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The Cosworth Vega Owners Association
The Cosworth Vega Owners Association (CVOA) was founded by a "knowledgeable enthusiast" from California, the late Bob Maloy, in 1979. He was assisted by Robert Bowen of California, Bill Hutton of Tennessee, and Clark Kirby of Texas, each of whom had begun compiling a list of "registered" Cosworths and their owners.
Dedicated to the preservation, maintenance and improvement of the 1975/1976 Cosworth Vega automobile, the CVOA is the world's only organization that continues to research the history and technology of these rare and unique automobiles. Also providing logistical and technical support, the Club boasts over 350 members. Membership is open to all enthusiasts, and ownership of a Cosworth Vega is not required.
Presently organized into four regions, each with a Director, the CVOA encourages local participation. The volunteer Regional Directors publish newsletters, host Regional Meetings, and occasionally undertake their own parts, educational and hands-on programs.
The quarterly Cosworth Vega Magazine is the official publication of the CVOA. It is a prime source of information for anyone interested in developing the full potential of their Cosworth Vega. It regularly contains, in addition to Tech Bulletins, technical articles, historical articles, a listing of Technical Advisors, a large classified ads section, CVOA and Member Vendor ads, a Vendor listing, and the traditional columns from the President and the Editor, not to mention a wealth of other information and material.
A Merchandise Program is another aspect of the CVOA. Through it the CVOA supplies numerous maintenance and restoration parts to help owners maintain and restore their cars. In many cases the CVOA is the sole source of critical parts (such as timing belts) and critical information (the CVOA offers an extensive array of historical and technical documentation to help owners better understand, maintain, and restore their cars). On other occasions the CVOA participates in co-op programs for limited runs of important parts. Also, the CVOA maintains a continuously updated list of parts and service vendors who understand the Cosworth Vega and who provide quality replacement parts and service for traditional and unique Cosworth Vega components and systems.
An annual convention, called a Roundup, is held in late July or early August to bring together owners and their Cosworths. The location is rotated throughout the United States in order to involve as many Members as possible in this event. At the Roundups Members exercise their Cosworths, bench race until the wee hours of the morning, compete in speed events, get lost in rally events, picnic, attend a Cosworth swap meet, participate in the Cosworth Concours, sight-see, meet new friends, rekindle old friendships, and last but not least, enjoy one of the best little cars Chevrolet ever made.