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Steven Spilatro

Steven Spilatro

CORSA Convention Highlights - Concours d’Elegance

 

concours 1The Concours d’Elegance is certainly one of the highlights of the annual convention. Here, the finest and most prestigious Corvairs compete for points within different classes - the name is the French phrase for "competition of elegance". The vehicles are thoroughly inspected and judged based upon paint and bodywork,  trim and trunk or cargo area, wheels, tires and glass, undercarriage, engine, operations, and interior.

 

You can download here a very nice How-To Guide For Participants prepared by Ken Schifftner; and you can download here the full CORSA Concours d'Elegance rules

There are three judging classes, defined as (in a nutshell):

  • Factory Stock - vehicles unmodified from their original factory assembly specifications. The two subcategories are Original and Restored.
  • Modified - corvair bodied vehicles that have been altered from their stock condition.
  • Engineering - vehicle using major corvair components (e.g., flat-six powered dune-buggies and ultra vans)


Vehicles are also placed into two categories, defined as (in a nutshell):

  • Senior - vehicles that have previously won gold awards
  • Primary - all other vehiclesconcours 2


Award levels are determined as:

  • Gold - 96.00 to 100 points
  • Silver - 92.0 to 95.99
  • Bronze - 88.0 to 91.99


The concours events schedule at this year's Pittsburgh Convention is:

Monday 7/23

  • Concours Judges Meeting . . . . . . 11:45 am — 12:15 pm
  • Concours Participants Meeting . . .12:15 pm —1:00 pm
  • Concours Judges Training . . . . . . . .1:00 pm — 2:00 pm
  • Concours Classification . . . . . . . . . . 2:00 pm — 5:00 pm

Tuesday 7/24

  • Concours Setup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6:30 am — 8:00 am
  • Concours d’Elegance . . . . . . . . . . . . 9:00 am — 4:00 pm

 

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

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. Registration is now open to CORSA Members for tours, events, vender space, the banquet, etc, from the Corsa Convention web page.

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While I was thinking about the theme of this article I remembered an old song about how the bones of the body are connected. Each one is a vital part of the whole. Okay, you say, but what does that have to do with Corvairs? It all started in October when some of us from Corvair Houston attended the annual Heritage Days.
Every one of the Corvair functions within the entire organization is an important part that makes the whole of CORSA a living body. The Heritage Days sponsored by our sister club North Texas Corvair Association is one part of the entire year’s total package. From the National Corvair Convention, down to the local club meeting each one has a share in keeping the Corvair present and real to us. Even others
not dedicated to the Corvair often give hardy thumbs up as we pass on the road. In the course of this writing and one to follow later I will showcase two of our Texas Corvair events.. . .
Members can read more in the new Corsa Communique.


 

convActivities titleThe CORSA Convention in Pittsburgh is the end of next month. Registration for the host hotel, The DoubleTree Hotel,in Greentree, Pennsylvania, and the registration for the convention events are filling up. We left you last month with a review of the week’s activities. Let us continue:.. . .

0utdoor Movie: The presentation is scheduled for late Wednesday night. Enjoy a classic car movie with some popcorn and friends under the stars.activities pic
Rally: This event will take you through some of the countryside of Pittsburgh. It will start and end at the hotel parking lot. We have strived to make it so that newcomers or first timers will be able to navigate the course and not get lost. For the experienced ralliers, this course was set up by a rally master who creates them for the AACA amongst other organizations. . . .
Members can read more in the new Corsa Communique.


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Last issue, we previewed the formal tours and Wednesday's "on your own, self guided tour." This month we look at Thursday, July 26th, "on your own, self-guided tours." Starting at 10:00 am we will have a bus pick you up at the hotel and take you to the Strip District, the Cultural District, Downtown, and the Oakland areas of Pittsburgh. The bus will make hourly loops from the host hotel, the DoubleTree Hotel in Greentree, to these locations and back till the last service around 4:00pm.
Strip District: This area of town was and still is the area where the produce, fruits, vegetables and other staples come into Pittsburgh's warehouses. Now much has been converted to restaurants, shops, and multi-cultural vendors.

ThingsToDo picOakland Carnegie Museum of Natural History: From dinosaurs to mummies to some of the oldest taxidermy in the world. Collections of minerals and gems, ancient Egypt, geology and more.
John Heinz History Center: More than a museum with the history of the Steel City, it also has a separate space for the sports of Pittsburgh, and other collection of glass and tools.. . .Members can read more in the new Corsa Communique.


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SeaWorld Orlando is host of the Seven Seas Music Festival and Car Display which runs from February through April. On March 18, 2018, it was also host to
the Central Florida Corvair Association, thanks to the event coordinator W. Titus Stewart who arranged for the club to be prominently featured near the concert arena, as well as a mini display in the unique food vending area. In keeping with SeaWorld's theme, The Seven Seas spectators were treated to our version of the "C" as in Corvairs.. . .
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 Convention Highlights - Model Car Concours

The Model Car Concours of petite-sized Corvair replicas offers something for everyone. You can display a toy or model that modelMontagecame pre-assembled or was assembled from a kit, made by a commercial manufacturer or scratch-built by a craftsman, displayed in solo or with a group of vehicles, possibly situated in an imaginary scene, being a Corvair car, station wagon or FC, for the enjoyment and appreciation of adults and children of all ages. During the upcoming 2018 CORSA International Convention the Model Car Concours will be on display Wed 7/25 through Fri 7/27.  The Model Car Concours guidelines have been recently revised and can be downloaded from the CORSA documents webpage.

Models will be judged within the following classes:

  • Factory-Built – for factory-assembled toys and models. Subclasses are Stock Promo, Stock Non-promo, and Modified. A Promo is a preassembled model made for specifically for dealerships to use for promotional purposes.
  • Hobbyist – for models assembled from a kit sold by a major model manufacturer. Subclasses are Stock and Modified.
  • Craftsman – for models built from scratch or created by combining scratch-built parts and/or parts from multiple commercially manufactured kits. Subclasses are Stock and Modified.
  • Diorama - for groups of models or models arranged in scene.
  • Valve Cover Racer - for models designed for valve cover racing.

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

 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. Registration is now open to CORSA Members for tours, events, vender space, the banquet, etc, from the Corsa Convention web page.


CORSA Scholarships

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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

2018 communique submission
2018 Communique Editorial Schedule
Issue Editorial & Classified
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April 02/15/2018 03/01/2018 03/01/2018 03/05/2018
May 03/15/2018 04/01/2018 04/01/2018 04/05/2018
June 04/15/2018 05/01/2018 05/01/2018 05/05/2018
July 05/15/2018 06/01/2018 06/01/2018 06/05/2018
September 07/15/2018 08/01/2018 08/01/2018 08/05/2018
October 08/15/2018 09/01/2018 09/01/2018 09/05/2018
November 09/15/2018 10/01/2018 10/01/2018 10/05/2018
January, 2019 11/15/2018 12/01/2018 12/01/2018 12/05/2018
Questions and submissions should be direted to

Don Keefe, Executive Editor
CORSA Communique
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Deadline FYIs
Soft - articles and classified ads should be submitted by this date to be considered  for inclusion in the next issue. Editorial revisions after submission are possible.
Commttment - date by which space of a specific size for a contracted advertisement will be establshed.
Drop Dead - items to run in the next issue must be submitted by this date in their final form

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

 CT

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

 CT

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.

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