The Grand Opening of the new Corvair Museum on Saturday, May 19 was a big success!
CPF/CORSA President Mike Hall was the master of ceremonies and Pam Cole cut the red ribbon to officially open the museum. Pam's dad Cecil Cole hand-assembled the first production prototype Corvair way back in 1959 and then trained the folks on the assembly line. A couple hundred Corvair enthusiasts were there to participate in the event, and it was wonderful to see them pour into the museum after the ribbon was cut.
Other notables were in attendance, including Richard Lentinello of Hemmings Magazine, Tom Keosababian of land speed record fame, and various CPF/CORSA officials including Paul & Mona Bergstrom and several members of the CPF/CORSA Board. Pam Cole gave a speech about her father’s experience on the Corvair pilot line and Sonny Balcaen of IECO fame sent a message which was read at the ribbon cutting ceremony.
Many of the participants brought their own Corvairs and entered them in the car show held in the museum's parking lot. All types and kinds of Corvairs were there, filling four aisles in the parking lot. Notable entries included several senior-level concours cars, a Solar Cavalier, four mid-engine V8/V6 Corvairs, Mike McGowan’s immaculate Devin C, an Ultra Van and many others.
Hats off especially to CPF/CORSA President Mike Hall, who was the driving force in making the museum a reality, CPF Publicist Eva McGuire, who got the word out to the entire Corvair community, Teresa Miller, who was our official photographer, and to the members of the Prairie Capital Corvair Association who arranged the banquet and managed registration for the event.