Norm Sappenfield: Hot rod guy still making souped-up engines at age 84
Is Norm Sappenfield, 84, the highest-caliber machinist, mechanic, engine builder in the area?
Some people seem to think so and who could fault them when Sappenfield has been working at it all his life and has a wall full of memorabilia to prove it, including a testimonial that says: ”With the expertise of the finest mechanic and car maker, Norm Sappenfield. 1952 Chevy pickup for Modie Katz who appreciates Norm’s skill, talent, and creativity and thanks him heartedly.”
Katz is a local entrepreneur who has founded eight different companies.
Sappenfield says as a kid he grew up around racing guys, serving as their gofer.
“All the people I grew up with were in the racing business,” he grinned. “People like Ed Iskenderian, Don and Jim Nairn, and many others. Racing rubbed off on me.”