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Remembering The Great Mr.Norms

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By Mark Weisseg


I grew up in the city of Chicago and there were quite a few bonus points available in the car world.

We were regulars at what is called JC Whitney now, but then it was called Warshawsky’s. It was an amazing place to say the least. Another highlight was going to Mr. Norms. Better known as Grand Spaulding Dodge in the day. Not a giant super center like we see today in our local dealers but certainly a lot going on. Actually the place was very cramped as they had a big inventory and customers from all over the place.

It’s all gone now but the building is still there. People still drive by or drive in to the parking lot to get the sensation that was the spirit back in the 60’s and 70’s.
People come and take pictures of the building today although empty and a bit run down but, it helps fulfill an inner desire for a time now gone.

It’s one of the those places that if the walls could talk you would stay for hours and listen. The shameful thing about places like this and many others is that they are gone forever. Just a memory holds you to the place. Nickey Chevrolet in Chicago and Yenko in the Pittsburgh are prime examples of that time frame. I know we all wish they were all still there.

At times our memories of places like this are much better than the place ever was in the hay day of it all. So, dream on and carry that torch and long for the days that are no longer with us.

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