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

April 12 PCCA Tours to Taylorville - Model Airplanes, Lunch/Meeting, Car Museum, Ice Cream
For those wanting to caravan from Rochester to Taylorville, we will meet at the Community building at 9:00am with a 9:15 departure time.
For those wanting, or needing, to meet along the way, here are the addresses and times
10 a.m. Airport, 1501 S. Spresser St.
1:30 p.m. Car museum, 222 West Main St.
11:30 a.m. Round Table Café, 102 E Park St.
Tastee Treet N. Cheney St. (No St. # available)   It’s just across from Arby’s and Bob Riding’s.

April 18-19 Springfest hosted by Corvair Atlanta, Heart of Georgia Corvair Club, and Queen City Corvair Club at The Festhalle in Helen, Georgia Hospitality Party, Concours, Peoples Choice, Valve Cover Races, Friday Auto Cross (1pm), Swap Meet, Awards Banquet Saturday, tech session, ladies and girls activities, drive around north Georgia, 50/50, raffle for prizes, Saturday Pancake breakfast and more

May 10 PCCA travels to the Pekin/Peoria area for what has become the annual northern picnic and Corvair Display. Recent years PCCA has been at the Mineral Springs park in Pekin. Arrangements are still being made at this time, so stay tuned for further developments.

June 14 PCCA Meeting at the Rochester Community Building. 2-4 p.m. Program: An interesting presentation on “Exploring the country by railcar” has been arranged.

July 12,2014 Scheduled PCCA Meeting date, location - 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:// ntion/index.php

August 11 Illinois State Fair, Corvair Display (Date is 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 anniversay

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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