Sleds Midwest

A Car Show to Remember

Norm Grabowski's Kookie II and Kookie Monster

     

NORM GRABOWSKI WAS AN AMAZING CAR BUILDER STARTING IN HIS LATE TEENS WHEN HE LIVED IN SUNLAND, CALIF WITH HIS FAMILY. HE WAS DARING AND WILLING TO TAKE CHANCES WHICH MANY PEOPLE SAID HE COULDN'T DO. BUT HIS MOTHER ALWAYS TOLD HIM "YOU CAN DO ANYTHING". AND OVER THE YEARS SHE WAS RIGHT. THROUGH THE YEARS HIS CREATIONS HAVE A HIGHLY RECOGNIZABLE GRABOWSKI-STYLE, NO MATTER THE VEHICLE. STARTING WITH THE ACCLAIMED 22' T, DUBBED "LIGHTNIN' BUG" WITH A FEATURE ARTICLE AND AS IT APPEARED ON THE COVER OF A HOT ROD MAGAZINE, AND THEN AFTER CELEBRITY STATUS OF 77' SUNSET STRIP CAME TO BE WORLD RECOGNIZED AS THE "KOOKIE CAR".

  

PHOTO ABOVE IS ANOTHER BRAIN CHILD OF NORM GRABOWSKI, THE 29' KOOKIE II AND THE 70' INTERNATIONAL KOOKIE MONSTER. THE MONSTER WAS BUILD TO HAUL THE KOOKIE II AND SHE FITS LIKE A GLOVE WITH AN ELECTRONIC WENCH THAT EFFECTIVELY PULL HER UP INTO A SECURE POSITION WHILE TRAVELING.
  

  



  ABOVE IS THE ORIGINAL KOOKIE CAR AND THAT'S ME! MARY BIRDSONG, THE NEICE OF NORM GRABOWSKI THIS IS THE FIRST TIME UNCLE NORM LET ME DRIVE! BACK IN THE LATE 50'S IN THE SAN FRANANDO VALLEY AREA, LOS ANGELES, CA




NORM GRABOWSKI WAS IN HIS EARLY 20'S WHEN HE CREATED THE NOW FAMOUS KOOKIE T-BUCKET THAT CAME TO FAME ON THE TV SHOW "77 SUNSET STRIP" BACK IN THE LATE 50'S. THE ACTOR ED "KOOKIE" BURNS INITIALLY DROVE THE CAR ON THE SERIES UNTIL IT WAS WRECKED ON THE SET. AFTER THE STUDIOS PAID FOR THE REPAIRS, NORM MADE A DEAL THAT THEY COULD CONTINUE TO USE THE CAR ON THE SHOW AS LONG AS HE WAS THE ONLY DRIVER.

Mary Birdsong