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Newsletters from the 510 Club of B.C. 1991-2011

Posted: 10 Feb 2019 09:37
by bertvorgon
Maybe I’m a bit too nostalgic, having a hard time letting the past go, but, yesterday, I went from ten in the morning till ten at night, starting to tackle a project that I have thought of doing for a LONG time.

When I retired from work last May, I dragged 14 large plastic tubs home, filled with Datsun spare parts, log books, race stuff, bits and pieces of 32 years worth of my life stored there, and, running my race program. In the Bert Vorgon Archives is my collection of the DATSUN 510 CLUB of B.C. newsletters, 1991 to 2011 (plus all the wonderful calendars).

It took me the 12 hours yesterday to sort them out chronologically, plus, I thumbed through each one to see if any of my writing was there, make note, and then will check later to see if I have a digital copy. My plan is to scan and/or retype to digital, for my own record. I was also looking for that “science fiction” story I wrote, which turned out to be in 1994.

In going through these, in that 12 hours, I was gob smacked by the fact that they are an incredible repository of knowledge, technical stuff, and incredible pictures from a time gone by here with our 510’s and the 510 Club of B.C.. We were lucky to have a gene pool of truly dedicated, hard core enthusiast’s, lending their expertise in so many ways. Many, like me, have truly lived with 510’s since they were first sold; I bought my first wagon in 1969 and never looked back.

The work and contribution it took to put this newsletter together came from a many and varied source, and, like any newsletter, it had its ups and downs. But no matter what, each and every one, in one way or another truly captured our 510 “scene” here…WOW…in looking back now. The day disappeared on me!

Another part of this project is to see what editions are missing, so I have compiled a complete list of what I have, and as you may see, there is some missing. I was so caught up in my racing I did not join the club until a bit later, so missed the first 5 editions. The idea maybe could be to see if any of you other long time members have the missing editions, to the point that they stopped. Rob France and I have discussed, trying to get a complete set for the record…..and then…. WHAT?
That is what I am both asking myself and maybe some input from all of you out there in 510 Land, what would you like to see? Just snippets scanned in, the whole shebang, or, they just pass off into history and sit in a box in our collective basements and garages.

As you can see by my sheets, there was some inconsistency with labeling the covers, confusion with some edition numbers and months, so what you see is EXACTLY what is on the front covers. I have for sure put them in chronological order, which is another reason it took me so long, as I had to really LOOK inside to double check which month.

I do remember discussions, once Spencer created the 510 REALM online, in 2003, that the internet was going to become the source for information and not a news letter. But, it did hang in there for many years, serving our local community. Even I contributed my stories more and more online, covering our adventures and drives. These later editions are in full colour and the reproduction is excellent. A few of our members put together some incredible calendars. I do know we all like pictures on this site and there sure are some great photos over the years, of member’s cars and events.

So, I am posting up a snippet of the newsletters, some blasts from the past and other fun stuff, enjoy. Give me your thoughts and ideas; I seem to have some time on my hands on these cold snowy days.

Where it is marked “GRD” beside an edition that is my note to self of one of my stories I will have to check to see if it exists in my digital media. When the newsletter started, I was using an IBM 286 computer and saving to the old 5.25” floppy disc. It was there that stuff got lost over time if I did not stay on top of carrying forward, which is the case for my early stories, and/or, the discs did not come back from an editor over time.. Someone has a really cool picture of a 510 at full lock going sideways into Turn 1 at Knox Hillclimb, love to see that back in MY collection.

I’m also testing the waters to see if anyone would like this collection, as at some point down the road, I’m just not going to have the space to store this stuff, you should see my basement right now!

I can also see some of the stories I know got printed, are in some of the missing issues, as I do have the digital copy.
Enjoy

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Posted: 10 Feb 2019 09:39
by bertvorgon
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Posted: 10 Feb 2019 09:42
by bertvorgon
Here is what they look like

Re: Newsletters from the 510 Club of B.C. 1991-2011

Posted: 10 Feb 2019 09:46
by bertvorgon
I think Richard Norrish did this cover, the Datsun emblem is actually made up of a thousand pictures from our local group

Re: Newsletters from the 510 Club of B.C. 1991-2011

Posted: 10 Feb 2019 09:47
by bertvorgon
More from the years.

Notice Collin's distributor cap...

Re: Newsletters from the 510 Club of B.C. 1991-2011

Posted: 10 Feb 2019 09:52
by bertvorgon
Here is Gary and Jason Koehn's fleet. Gary's car will be the focal point of my "science fiction" story, soon to be posted.

Re: Newsletters from the 510 Club of B.C. 1991-2011

Posted: 10 Feb 2019 10:03
by bertvorgon
Some fun stuff.

Don Nimi's ad for when he sold his first race car.

Interesting page of ad's showing Pat Robert's selling Tracey's road race 510, that is now in the possession of Rob France and may see street duty one day.

Also Georges Kreuzkamp selling his 510 race car, which lives to this day. Georges, Tracey's and my car were all built at the same time

Re: Newsletters from the 510 Club of B.C. 1991-2011

Posted: 10 Feb 2019 10:09
by bertvorgon
That's it for now, hope you enjoyed and maybe a project to ....be continued.

Re: Newsletters from the 510 Club of B.C. 1991-2011

Posted: 10 Feb 2019 11:17
by bertvorgon
While I think of it, the newsletters were filled with wonderful cartoons, some of which were by our very own local artist, Craig Ainscough, who also graced the pages of Road & Track magazine.

He captured the essence of our club in some classic one, the poor Ferrari who got it's doors blown off at Mission by our 510's, and,
the ongoing HP wars.

Dave Christie also had his big oops at Knox, where he sent us this cartoon.

I love colouring so I tuned a few up....

Re: Newsletters from the 510 Club of B.C. 1991-2011

Posted: 11 Feb 2019 16:44
by JasonLee
Wow Keith, that is an amazing reference library and collection of historic archives. And what a ton of work cataloguing it all. The classified ads are great. And what great prices!

Re: Newsletters from the 510 Club of B.C. 1991-2011

Posted: 13 Feb 2019 14:30
by bertvorgon
Speaking of ads, I opened up my "steamer" trunk with my collection of books and comics and magazines. I have quite a stack of LIFE magazines from the 50's and 60's, great car ads in there.

I found another two binders of early newsletters so will have to go back through the stacks and see if I can fill in some of the missing ones, some confusion on my part as to what Bob Davey gave me and my own collection of issues.