1948:

Norm Kraus began his automotive career selling used cars with brother Len from a gas station their father Harvey owned, located at the corner of Grand and Spaulding in Chicago.

1951:

The business flourished and the lot next to the service station on Grand Avenue was purchased and converted into a used car lot, using the service station as a facility to do repairs.

1956:

Noticing interest in stick shift and performance type cars, they focused on purchasing these types of vehicles for resale. It was at this time that the famous appellation "Mr Norm" first appeared, due to a space limitation in a newspaper ad. The name stuck and Norm Kraus became "Mr. Norm."

1962:

After several years of solicitation by the local Dodge sales rep, the decision was made to become a new car dealer and Grand Spaulding Dodge opened in the Fall of that year, named for the corner on which it was located. The focus of the dealership was high performance. Many industry professionals predicted lackluster success at best.

1963:

A new Grand Spaulding Dodge showroom and service department was built to accommodate the new business. Tying in the performance theme that was established from the onset, the "Mr. Norm’s Sport Club" was started and the relationship with youthful performance purchasers was further developed. The first Clayton Chassis Dynamometer was installed in the service department and the dealership began selling "Mr. Norm’s" racing apparel.

1964:

Mr Norm's Membership Card Norm formed the first Grand Spaulding Dodge racing team comprised of two cars, a Max Wedge and a Hemi Ram. Meanwhile, sales of new Dodges doubled over the previous year, a phenomenon that would continue for the next seven years! The first of many "Mr. Norm’s" Sport Club social/dances with The Buckingham’s as feature music group took place at the dealership. The service department was enlarged to double the original size to handle ever-increasing demands based on sales of Hemi Rams and Max Wedges. Mr Norm’s radio commercials began on rock channel WLS in Chicago, one of the most powerful AM radio station in the US, and were heard around the country.

1965:

Norm teamed up with Gary Dyer and began match racing with an altered wheel base Supercharged Hemi Dodge Coronet that altered the course of racing forever by laying the groundwork for what became the professional Funny Car Category. This car turned an 8.63 e.t. at Lions Dragway late in the year to become the fastest funny car in the country, making the front page of the Los Angeles Herald. Late in the year, Mr. Norm went to the fledgling SEMA Show in Anaheim, California and instituted a full-scale high performance parts department at the dealership.

1966:


Grand Spaulding Dodge continued to grow at a meteoric rate and became the largest high performance Dodge dealership in the country. This was backed up by the largest parts and service departments dedicated to high performance in the country. That year marked the opening of Grand Spaulding Auto Leasing. Also, a second Clayton Chassis Dynamometer was added to handle the escalating demand for dyno tuning.

1967:

Mr. Norm developed the first 383 Dart that became the prototype for the factory 383 Dart GTS. Grand Spaulding Dodge purchased additional property for expansion of the dealership.

1968:

GSS Dart Mr. Norm developed the first 440 Dart GSS that became the prototype for the factory M Code 440 Dart GTS. The high performance parts department was expanded to double it’s original size and additional property on Grand Avenue was purchased to increase the size of the used car lot for the sale of high performance trade ins.

1969:

Mr Norm’s Dodge Super Charger super fuel funny car wins the Coca-Cola "Cavalcade of Stars" Championship.

1970:

Additional property was purchased on Grand Avenue and dedicated to the flourishing market for trucks and vans.

1971:

Mr Norm developed the compact 340 6 Pack Demon, a high performance muscle car that offered a significantly lower insurance premium with no loss in performance.

1972:

Mr Norm created the Supercharged 340 Demon GSS, a super high performance muscle car that offered big block power in a small package. The dealership was enlarged again with the purchase of a two-story 60,000-sq. ft. building across the street from the original building. It featured a large 75 car indoor showroom as well as enlarged fleet and leasing departments. A new franchise was acquired, and Mr Norm’s Kawasaki, a motorcycle dealership, was started. That year Grand Spaulding became the Number Three Dodge dealership in volume sales.

1973:

Mr. Norm developed the conversion van concept as a substitute for the declining market share in muscle cars and scored another first. He opened a van department in the fleet office to supply the burgeoning van conversion business with vehicles. He purchased 280,000-sq. ft. of additional property to store the increasing automotive inventory. Grand Spaulding became the Number Two Dodge dealership in volume sales.

1974:

Grand Spaulding Dodge became Number One, the largest volume Dodge dealership in the world.

1975:

Grand Spaulding Dodge fleet department became so large that it supplied all of the Chicago Police Department cars, as well as the Illinois Secretary of State, Department of Transportation and many municipalities. Also, special orders of police pursuit vehicles equipped with 440 Magnum V8 engines were dyno tuned for maximum power. Many of these vehicles were seen in the film the "Blues Brothers" starring Dan Akroyd and the late John Belushi.

1977:

Mr. Norm sold his ownership in Grand Spaulding Dodge.

1989:

Mr. Norm was inducted into the Mopar Hall of Fame.

1996:

Mr. Norm was inducted into the A/FX Funny Car Hall of Fame

1997:

Mr. Norm teams up with Larry Weiner and creates the Limited Edition Mr. Norm's SuperCharged 500 collectible sport trucks.

Mr. Norm receives a Lifetime Achievement Award by Mopar Action Magazine at the Mopar Nationals.

Mr. Norm appears at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas as a special guest celebrity.

Mr. Norm becomes a spokesman for Year One, the largest muscle car restoration supply company in the world. He is seen in ads by over one million people in the first printing.

Collectible die cast models of Mr. Norm funny cars become available.

The Sunday Funnies

Oil painting by famed artist James Ibuski debuts at the Bakersfield Reunion featuring Mr. Norm's legendary '65 supercharged nitro burning altered wheelbase car. Each litho sequentially serial numbered and signed by Mr. Norm and the artist .

1998:

Mr. Norm inducted in the Supercar Showdown Hall Of Fame in Columbus, Ohio.

Mr. Norm is featured on the TNN television program "My Classic Car."

Mr. Norm is the featured guest celebrity of the Chrysler's At Carlisle event.

Mr. Norm inducted in the Route 66 Cruizin Hall Of Fame in San Bernardino, California

Mr. Norm is the featured celebrity at the "My Classic Car Reunion" in Evansville, Indiana

1999:

Mr. Norm's Sport Club returns. After a nearly 30 year hiatus, the Sport Club returns thanks to the dedicated efforts of Mopar enthusiast and collector Jim Bodanis. Launched at Chrysler's At Carlisle, the Sport Club is enthusiastically supported by hundreds of loyal Mr. Norm's fans from around the country and Canada right from the start.

Noted artist David Snyder debuts at 3300 W. Grand at the 1999 edition of Chrysler's At Carlisle. Serial numbered and signed by Mr. Norm and the artist, the lithograph features the legendary Mr. Norm's Grand Spaulding Dodge dealership circa 1970 at the height of the muscle car era.

3300 W. Grand

Mr. Norm makes a guest appearance at the Mopar Nationals and visits with fans and Sport Club Members at the Mr. Norm's Sport Club Tent. People posing with Norm for photos include none other than Bill "Maverick" Golden of the Dodge Little Red Wagon

Mr. Norm makes a guest appearance at the Woodward Dream Cruise in Detroit

Mr. Norm is the guest celebrity at Moparfest in Ontario, Canada

2003:

Mr. Norm's 68 Dart 440 GSS 1/18th die cast model is introduced through Supercar Collectables.

Mr. Norm introduces a full line of GSS street and race cars 1/18th die cast models through Supercar Collectables.

See the Memorabilia Shop for further information

2004:

Mr Norm introduces the Mr Norms Sport Club special event, for members and having club plaques for winners of A,B,E,. body cars and all around car of the show.

2005:

Mr. Normís 1964 Super Stocker will be available in the spring of 2005, in limited edition from Supercar Collectibles. The second in the series of Funny Cars, it is a 1/18 scale diecast model of the first Mr. Normís race car, the beginning of the Funny Car Era.

2006:

Mr Norm introduces the new Mr. Normís 1968 GSS Hemi Dart at the SEMA SHOW in the Mr. Gasket Company Exhibit. Limited to only 40 serial numbered vehicles, several are sold immediately and production starts in Florida.


David Snyder releases the Grand Spaulding Dodge portrait
ďWhere Horsepower Is MadeĒ

Mr. Normís 1968 GSS Hemi Dart is displayed at the 2007 San Diego International Automobile Show in the SEMA SHOWCASE

2007:

Mr. Norm is a guest celebrity at the Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona, California, where his original Hemi Colt is displayed along with the first new 1968 GSS Hemi Dart.

Mr. Normís 1968 GSS Hemi Dart is displayed at the 2007 Chicago Automobile Show

Mr. Normís 1968 GSS Hemi Dart is displayed at the Chryslers at Carlisle

Mr. Norm hosts 1st Annual Mr. Normís Day at the Volo Auto Museum in Volo, Illinois

Mr. Normís 1968 GSS Hemi Dart is displayed at the Mopar Nationals in Columbus, OH

Mr. Norm introduces the new 2008 Mr. Normís Dodge Ram Super Truck at the SEMA SHOW in the SONY Exhibit. Production is limited to only 100 serial numbered vehicles.

Mr. Normís Dodge Ram Super Truck is displayed in the Dodge Corporate Exhibit at the 2007 Arizona International Automobile Show in Phoenix, AZ

Mr. Normís Dodge Ram Super Truck is displayed in the Dodge Corporate Exhibit at the 2007 Sacramento Automobile Show in Sacramento, CA


Noted artist David Snyder debuts the historic 3300 W. Grand portrait celebrating Grand Spaulding Dodge.
It sells out nearly immediately.

2008:

Mr. Normís Dodge Ram Super Truck is displayed in the Dodge Corporate Exhibit at the 2008 San Diego International Automobile Show in San Diego, CA

Mr. Normís Dodge Ram Super Truck is displayed at the 2008 La Jolla Motor Car Classic in La Jolla, CA

Mr. Normsí Dodge Ram Super Truck is displayed at the 2008 Grand National Roadster Show with the first production 1968 GSS Hemi Dart and a Mr. Normís 1968 GSS M-CODE 440 Dart

Mr. Normís Dodge Ram Super Truck featured on KUSI TV San Diego Good Morning Show

Mr. Normís Dodge Ram Super Truck is displayed in the Dodge Corporate Exhibit at the 2008 Extreme Sports Expo at the California Speedway in Fontana, CA

Mr. Normís Dodge Ram Super Truck awarded 1st Place Truck Category in the 2008 Restyling Awards Competition

Mr. Norm is the Grand Marshall at the 2008 Automania Show in Sioux Falls, SD An incredible group of documented original Mr. Normís Grand Spaulding Dodge vehicles, a Mr. Normís GSS Hemi Dart, and a production Mr. Normís Dodge Ram Super Truck are highlight of the event, with nearly 100,000 people in attendance.

Mr. Norm hosts 2nd Annual Mr. Normís Day at the Volo Auto Museum in Volo, Illinois

Mr. Normís Dodge Ram Super Truck is displayed with Mr. Norm at the Belvedere Chrysler Show

Mr. Normís Dodge Ram Super Truck is displayed with Mr. Norm at the Chryslers At Carlisle Show

Mr. Norm joins forces with Modern Muscle at the Mopar Nationals in the formation of Mr. Normís Garage. At the Mr. Normís Garage, the Mopar enthusiast can choose from a comprehensive array of Mr. Normís Signature Series Engines, Mr. Norms Suspension Systems and Components, along with a wide range of parts and accessories for both vintage and late model Mopars.

Mr. Norm and noted engine builder Bill Mitchell, president of World Products announced at the Mopar Nationals that they have teamed up to offer a new lineup of Mr. Normís Signature Series Hemi Engines. These engines will be offered in a variety of displacements in both vintage and modern engine configurations, and will be available directly from Mr. Normís Garage.

Mr. Norm debuts two 900 horsepower Supercharged Mr. Normís 2008 Super Challengers and a 900 horsepower Supercharged Mr. Normís 2008 Super Cuda at the SEMA SHOW. On display in the following exhibits, Katzkin Leather, Hotchkis Performance and Corsa Performance, these vehicles showcase a wide range of parts and accessories, and demonstrate several different configurations for the new Mr. Normís Super Challenger and Super Cuda Limited Edition Vehicle Programs.

The Mr. Normís 2008 Super Challengers and Super Cuda are displayed in the Dodge exhibit at the 2009 San Diego International Automobile Show in San Diego, California

2009:

The Mr. Normís 2008 Super Challenger and Super Cuda are displayed in a special Mr. Normís Exhibit at the 2009 Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona, California. In addition, a recreation of Mr. Normís original 1968 Grand Spaulding Dodge dealer demo, a bright red Hemi Coronet R/T convertible is debuted at this event.

The Mr. Normís 2008 Super Challenger is displayed at Barrett Jackson in Scottsdale, Arizona in the Mr. Normís Garage Exhibit. In addition, Mr. Norm himself, along with Mike Staveski and Bill Sefton introduce the new Mr. Normís Legends Edition Challenger and Cuda vehicle program.

The Mr. Normís 2008 Super Challenger is displayed in the Dodge Exhibit at the 2009 Chicago Automobile Show in Chicago, Illinois

The Mr. Normís 2008 Super Challenger is displayed in the Mr. Normís Garage Exhibit at the 2009 Detroit Autorama at Cobo Hall in Detroit, Michigan

Five Mr. Normís 2008 and 2009 Super Challengers and Super Cudas are displayed in the Mr. Normís Garage Exhibit at the 2009 Mopars At The Strip at Las Vegas Speedway in Las Vegas, NV. The Mr. Normís 1968 Grand Spaulding Dodge dealer demo Hemi Coronet R/T convertible is also displayed at this event.

Mr. Normís Garage announces another new model in the Mr. Normís Challenger and Cuda line with the introduction of the Mr. Normís 2009 426 Hemi Cuda and 2009 426 Hemi Challenger Convertibles.

The Mr. Normís Super Challenger and Super Cuda are chosen for the Chrysler Red Carpet Exhibit at the 5th Annual LX Spring Festival in Irvine California. In addition, Mr. Normís Garage exhibits at the event with two more Mr. Normís 2008 Super Challengers and another 2008 Super Cuda as the centerpiece of the display.

The Mr. Normís 2008 Super Challenger is displayed in the Dodge Exhibit at the 2009 Denver Automobile Show in Denver, Colorado

The Mr. Normís 2009 426 Hemi Challenger and 2009 426 Hemi Cuda Convertibles displayed in the Mopar Exhibit at the Woodward Dream Cruise in Detroit, Michigan

The Mr. Normís 2009 Legends X Challenger Exhibition debuts at Chryslers at Carlisle

The Mr. Normís 2009 Dodge Ram Red Xpress Truck debuted in the Mr. Normís Garage Exhibit at the Mopar Nationals.

The Mr. Normís 2008 Super Challenger and 2009 Legends X Challenger displayed at Monster Mopar Weekend in St. Louis.

Mr. Normís 2009 426 Hemi Challenger Convertible, 2009 426 Hemi Cuda Convertible, Mr. Normís 2009 Legends Edition Challenger and Mr. Normís 1968 Hemi Coronet ďDealer DemoĒ displayed at SEMA SHOW. Also, the Mr. Normís 1971 Demon Pro Touring debuts at this event.

The Mr. Normís 1971 Super Stock Demon debuts at the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals in Rosemont, Illinois in the Mr. Normís Garage Exhibit. In addition, the following vehicles were also displayed in the Mr. Normís Garage Exhibit: Two Mr. Normís 2008 Super Challengers, the Mr. Normís 2009 426 Hemi Challenger Convertible and the Mr. Normís 2009 426 Hemi Cuda Convertible.

Two 2008 Mr. Normís Super Challengers, the 2009 Red Xpress Truck and the 1971 Demon Super Stock displayed at the John Force Show in Yorba Linda, California.

2010:

The Mr. Normís 2009 Dodge Red Xpress Truck is displayed in the Dodge Corporate Exhibit at the 2010 San Diego International Automobile Show.

The Mr. Normís 2008 Super Challenger and 2008 Super Cuda are displayed at the 2010 San Diego International Automobile Show in the SEMA SHOWCASE.

The Mr. Normís Dodge Red Xpress Truck, the Mr. Normís 1971 Demon Super Stock and the 2009 Mr. Normís 426 Hemi Challenger Convertible are displayed in the Mr. Normís Special Exhibit at the 2010 Grand National Roadster Show.

A whopping 12 high performance Mr. Normís Dodges are displayed at Mopars at the Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada in the Mr. Normís Garage Exhibit on Manufacturers Midway.

Mr. Norm is the center of attention at the Belvedere Chrysler Show in Illinois. Mr. Normís Garage exhibits that latest Mr. Normís Super Challengers, and Super Cudaís.

Mr. Norm debuts the new Cut Crystal Collectibles featuring legendary Grand Spaulding Dodge images

Mr. Norm the star of the Mr. Normís Garage exhibit at Chryslers at Carlisle where a dozen Mr. Normís high performance Dodges are displayed.

Mr. Norm is person at the Mopar Nationals in the Mr. Normís Garage Exhibit, flanked by over a dozen Mr. Normís high performance Dodgeís.

Mr. Normís Legends Cuda is displayed in the Mr. Normís Garage Exhibit at Monster Mopar Weekend in St. Louis

Mr. Norm's GSS HP2 Challenger is displayed at the SEMA SHOW

Mr. Norm is the center of attention in the Mr. Normís Garage Exhibit at the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals in Rosemont, Illinois. In addition, no less than twelve Mr. Normís Dodges, including the new Mr. Normís GSS HP1 and GSS HP2 Challengers are displayed.

Mr. Normís GSS HP1 Challenger Convertible is displayed at the NHRA World Finals in Pomona, California in the in the Wally Parks NHRA Mobile Museum Exhibit presented by Mr. Normís Garage

2011:

Mr. Normís GSS HP1 Challenger Convertible is displayed at the NHRA Winternationals in Pomona, California in the in the Wally Parks NHRA Mobile Museum Exhibit presented by Mr. Normís Garage

The 2009 Mr. Normís GSS HPI Challenger Convertible, an original 1968 Mr. Normís GSS 440 M-Code Dart and an original 1972 Mr. Normís GSS Supercharged Demon are displayed in the Mr. Normís Special Exhibit at the 2010 Grand National Roadster Show.

The Mr. Normís 2011 Dodge GSS Super Charger debuts at Mopars at the Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada in the Mr. Normís Garage Exhibit on Manufacturers Midway.

The Mr. Normís 2011 Dodge GSS Super Charger is featured on the cover of Mopar Action Magazine, along with an in-depth story feature story on this exciting new vehicle.

The Mr. Normís GSS HP1 and GSS HP2 Challengers displayed at the NASCAR Auto Club 400 Race in Pomona, California in the in the Wally Parks NHRA Mobile Museum Exhibit presented by Mr. Normís Garage

Mr. Norm has a big display at Midwest Mopars in the Park in Farmington, Minnesota. Cars and memorabilia are the centerpiece of his display at this popular event.

Mr. Norm makes his presence known at the Belvedere Chrysler Show in Illinois were cool Mopars, both vintage a late models celebrate his influence on performance

The Mr. Normís GSS Super Charger and GSS HP2 Challenger are displayed at the NHRA Hot Rod Reunion in Bowling Green, Kentucky in the in the Wally Parks NHRA Mobile Museum Exhibit presented by Mr. Normís Garage

Mr. Norm is ďin the houseĒ at Chryslers at Carlisle. In addition, the Mr. Normís 2011 GSS Super Charger, the Mr. Normís Ram Red Xpress Truck and two Super Challengers are displayed with the Mr. Normís Sport Club Exhibit

Mr. Norm is the guest celebrity at the CEMA SHOW the Walter P. Chrysler Museum in Auburn Hills, Michigan and makes a special guest appearance at the Hot Rod Power Tour in Mt. Clemens, Michigan

Mr. Norm makes another appearance at the Mopar Nationals in Columbus, Ohio, with a comprehensive display of late model and vintage Mr. Normís vehicles

Mr. Norm is on hand in the Mr. Normís Sport Club exhibit at Monster Mopar Weekend in St. Louis.


David Snyder releases another limited edition
Mr. Normís Grand Spaulding Dodge portrait that celebrates this legendary dealership

Mr. Norm is on home turf in the Mr. Normís Garage exhibit at the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals in Rosemont, Illinois.

2012:

Mr. Norm and a bevy of Mopars he created are the center of attraction at the Midwest Mopars in the Park in Farmington, Minnesota

Mr. Norm is a fan pleaser as he makes another appearance at Chryslers at Carlisle. In addition, several Mr. Normís late model and vintage vehicles are displayed with the Mr. Normís Sport Club Booth


The 2012 Mr. Norm GSS Strobe Stripe Cuda debuts

Mr. Norm entertains the crowd under the big top in his booth at Monster Mopar Weekend in St. Louis.

The Mr. Normís 2011 Dodge GSS Super Charger is featured in Auto Enthusiast magazine, along with an in-depth story feature story on this exciting new vehicle.

Mr. Norm never misses the Chrysler Belvedere Show and this year is no exception. His big booth is ringed with late model Mopars with his signature GSS packages.


The 2012 Mr. Norm Chrysler 300 Golden Lions debut

Mr. Norm is the guest celebrity at the Muscle Car Beach Show at Bosak Dodge in Merrillville, Indiana.

The 2012 Mr. Norm GSS Billboard Cuda debuts and is photographed doing a massive burnout in a Mopar Action Magazine feature story on Bosak Dodge and Fairfield Dodge, along with the GSS Strobe Stripe Cuda and the new Chrysler 300 Golden Lions

Mr. Norm is inducted in the Hall of Fame at Great Lakes Dragway in Union Grove, Wisconsin


The 2012 Mr. Norm GSS Billboard Charger debuts

What would a Chryslers at Carlisle be without Mr. Norm? No worries, Norm was there in full force with a cool display of modern Mr. Normís equipped vehicles and vintage memorabilia

Mr. Norm reprises his appearance at the Mopar Nationals in Columbus, Ohio, with a display of the latest Mr. Normís vehicles

Mr. Norm helps unveil a new 2012 GSS Billboard Cuda with Bosak Dodge in the Mr. Normís Sport Club exhibit at Monster Mopar Weekend in St. Louis.

The new Jeep Wrangler FIVE STAR debuts in the Katzkin Exhibit at the 2012 SEMA SHOW. This is the first Jeep model that Mr. Norm has ever done, and based on the positive reception it received, it will be the first of several to be released during 2013.

Mr. Norm is a guest celebrity at the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals at the Stephens Center in Rosemont, Illinois.

2013:

The 50th Anniversary Mr. Normís 2013 GSS Challenger and Charger are announced. Only 100 serial numbered vehicles of each will be built in black or white with gold graphics.

The 2013 Mr. Normís Ram GSS Rumbler is announced

Mr. Norm is the guest celebrity at Mopars at the Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Mr. Normís 50th Anniversary GSS Challenger Serial Number 1 and the Mr. Normís GSS Rumbler debut at this event. Both are selected as Peopleís Choice and are displayed at the Cannery Hotel in the special vehicle display The Mr. Normís 50th Anniversary GSS Challenger Serial Number 1 is sold at Mopars at the Strip to noted restorer Ken Mosier, owner of the Finer Detail that builds award winning vintage Mopar Muscle Cars.

 

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