Interest in forming a Corvair Club began in Atlanta October 5, 1975 as a
result of a hand drawn flyer being circulated inviting enthusiasts to meet at
the Lamar Ferrell Chevrolet Dealership. It is quoted that one enterprising soul
had obtained a membership list from CORSA (Corvair Society of America) to use as
a mailing list. Smart move. The effort, however, to become a Club didn't really
gather momentum until one cold day, Feb. 22, 1976, when another meeting was held
on the Phipps Plaza Parking deck to view a Yenko Stinger. Minutes show there
were 75 cars and 150 Corvair-ites in attendance. The move to become a CORSA
Chapter was voted on as well as electing the required Officers and Board
Members. Corvair Atlanta was officially underway.
A June 13th, 1976 date reveals 200 people and 70 cars converged at Stone Mountain Park for a fun-filled day of picnicking, automotive fraternizing and being recognized as CORSA Chapter # 303.
By September 1976 Corvair Atlanta found it's first home, the Peachtree Bank at Georgetown Shopping Center in the Chamblee-Dunwoody area. Later, other meeting places followed out of necessity. The need for a newsletter was voiced and an Editor selected. It was initially agreed the Club meet every two months but was changed to every month within a year. Dues were assessed at $6 annually.
Corvair Atlanta needed a logo. A contest was held and subsequently won by member
Henry Griffith and announced at the May '77 meeting. He received CORSA and Club
membership dues for a year as a prize. The logo design has undergone two minor
changes since that time.
"Funfest '79" (in June) at the Marietta Squire Inn on I-75 was the first
sponsored event in Corvair Atlanta's history. The Club Treasury had an
overwhelming total of $179.16 at the time. This event was so well received by
other Corvair Clubs that the enthusiasm spread among the local members to host a
National Corvair Show. The bid was made, CORSA accepted, personal loans were
extended to meet expenses, and in 1980 Atlanta became the focal point where:
"Corvairs are Gonna Rise Again". A logo expressing that motto was designed; the
Marietta Civic Center was selected as the Convention site and history was made
(and loans repaid.)
Since then, C-A has sponsored numerous shows, over 30 of those, beginning April
1982, at picturesque Helen, GA. From it's humble beginning of 117 attendees to
300+, the Corvair Atlanta Helen Show rose to the top on the Corvair bucket list
in the Southeast. Entertaining and feeding this attendance was overwhelming for
just one Club. In 2004, the Heart of GA and later the Queen City Club as well as
the Vulcans Corvair Club joined hands as co-sponsors.
In 1992 Corvair Atlanta and co-host Heart of Georgia Club sponsored another National at the Atlanta Hyatt Ravinia. One of the highlights of that National event was the rallying of members of both organizations to beautifully restore a 1967 Monza for raffling, a course of action other Clubs have followed. The results of the National and the raffle enhanced our once dwindling Treasury to a healthy 4 figures. It was due time to incorporate. The Club did so in 1997.
Other activities over the years are too numerous to mention. Enjoy reading about
"what's coming up" in our Newsletter, the Connecting Rod, now on-line and in
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