Local dentist takes up racing hobby with his father

Dr. David Norwood has been making his patients smile for years as a dentist, but it's what he does outside the office that has people taking notice.

This week's Game Changer enjoys taking the path less traveled with four-wheel drive racing.

What began as an interesting hobby for a father-son duo turned into something more.

"It's like a once in a lifetime experience. It was on our bucket-list," David said.

"I think it's a special bond that many father and sons don't have, probably," Bill Norwood, David's father, said. "I'm just glad I have one that will put up with an old man like me and give me a chance to do this."

For the past 3 years, the Norwood family has traveled to California for the King of the Hammers race.

"We race on a 116 mile course to the desert," David said.

David drives that part, and Bill climbs rocks that are roughly, "bigger than this car."

The King of Hammers began as a single race. Now, it's the largest off-road race in North America, involving competitors and spectators. It's now a series of five races.

"We didn't know what to expect. It's a race, so we figured there'd be some kind of competition, but it's really cool because the whole Ultra4 community, even the top guys, they'll stop and help you," David said.

Racers respect one another other, but the competitive spirit is fierce.

"It's dust, loud motors, and a bunch of exhausts. It's just a bunch of testosterone, and everybody thinks they're better than everybody else and they're trying to prove something, haha," David said.

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