Canadian Family Fun-ster!
Longtime Canadian Sportsman racer Norm Lapointe is carrying forward some tradition within his ongoing two-car drag racing program…
Lapointe, who grew up in Ontario, but who now resides in Edmonton where he owns and operates a very successful business (Norpoint Sandblasting & Painting), maintains and races a 1968 Malibu station wagon which comes with some history. Powered by a 250 HP 327 CID and usually run in O/SA class trim the car was originally owned and campaigned by Eastern Canadian drag racing proponent – Jim Wildgoose. In fact this very car used to be the Wildgoose’s everyday street driven family vehicle.
“I actually got the car about 20 years ago – it was my very first race car,” Lapointe revealed. “Jim had already converted it to a Stocker when I bought it. And one day Jim’s son Jamie revealed to me that he still remembers going grocery shopping in it with his Mom when he was very very young. I think that’s pretty cool and I’m glad I’ve been able to keep that very car out there and running.”
Norm, who’s racing career has always been highly proficient, has also done very well in the vintage Chevy which runs low 12’s at sea level. That includes winning the IHRA’s Rocky Mountain Nationals Stock eliminator title X2.
At many event’s attended (both NHRA and IHRA) “the norm” for Norm (sic) is that he enters two cars for competition with his prime focus now being on a 350 CID GT/CA classed 2007 Chevy Cobalt Super Stocker.
And while his most public claim to fame would be within the sport of drag racing – he also revealed another little known “fun fact” about himself.
Way back after the CN Tower in Toronto was first built and while being employed by Tony Tracy (father to Paul Tracy) Norm was in fact part of the crew that painted the very top tower of that structure (!) I would argue that was proof positive that there are certainly no fear of heights within his family genes.
Photos & Posting by: Bruce Biegler