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.

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

Calendar of Events

2015 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 2015 may change, check here or the newsletter for the latest news.

June 23-27 CORSA International Convention, Knoxville, TN. Wednesday: Concours ; Thursaday: Rally and Econo-Run; Friday: Autocross, banquey. Saturday: Car Display. Location: Knoxville Marriott 501 E Hill Ave Knoxville, TN.  The host hotel, Knoxville Marriott, has been booked full. Harry Jensen has negotiated with the nearby Crowne Plaza Knoxville. It has a shuttle that runs throughout the day. Call and reserve your room ASAP before this block sells out. Phone 865-522-2600. Mon - Fri, 830a-1230p and 130p-530p. (Eastern) Mention the Corvair convention - Rate is $110 night plus $10 parking

July 11 PCCA Car Display and Chapter Meeting, Tour To Wheels of Time in Peoria Program: Wheels O Time museum Tour. Museum costs $5.50. Meeting at the outdoor pavalion at 1:00pm then to the Museum we go. Expect to spend 2-4 hours wondering the museum halls. Member may want to meet for lunch at 11:45 at Avanti's Italian Restaurant 8517 N. Knoxville Avenue, Peoria Illinois which is just down the road

August 1 Knights Action Park Car Show, Springfield IL : Air Cooled category for Corvairs and Vws. Cruise-in the night before at 5:00pm (July 31) Car show registration 8 a.m. to noon. Entry fee $15. Judging noon- 3 p.m. Trophies at 4 p.m.

August 15 Loco-Motion Cruise-in. Noon-3:00pm. Registration opens at 11:00am. Chatham Railroad Museum. 100 N State St. Chatham IL. All Proceeds benefit Museum. $5 donation. Goody bags, Dash Plaques, Door Prizes. Peoples Choice Trophies.

August 16. 25th anniversary Orphan Auto Picnic (OAP). Final year hosted by Chicago Corvair Enthusiasts. Kane County Fairgrounds, Yorkville Ill. Corvairs featured.

August 17 PCCA Car Display and Chapter Meeting, State Fairgrounds, Springfield. Mike Hall arrange space, Sue Biggs and Bill Berta to coordinate display.

Sept 12 PCCA Chapter Meeting, Secretary of State Auto Show, downtown Springfield around the Illinois State Capital - 2nd and Monroe .  Host Hotel is the State House Inn, 101 E. Adams St. Springfield - about 2 blocks from the show field. (217) 528-5100

Sept 25-27 Great Plains Round-Up. North Little Rock, Arkansas Host hotel Wyndham Riverfront Hotel, 2 Riverfront Place. Hosted by Arkansas Corvair Club.

October 10 PCCA Car Display and Chapter Meeting, start location TBD. program: Hannibal Tour sponsored by Show-Me Corvair Club.

November 14 PCCA Car Display and Chapter Meeting, Rochester Program: TBA

December 12 PCCA Car Display and Luncheon, location: Bonanza Steakhouse, Lincoln. 1:00pm

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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