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

Dennis & Debbie Pleau ddpleau at earthlink.net
Thu Oct 13 22:24:44 EDT 2005

Bryan, you forgot CORSA purposely priced the book at a lot less than it 
should sell for, just to get it into a lot of peoples hands who can benefit 
from it.  That was one of the requirements the VV members who wrote the 
book, asked of CORSA when they gave them the book.


At 02:51 PM 10/13/2005, Bryan Blackwell wrote:
>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?

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