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.

CPF Corvair Museum Grand Opening Registration Form: 2018 Corvair Museum Opening registration Form   Its in pdf format.
Left Click to view. Right Click to save a copy to your computer.

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.

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

April 14 PCCA Board Meeting. Rochester Community Building 1:00-2:00pm PCCA Car Display and Chapter Meeting, Rochester Community Building 2-4:30pm Orphan Plant Exchange Meeting – Early in the year so the plants will be easier to handle maybe

April 27-28 Springfest 2018, Helen GA, Clarks Corvair parts will be there (not buying parts, selling only) Autocross, Rally, People’s Choice and new President’s Choice (4 local chapters pick 4 awards) Details

May 18-20 Corvair Museum Grand Opening Celebration. Chevrolet Hall of Fame, Decatur Illinois Host Hotel: Hampton Inn, 4855 E. Evergreen Ct, Mt Zion IL 62521. Phone (217) 864-3297. Room rate: Queen or King $129/night. Reservation code: COR Expecting: Welcome party Friday night, Car Display Saturday, May 19 Ribbon cutting ceremony Noon, and burgers and brats dinner Saturday night.

June 9 Pawnee Prairie days - Car Show. Pawnee IL. New location.

June 10 PCCA General Meeting at the Tremont Turkey Festival, Tremont IL. SUNDAY

July 14 PCCA General Meeting and Board Meeting Thinking this meeting will be in Decatur Illinois. Car Exhibit, etc Details to follow.

July 23-28 The Western Pennsylvania Corvair Club will host the 2018 CORSA International 2018 Corvair Convention in Pittsburgh, PA! Held at the DoubleTree Hotel in Greentree just west of downtown Pittsburgh.

August 13 PCCA General Meeting State Fair Corvair Exhibit - Senior Day at the fair grounds.

August 25-28 DACC - Detroit Homecoming - Plymouth MI

September 8 PCCA General Meeting - SOS Automobile Show downtown Springfield, IL meeting at 1:00pm

September 15 CCC All Corvair Show – Date is based on last year’s show date. Have not seen 2018 info yet

Oct. 6-7 Newport Hillclimb – this is near Danville Illinois.

Oct 6-7 Proposed 4 way Fall Cruise-in. Volo and Wheaton IL stops. Low cost, lots of fun expected.

October 13 PCCA General Meeting and Board Meeting

November 10 PCCA General Meeting PCCA returns to the Community Building 2-4:30pm

December 8 PCCA General Meeting - Looking at Lincoln Illinois restraurant. Annual Christmas Dinner, informal meeting, lots of fun

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

  • Home

    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.


    Comments, corrections/changes may be sent to Tim Mahler at:

    This page was last modified -->26 December  2014-->. Copyright © 2004-2014. All rights reserved.