<VV> Great Plains Corvair Roundup roundup (long winded)
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Sun Oct 2 22:04:16 EDT 2005
The inaugural Great Plains Corvair Roundup was an fantastic success! As
Terry mentioned earlier, we had more than 40 families registered and nearly 70 at
the banquet (we were hoping to get to 50!). In addition to the door prizes
provided by the local Pep Boys and Coleman factory (Got Jugs?), we have prizes
from Lon, Cal, Steve Goodman, and Larry Claypool. We also had give away items
from Cal, Steve and Corvair Motorsports. We also have many of my fellow MCCA
chapter members to thank. I would like to send a special thank you to Terry
Kalp for the donation of $100 for the long distance award. Steve Goodman won
that prize for driving his '68 smog engined coupe more than 500 miles from
Denver. I would also like to thank the members of the other supporting clubs,
Tulsa, Kansas City and Oklahoma City for all of their help and support.
As Terry mentioned, Gary Moore (VV lurker) did a great job on a cut away
Corvair motor. It looks great and will be a fine asset for other MCCA events.
The Tulsa club set up some of their very professional Corvair display items in
the hotel lobby. These items drew quite a bit of attention from the
Pontiac/GTO guys that were also at the host hotel. I heard lots of stories of the
Pontiac guys being impressed with our cars.
We had a bit of rain on Saturday that caused some schedule adjustments. The
rain wasn't enough to dampen the spirits of the Corvair crowd. Most of them
realized that the host club was not responsible for the weather :^). We judged
12 cars in concourse. Bob Bauer's beautiful '66 Corsa Turbo convertible won
best of show. There were many nice cars, 16 earlies (including 2 FC) and 16
lates (including a Stinger and a V-8), how's that for balance?
Steve Goodman gave us a great tech session on Early and late rear wheel
bearings. Steve was challenged by changes in the schedule and venue. Steve did a
great job despite the optimum conditions.
My personal highlights of the Roundup was that we actually pulled it off
with so much success. I didn't doubt that we could do it, I just didn't know we
could do it so well. After all, this was MCCA's first BIG Corvair event.
Another highlight was meeting Steve Goodman. Steve has done work on my car (heads
and carbs). We've spoken on the phone and exchanged e-mails but our paths had
never crossed, until now. Simply put, Steve is a great guy and I enjoyed our
time together. My last highlight was more of a given than a highlight. These
Corvair people are great! Everyone I spoke to during the event had mostly
good things to say and complimented the wonderful event. I'm really happy that
everyone did have a good time, especially those folks that this was their
Finally, the Tulsa club, Green Country Corvair Club, will be the host club
next year. They already have a great team assembled and will put on a great
event next year. If you enjoyed yourself, or didn't make it this year, don't
miss it next year, because it will be even better!!
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