Bob Helt’s CORSA article


Bob Helt, one of the most respected and prolific historians and writers in the world of land based Corvairs, came to Corvair College #37 in Chino California last year, to capture the story of what we flying Corvair fans are up to, with the intention of getting this published in the national Corvair Society of America (CORSA) magazine. His goal was to build a bridge between the two communities, giving the land based people a look at our efforts.



Above, the January/February 2017 CORSA Communique cover. Bob’s story is inside. This magazine has been published for 45 years, and it is a look into how fan’s of the Corvair cars are devoted to the history, engineering restoration and driving of the vehicles. Subscriptions are available through the CORSA website:



Gratuitous dog photo: Bob brought his little dog “Rocky” to CC#27.



A look into the article, which has a very favorable slant on our activities. The next time you are out shopping for a core engine, the person selling it to you probably will have a much more friendly attitude based on the effort Bob has made to get this story covered, written and published.



Above, Dan Weseman who flew out to California with me,  (see: “Old hairy guy” and Ford Man deploy to the west coast  ) in Steve Glovers Hangar at Chino, speaking with builders.


Hats off to Bob Helt, for an excellent article that will have long lasting benefits in our community.




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 20 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.

4 Responses to Bob Helt’s CORSA article

  1. Dennis McGuire says:

    Can you obtain permission to reprint
    His article here so we all can read it?

  2. dan glaze says:

    William, a CORSA member was kind enough to sell me my core motor and excited that a new life of fun and adventure awaited it. Dan-o

  3. Stuart Snow says:

    I enjoyed meeting Bob at CC#37. I am honored that a picture of my engine on the stand made it into the article. It is an early 64 Duck Billed Platypus case and has no cast webbing supports at the front of #5 cylinder but has cast internal relief spaces fro the 8409 crank.

  4. Robert Knox says:

    As a result of your piece William, I joined CORSA yesterday for three reasons. First, because of your piece (duh!), second, because we had two Corvairs, a 63′ convertible and a 64″ 140 coupe, when I was in high school and third to support another organization that recognizes and perpetuates the car and its’ unique and versatile engine. I remember one night being the “victim” of the dreaded “Ralph Nader unsafe at any speed” end swapping maneuver in the convertible when I lifted off the gas in an overly aggressive mid-corner. Yep, it swapped ends immediately, just like any swing axle suspension would, including Porsches of the day. I should have just kept my foot on the gas and continued. Clearly Ralph never owned a Porsche.

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