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Vee Lines - the first publication related to FV
Started with issue #1 in Oct, 1964 and continued for 101 issues ending in Jan, 1973. Most issues were penned by Don Cheesman whose current status we have not yet been able to determine.

Vee Line - an introduction

 The Formula Vee Association, which became Formula Vee International, existed from “some date prior to October 1964” to early 1973. A newsletter, first the Bulletin then Vee Line was edited by Don Cheesman of Ephrata, Washington. Don proclaimed himself to be a Director of the Association but anecdotal evidence is he was much more than that. Reading the 100 issues of Bulletin/Vee Line (all scanned and posted here) I conclude that Cheesman may be the single most important person in the history of Formula Vee, although Cheesman would give that honor to Colonel George Smith and Smith might say Brundage, Brundage might say Porsche.

Cheesman was not a driver; he and John Baker owned the Formcar named Petunia (now owned by Bob Cornish of Reno, Nevada). Petunia became a highly developed Formcar and her story is told over the years in Vee Line. More importantly Cheesman’s monthly newsletter provided the forum for the discussion of the rules, technical tips, new car announcements, and classified ads.  The four into one exhaust is an example.

            February 1969

            Exhaust Pipes Again”

“This month’s report on exhaust pipes is going to be almost totally negative. No one has yet come up with the ultimate system- or even a good one- for general publication, anyhow.

Ed Zink has been experimenting, but so far hasn’t found anything equal on a dyno to his present straight pipes, but if he does come up with a megaphone system which shows and advantage, he expects to be able to sell it for around $65. ……..”

The newsletters contain correspondence with SCCA (Tracy Bird, Jim Patterson, and Frank Schultheis) and a host of FV pioneers such as George Smith, Ray Caldwell, Harvey Templeton, Robert Riley (Lynx), Whit Tharin, Jerry Mong (Bobsy), etc. I recommend the interview with Ed Zink in the August 1968 issue.

Cheesman ran out of steam in January 1973 and Formula Vee International was liquidated. In my effort to find someone who knew Cheesman I was fortunate to find Harriett Gittings  [see article from Oakland Tribune, Mar, 1969] whose name probably appears more times than any other in the Vee Line. Harriett raced a Formcar and Crusader in the San Francisco Region, served as President and Secretary of the Association, and worked as a motor sports journalist.  Thanks to Harriett for her remembrances, to Mike Roberts for keeping his Vee Line collection all these years, and to John Deonarine for filling in the blanks.

Fred Storer

Bartlesville, Oklahoma – July 2013
  
Harriet leads Miltner at Laguna Seca - May 1966
 Harriet Gittings
Harriet in her Crusader at Laguna, 1969

 

The first issue is reproduced below - links to all editions (that we have) in pdf format are below page 2 for reading and printing. (The first several issues were produced on legal size paper which means we had to "play tricks" to get them scanned and loaded).  Thanks to Fred Storer who acquired these issues and scanned them into "webable" copy for this site.

VeeLine 1 Oct 64.pdf
VeeLine 2 Nov 64.pdf
VeeLine 3 Dec 64.pdf
VeeLine 4 Jan 65.pdf
VeeLine 5 Feb 65.pdf
VeeLine 6 Mar 65.pdf
VeeLine 7 Apr 65.pdf
VeeLine 8 May 65.pdf
VeeLine 9 Jun 65.pdf
VeeLine 10  Jul 65.pdf
VeeLine 11 Aug 65.pdf
VeeLine 12 Sep 65.pdf
VeeLine 13 Oct 65.pdf
VeeLine 14 Nov 65.pdf
VeeLine 15 Dec 65.pdf
VeeLine 16 Jan 66.pdf
VeeLine 17 Feb 66.pdf
VeeLine 18 Mar 66.pdf
VeeLine 19 Apr 66.pdf
VeeLine 20 May 66.pdf
VeeLine 21 Jun 66.pdf
VeeLine 22 Jul 66.pdf
VeeLine 23 Aug 66.pdf
VeeLine 24 Sep 66.pdf
VeeLine 25 Oct 66.pdf
VeeLine 26 Nov 66.pdf
VeeLine 27 Dec 66.pdf
VeeLine 28 Jan 67.pdf
VeeLine 29 Feb 67.pdf
VeeLine 30 Mar 67.pdf
VeeLine 31 Apr 67.pdf
VeeLine 32 May 67.pdf
VeeLine 33 Jun 67.pdf
VeeLine 34 Jul 67.pdf
VeeLine 35 Aug 67.pdf
VeeLine 36 Sep 67.pdf
VeeLine 37 Oct 67.pdf
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VeeLine 39 Dec 67.pdf
VeeLine 40 Jan 68.pdf
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VeeLine 42 Mar 68.pdf
VeeLine 43 Apr 68.pdf
VeeLine 44 May 68.pdf
VeeLine 45 Jun 68.pdf
VeeLine 46 Jul 68.pdf
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VeeLine 48 Sep 68.pdf
VeeLine 49 Oct 68.pdf
VeeLine 50 Nov 68.pdf
VeeLine 51 Dec 68.pdf
VeeLine 52 Jan 69.pdf
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VeeLine 54 Mar 69.pdf
VeeLine 55 Apr 69.pdf
VeeLine 56 May 69.pdf
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VeeLine 59 Aug 69.pdf
VeeLine 60 Sep 69.pdf
VeeLine 61 Oct 69.pdf
VeeLine 62 Nov 69.pdf
VeeLine 63 Dec 69.pdf
VeeLine 64a Jan 70.pdf
VeeLine 64b Feb 70.pdf
VeeLine 65 Mar 70.pdf
VeeLine 67 Apr 70.pdf
VeeLine 68 May 70.pdf
VeeLine 69 Jun 70.pdf
VeeLine 70 Jul 70.pdf
VeeLine 71 Aug 70.pdf
VeeLine 72 Sep 70.pdf
VeeLine 73 Oct 70.pdf
VeeLine 74 Nov 70.pdf
VeeLine 75 Dec 70.pdf
VeeLine 76 Jan 71.pdf
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VeeLine 88 Jan 72.pdf
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VeeLine 91 Apr 72.pdf
VeeLine 92 May 72.pdf
VeeLine 93 Jun 72.pdf
VeeLine 94 Jul 72.pdf
VeeLine 95 Aug 72.pdf
VeeLine 96 Sep 72.pdf
VeeLine 97 Oct 72.pdf
VeeLine 98 Nov 72.pdf
VeeLine 99 Dec 72.pdf
VeeLine 100 Jan 73.pdf



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