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

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Sample PCCA January 2008 Newsletter in pdf format. Left Click to view. Right Click to save a copy to your computer.

Calendar of Events

2014 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

June 28 SMCC Chain of Rocks Bridge Photo Op. 
        If you want your Corvair included in the photo, you need to be at the parking lot on the Missouri side of the bridge by 10 AM. This will allow for getting the cars in order before they drive onto the bridge. The parking lot is approximately 0.1 mile south of I-270 at Exit 34 - the first one after crossing the Mississippi River if coming from Illinois. The fee to be on the bridge is $5.00 per car.
         After the photo shoot, the group will gather on the Illinois side and caravan about 12 miles to Edwardsville's Sonic Drive-In for lunch. You will pay for your own meal. Then it's about another 17 miles to Livingston's Pink Elephant Antiques for (shopping and) ice cream. (I-55 Exit 37)
        An optional final stop is the Mother Jones Monument in Mount Olive - just 10 miles away on 66 and 2 miles off the Interstate. (1-55 Exit 44)

July 12,2014 Scheduled PCCA Meeting date Decatur - Chevrolet Museum, Museum opens at 9am.Café is open. Lunch at Noon Show your Corvair spirit and wear Corvair apparel – also gets you in at the PCCA discounted rate. Meeting to follow immediately after lunch– 1:00pm Tour arranged by Bob GwinScheduled PCCA Meeting date, Rochester Community Building. Decatur - Chevrolet Museum, arranged by Bob Gwin

July 21-25 2014 CORSA International Convention, Tacoma Washington.
Hosted by Corvanatics with events centered around the LeMay Automobile Museum.
Host hotel is Hotel Murano,$109night Http://

August 11 Illinois State Fair, Corvair Display (A Monday; also Senior Day)

September 6 Secretary of State Auto Show. Downtown Springfield PCCA Meeting at the show

Sept 30-Oct 4 Great Plains Round-Up. Mini-convention. Branson Mo.
                        Hosted by Heart of America Corvair Owners Assn HACOA’s 50th anniversary

October 11 SMCC & PCCA Joint Picnic at Lake Yaeger, Litchfield.

November 8 PCCA Meeting at the Rochester Community Building. 2-4 p.m. program: open

December 13 Christmas get together. 1:30pm
Location Round Table Café, 102 E Park St. Taylorville
Initial information: Entrees selected were Roast Beef, Walleye, Chicken Breast, Roast Turkey and dressing, Breaded Tenderloin. Cost: $9.99 plus drink, tax and gratuity. Every entrée is served with soup or salad, potato, dinner roll, vegetable and dessert.

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.

    Rick Norris' Corvair Scrapbook with early CORSA history and photos from the first convention.

    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 01-13-2009

    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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