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AS you know, Norm Beechey and I never drop names, but we were having a quiet chat at The Second Annual Weekend Australian and Sporting Car Club of South Australia Memorial Lecture and Chicken Roll and Salad Dinner last week.

And the normally modest Norm said to me in a moment of reflection: “You know I think I was a better driver than I thought I was.”

Actually, Stormin’ Norman Beechey changed the face of Australian motorsport. He was a showman. He thought cars were better going sideways than in a straight line. He was an in-your-face driver. He campaigned big American muscle cars and he campaigned one of the world’s smallest cars. He drove the first Australian car to win a touring car championship. How good was he?

Stormin’ Norman set the race pace
John Connolly, centre, with Norm Beechey and his wife, Margaret. Source: Supplied

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