Norm Wilcox first experience racing was in the early 60’s riding down Miller’s Hill in a homemade go-cart built by Harvey Chipper. He began crewing in 1963 on a car owned by Frank Dyer. One of his first jobs on the race car was to put heads on the old flathead Ford. Norm and Roy Haslam put them on “backwards” while driver Dick Miller, who was under the car putting in the trans, fell asleep. In 1968 Norm and Gary Kershaw built the beautiful #21 Mallock and Mosely 55 Chevy. They had three goals for the season: win the Championship, win the Billy Foster 100, and win the Best Appearing Car Award. What a year, they won all three.
Kershaw moved up to the Superstock Class in 1969 so Norm teamed with Billy and Charlie Price. They bought Gary’s car and with Billy in the driver’s seat proceeded to tie Mel Marshall for the Championship. The Price / Wilcox team moved to Superstocks in 1970 running the 55 Chev finishing the season third in points. The next year the car was rebodied with a 1964 Chevelle, again Billy drove getting 6th place in points and they won the Best Appearing Car Award. Continuing for one more season the Price / Wilcox combo ended the ‘72 season in third place. Norm’s interest had changed by 1976, the old ‘30s and ‘40s Stock Cars became his focus. Within a couple of years he was rebuilding the first of several Old Timers. The #1 Coca-Cola car, that had been driven by Bill Halliday in Nanaimo, was purchased from Dean Cramb. Norm rebuilt the car and Gary Kershaw was the first to drive it at Western. The next year the Old Timer Racer Club was formed. Over the years Norm built four more Old Timers selling them to Fraser Carmichael, Dave Smith, Mike Currier, and Wayne Townsend.
Norm comes up innumeral ideas, some have implemented for the betterment of the racing community on the Island. His best by far was in 1983, he thought “the auto racing community should have a Hall of Fame”. He asked a friend who agreed. They found a few more interested race enthusiasts and in 1984 a Hall of Fame committee was formed, that same year they inducted the first seven members into the newly formed Auto Racing Hall of Fame at Western Speedway. In 1984 Norm started the 7/11 Race of Champions for former Western Speedway Champions.
Thanks, in part to Norm, each year new Inductees get a blue jacket with the Hall of Fame Crest emblazoned on it. Their pictures are in the programme at the Induction ceremony. After each Induction each person is interviewed to give their reaction to their Induction. The newspaper insert, in the Times Colonist about the Hall of Fame Ceremony that too is Norm’s idea. Fifty years and counting Norm is still active in the racing Community and is an advisor to the Hall of Fame Committee. You can find him many race nights at the Speedway greeting people who drop in to check out the Hall of Fame Museum.
So it is with profound gratitude we are inducting Norm Wilcox into the Victoria Auto Racing Hall Of Fame.