danny and that record stood for around 2 years. Norm explains: "It was "Mr. Toad's wild ride" from the time the car flew though the air around 5 feet off the ground and climbed the tire wall, until the banging stopped. I had made my cage better than spec, and stitch welded it to the body all over the place. It was incredibly rigid, you could move your finger across the rear roll structure and feel it anywhere on the structure of the car. The car was incredibly tough, and after that launch at Laguna Seca all that was screwed up was the bodywork. There was unbelievably no structural damage at all.  After tearing everything apart to check, we made the next race at Riverside.

Needless to say, pictures of Norm's wild ride made the 1985 Laguna Seca program!

Many thanks to Norm for supplying these and other pictures.


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