Norm Beechey

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Norm Beechey
Nationality Australia Australia
Australian Touring Car Championship
Years active 1963-1972
Teams Scuderia Veloce
Neptune Racing Team
Trident Racing
Shell Racing Team
Starts 25
Wins 7
Best finish 1st in 1965 & 1970 Australian Touring Car Championship
Championship titles
1965
1970
Australian Touring Car Championship
Australian Touring Car Championship
Awards
2000 V8 Supercar Hall of Fame

Norm Beechey is a retired Australian race car driver, who was given the nickname "Stormin Norman" by his fans. To some, he was the closest thing Holden had to a star racing driver, before Peter Brock.[1] Beechey competed in the Australian Touring Car Championship from 1963 [2] to 1972 winning the title in 1965 driving a Ford Mustang and in 1970 at the wheel of a Holden Monaro.[3] Along the way, he achieved seven round wins, and one pole position. His championship win in 1970 was the first victory by a Holden driver in the Australian Touring Car Championship.

Beechey began racing at the age of 22 in a Ford Customline V8. He came to prominence only a year later when he won the Olympic Touring Car Race at Albert Park, a support event at the Australian Grand Prix meeting which was held in conjunction with the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games. As the expense of running this and two subsequent Customline V8s proved too prohibitive he reverted to a Holden 48-215 in 1959. After becoming part of David McKay’s Scuderia Veloce team he again returned to V8s, developing a Chevrolet Impala with which he won the New South Wales Touring Car Championship at Catalina Park. He progressed to a Ford Galaxie owned by Len Lukey and was then instrumental in forming the Neptune Racing Team in 1964. He raced a Holden EH S4 as part of that team alongside Jim McKeown’s Lotus Cortina and Peter Manton’s Morris Cooper S. He subsequently developed and raced a series of V8 powered Touring Cars with which he contested the Australian Touring Car Championship and other events. The first Ford Mustang to race in Australia was followed by a Chevrolet Chevy II Nova, a Chevrolet Camaro, a Holden Monaro GTS 327 and a Holden Monaro GTS 350.[4]

Beechey retired from racing at the end of the 1972 season.[5] He was inducted into the V8 Supercar Hall of Fame in 2000.

Career results[edit]

A recreation of the Chrysler VH Valiant Charger R/T E38 which was driven to 6th place in Class D of the 1971 Hardie-Ferodo 500 by Norm Beechey & Jim McKeown
Season Title Position Car Team
1964 Australian Touring Car Championship 2nd Holden EH Special S4 Neptune Racing Team
1965 Australian Touring Car Championship 1st Ford Mustang Neptune Racing Team
1966 Australian Touring Car Championship 2nd Chevrolet Chevy II Nova Neptune Racing Team
1969 Australian Touring Car Championship 3rd Holden HK Monaro GTS327 Norm Beechey
1970 Australian Touring Car Championship 1st Holden HT Monaro GTS350 Norm Beechey Shell Race Team
1971 Australian Touring Car Championship 5th Holden HT Monaro GTS350 Shell Racing
1972 Australian Touring Car Championship 13th Holden HT Monaro GTS350 Shell Racing


References[edit]

  1. ^ 2008 V8 Supercar Eastern Creek round official event programme
  2. ^ Graham Howard & Stewart Wilson, The Australian Touring Car Championship, 30 fabulous years, 1990, page 47
  3. ^ Series Champions - History - The Official Website of V8 Supercars Australia
  4. ^ Australian Motor Racing Annual, 1971, pages 26-27
  5. ^ Graham Howard & Stewart Wilson, The Australian Touring Car Championship, 30 fabulous years, 1990, page 111

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Ian Geoghegan
Winner of the Australian Touring Car Championship
1965
Succeeded by
Ian Geoghegan
Preceded by
Ian Geoghegan
Winner of the Australian Touring Car Championship
1970
Succeeded by
Bob Jane