The June 2014 Chama Tri-State Report - Text Version 

Updated 24-Jun-2014 ==== Copyright (c) 2014 Corvairs of New Mexico    


.......Drive to Chama...................................Jim Pittman
.......My First Car...................................Chloe Mullins
.......Corvairs Take the High Ground....................Larry Blair
.......Tierra Wools Tour.................................Lee Reider
.......Tri-State 2014...........Neyla Olwine - Rocky Mountain CORSA
.......Chama Tri-State 2014 - Statistics................Your Editor
.......Chama Tri-State 2014 - Who Did What............Heula Pittman
COVER: Three Corvairs at the Branding Iron Motel, Chama, New Mexico

     President:    David Huntoon   505-281-9616        corvair66 @
     Vice-Pres:    Tarmo Sutt      505-690-2046            tarmo @
     Secretary: Anne Mae Gold      505-620-7434        beisbol30 @
     Treasurer:   Robert Gold      505-268-6878        beisbol30 @
   Car Council:     Mike Stickler  505-856-6993         sticorsa @
   Merchandise:   Vickie Hall      505-865-5574 patandvickiehall @
    Membership:    Larry Yoffee    505-321-5909         corsa180 @
      Sunshine:    Heula Pittman   505-275-2195            heula @
    Newsletter:      Jim Pittman   505-275-2195             jimp @
Past President:      Ray Trujillo  505-839-7436              ray @
Past President:      Pat Hall      505-620-5574 patandvickiehall @
Past President:     John Wiker     505-899-3076         wikerj63 @

         CORSA's home page:
         CNM's newsletters:
      Steve Gongora's page:
    Larry Yoffee home page:



The day before we were to leave I called up John Wiker to see if he had found a
caravan buddy. He hadn't, so we said we'd tag along. He told us he'd stop for
gas in Pojoaque, and only drive at 65. We followed his distinctive 1966 yellow
Monza all the way and John made every turn and I did not have to think twice
about any tricky navigation, not even in Espanola where I always get lost. We
were nearly there when John abruptly turned left into a motel parking lot. What?
I turned in too, to see what was up. Are you staying here? I yelled. No, I'm
lost! John said. How can you be lost, I said, You drove all the way here
perfectly. Is this our hotel? he said. No, the Branding Iron is just up the road
a half mile. We drove on and there it was.

We checked in and soon saw Brand-Xs and Corvairs come dribbling in to the motel.
We found the room where Registration and Hospitality would be set up. Pretty
soon the early arrivers were hard at work, unloading their cars and finding out
where everything was and where everything should go.

        Tarmo Sutt showed up in the afternoon with the 1966 red Corsa
convertible on a trailer and the 1965 turquoise Corsa coupe under its own power.
Larry and Tarmo discussed the best place for the car show and Chuck Riblett's
newly arrived 1964 Monza coupe gave me a perfect three-color, three-Corvair
cover photo.

 Getting gas at a Chevron in Pojoaque.
 Tarmo Sutt arrives with Santa Fe tow crew.
 John and Anne put up the club's banner.
 Rugged scenery south of Abiquiu.
 Stuffing the Registration Bags.
 Selling T-Shirts and Extra Pins
 Starting Registration.
 Visiting in the Hospitality Room.
 Heula painted the quilt panels and Kay, Anne Mae and Vickie sewed them.
 John and Jim pose with the quilt.
 Another quilt by Kay depecting several CORSA events.



In August of 2013 I officially received my first car, a 1962 blue Corvair Monza,
naming it "007" for its spy-like qualities that many modern cars often lack and
many modern generations fail to recognize. I have enjoyed sharing knowledge I've
learned from other members of the Corvair club and watching faces become filled
with astonishment. As May 30th approached I looked forward to the Tri-State
meet, expecting to hear stories of others on their expeditions to restoration.

The trip to Chama was 007's maiden voyage on a journey longer than 30 miles. It
ran smoothly up, down, and around every hill and winding road that led up to
Chama. While the desert of New Mexico is often underappreciated due to its
abundance of dirt and tumbleweeds, driving with windows that hide no properties
of the scenery, in the midst of the comforting rumble of an engine that's still
kicking after 52 years, to a beautiful refuge such as Chama gives it a whole new

During the stay in Chama, locals warmly welcomed Corvair enthusiasts as they met
to share the restorations they've completed through lots of hard work and
dedication. Prior to and after the day of the Tri-State meet and banquet, the
quaint shops and restaurants provided a friendly atmosphere that spread
knowledge on the unique aspects of New Mexico. At the car show, Corvairs from
different years, with different modifications, and each with its own distinct
story brought together the collective knowledge and appreciation of car
enthusiasts. People living in Chama, along with the many visitors, walked around
acknowledging the incredible achievements made by every Corvair owner who
restored their car to its grandeur in appearance and function, some even
surpassing its former glory with customization. Excitement danced in the eyes of
all onlookers as they saw the importance in things of the past being carried
into the present and future. 

While 007 has had its ups and downs, it remains dependable, as do all Corvairs,
because of the people who carry their extensive knowledge on Corvairs with them
and offer to share it with anyone willing to listen. Each Corvair has a story
that has accumulated over a span of 45-54 years, and each Corvair owner has a
story of determination and dedication that has ended in success because they
carry a part of history with them. When they share that history, they emphasize
the importance of the past in leading up to future and demonstrate that just
because something is old does not mean it has lost its worth, but instead has
gained a new title of grandiosity by surviving the test of time.



A half dozen signed up to take a short trip to the top of Cumbres Pass, to meet
the train as it escaped Colorado and descended into New Mexico's Chama valley.
However, during the morning show and shine, the Chamber of Commerce Pres came by
and invited us to do a photo op with one of the engines. We decided we could
work it in, if it would be quick. "No sweat" he said. "We'll have the engine
spotted so you can just park around it and take some shots."

We lined up for the pass trip and a half dozen Corvairs became a dozen and a
half. Driving into the rail yard and depot, we found Engine 489 smiling and
ready. In  a maneuver that would have made Robert E. Lee proud, we all wheeled
into place in front of Engine 489. Alas, 489 suddenly backed up. It seems
cinders had fallen on the ties and started a fire. A couple of buckets of water
later and Engine 489 moved back into position and the cameras came out.

So while many went back to the hotel for a nappy-poo, the hardy half-dozen
headed north on Hiway 17 for our rendezvous with the train. A beautiful 20
minute drive found us at the pass, elevation 10,015, or 10,022 [I guess
depending on whether it is measured at your feet or your head]. The train
arrived 10 minutes later for many good shots while  the tender took on water.
Passengers were happy to see the Corvairs, which, after all, are only half as
old as the steam engines.

A few stops on the way back to Chama yielded more photo ops, more great scenery,
and the anticipation of a good meal.



We thought we were going to see how sheep are shorn. We had no idea that,
instead, we would see how the already shorn wool is spun into yarn (on a real
spinning wheel) and that some of our people would actually be able to try their
hands at the wheel. The capable and very talented artisans at Tierra Wools were
gracious and showed us not only how the wool is spun into yarn, but the
intricacies of dying the yarn with all natural dyes into the most glorious
colors and the techniques of weaving the yarn into incredibly designed rugs. It
was a truly rewarding insight into a process that is still "hands-on" from start
to finish.

Thanks to the Tierra Wools staff for making this such an enjoyable and colorful



This is the first time I was excited to ride in the car to go to Tri-state and I
loved it! (Tri-state itself was the most fun though.)

I loved the fan belt toss with Pat. I liked a lot of the cars. They had
beautiful colors and there were new and old models which is a good mix.

Tierra Wools was really cool especially the felted animals. I loved when a lot
of people got to volunteer for spinning on the big wheel which was fun.

The banquet food was wonderful and being a member of the Tijuana Club is always
fun. Seeing my grandpa (John Drage) getting an award was awesome to watch.

That is what I thought of Tri-state in Chama, NM.

Sincerely, Neyla



Kudos to Elisa & Larry who worked for many months to prepare for a truly Super
Tri-State! They made more than one trip to Chama to see facilities and talk to
people face-to-face. They found an excellent caterer who provided a delicious
meal. They organized meetings with volunteer chairpersons and somehow kept track
of a host of details that had to be done. Larry arranged for beautiful T-shirt
designs and a magnificent Chama poster. Elisa greeted our visitors, handed out
the T-shirts and sold club merchandise. And certainly not least, Larry & Elisa
brought one of the jewels of the car show in the person of the maroon 1965 Corsa
turbo 180!



The Wilverts brought tons of drinks and snacks and set them all out by the time
our first guests arrived. They added more as needed. They never let the drinks
get warm or the coffee get cold. Everyone enjoyed our special CNM food! Jim made
one run to the grocery store for ice but Hurley got all the rest. Thanks to
Brenda and Hurley for amazing energy and stamina!



The winner of the 2014 Tri-State Boydston Award (also known as the "St Francis
of Corvair Award") was our John Wiker of Corvairs of New Mexico. And having
known John for several years now, I can say that the Awards Committee was
correct in choosing him for this honor. John has been active in the club for
some 13 years and has always been willing to participate and lend a hand to
whomever and whatever project he could assist with. He served as CNM
vice-president for two years and as CNM president for two years. He is a
faithful representative of CNM at car shows; I don't know if he has EVER missed
one! He is a "Faithful Picker-Upper" of trash on our mile of Old Route 66. He
rarely misses a membership or Board meeting.

And if Ruth Boydston had been able to attend this year, I'm sure she would have
been a part of Jim's presentation of the award to John. Ruth and her daughter
Sherry set out to drive to Chama on Saturday morning and before they were out of
Albuquerque they were involved in an accident! A large truck rear-ended them
while they were stopped at an intersection and totaled their vehicle. It was not
a Corvair but Sherry's daily driver Brand-X. Sherry says she strongly laments
losing her car. It provided faithful service with not one single major repair
for 11 years and 107k miles. Thankfully, neither of them was seriously hurt.

As they set out to drive to Chama Ruth and Sherry were transporting a lovely
bouquet of flowers that was to be presented to me during the banquet. The
flowers were a thank-you gift to me for the "arts and crafts" I did for the
registration bags and for the painting of the Corvairs on the raffle quilt. The
accident ruined the bouquet. When she learned of this, Ruth's daughter Tina
prepared a replacement bouquet of flowers and delivered them to me at home on
Monday after the Tri-State. Many thanks to my CNM family for this thoughtful



The famous Tijuana Club of Trii-State met amid boistrous celebration and
inducted new members: Tami Mohr of Santa Fe and Ed Halpin, President of the
Pikes Peak Corvair Club and a busy member of two other clubs!



Kudos to Russ who again provided an excellent performance in keeping our banquet
running smoothly and under control. 



Tim wrapped up the banquet and the 2014 Tri-State by inviting all of us to the
2015 Tri-State in Durango, Colorado, hosted by Rocky Mountain CORSA. Many of us
enjoyed the 1990 Tri-State in Durango and look forward to returning!


CAR  NAME       NAME    SPOUSE/OTHER     CITY             ST PHONE        CLUB
=== =========== ======= ================ ================ == ============ ====
 1 Art          Gold        -            Albuquerque      NM 505-620-7434 CNM
           1964 NM  168 Monza     Coupe   110
 2 Robert       Gold        Anne Mae     Albuquerque      NM 505-268-6878 CNM
                1965 NM  168 Monza     Conv    140
 3 Larry        Blair       Kathy        Albuquerque      NM 505-249-1035 CNM
            1964 NM  168 Spyder    Conv    140
 4 John         Wiker       Anne         Albuquerque      NM 505-239-3311 CNM
               1966 NM  168 Monza     Coupe   110
 5 Kay          Sutt        Tarmo        Santa Fe         NM 505-690-2046 CNM
                   1965 NM  110 Corsa     Coupe   140
 6 Tarmo        Sutt        Kay          Santa Fe         NM 505-690-2046 CNM
                   1966 NM  110 Corsa     Conv    180
 7 John         Drage       Sandra       Loveland         CO 720-375-2675 RMC
              1962 CO ???? Corvair   Conv    102
 8 William      Pearce      Trezjna      Eckert           CO 970-835-5260 PPCC
                  1961 CO  301 Lakewood SW       102
 9 Loren        Capron      Elizabeth    Oklahoma City    OK 405-409-9816 INCA
              1964 OK  645 Monza     Conv    140
10 Richard      Law         Colleen      Oklahoma City    OK 231-392-4103 INCA
         1961 OK  670 Lakewood 700       80
11 Colleen      Law         Richard      Oklahoma City    OK 231-392-4103 INCA
         1966 OK  670 Corsa     Conv    140
12 Garrie       Fox         Patricia     Colorado Springs CO 719-338-5051 PPCC
              1965 CO  250 Corsa     Coupe   300
13 Larry        Yoffee      Elisa        Albuquerque      NM 505-321-5909 CNM
               1965 NM  170 Corsa     Coupe   180
14 Russ         McDuffie    Nancy        Albuquerque      NM 505-400-5526 CNM
                 1963 NM  168 Monza     Conv    102
15 Chloe        Mullins     -            Rio Rancho       NM 505-949-8088 CNM
        1962 NM  168 Monza     Coupe    95
16 Jim          Steinborn   Bill Rogers  Fort Collins     CO 970-227-5699 RMC
           1966 CO  355 Monza     Coupe   110
17 Pat          Hall        Vickie       Los Lunas        NM 505-620-5574 CNM
           1966 NM  190 Monza     Coupe   140
18 Lube         Lubert      -            Albuquerque      NM 505-256-9331 CNM
          NONE @ NONE                      1963 NM  170 Monza     Sedan    80
19 Jan          Mohr        Jens         Oakley           KS 785-953-1203 MCCA
                1964 KS  490 Spyder    Coupe   150
20 Ed           Halpin      Cheryl       Castle Rock      CO 303-619-0080 PPCC
             1967 CO  298 Monza     Sedan   110
21 Curtis       Shimp       -            Silver City      NM 575-534-9576 CNM
                    1966 NM  410 Corsa     Coupe   140
22 Steve        Goodman     -            Denver           CO 303-278-4889 PPCC
         1968 CO  310 Monza     Coupe   110
23 Jim          Reich       Judy         Longmont         CO 303-257-3733 RMC
                1961 CO  350 Lakewood Shorty   110
24 Lee          Olsen       -            Burdett          KS 620-285-9134 MCCA
                1965 KS  450 Corsa     Conv    140
25 Larry        Yoder       Lynn         Arvada           CO 303-420-1279 RMC
               1966 CO  285 Corsa     Coupe   180
26 Jean         Olwine      -            Grand Junction   CO 970-243-6160 RMC
                  1963 CO  684 Monza     Coupe   102
27 Dave         Olwind      Brenna,Neyla Fort Collins     CO 970-225-6656 RMC 
                    1963 CO  369 Spyder    Conv    150
28 Ned          Madsen      Kathy        Derby            KS 000-000-0000 MCCA
                  1965 KS  600 Monza     Coupe    95
29 John         Hesco       Marilyn      Greybull         WY 307-899-3059 PPCC
               1966 WY  873 Monza     Coupe   140
30 John         Dinsdale    Debbie       Aurora           CO 303-341-2327 RMC 
            1966 CO  362 Monza     Sedan   110
31 Steve        Gongora     Rita         Albuquerque      NM 505-220-7401 CNM 
   1962 NM  168 Rampside FC       ???
32 Chuck        Riblett     Carolyn      Loveland         CO 970-635-4769 RMC
             1964 CO  450 Monza     Coupe   102
33 Tim          Shortle     Lilian       Durango          CO 970-903-2127 RMC
         1964 CO  120 Corvan FC 110
34 Jon          Anderson    Debbie       Colorado Springs CO 719-491-1097 PPCC
         1965 CO  294 "500"     Coupe   140
35 Keith        Hammett     -            Willard          MO 417-844-8627 HaCoa
              1965 MO 1006 Monza     Conv    110
36 Kelly        Westerfield Mary Lynn    Colorado Springs CO 719-598-1735 PPCC
           1964 CO  294 Monza     Sedan   110
 0 Mark         Domzalski   Elizabeth    Placitas         NM 505-250-1715 CNM

 0 David        Feasel      Mary Ellen   Peyton           CO 719-237-6131 PPCC

 0 Bob          Ferenc      -            Andover          KS 316-641-3740 MCCA

 0 Alan         Gold        -            Albuquerque      NM 505-268-6878 CNM

 0 Kelina       Halpin      -            Castle Rock      CO 000-000-0000 PPCC

 0 Pete         Hippauf     Pam          Santa Fe         NM 000-000-0000 Guest
          NONE @ NONE
 0 David        Huntoon     -            Cedar Crest      NM 505-363-0773 CNM

 0 Gordon       Johnson     Barbara      Corrales         NM 505-898-7688 CNM

 0 Steve        Johnson     Janet Wright Belen            NM 505-917-3713 CNM

 0 Terry        Kalp        -            Valley Center    KS 316-882-3056 MCCA

 0 Randy        Karl        Sara         Colorado Springs CO 719-660-8309 PPCC

 0 Jim          Pittman     Heula        Albuquerque      NM 505-275-2195 CNM

 0 Bill         Reider      Lee          Albuquerque      NM 505-299-4597 CNM

 0 LeRoy        Rogers      Emma         Albuquerque      NM 505-294-0623 CNM

 0 Eric         Schakel     Linae        Sedalia          CO 303-660-0914 RMC

 0 Larry        Schubert    Sheryl       Sedalia          CO 303-660-6037 RMC

 0 Ken          Sturm       Tami Moore   Santa Fe         NM 505-983-1112 Guest

 0 Joan         Wilshire    -            Loveland         CO 970-278-0482 RMC
          NONE @ NONE
 0 Laura        Wilshire    -            Erie             CO 303-828-4203 RMC

 0 Hurley       Wilvert     Brenda       Sandia Park      NM 505-281-1732 CNM



NUMBER OF PEOPLE **REGISTERED** BY PRIMARY CLUB  ** (Number of people does not
===============================================      count guests or people who
 CNM   =  38 (Attendance Trophy)                     just stopped by to visit.)
 RMC   =  24
PPCC   =  18
MCCA   =   8
HACOA  =   1
INCA   =   4
Guests =   4 (or more)     TOTAL = 97 (or more?)

 BY YEAR   |  BY BODY TYPE       |  BY STATE        |  BY CLUB    |
 ========= |  ================== |  =============== |  ========== |
 1961  = 3 |          Coupe = 17 |    COLORADO = 15 |    CNM = 13 |
 1962  = 3 |    Convertible = 10 |  NEW MEXICO = 13 |    RMC =  9 |
 1963  = 4 |          Sedan =  4 |      KANSAS =  3 |   PPCC =  7 |
 1964  = 7 |  Station Wagon =  3 |    OKLAHOMA =  3 |   INCA =  3 |
 1965  = 8 |          F.C.  =  2 |    MISSOURI =  1 |   MCCA =  3 |
 1966  = 9 |                     |     WYOMING =  1 |  HACOA =  1 |
 1967  = 1 |                     |                  |             |
 1968  = 1 |                     |                  |             | TOTAL = 36
========== |  ================== |  =============== |  ========== | ==========

1. Best Early ............ Loren Capron ............ INCA .... 1964 Monza Conv
2. Best Late ............. Elisa & Larry Yoffee ..... CNM ..... 1965 Corsa Coupe
3. Best FC ............... Steve & Rita Gongora .... CNM ..... 1962 Rampside
4. Best Custom. .......... Jim Reich ............... RMC ..... 1961 Lakewood
5. Best Stock ............ John & Sandra Drage ..... RMC ..... 1962 Monza Conv
6. Best of Show .......... Steve & Rita Gongora .... CNM ..... 1962 Rampside
7. Best CNM Member Car ... Curtis Shimp ............ CNM ..... 1966 Corsa Coupe

Richard Law of Oklahoma City was driving a 1966 Corsa and towing a 1961 Lakewood
 700. In Santa Fe the Corsa had a failure of the transaxle and would not move in
 any gear. The Lakewood was removed from the trailer so the Corsa could be towed
 in to Chama.

Pat Hall          Oil light came on.
Keith Hammett     Got bad gas, ignition knock. Later, vapor lock immoblized car.
Lube Lubert       Vibration at 65-70 MPH.
Lee Olsen         Had to buy new A/C condenser.
Eric Schakel      Only 42 payments to go. Wife makes me slow down.
Kelly Westerfield Needed new battery.
John Wiker        Passed truck, truck threw rock, broke new windshield.

Larry Blair     1964 Spyder convertible with 140-HP, gas heater, daily driver.
Loren Capron    Lots of chrome, engine, wheels.
John Drage      Second owner, original (1962) engine.
Garrie Fox      V-8 Crown conversion.
Art Gold        Hand controls, smooth running!
Steve Gongora   1962 Rampside - red, white stripe, almost perfect!
Steve Goodman   Sunroof
Ed Halpin       Original PPCC early 1980s car -- John Koll rescue car.
Keith Hammett   First Corvair I ever saw, at age 14! Later found and bought it.
John Hesco      Factory head rests.
Richard Law     Corsa with original A/C. Lakewood original.
Ned Madsen      1965 Corvair is a daily driver.
Jan Mohr        1964 Corvair is a daily driver.
Lee Olsen       Power top, A/C
Dave Olwine     It's a Spyder.
William Pearce  Uncle Russ gave it to us to haul off. Fixed it up, drive it!
Jim Reich       Lakewood "Shorty" with 82" w.b. and all 1964 suspension.
Chuck Riblett   Air dam, 15" wheels, lowered.
Curtis Shimp    1966 Corsa has 3.1 litre engine rebuild.
Tim Shortle     1964 Corvan has factory camper kit.
Jim Steinborn   1966 Monza has original paint (90 percent plus!)
Tarmo Sutt      1966 Corsa turbo is 12-year restoration (almost perfect)
John Wiker      Originally a Santa fe motors car.
Larry Yoffee    Torque Talent wheels, Recaro seats, turbo, oil cooler.
John Dinsdale   EVERYTHING!


Enchanted Corvairs Newsletter is published monthly by Corvairs of New Mexico,
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details. Transportation: 1965 Corvair Monza, 1990 Honda Civic, 1996 Mazda Miata,
2013 Honda Civic. When I'm 64, I'll get by with a little help from my friends.