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Central Coast Corsa’s Christmas Party

30 Dec

A small but merry band of Corvair Aficionados gathered for the annual Christmas Party at Mike Thomas’ gaming parlor in East Atascadero.

The ladies guffaw

The ladies guffaw

Pot luck faire abounded with a cornucopia of savory and sweet treats doused with copious amounts of Central Coast wine. Long on the entertainment was Mike who once again showcased his collection of vintage pinball and jukebox machines.

Yowza

Yowza

As the jukebox crooned to Bee Gees, Manfred Mann and Herman’s Hermits the Jims Pennell and Corey ponyed up to display the pinball wizards they truly are. A real treat as Mike gave history and pertinent details for his restorations, value and inner workings of some truly remarkable machines.

I move to have all CCC events at Mike’s place…….
The surprise of the evening was presenting the annual Golden Blower Award. This yearly event acknowledges the contribution of a particular club member. An individual who goes above and beyond to make club #934 a solid and committed club dedicated to the preservation and restoration of Chevrolet’s Corvair. And I am not just blowing Hot Air…

Pinball Wizard Jim Corey

Pinball Wizard Jim Corey

Who's Next?

Who’s Next?

The recipient of this coveted award goes on to represent the club at all Corvair functions far and wide and willy nilly spends down the club treasury as sees fit. This years’ award winner was duped by club President Jim Pennell who stole the reins from the VP who traditionally presents the award. After much background hoopla Jim presented the award to Bob O who didn’t see it coming.

Why I oughta.......

Why I oughta…….

A conspiracy among the membership sideswiped the VP and instead inserted his name as the 2012 recipient! Dastardly deeds have never been recorded. Still, it is with great pleasure that I accept the award and now display it proudly in the Corvair Hall of Fame. Thank you very much all club members!

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All I Want For Christmas is…….A Classic Car

10 Dec

The following is an excerpt from Hagerty Collector and Classic Car Insurance.

In addition to home, hearth and family, this is the time of the year that car people reflect on the classics that have made the automotive world a better place. Here are five that we are especially thankful for:

1. Ford Mustang: The original pony car celebrates its 50th anniversary next year. The Mustang was a car like no other. Although designed for the youth market, it appealed to nearly every demographic. Little has changed. We’re particularly big fans of the original 1964½-66 Mustang as well as the present model introduced in 2005.

Pony up with this classic

Pony up with this classic

2. Chevrolet Camaro: The Camaro may have been inspired by the Mustang and it may have come to market a few years later, but bowtie fans had a lot to be enthusiastic about, particularly when the cars butted heads in the legendary SCCA Trans Am race series of the late ’60s and early ’70s. Like the Mustang, we like the bookend effect of the original 1967-69 cars and the present iteration of the Camaro.

1969 Yenko Camaro

1969 Yenko Camaro

3. Chevrolet Corvette: It’s difficult to imagine a world without the Corvette, but GM was ready to kill it after the disappointing 1954 model year. Only the appearance of the 1955 Ford Thunderbird (GM couldn’t countenance the appearance of having been driven from the two-seater market by Ford) and the arrival of savior Zora Arkus-Duntov ensured its survival to the present. The iconic 1963-67 Sting Ray celebrates its 50th anniversary next year along with the 60th of the Corvette itself.

1963 Corvette Stingray

1963 Corvette Stingray

4. Porsche 911: The Porsche 911 is a car that shouldn’t really work at all: Its engine is in the wrong place for well-balanced handling and its basic style is going on a half century old. Yet it continues to inspire lust in everyone from engineers to hedge fund managers. We’re partial to the classic air-cooled models built from 1978-89. They’re nearly bulletproof and some can be bought quite reasonably.

1978 Porche 911 SC

1978 Porche 911 SC

5. Jaguar XKE: As legend has it, none other than Enzo Ferrari wept when the XKE was unveiled — he called it the most beautiful car he’d ever seen. XKEs (or E-Types to the rest of the world) have been frequent museum exhibits and not just at automotive museums — the Museum of Modern Art in New York displayed one for many years. It truly is a piece of moving sculpture the likes of which hasn’t been seen again, although its DNA clearly shows up in the new Jaguar F-Type.

1967 Jaguar XKE Series 1

1967 Jaguar XKE Series 1

Vintage 1960 “Film Strip” Corvair Presentation

6 Dec

Most of the Corvair brethren remember film strip presentations from grade school.  Dealership advertising used similar technology to present historical and technological  information to potential car buyers.  Sit back, relax and enjoy the bings and dings of just such a show………

Taking the Scenic Route to Work in My ’63 Spyder!

5 Dec

VairFest 2011 Heritage Park, Arroyo Grande, CA

17 Jun

Capitol City Spring Fling!

7 May

WildFlower Expedition

10 Apr