<VV> Rocker arms et al. (apologies for being long-winded)

Bryan Blackwell bryan at skiblack.com
Thu Oct 13 16:51:09 EDT 2005

But wait!

Who is this "CORSA" people keep talking about?  I wrote an (intended to 
be humorous) piece on that a number of years ago an the subject.  
Perhaps, it's worth thinking about that for a moment.  There appears to 
be a perception that CORSA is an SCCA-like organization with a big HQ 
building and TV contracts and a multi-million dollar sponsor driven 
budget.  CORSA is really just a big version of many local chapters - 
run on volunteer power and a company formed by two CORSA members.  "The 
magazine isn't worth $40."  Well, is your local newsletter worth 
whatever your dues are?  No?  Mine isn't either (apologies to our 
newsletter editor :-).  Then why be a member?

Today I'm hearing that the people who answer the questions on this 
forum - who all do it on their own time - aren't doing a good enough 
job.  Yesterday I heard that CORSA  - those two guys and a bunch of 
volunteers - need to set up a school.  What about all the CORSA members 
who already help other folks - not always members - build engines, 
troubleshoot problems, and give advice?  What about the tech sessions 
at so many events?  Are those not classes by another name?

VV members went out and wrote a book to cover many questions.  Today I 
hear people don't want to buy and read that book, even if it answers 
the exact question asked - and maybe a bunch more the questioner never 
asked.  Wasn't writing that book an effort on the part of those 
writers?  Doesn't that count for something?  Nobody's "handing them a 
book and saying learn from it" - the point is to understand the subject 
up front to frame a good question, or be able to understand the answer 
better.  What's wrong with that?  It's a little hard for me to come to 
your house in Seattle, but I can tell you where to find the info from 
here in Virginia.  I also helped write one of those "books", and have a 
pretty large web site with Corvair info on it.  That's not good enough?

Bryan Blackwell bryan at skiblack.com
   Corvairs: '61 Lakewood, '64 Greenbrier, '65 Corsa, '66 Corsa
   '69 Road Runner, '97 Ford F-150, '99 Neon R/T
"Why do something if you're not going to obsess about it?"

On Oct 13, 2005, at 2:25 PM, Corvkid50 at aol.com wrote:

> If CORSA wants
> to increase it's  membership more I think they have to change their 
> thinking
> if they want to  attract a new and younger crowd.

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