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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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.
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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.

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 2016 may change, check here or the newsletter for the latest news.

April 22-23 Springfest, Helen Georgia. Information Lillian Law (229) 883-4123 or Forms/Flyers Springfest 2016 Flyer and Springfest 2016 Registration Form

May 7 Second annual SMCC Road Rally

PCCA MEETING MOVED for MAY Directions on Page 5 of the newsletter

May 14 Photo Op – Crowne Plaza 11:00am. Will take a group photo in front of the Crowne Plaza Springfield as part of the promotion for the 2016 CORSA convention. Expect photo to be used for the CORSA Communique July edition. After the Photo Op, Lunch 11:30am (ish) Current thoughts - Bob Evans at the corner of Dirksen Parkway and Stevenson Drive – across the street from the Economy Run gas Station.

May 14 PCCA 2016 Convention Meeting - Garry and Sue Biggs Home 1:00-2:00pm .

May 14 PCCA Car Display and Chapter Meeting, Garry and Sue Biggs Home 2:00-4:30pm Program: Open Garage - Garry and Sue Biggs Home , Annual Plant Exchange June, 2016 PCCA Car Display and Chapter Meeting. North Pekin. Annual “north” Picnic and Corvair Show June 25 Pawnee Prairie Days Car Show 21 classes. $15. Awards at 2:30p, 9-12 registration.

July 2 PCCA Convention Rochester Stuff the Packets “party” Location, time to be determined

July 9 PCCA Quarterly Board Meeting 1-2pm – Crowne Plaza July 9 PCCA Quarterly Meeting 1-2 pm Rochester

July 9 PCCA Car Display and Chapter Meeting, Rochester Community Building 2-4:30pm Program: Convention Planning – Possibly Stuff the Packets “party” Note: may be moved to Crowne Plaza. TBD

July 12-16 2016 CORSA International Convention, Springfield, IL hosted by PCCA Host Hotel: Crowne Plaza. Concours, Rally, Econo-run, Auto-cross. Plus More.  The host hotel is just off I-55/I-72 near Lake Springfield with plenty of on-site parking for both Corvairs and trailers. The host hotel will be the location for almost all the convention events. The auto-cross will on-site too Host Hotel Crowne Plaza Springfield 3000 South Dirksen Parkway, Springfield Illinois Hotel Front Desk: 1-217-529-7777 Fax: 1-217-529-6666 Understand Crowne is sold out for Friday night. Last report had 5 rooms available each night Tuesday through Thursday. On-line registration link via convention web site. Alternatives Holiday Inn Express 3050 South Dirksen Parkway , Springfield, IL 1-888 HOLIDAY (Reservations) 1-217-529-7771 (Front Desk). $99 Hilton Garden Inn. 25 rooms at $99; Comfort Suites - a block of 40 rooms at $99. Residence Inn Springfield. a block of 25 rooms at $124;

2016 CORSA International Convention - Information !

July 23 New Berlin Car Show at the Water Tower. 9-3:30. Benefits local Fire Department

August 6 Powerlight Abe Lincoln Car Show Knights Action Park Open Car Show. 8-4pm awards at 4, 66 classes, 150 trophies, Air Demos (hot air balloon, Helicopter) ground Demos (Race Cars) Verterans to be honored, Local TV station Weather person , Cheryl Lemke to pick Ladies Choice more at

August 15 Illinois State Fair PCCA Corvair Exhibit, Regular meeting 1:00 PM

August 19-20 Circle City All Corvair Show– Corvairs People’s Choice at Ray Skillman Classic Car Dealership 1280 US 31 S, Greenwood, Indiana 46143 on Saturday. Hospitality Friday - bingo, movie ,food La Quinta Inn 5120 Victory Drive (317) 783-7751 Room Rate is $79.00 per night- use hotel code: Folio # 178554 Awards Dinner will be at the La Quinta, 6pm Saturday

August 25/27 Detroit Area Corvai Club HOMECOMING. Car show, great hospitality room, tours, Museum tours, pizza party, great event. Host hotel Comfort Inn Clocktower, 40445 Ann Arbor Road Plymouth, MI 48170 (734)455-8100 $84.00 mention "Corvair Event".

August 27/28 Corvair Track Classic, Hastings Nebraska. Run your Corvair on a road course at your speed. Safe time trial format, no fender smashing. for details

September 11th – Secretary of State Car show for 2016 was cancelled by the Secretary's Office. Alternative plans are being discussed. PCCA regular meeting 2:00

September 23-25 2016 Great Plains Corvair Round UP Host: Green County Corvair Group Host Hotel: Renaissance Tulsa Hotel & Convention Center 6808 South 107th East Avenue Tulsa, OK 74133. Paid registrations received by June 1, 2016 will be entered in a drawing for your stay to be free in a deluxe suite

October 8th PCCA Quarterly Board Meeting 1-2pm Rochester [Set Officer Slate]

October 8th PCCA Car Display and Chapter Meeting, Rochester Community Building 2-4:30pm

November 12th. PCCA Car Display and Chapter Meeting, Rochester Community Building 2-4:30pm Plus Annual PCCA Elections

December 10th – PCCA Annual Christmas Dinner, Gift exchange, Toys for Tots – Time/Location TBD

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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