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What Is the Story Behind the Ferrari and Norwood?



The Man, The Myth, The Legend, Bob Norwood, has been building, racing, rehabilitating and serving vintage / race Ferraris and other vehicles for over fifty years. It is known for incorporating innovative developments in high performance automotive design.

His passion for cars began at a young age. At 13, he drove a 1946 Ford Coupe in his first competitive tow race. He continued to drag racing while in high school, driving a six-cylinder GMC G-Gas Coupe and later a Corvette A-Sports. In 1971, he raced for Hemi-Cuda Superstock and made number two of the A / FC point positions in the world.

Norwood joined Cam AM racing in 1982 when he bought a 1979 Citi-Corp Championship car from Carl Hass. He ran SCCA A-Sports with driver Phil Compton and continued in 1983 with a second Lola 333 added driven by Mike Rowe. The Norwood team partnered with Don Walker in late 1983, they bought Team VDS and won Cam AM in 1984. At one point he was the proud owner of 137 listings in the Guinness Book of Automotive World Records.

In the mid-80s, Bob’s modified Ferrari 308 QV, the first with programmable fuel injection, set two class speed records at Bonneville Salt Apartments and one of them stood for 26 years.

His rebody Ferrari 288 GTO still has its record as the fastest Ferrari in the world and its twin interbooled turbo Ferrari Testarossa won Road & Track Magazine Shooting.

In the late 80s, Norwood added a 12-cylinder Ferrari Boxer engine with a locomotive sourcing supercharger. It had a light flywheel and a crank with a knife and could go from idle 1200 RPM of the engine to the 9,000 RPM line in just over a tenth of a second. It was certified on a dyno Superflow 901 engine to deliver 1,400 horsepower of 120-octane gasoline at 60 psi boost.

The 3.2-inch short-bore boring engine was upgraded with a Crower billet crankshaft, extra-long Crower rods and custom forged trousers. It was managed by a Haltech F3 EFI controller and a Powerpower Direct-Fire 12 coil ignition system. Fast forward to today and it’s making (including engine block and heads) custom 5.0 liter 4 cylinder engines from scratch that produce 3,000+ horsepower!

Drawing on his racing background and his passion for Ferraris, the first Ferrari refurbishment project at Norwood was a 330 2 + 2 road car and Boano club races. He then built his first Ferrari counterpart, 59 / TR (Testarossa), and went on to build four more. He has since built Ferrari replicas, including the 330 / P4. After years of building P4 replicas, GTO rebodies, and 250 Testrossa 59s, he decided to build a rebuilt Spyders Ferrari 250 GT SWB (scroll down to learn more about this and its 330 P / 4s).

In addition to its own projects, it builds race and street motors for a number of racing teams and is one of the leading service and refurbishment providers to Ferrari owners / collectors worldwide.

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