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

General Discussion about the 510 Club of BC
User avatar
bertvorgon
Supporter
Posts: 10750
Joined: 04 Aug 2003 20:45
Location: White Rock, B.C. Canada

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

Post by bertvorgon » 10 Feb 2019 09:37

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
"Racing makes heroin addiction look like a vague wish for something salty" - Peter Egan

Keith Law
1973 2Door Slalom/hill climb/road race / canyon carver /Giant Killer 510
1968 Vintage 3HP Mini Bike
1971 Vintage 13' BOLER trailer

User avatar
bertvorgon
Supporter
Posts: 10750
Joined: 04 Aug 2003 20:45
Location: White Rock, B.C. Canada

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

Post by bertvorgon » 10 Feb 2019 09:39

List #1
Attachments
1991-1995_000012 (Large).jpg
1991-1995_000012 (Large).jpg (291.34 KiB) Viewed 877 times
"Racing makes heroin addiction look like a vague wish for something salty" - Peter Egan

Keith Law
1973 2Door Slalom/hill climb/road race / canyon carver /Giant Killer 510
1968 Vintage 3HP Mini Bike
1971 Vintage 13' BOLER trailer

User avatar
bertvorgon
Supporter
Posts: 10750
Joined: 04 Aug 2003 20:45
Location: White Rock, B.C. Canada

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

Post by bertvorgon » 10 Feb 2019 09:39

List #2
Attachments
1996-1999_000022 (Large).jpg
1996-1999_000022 (Large).jpg (248.18 KiB) Viewed 877 times
"Racing makes heroin addiction look like a vague wish for something salty" - Peter Egan

Keith Law
1973 2Door Slalom/hill climb/road race / canyon carver /Giant Killer 510
1968 Vintage 3HP Mini Bike
1971 Vintage 13' BOLER trailer

User avatar
bertvorgon
Supporter
Posts: 10750
Joined: 04 Aug 2003 20:45
Location: White Rock, B.C. Canada

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

Post by bertvorgon » 10 Feb 2019 09:40

List #3
Attachments
2000-2004_000014 (Large).jpg
2000-2004_000014 (Large).jpg (292.79 KiB) Viewed 877 times
"Racing makes heroin addiction look like a vague wish for something salty" - Peter Egan

Keith Law
1973 2Door Slalom/hill climb/road race / canyon carver /Giant Killer 510
1968 Vintage 3HP Mini Bike
1971 Vintage 13' BOLER trailer

User avatar
bertvorgon
Supporter
Posts: 10750
Joined: 04 Aug 2003 20:45
Location: White Rock, B.C. Canada

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

Post by bertvorgon » 10 Feb 2019 09:40

List #4
Attachments
2005-2008_000015 (Large).jpg
2005-2008_000015 (Large).jpg (281.45 KiB) Viewed 877 times
"Racing makes heroin addiction look like a vague wish for something salty" - Peter Egan

Keith Law
1973 2Door Slalom/hill climb/road race / canyon carver /Giant Killer 510
1968 Vintage 3HP Mini Bike
1971 Vintage 13' BOLER trailer

User avatar
bertvorgon
Supporter
Posts: 10750
Joined: 04 Aug 2003 20:45
Location: White Rock, B.C. Canada

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

Post by bertvorgon » 10 Feb 2019 09:41

List #5
Attachments
2009-2011_000016 (Large).jpg
2009-2011_000016 (Large).jpg (249.21 KiB) Viewed 878 times
"Racing makes heroin addiction look like a vague wish for something salty" - Peter Egan

Keith Law
1973 2Door Slalom/hill climb/road race / canyon carver /Giant Killer 510
1968 Vintage 3HP Mini Bike
1971 Vintage 13' BOLER trailer

User avatar
bertvorgon
Supporter
Posts: 10750
Joined: 04 Aug 2003 20:45
Location: White Rock, B.C. Canada

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

Post by bertvorgon » 10 Feb 2019 09:42

Here is what they look like
Attachments
IMGP4278 (Large).jpeg
IMGP4278 (Large).jpeg (411.79 KiB) Viewed 879 times
IMGP4277 (Large).jpeg
IMGP4277 (Large).jpeg (412.27 KiB) Viewed 879 times
IMGP4276 (Large).jpeg
IMGP4276 (Large).jpeg (406.26 KiB) Viewed 879 times
IMGP4275 (Large).jpeg
IMGP4275 (Large).jpeg (396.38 KiB) Viewed 879 times
IMGP4274 (Large).jpeg
IMGP4274 (Large).jpeg (460.89 KiB) Viewed 879 times
IMGP4273 (Large).jpeg
IMGP4273 (Large).jpeg (379.26 KiB) Viewed 879 times
IMGP4272 (Large).jpeg
IMGP4272 (Large).jpeg (368.95 KiB) Viewed 879 times
IMGP4271 (Large).jpeg
IMGP4271 (Large).jpeg (432.63 KiB) Viewed 879 times
IMGP4269 (Large).jpeg
IMGP4269 (Large).jpeg (467.69 KiB) Viewed 879 times
"Racing makes heroin addiction look like a vague wish for something salty" - Peter Egan

Keith Law
1973 2Door Slalom/hill climb/road race / canyon carver /Giant Killer 510
1968 Vintage 3HP Mini Bike
1971 Vintage 13' BOLER trailer

User avatar
bertvorgon
Supporter
Posts: 10750
Joined: 04 Aug 2003 20:45
Location: White Rock, B.C. Canada

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

Post by bertvorgon » 10 Feb 2019 09:46

I think Richard Norrish did this cover, the Datsun emblem is actually made up of a thousand pictures from our local group
Attachments
IMGP4294 (Large).jpeg
IMGP4294 (Large).jpeg (416.45 KiB) Viewed 878 times
IMGP4293 (Large).jpeg
IMGP4293 (Large).jpeg (584.34 KiB) Viewed 878 times
"Racing makes heroin addiction look like a vague wish for something salty" - Peter Egan

Keith Law
1973 2Door Slalom/hill climb/road race / canyon carver /Giant Killer 510
1968 Vintage 3HP Mini Bike
1971 Vintage 13' BOLER trailer

User avatar
bertvorgon
Supporter
Posts: 10750
Joined: 04 Aug 2003 20:45
Location: White Rock, B.C. Canada

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

Post by bertvorgon » 10 Feb 2019 09:47

More from the years.

Notice Collin's distributor cap...
Attachments
Tracey_000006 (Large).jpg
Tracey_000006 (Large).jpg (587.1 KiB) Viewed 878 times
Jamie_000009 (Large).jpg
Jamie_000009 (Large).jpg (532.35 KiB) Viewed 878 times
Collin_000005 (Large).jpg
Collin_000005 (Large).jpg (539.73 KiB) Viewed 878 times
Bob_000008 (Large).jpg
Bob_000008 (Large).jpg (449.05 KiB) Viewed 878 times
"Racing makes heroin addiction look like a vague wish for something salty" - Peter Egan

Keith Law
1973 2Door Slalom/hill climb/road race / canyon carver /Giant Killer 510
1968 Vintage 3HP Mini Bike
1971 Vintage 13' BOLER trailer

User avatar
bertvorgon
Supporter
Posts: 10750
Joined: 04 Aug 2003 20:45
Location: White Rock, B.C. Canada

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

Post by bertvorgon » 10 Feb 2019 09:52

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.
Attachments
Gary and Jason_000010 (Large) (Large).jpg
Gary and Jason_000010 (Large) (Large).jpg (743.5 KiB) Viewed 877 times
"Racing makes heroin addiction look like a vague wish for something salty" - Peter Egan

Keith Law
1973 2Door Slalom/hill climb/road race / canyon carver /Giant Killer 510
1968 Vintage 3HP Mini Bike
1971 Vintage 13' BOLER trailer

User avatar
bertvorgon
Supporter
Posts: 10750
Joined: 04 Aug 2003 20:45
Location: White Rock, B.C. Canada

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

Post by bertvorgon » 10 Feb 2019 10:03

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
Attachments
classifieds_000021 (Large).jpg
classifieds_000021 (Large).jpg (517.42 KiB) Viewed 872 times
racer_000018 (Large).jpg
racer_000018 (Large).jpg (352.75 KiB) Viewed 872 times
don nimi_000019 (Large).jpg
don nimi_000019 (Large).jpg (429.27 KiB) Viewed 872 times
"Racing makes heroin addiction look like a vague wish for something salty" - Peter Egan

Keith Law
1973 2Door Slalom/hill climb/road race / canyon carver /Giant Killer 510
1968 Vintage 3HP Mini Bike
1971 Vintage 13' BOLER trailer

User avatar
bertvorgon
Supporter
Posts: 10750
Joined: 04 Aug 2003 20:45
Location: White Rock, B.C. Canada

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

Post by bertvorgon » 10 Feb 2019 10:09

That's it for now, hope you enjoyed and maybe a project to ....be continued.
"Racing makes heroin addiction look like a vague wish for something salty" - Peter Egan

Keith Law
1973 2Door Slalom/hill climb/road race / canyon carver /Giant Killer 510
1968 Vintage 3HP Mini Bike
1971 Vintage 13' BOLER trailer

User avatar
bertvorgon
Supporter
Posts: 10750
Joined: 04 Aug 2003 20:45
Location: White Rock, B.C. Canada

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

Post by bertvorgon » 10 Feb 2019 11:17

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....
Attachments
scan0021 (3) (Large).jpg
scan0021 (3) (Large).jpg (150.14 KiB) Viewed 861 times
mission ferrari modified.jpg
mission ferrari modified.jpg (445.25 KiB) Viewed 861 times
bomber engine510.jpg
bomber engine510.jpg (206.03 KiB) Viewed 861 times
"Racing makes heroin addiction look like a vague wish for something salty" - Peter Egan

Keith Law
1973 2Door Slalom/hill climb/road race / canyon carver /Giant Killer 510
1968 Vintage 3HP Mini Bike
1971 Vintage 13' BOLER trailer

User avatar
JasonLee
Supporter
Posts: 44
Joined: 13 Aug 2018 19:54
Location: Maple Ridge, BC

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

Post by JasonLee » 11 Feb 2019 16:44

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!
Jason

User avatar
bertvorgon
Supporter
Posts: 10750
Joined: 04 Aug 2003 20:45
Location: White Rock, B.C. Canada

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

Post by bertvorgon » 13 Feb 2019 14:30

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.
"Racing makes heroin addiction look like a vague wish for something salty" - Peter Egan

Keith Law
1973 2Door Slalom/hill climb/road race / canyon carver /Giant Killer 510
1968 Vintage 3HP Mini Bike
1971 Vintage 13' BOLER trailer

Post Reply