Reflections on 1988 and the
In late 1987 and early 1988, David Blakey,
Arkansas Corvair Club founding father, mailed letters to Corvair owners around
the state to gauge the interest in forming a new CORSA chapter in
On that date, some 35 to 40 enthusiasts
For that first meeting, the late February weather was unusually warm and sunny.
Following the planning meeting, central Arkansans were treated to their very first impromptu Corvair parade,
as 11 Corvairs, many with convertible tops down, made their way south on Main Street,
A week later, on Monday, February 29, using a template supplied by CORSA, our chapter's charter application was drafted and signed by several of this new group. With that action, the Arkansas Corvair Club, CORSA Chapter 722, came to be. A club newsletter--which soon would become On the Air-- was being published and mailed to members and prospects, to communicate news of club activities and share technical tips. The familiar ACC turbo-based logo was designed shortly thereafter.
Although our founding members had plenty of enthusiasm,
the early ACC years were challenging. A fledgling CORSA chapter
needs money to survive. To meet that need, Kenneth Eddy, a founding member from
In addition to money, a fledgling CORSA chapter also needs some means to garner
recognition, respect, and credibility with other groups and antique car enthusiasts.
To get us recognized during that first year of activity,
David Sanders contacted Larry Claypool about visiting
With Larry's presentation at that October 1988 gathering, the Arkansas Corvair Club had finally earned a place on the collectible car enthusiasts landscape.
After months of planning and hard work by
a handful of dedicated individuals, CORSA Chapter 722 had indeed arrived and
the Corvair's future in
The founding chapter signers were:
David K. Blakey
Javier "Joe" Espejo
The ensuing years have brought about enduring friendships among members of our group as well as those developed at the annual CORSA conventions across the USA. Although we have sadly lost avid Corvair enthusiasts in our ranks, we have also happily welcomed many new members and new friendships along the way. Recent years have brought about an unprecedented growth in our membership. While many other organizations are struggling to maintain their participation levels, the ACC is continuing to grow!
Today, David and Sarah Blakey reside in
Kenneth Eddy was a complete Corvair Man. He passed away in August of 1999. To everyone who knew him, Kenneth is remembered as a kind and generous gentleman, possessed of a keen wit that delighted all around him.
Larry Claypool, who owns and operates the Vair Shop in
Over the years, all three of these individuals were named honorary ACC members. We express our sincere thanks and salute each of them for their important contributions to our CORSA chapter.