Corvair College #35 Barnwell builders video


Rachel Weseman, aka: “Ms. Panther”, has put together an great video of builders who were making progress and running engines at Corvair College #35 at Barnwell South Carolina:



Rachel, Dan and two of their boys were on hand for the College, along with Panther team member and Corvair builder Paul Salter. We had no formal plan to film at the college, but Rachel took the initiative to capture a lot of the event.  Due to the background noise in the hangar and an indirect microphone, some sound is suppressed, but there is a lot of information in the short film. If you look closely, these is a cross section of engines, 2700, 2775, 2850 and 3000 cc. Dan’s 3.3L is also visible next to Andy Shorter’s 3000. The film is also a good chance to see builders you may have only previously read about, like Woody Harris from California.


There is the accomplishment of Lane Seidel and Chris Pryce’s engines running, but also the humor of Bill Reynolds explaining how he met Albert Reinhardt, Dave McBride and Katie Fox showing off their ‘stealth Pietenpol’ engine, Tim Hansen and his ‘no unicorns’ sign, and ‘Dan-o’ Glaze speaking of bringing a shovel to a College……All good stuff that gives a glimpse of the fun setting of a Corvair College, and how these events are not typical tech seminars.


For a look at many of the other videos edited by Rachel, search ‘Rachel Weseman’ on youtube, and you can see a great number of professional looking films she has made. Two ones that capture the eye are:–ZQVI



If you would like to drop Rachel a note of thanks for putting this together, you can contact her at this email:






Above, The Weseman Panther on the flight line at Barnwell.  It has been to the Barnwell college for the last 3 Colleges in a row. FYI: Dan and Rachel are very relaxed about it, but their last name is actually pronounced “Ways-man” and the name of their company is pronounced as the letters “S-P-A” instead of the word “spa” I have never seen either of them ever correct anyone, but I share it as a general courtesy. -ww.


About William Wynne
I have been continuously building, testing and flying Corvair engines since 1989. Information, parts and components that we developed and tested are now flying on several hundred Corvair powered aircraft. I earned a Bachelor of Science in Professional Aeronautics and an A&P license from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and have a proven 30 year track record of effectively teaching homebuilders how to create and fly their own Corvair powered planes. Much of this is chronicled at and in more than 50 magazine articles.

6 Responses to Corvair College #35 Barnwell builders video

  1. Jeff Moores says:

    Watched the video. Loved it !! Looks like a great experience and a great bunch of people. It is interesting how many have been to several. I cannot get time off when these Colleges are on but I’m planning to retire in 4 years; so hopefully then.


  2. dan glaze says:

    counting the days until the next “BARNWELL” bring on the grits!!! dan-o

  3. Lane Seidel says:

    Once again I had a great time at Barnwell! Especially the part where my engine Roared to life! Incredible feeling! I have learned a lot about building engines. Mostly about breaking bad habits I have learned from building racecar engines with “The Boys”. This engine is built for the long run not the racing season. It is definitely built from the good stuff! I hope to attend many more Corvair Colleges to continue learning the right way to do things and to meet great like minded people. I am working hard to keep my promise, on video, to fly my 750 to the next College at Barnwell! See you there if not before.

  4. Joseph Smalls says:

    How do I get in contact with someone for signing up for the Corvair College in Barnwell for November 2017

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