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Steven Spilatro

Steven Spilatro

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The Grand Opening of the new Corvair Museum on Saturday May 19 was a big success! A huge number of Corvair enthusiasts were there to commemorate this wonderful event.
CPF/CORSA President Mike Hall was the master of ceremonies and Pam Cole cut the red ribbon to commemorate the event. 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. I don't have the statistics, but based on the size of the crowd, I'd say there were a couple hundred people in attendance. It was amazing to see them all pour into the museum after the ribbon was cut.grandopenoing img

In addition to Pam, there wereot her notable people 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 gave a speech about her father’s experience on the Corvair pilot line and Sonny Balcaen of IECO fame sent in a message which was also read at the ribbon cutting ceremony.. . .Members can read more in the new Corsa Communique.


 Chapter Events

Hinton: For the third year running, the weekend after Mother’s Day means one thing for Corvair enthusiasts in Western Washington and the Lower Mainland of British Columbia—it is once again time for the Hinton Chevrolet Corvair Reunion. And again this year, there was a great turnout for this affair in Lynden, Washinton! on May 19, A total of 20 Corvairs, (sevenearlies, 11 lates, one van and an Ultra Van) came to the festivities.!NCC also welcomed new club members Josh Kelly and Tim and Connie Bradley. . . .

Australia: This past May 18th, the French office Corvair Club France had the great pleasure and honor to meet Australian Corvair people in Paris. A few weeks before, Arlette and Carl Kelsen, Australian Corsa members, sent me an email that said, "We are Corsa members and own a convertible Monza ‘66 in black colour. We plan to go to France for a family visit. We would enjoy to visit some Corvair club French members during our trip." I answered that it would be a great pleasure for us to welcome them here in France! . . .

Texas: In the previous article I laid out what I think is the connection between Corvair owners who associate with their local clubs and the national organization CORSA through the various events. Hopefully you are engaged at different levels of participation and are having a fun time with other members displaying your favorite Corvair. This time I want to tell you about a longstanding regional event that one of our Corvair Houston members envisioned some 22 years ago. . . .

Members can read more in the new Corsa Communique.


Updates

 The CORSA International Corvair Convention is at the end of the month, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Here are some of the latest updates, and as always you can stay abreast at www.corvairpittsburgh.com.s.. . .Members can read more in the new Corsa Communique.

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Corvair Museum Grand Opening

backImg topThe Grand Opening of the new Corvair Museum on Saturday, May 19 was a big success!


car 1CPF/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.visitors 1

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.

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CORSA Scholarships

Corsa Scholarship

CORSA is now accepting applications for the CORSA scholarships. This year we are pleased to announce that three scholarships will be offered - two will be in the amount of $1000 and one in the amount of $500. The scholarships are intended for CORSA members or their children and grandchildren who are entering freshman year of college. The recipients will be announced  at the Awards Banquet during the annual convention  in Pittsburgh, PA, this summer.

To obtain an application, please contact Sarah Bruce, the Scholarship Chairman, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (386) 265-1787, and she will send you an application.  All completed applications with documentation must be received by June 15th.

Not a member of CORSA?  Please consider joining, and click this link to find more about CORSA membership.


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datamining titleDataMining FC

Along with the original GM records, much about Corvair 95 production appears lost to history. Obviously not all - we do have production numbers for different models and assembly plants, with annual and monthly totals, but with few other particulars. But inquiring minds want to know! To know, for example, how many eight-door vans were produced, the number of FCs with deluxe trim, which were the most popular paint colors, when assembly modifications occurred, and other details from the life and assembly lines of the Corvair 95. But although the original GM documentation may no longer be available, some of this history might be revealed from the Corvanatics FC Registry.. . .
Members can read more in the new Corsa Communique.



StngerQuest titleStngerQuest car

For as long as I can remember, Corvairs have been in my blood. At the age of four years old in 1973, my father purchased our family’s first Corvair: a 1965 Corsa convertible 140, which still remains in our family. As I grew up, I couldn’t get enough of these cars. I loved everything about them, from their look to their innovative designs. Prior to the Internet, I would go to the library and look up every article I could find about the Corvair and make hard copies of the microfiche. In fact, my final paper for English class my senior year of high school Stinger Quest...Complete! By Chris Shade Photography by the author and Don Keefe was about the Corvair! When I was around 12 years old, I discovered the Yenko Stinger. What an amazing car with an incredible history! The Stinger completely captivated my interest and became not only my favorite Corvair, but my dream car. About that same time, I even had the opportunity to see a real Stinger that was for sale in my home town of Fort Collins, Colorado...only $6,000. I wished that my paper route had paid a little better!. . .
Members can read more in the new Corsa Communique.



WhatIf titleWhatif car

For many enthusiasts, the new season of auto shows brought shiny new production cars that you could buy but the real interest came with the one-off concept cars that were teasers for future production cars. More often than not, these factory customs did not predict exactly what future production cars might look like, but it wasn’t unusual to see some features on a factory show car show up on a production model. Sometimes the main styling cues of a showcar show up on a production model with a bit of modification. Such is the case with this month’s feature, which could have reached production as a top-performance version of the Corvair for the 1964 model year.. . .Members can read more in the new Corsa Communique.



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CORSA Convention Highlights - Valve Cover Races

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Not only are Corvairs showcased at the CORSA International Convention but so also are certain Corvair parts.  For example, the Valve Cover Races, where ingenious individuals convert a cylinder head valve cover into a race car to compete for the championship of a 24-foot long track.The Valve Cover Races are scheduled for Friday, July 27 during the upcoming Pittsburgh Convention. What Fun!!

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Now's the time to start building a racer.  This is an activity for the whole family - a family bonding opportunity. Build a racer with your spouse, daughter or son; build one that will leave the competition eating your dust (you will have to provide the dust yourself)! Valve cover racers are marvelously varied in their design - let your imagination go free. A few rules are needed to keep the playing field level, even if the race track is not, so here are the rules as they pertain to racer construction (in a more humorous light).

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1. The racer must use a Corvair valve cover in its construction. To stay within the spirit of the event, the majority of the cover should be used (thus, to say you are only using the bolt holes would seem to be stretching the rules).
2. Only warp-drive powered vehicles allowed!  Yes, you must use a warp in space-time (AKA gravity) to move your racer - none of those more primitive drives such as motors, springs, magnets, jet-propulsion, flux-capacitor, etc. are allowed.
3. The maximum weight is 4.5 pounds. There is no minimum weight, so theoretically, your racer could weigh nothing, but that could be a disadvantage in a gravity-powered competition, unless you're hoping it might float across the finish line.
4. The racer can be at most 16" long and 8" wide, including wheels. However, there is no minimum length nor maximum height limit; so maybe yours could be the first racer to have a valve cover mounted in the vertical orientation?
blue racer 2 5. No part of the racer can hang over the 3" high start gate. Surely we all agree that a racer with a 24 foot long nose cone would have an unfair advantage.
6. The blue, quasi-Loadside racer shown here is mine.  Looks nice, ran horribly. So if the intent is to win, don't build yours like this one.

Want to know more? Click here to get the official valve cover racing guidelines. Not a member of CORSA?  Please consider joining, and click this link to find more about CORSA membership.

ConvLogo The 2018 CORSA convention in Pittsburgh, July 23 – 28, is hosted by the Western Pennsylvania Corvair Club. Visit the WPCC Convention web page for hotel reservations, event scheduling and other convention information. Anyone can attend the Convention and register at the host hotel. Beginning in April, CORSA Members can also preregister for events, vender space, the banquet, etc. from the Corsa Convention web page.


Communique Submission Information

Do you have a story to tell?  Tech tips to share?  Historical information about Corvairs?  If so, write an article and send it to Don Keefe, our Executive Editor.  And be sure to include any photos or graphics you may have about your topic.

You may be wondering how to go about this.  Here is some advice from Don:

As for the text of your article, please prepare it using MS Word or Open Office text processing software, attach the resulting DOC or ODT file to an email, and send it to me.  My email address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  As an alternative, you can paste the text of your article into the body of the email, but if you do so, you will likely lose things like italics and other font-type modifications.

As for photos or other graphics, I prefer camera files in their highest resolution uploaded to a Google Drive or Dropbox folder.  It is best if the size is 3,000 pixels wide or better, preferably in jpg or tiff formats.  The objective is to have high-resolution images that show up crisp and clear when the Communique comes off the printing press.

As for any editing or "resizing" your image files, don't do it.  I have an editing regimen that needs to be followed and any modifications made before I get the photos generally means that they will not be usable.

If you don't have either a Google Drive or Dropbox folder, they are free to open one and usually can hold 15 GB before any charges are incurred.  I cannot imagine that you will use even half of that for the entire year.


If you have any questions, please free to call me at 585-489-9826.

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We can't guarantee that we'll publish each and every article that we receive, especially if the topic has already been addressed in previous issues of the Communique.  Naturally, the content of the article must be suitable.  But give it a shot and see!

Corvairs on Facebook

 

There are many Facebook pages and groups for Corvair enthusiasts.
Here are brief descriptions and links to some of the more popular ones.

Corsa FB pageCORSA Facebook Page

The CORSA Facebook Page presents news and other information from the CORSA organization to followers. The public is welcome to contribute posts as guests.

~1800 followers as of Jan, 2018

 CPF

Corvair Preservation Foundation

 

The Corvair Preservation Foundation  group presents photos, videos, and stories of significant historical Corvair cars, artifacts/memorabilia, museum displays, new discoveries/donations, and tales about the former makers of this one-of-a-kind vehicle. .Administrator - Eva McGuire

~ 1300 members as of Jan, 2018

 COG

Corvair Owners Group (C.O.G.)

The C.O.G. was established in 2001 by Allen Amrine and has the largest membership of all Corvair- Facebook pages. More than just a an Internet Group, the C.O.G. has also helped organize and finance meets, races and research.

 - over 8000 members as of Jan, 2018

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Corvair Trader

As the stream of classified ads on the C.O.G. ballooned, the Corvair Trader group was established in 2014 by Allen Amrine to provides an ebay-free site where Corvair part, vehicles, and paraphernalia could be bartered.

 ~4200 members as of Jan, 2018

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Corvair Chat, Buy & Sell

Corvair Chat, Buy & Sell is a recently formed facebook group also where people can sell and purchase corvair parts.

 ~450 members as of Jan, 2018

 CR

Corvair Racer

Established in 2013 for Corvair racing enthusiasts, members of the Corvair Racer Facebook group can post pictures, videos, tech questions and answers, classified, and share racing stories. Also founded by Allen Amrine.

 - Just under 2000 members as of Jan, 2018.

V8 Vairs

Vintage Corvair Models (Toys)

Corvair 95 / 8-door Registry

Corvair 95 / Loadside Registry

There are also other smaller FB groups serving Corvair special interests.
And don't forget that many CORSA Chapters have their own Facebook groups

CORSA Introduces Tech Article Search Page

search form imageCORSA is pleased to introduce a Technical Article Search Pageavailable to both CORSA members and nonmembers. The articles are from CORSA's archive of Communiques and earlier CORSA publications, as well as newsletters from several Chapters. The search results provide hyperlinks to the original publications, and those from the early CORSA publications and chapter newsletters are available to the general public. CORSA wishes to thank the Corvanatics, Air 'Vair Group and and Arizona Corvair Club Chapters for allowing articles from their newsletters to be included.

Over 1700 articles are currently included, and more will be added in the future. The articles can be searched using a list of key words and/or by entering your own search words. And there are a variety of other search options that can be used.

Not a member of CORSA? Please consider joining CORSA to help support this and other projects and activities, receive many other benefits of membership, and have full access to all archived Communiques.

Corsa Convention Highlights - Economy Run

fuelGaugeThe CORSA International Convention includes a variety of events for owners to show off and drive their Corvairs. One of these is the Economy Run, a race for the best fuel mileage. Following an on-street course, drivers endeavor to get the best possible fuel mileage under actual road conditions. It is a test of both the vehicle and driver, encouraging safe and economical driving skill, and a fun opportunity for both seasoned and novice Corvair drivers. Starting the run with full fuel tank, the vehicle is driven a known distance over public roads and then the volume of gas needed to refill the tank is measured. The goal is to achieve the highest MPG within a vehicle category. What Fun!!

Want to know more? CORSA is happy to announce the availability of a new rulebook and operating procedure for economy runs at the national convention and regional CORSA events. Copies of documents are available in electronic form on the CORSA website. From the menu to the left, click on “Documents” and then click on “Event Rules and Procs”. There you will find all of CORSA’s rules for conducting and administering convention events.

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The 2018 CORSA convention in Pittsburgh, July 23 – 28, is hosted by the Western Pennsylvania Corvair Club. Visit the WPCC Convention web page for hotel reservations, event scheduling and other convention information. Anyone can attend the Convention and register at the host hotel. Beginning in March, CORSA Members can also preregister for events, vender space, the banquet, etc. from the Corsa Convention web page.


Corsa Tech Article Search

As a service to CORSA members and nonmembers, you can now search a vast collection of technical articles from CORSA's archive of Communique magazines and earlier CORSA publications, as well as newsletters from several CORSA chapters. The search results provide hyperlinks to the original publications. For access to Communique magazines, you need to be a CORSA member and log-in to this website. Then, click on the hyperlink of your choice and our website will download the magazine for you. Access to CORSA's earlier publications and chapter newsletters is unrestricted; the hyperlinks will work even if you are not a CORSA member. Please bear in mind that some of the technical information found in these documents may be out of date or have errors, so neither the original authors nor CORSA assume responsibility for the accuracy of the information.

Not a member of CORSA? Please consider joining CORSA to help support this and other projects and activities, receive many other benefits of membership, and have full access to all archived Communiques.

These tech article series can be viewed by selecting the series name from the Topic list:
Stock Is . . . by Larry Claypool The Finish Line by Dick Spring
Solo Is . . . by Warren LeVeque Preventative Maintenance Series by Michael Dawson
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