Sun ‘n Fun 2018 – postscript.


The week of Sun n Fun 2018 is now over, by most accounts it was a good year. I was down there on Friday to meet builders, give a forum and attend the traditional SPA/Panther cookout hosted by Dan and Rachel and the crew from their factory. I spoke with many builders and discussed Corvair details using Paul Salters Corvair/Panther as a model, which he stationed in the engine run up area.


One of the builders I met at the forum said to me “I’ve been here all week,I’m glad you are here, I want one of your manuals” I politely asked if he had been to the SPA/Panther booth, and he said yes, and I asked if he read my website or this blog, and he said “All the time, every story”


I pointed out that we are now in the third year of SPA being the sales point for 100% of my product line. I have written a lot of stories about this, it is on my products page, heck, its even printed on my business cards.  I reminded him that anytime you see the SPA/Panther team, you are looking at my products being represented, and they always have manuals on hand for sale. 



Above, a view of the relaxed atmosphere at the traditional SPA/Panther cookout. How many of the nine Corvair builders in this picture do you recognize?



Above, Dan Weseman and myself in the SPA/Panther booth, right on the main avenue at Sun n Fun. Although I have had short hair and a beard before, many people who have known me for years took a moment to recognize me, even with a name tag on. Evidently my traditional appearance as a long haired unapologetic nationalist grease monkey from rural Florida makes a more lasting impression than my current guise. Don’t worry, I’m still the Neanderthal who wrote Lifestyles of Troglodytes, and The Politics of Pouring Gasoline and Unicorns vs Ponies.


The Next Event on the Schedule:

FlyCorvair/SPA – Joint Workshop/Open house, May 18,19,20

Read the link now and make a plan today.





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.

15 Responses to Sun ‘n Fun 2018 – postscript.

  1. Dan Branstrom says:

    I’ll call your current appearance, the Colonel Sanders look.

  2. Bruce Culver says:

    I was thinking more riverboat gambler…..:-)

  3. David Swann says:

    yup defiantly Colonel Sanders and Dan is rocking the Wolverine look!!! I hope I can look that cool when i get my airplane flying!!!

  4. Ken Smith says:

    I had to re-read the caption several times before accepted that it was you in the photo…..and I’ve known you for 12+ years!

  5. Merrie says:

    I prefer the grease monkey look! Remember the time you asked me to write a note to the head of a motor. You mean a stickie note, and I started to write a letter lol!

  6. Keith Rhode says:

    Looks like witness protection program to me.

  7. Dan-o says:

    Congratulations buddy, you have lived long enough to join the ranks of the gray and receding hairline generation! Welcome in!

  8. Harold Bickford says:

    It’s Dan and Wiliam, no question!

  9. Dave Hoehn says:

    My first thought was “I know that guy! What is he doing in Florida?” I used to work with him and he spent all of his spare time over in Tombstone doing gunfight re-enactments, mocking hangings, etc. He always liked the Doc Holliday/Val Kilmer look. I still can’t see you though, William.

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