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Preview of
March 2018
CORSA Communique



Never underestimate dreams of speed, and Monza Juniors were no exception. Turbonique rocket Juniors topped 150 mph, were surprisingly reliable, and were faster with the Junior bodies installed than without. Their Thermolene fuel needed no dangerous mixing. The Rupp Wedge I enduro racer project could have seriously changed kart racing if proper tires had been available. Mick Rupp was nearly killed when the Wedge’s racing recaps came apart. There were some Monza Juniors in a special FKE bodied kart class but the style never caught on. The Sipolt daredevil kids and Joie Chitwood did more to bring fast Monza and Chevy Juniors before the public than anyone else…enjoy the photos! . . .
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By 1965, small sedan racing was coming together. As interest grew, so did the opportunities. After holding the small sedan race in 1959, in 1965 Sebring staged a full internationally sanctioned three hour Touring. Sedan race before the annual 12 Hours of Sebring race for sports cars. Don Eichstaedt,from Michigan, entered his late model A/Sedan. He came to the race with a normal four-carb 140 hp race engine, but GM had not filed the papers for this configuration. The car was disallowed in tech inspection. So Eichstaedt and crew started pirating turbo parts from local owners and dealers. Long story short, he started the race. Under international rules, the car’s grid position is based on engine size, so the Corvair started on the front row next to a Mustang. But after the turbo seized, Eichstaedt managed to finish 14th overall. The other Corvair, entered by David Pearl and Ed Costly, came with a turbo engine, but did not start.. . .
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With this issue, we begin a new department, called “What If?” In it, we explore various ideas for Corvairs that could have been built as a production, or show car or even some sort of prototype. Joining us on this new adventure is veteran automotive illustrator Ted Alexander, who we have been working with for the last several years at a number of other titles. We begin the series with a vehicle that Chevrolet could have built but didn’t- the 1965 Corvair Nomad. Since the Corvair wagon bodystyle did not return with the second-generation vehicle and the 1955-57 two-door Nomad concept was revived on the 1964 Chevelle, it would have been a natural to include a wagon variant in the Corvair lineup. . .Members can read more in the new Corsa Communique.


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