Prairie Capital Corvair Association

Prairie Capital Corvair Association, PCCA, is a group of Corvair owners and enthusiasts dedicated to the preservation and enjoyment of the Corvair automobile. PCCA has been a sanctioned chapter of CORSA ,the Corvair Society of America since 1977. PCCA meets regularly on the second Saturday of each month at the Rochester, IL Community Center.

Contact PCCA at or snail mail to P.O. Box 954, Springfield, IL 62705

Calendar of Events  Corvair Links   Pictures  Officers/Contacts   Editor's Story of the Corvair   Newsletters

To Join or renew use this form: 2015 PCCA Membership Form   Its in pdf format.
Left Click to view. Right Click to save a copy to your computer.

2016 CORSA International Convention - Information

Sample PCCA January 2015 Newsletter in pdf format. Left Click to view. Right Click to save a copy to your computer.


Bi-Annual By-Law Review Documnets. Current PCCA's dated 10-08-2014 2014 By-laws. Proposed revised By-Laws latest revision April 2016 2016 By-laws both in pdf format.

new link -- May 2017, 1960 Sedan in England - formerly Bob Nicholson's all original sedan. 60 Sedans in England
Prairie Capital Corvair Assoicition on Facebook PCCA Facebook

Calendar of Events

2016 Meeting dates

Meeting Location – Is the Rochester Community Building located off Il Route 29 in Rochester Illinois. The community building is on the east end of Rochester at #1 Community Drive

Note: PCCA programs for 2017 may change, check here or the newsletter for the latest news.

2017 Calendar

August 4 Maple City Street Machines, Monmouth Il. All day cruise-in.

August 14 MONDAY PCCA Car Display and Chapter Meeting, Illinois State Fairgrounds. It is Senior Day – seniors (60+) get in at a discounted rate. This is Monday, Senior Citizens Day (60 & over) at the fairgrounds - Seniors get into the grounds Free. Those wanting to be part of the Corvair Exhibit MUST meet Mike Hall at Steak and Shake on North Dirksen Parkway, Take the Sangamon Street exit off I-55, turn right onto Dirksen parkway, the restaurant is on the left. We will leave the restaurant at 8:30am. Please be there before that time, or let us know you are running later. If you want breakfast there, please arrive earlier to allow ample time to eat. PCCA meeting will be at 1:00 pm near the Corvair Exhibit, next to the Ethnic Village and one end of the “Sky Glide” the aerial tram. Please let Mike Hall know if you plan to exhibit a Corvair. Meet prior to the caravanning to the fair - a requirement to enter as a group. Steak and Shake on Dirksen parkway is again the location, the same north Steak and Shake as past years. Meeting expected to be around 2:00 pm.

August 26 Loco-Motion Cruise-In/Show. Chatham Railroad Museum, 100 N State St. Chatham IL This is 1 block east of the square, 3 blocks east of Historic Rte 66. registration opens at 11:00am $10 donation to enter your vehicle. Trophies, goody bags, door prize drawings. Museum open (free) during the show. It’s small but well worth the visit.

September 9 Secrectary of State Auto Show (It is back !!! ) Downtown Springfield. PCCA Chapter Meeting will be near the cars around 2 pm.

Sept. 15.16 All Corvair Show hosted by Circle City Corvairs, Indianapolis. The annual “Hoosier Show” is back for year 2, transformed into a Corvair Only show. CCC makes this event a great show to attend. Ray Skillman Museum, Greenwood, IN Host hotel is the La Quinta Inn 5120 Victory Dr (south side of Indy off I-465) (317) 783-7751.

Sept 29-Oct 1 Great Plains Round-up Oklahoma City, Embassy Suites host hotel, River Cruise, Corvair show hosted by the Central Oklahoma Corvair club. Event is always a good time.

October 7 Fall tour to Ponitac Illinois to tour its many sites. A museum tour is definitely part of the tour, plus meeting, touring with other area CORSA chapters including Chicagoland Corvair Enthusiasts, Iowa Corvair Enthusiasts, Circle City (Indianapolis) and Show-Me Corvair Club. It should be a great tour. More details elsewhere in the newsletter.

October 14 PCCA Car Display and Chapter Meeting, Rochester Community Building 2-4:30pm PCCA Board Meeting , Rochester Community Building 1-2 pm

November 11 PCCA Car Display and Chapter Meeting, Rochester Community Building 2-4:30pm

December 9 PCCA Annual Christmas Dinner -Toni’s Café Auburn, IL rte 104 and I-55

Check out the calendar of events at CORSA's website. CORSA Calendar


The Chevrolet Corvair

Simply A Fun Car to Drive.

Corvair Travel Tips in pdf format.


PCCA Member Corvairs - Pictures !

  • July 10, 2010 LLCC Autox Pictures LLCC Springfield Illinois
  • Oct 18, 2008 Autox Pictures Rantoul Illinois


    Corvair Links

    Virtual 'Vairs Home Page

    CORSA Home Page

    Gary Aube's facinating Corvair Site

    VIN Decoding Information on the Bay State Corvairs home page.

    Terry Kalp's Corvair pages

    Cathy Pivonka's web page. More pictures of that 1960 coupe

    Midwest Classic Insurance

    Jay Lenos Garage Rampside video

    PCCA Home

    Prairie Capital Corvair Association Officers

    Board of Directors

    Download a copy of PCCA's By-laws in pdf format. Left Click to view. Right Click to save a copy to your computer. By-Laws are dated 10-08-2014

    Contact PCCA at or snail mail to P.O. Box 954, Springfield, IL 62705

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    The FlatSix Editor rambles. Disclaimer, the following is Tim's opinion and not necessarily those of the Club.

    The Corvair was introduced in the fall of 1959 as an economy, family car. Period ads toted its air cooled engine, four wheel independent suspension and fuel economy. Production ceased in 1969 after more than 1.7 million vehicles were produced and sold. The last 3 years produced fewer than 60,000 cars as GM had already conducted the Corvair's funeral.

    The Corvair could be said to have missed its market. As an economy car, the Ford Falcon and later the Chevy II were more accepted by the general public. The Corvair was too expensive to produce and its unconventional styling and engineering were too much to sway the economy minded.

    Contrary to reports by Ralph Nader, the car handles quite well. In 1971, the US Department of Transportation conducted tests that basically disproved what Nader wrote in his book, Unsafe at any Speed. The Chevy Corvair was not removed from the road because of this book, but because it so successfully inspired the creation of the pony cars - the Mustang, Camaro, GTO, Malibu SS and others as well as the compacts Nova, Falcon and others.

    However, as an European Style Sports car, the Corvair was an inspiration. In fact, the sporty Corvair Monza inspired the creation of the Mustang, which in turn inspired the Camaro, GTO, AMC and other muscle cars. Tell this to your friends the next time they sneer and ask "why do you drive a Corvair?"

    Sources: "The Corvair Decade" by Tony Fiore. "Corvair Affair" by Mike Knepper. Numerous Corvair Enthusiasts.


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