The first CORSA Communiqués

This is a reprint of the original. You'll notice some "print-through" on the lower of the two Corvair pictures not present on the original. This was the first issue with the official name, "Corsa Communiqués," and features my '65 photographed at the convention autocross (top).

Also on this page, an excerpt from the issue in which you'll spot a few names of people still very much involved in CORSA all these years later.



A monthly column by John Jackson, CORSA Local Affairs Manager, 18616 Corby Avenue, Artesia, CA 90701 (213--865-1736). Local news and requests for assistance in forming clubs should be sent directly to John.

The biggest story of this month comes from CORSA Northwest. The February 14 meeting held at Good Chevrolet, 3rd and Burnett Streets, Renton, WA, was attended by some sixteen people. In attendance was Mr. Peyton Whitely, of The Seattle Times, whose five column article on Corvairs and CORSA Northwest appeared in the Sunday, February 18 edition. On the 25th of February CORSA Northwest held a picnic at Kirkland's Marina Park. A picture taking session was scheduled which may result in a Sunday supplement photo story. How about that! CORSA Northwest meets regularly on the second Wednesday of each month at Good Chevrolet in Renton. Next meeting is set for March 14 at 7:30PM. Details from Tom Drummond (939-1864) or Chuck Norris (226-5492).

The Twin Cities Group of The North Central Corvair Association held their first meeting on February 1 at a local Chevrolet dealer. Eighteen people were there including one hearty soul who traveled 143 miles. The February 22 meeting was held at Rosedale Chevrolet. Art Herschberger from Solar Automotive was the featured speaker. On display was Solar's 1973 Cavalier. The Twin Cities Chapter's next meeting is scheduled for March 8, 7:00PM, at Midway Chevrolet. Because of the large geographic area covered by the Chapter, the meeting site for the monthly meetings will be at different Chevrolet dealers in the area. Many thanks to those dealers involved with this plan; it's nice to see that in some parts of the country the Corvair is not a complete orphan. CORSA members in Minnesota or western Wisconsin interested in The Twin Cities Chapter are asked to contact Bob Johnston (757-5152) or Keith Johnson (869-1926).

The Southern California CORSA Chapter is to be the host for CORSA's 1973 National Convention, July 20-22. Members have been spending much time in preparation, but not all the time has been devoted to hard work. For example, the February activity was a progressive dinner party starting at Carl Cewinski's home in Inglewood at 2:00PM and ending at the home of Herb Berkman in the San Fernando Valley just after 1:00AM. Herb is SC's Membership Committee Chairman and as such has put together an excellent "Prospective Member's Kit" covering both the local and national clubs. Chapter meetings are held on the first Sunday of each month, 3:30PM, at The Western Federal Savings building, 355 East Manchester Boulevard, Inglewood. The March activity was a slalom sponsored by Corvettes of Southern California at the same site to be used for the CORSA National Convention autocross. The month of April will bring a "Change of Pace" road trip on the fifteenth; destination not yet established.

The Rock Mountain CORSA Chapter met for the first time on February 7 at the home of Ted Rains, 220 Lookout View Court, in Golden, CO. A dozen Corvair enthusiasts were on hand to get acquainted and begin organizing. Next meeting is March 7; those interested are invited to contact Ted Rains at the address above or call   Richard Harris in Denver at 934-2579.

Ken Klingaman has been elected new President of The New Jersey Association of Corvair Enthusiasts. Secretary is now George Urbani. In addition to the changing of the guard, the palace has changed too. Duke's Farm Inn, the previous meeting site, has changed hands and the new management has not been as cooperative as the old. New meeting site is the Riverview Inn in Northbranch, three miles north of the Somerville Circle on Route 202. Meetings are now the first Tuesday of the month at 7:30PM. Details from Ken Klingaman, 381-7725.

CORSA members in the Buffalo, NY area interested in forming a club are asked to contact Jim Bartasevich, 3410 McKinley Parkway, Apt. 4, Blasdell, NY 14219. By phone, Jim can be reached after 7:00PM at 716--822-5350.

The Central Pennsylvania Corvair Club, jointly established by Leon Hooper and Jim Bradley, will hold their second meeting March 25, 2:00PM, at LeFever Chevrolet in Dillsburg (junction of US Route 15 & PA 74). Further information from Leon Hooper, RD #1, Dalmatia, PA 17017.

Long Island, NY CORSA members interested in forming a CORSA chapter are requested to call Charles Lee at 516--281-0025. All New York City area members are also invited to join.

The South Carolina Sandlapper Corvairs' January meeting was very productive in getting things underway. Next meeting will be March 25 at The Garden Dale Swim Club off Interstate 26 and Bush River Road. Details from Norm Jacobs, 704 Vintage Lane, Columbia, SC.

The Philadelphia Area CORSA Chapter has elected new officers for the 1973 year. New President Bob Elliott has appointed Bill Haney as Activities Chairman and John Wiegand as Newsletter Editor. Also elected were Marc Kamp, Vice-President, and John Pearson, Treasurer. This new reform administration is determined to improve on the somewhat casual organization of the past. OK guys, but you won't have M___E____ to kick around any more! Next meeting is set for March 18 with the first slalom of the season (at last) the following week.

An excerpt from this issue.

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