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: 2018 PCCA Membership Form   Its in pdf format.
Left Click to view. Right Click to save a copy to your computer.

The 2nd Annual Corvair Musuem Classic will be May 17-19, 2019. Main Event is May 18 at the Corvair Museum. For more information click here Corvair Museum Classic the registration form is on that page or here 2019 Corvair Museum Classic Registration form

Sample PCCA June 2018 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 and Meetings

2018 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

2019 PCCA Calendar

January 8, 2019 PCCA Board and Officers Meeting - Abe’s Hideout in Springfield. PCCA members are permitted to attend if they desire. Topics will include 2019 programs, 2019 meeting location(s) and day, time of day for those meetings and the 2019 Corvair Museum Auto Show and Swap meet to be held in Decatur at the Museum.

Abe’s Hideout is on Dirksen Parkway and Ash street in Springfield IL just down the road from the 2016 convention location (Crowne Plaza). Take exit 96B (the same exit, 96A, as for the Rochester location) into Springfield, Turn LEFT at the first intersection, Dirksen Parkway. Abe’s Hideout is on the right hand side. Note: the Stevenson drive exit works too, drive past the Crowne Plaza and Abe’s Hideout will be on your left.

January 12, 2019 – NO PCCA General Meeting. See special Board meeting above. The none meeting was decided upon at the October PCCA meeting.

February 9, 2019 PCCA General Meeting Rochester Community Building 2-4:30pm

March 16, 2019 PCCA General Meeting Rochester Community Building 2-4:30pm

April 13, 2019 PCCA General Meeting Rochester Community Building 2-4:30pm

May 17-19, 2019 Annual CPF Corvair museum Auto Show and Swap Meet. Decatur at the Corvair Museum and Chevrolet Hall of Fame Museum. The current thought is to invite all classic cars as well as Corvairs to the show and swap meet. Details to be determined. If you want to help on determining those details, Contact Mike Hall or Brian Nicholson.

June 9, 2019 PCCA will meet at the Tremont Turkey Festival in Tremont Illinois. Take the exit for IL 9 off interstate 155 to get to Tremont. 9:00 - 11:30 a.m. Sign-in for Car Show (Parking lot of Camden Chiropractic) 11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Car Show (Parking lot of Camden Chiropractic)

July 23-27,2019 2019 CORSA International Convention, hosted by Chicago Corvair Enthusiasts - Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E Main Street St. Charles, IL

July through December to be determined – See November 2018 meeting discussion.

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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