The Grand Opening of the new Corvair Museum on Saturday May 19 was a big success! A huge number of Corvair enthusiasts were there to commemorate this wonderful event.
CPF/CORSA President Mike Hall was the master of ceremonies and Pam Cole cut the red ribbon to commemorate the event. Pam's dad, Cecil Cole, hand-assembled the first production prototype Corvair way back in 1959 and then trained the folks on the assembly line. I don't have the statistics, but based on the size of the crowd, I'd say there were a couple hundred people in attendance. It was amazing to see them all pour into the museum after the ribbon was cut.
In addition to Pam, there wereot her notable people in attendance, including Richard Lentinello of Hemmings Magazine, Tom Keosababian of land speed record fame, and various CPF/CORSA officials including Paul & Mona Bergstrom and several members of the CPF/CORSA Board. Pam gave a speech about her father’s experience on the Corvair pilot line and Sonny Balcaen of IECO fame sent in a message which was also read at the ribbon cutting ceremony.. . .Members can read more in the new Corsa Communique.
Hinton: For the third year running, the weekend after Mother’s Day means one thing for Corvair enthusiasts in Western Washington and the Lower Mainland of British Columbia—it is once again time for the Hinton Chevrolet Corvair Reunion. And again this year, there was a great turnout for this affair in Lynden, Washinton! on May 19, A total of 20 Corvairs, (sevenearlies, 11 lates, one van and an Ultra Van) came to the festivities.!NCC also welcomed new club members Josh Kelly and Tim and Connie Bradley. . . .
Australia: This past May 18th, the French office Corvair Club France had the great pleasure and honor to meet Australian Corvair people in Paris. A few weeks before, Arlette and Carl Kelsen, Australian Corsa members, sent me an email that said, "We are Corsa members and own a convertible Monza ‘66 in black colour. We plan to go to France for a family visit. We would enjoy to visit some Corvair club French members during our trip." I answered that it would be a great pleasure for us to welcome them here in France! . . .
Texas: In the previous article I laid out what I think is the connection between Corvair owners who associate with their local clubs and the national organization CORSA through the various events. Hopefully you are engaged at different levels of participation and are having a fun time with other members displaying your favorite Corvair. This time I want to tell you about a longstanding regional event that one of our Corvair Houston members envisioned some 22 years ago. . . .
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