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CORSA Convention Highlights - Valve Cover Races


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.


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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! . . .
Members can read more in the new Corsa Communique.


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.. . .
Members can read more in the new Corsa Communique.


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.


Not a member? For a sample copy of the Communique, click here, or better yet, join Corsa now for full access to the current issue, the entire archive of CORSA Communiques, as well as other publications.


Join Us for the Grand Opening of the New Corvair Museum!


May 18-20, 2018

Chevrolet Hall of Fame
Corvair Museum Annex
3635 US-36,
Decatur, Illinois


Friday... (May 18)
Car Show Prep
Corvair Discussions

Saturday... (May 19)
Swap Meet
Peoples Choice Car Show
Museum Ribbon Cutting
Fun activities
Catered Dinner

Sunday (May 20)
Swap Meet
Wrap up & Farewell


Early registration is $35 per person, and includes Museum Admission, Meals and Fun. (On-site registration is $45.)  Click here for the registration form that can be mailed in for early (discounted) registration.

More events being added as our first ever Corvair Preservation Foundation Show and Shine weekend evolves.

Event merchandise available,

Come and join us to celebrate the grand opening party dedicated to our new Museum.


For those of you staying over, we arranged special room rates here, at the Hampton Inn.

Hampton Inn
4855 E. Evergreen Ct.
Decatur, IL 62521
(217) 864-3297

Mention: Convention Code "COR" to get this discounted room rate:

Rate: $129 per night (plus tax) for:
One Regular King (up to 2 ppl)
Two Queen beds (up to 4 ppl)
*Free breakfast for each occupant


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.


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.


Stock-Is... Now Online!

Beginning in January 1987, Larry Claypool (with the help of an occasional guest writer) published a wonderful series of Corvair restoration articles under the banner "Stock Is...". The articles appeared in nearly every issue of the CORSA Communique magazine for six consecutive years and covered an amazing amount of territory.

We now have an online index of all the "Stock Is..." articles that were published in the CORSA Communique magazine. The index lists the names of the articles and identifies the issues of the Communique where they can be found. Here is the web address for the index:…/public…/stock-is-index-of-articles

Naturally, an index isn't of any use unless you can read the articles. If you are a CORSA member, we have you covered because you can access the online Communique archives. Log on, open up the archives, and download the particular CORSA Communique of interest to you.Corvair_Interior


Museum Update!

The New Corvair Museum is open!

The Corvair Museum is up and running at its new location - 3635 US Route 36 East, Decatur, Illinois - in the same building as the famous Chevrolet Hall of Fame Museum.  We have 9,000 square feet of space at this facility all for ourselves.  And with so much footage, we're now able to display our entire collection to the public for the very first time. 

We now have photos of our exhibits in the new museum.  Click HERE to see them!



Convention Concours & More

Click HERE to download a PDF showing complete results of all the competitive activities at the 2017 CORSA Convention, namely the Concour d'Elegance, Rally, Economy Run, Autocross, Model Car Contest, Valve Cover Races and Car Display!

Wednesday at the Independence Convention was Concours day!  Every year, the judges endure tough conditions to get up close and score the entries.  Rain, heat, hot pavement, you name it, they get it done anyway.  And this year was no exc...  er...  Wait, what was this?  An overcast, gently breezy day in the 70s?  On a pleasant grassy slope?  That's right folks, the conditions were ideal this year for the entered Corvairs.  Owners could sit close by under shady trees while the judges made their way through the well turned out cars.  Spectators mingled and admired the nice variety of examples presented.  What a great day for the Concours!


G# Jim Allen, Peoria IL ’66 500 coupe, white 99.11
G Stephan Spence, Bossier City LA ’69 Monza coupe, white 98.15
G Clyde Jones, Everton AR ’66 Monza conv., red 98.07
G Gary Greenwood, Anderson SC ’65 Monza coupe, blue 97.08
G Barry Breaux, Metairie LA ’66 Corsa coupe, blue 96.92
G Marlene Passini, Warminster PA ’66 Monza conv., blue 96.46
G Ron Hirsch, Frankfort IL ’65 Corsa coupe, blue 96.42
S Kent Goddard, Manchester MO ’66 Corsa conv., red 95.62
S Ray Morales, Sunnyvale TX ’61 700 station wagon, blue 95.59
S Crawford Rose, Metairie LA ’60 Monza coupe, cream 95.23
S Philip Levering, Parker Ford PA ’65 Corsa conv., yellow 95.11
S Mike Hall, Pawnee IL ’62 Monza station wagon, gold 94.09
S Jerry Berger, Chicago IL ’67 Monza conv., red 93.50
S Burt Neuner, Rolling Meadows IL ’65 Monza coupe, bronze 93.04




G* Michael Kliethermes, Lees Summit MO ’65 Corsa coupe, red 98.62
G* Chris Shade, Hastings NE ’66 Stinger coupe, white 97.95
G* Gary Baxter, Owasso OK ’66 Monza coupe, blue 97.69
G* Jeffrey Moore, Rogersville MO ’65 Stinger coupe, blue 97.37
G* Vicki Cook, Springfield MO ’66 Corsa coupe, blue 97.28
G* Teresa Miller, Ash Grove MO ’65 Corsa coupe, orchid 96.33
G* Ed Halpin, Castle Rock CO ’67 Monza 4-door, silver/black 96.08
G* James Conway, Independence MO ’65 Corsa coupe, bronze 96.06
S Christel Espejo, Sherwood AR ’65 Monza conv., red 95.91
S Andrew Allen, Oak Park IL ’66 Corsa coupe, red 95.62
S Michael Boyle, Grand Prairie TX ’66 Monza conv., white 95.49
S Norbert Laubach, Keithsburg IL ’65 Corsa coupe, blue 95.40
S Mike Dawson, Belton MO ’61 700 station wagon, green 94.41
S Helen Moore, Lawson MO ’61 Rampside, red/white 94.19
S Eric Prosise, DeWitt IA ’65 Monza 4-door, blue 93.81
S Roger Byer, Lake Havasu City AZ ’63 Monza conv., blue 93.78
S Dan Mulligan, Irving TX ’65 Corsa conv., black 93.08
S Mike Seversin, Madison WI ’64 Sprint conv., silver 92.85
S Jonni Berkman, Brighton CO ’65 Corsa conv., red 92.11
S Philip Raker, Manning SC ’63 Greenbrier, gold/white 92.02
B Jeffrey Kamin, Oswego IL ’67 Monza coupe, cream 91.67
B Tom Wolcott, Lake Havasu City AZ ’64 Monza conv., blue 91.59
B Larry Eilenberger, Leawood KS ’66 Monza conv., red 91.28
B Jay Allen, Wichita KS ’64 Monza coupe, blue 91.22
B Dan Hill, Benton AR ’64 Monza coupe, red 91.18
B Chris Wiley, Nicholasville KY ’63 Spyder conv., red 91.17
B Dick Mickelson, Plymouth MN ’65 Monza 4-door, yellow 90.21
B Gary Jones, Smithville MO ’64 Monza coupe, purple 89.71
B Ray Sego, Saint Joseph MO ’64 Monza coupe, white 88.58
  Roger Ringelstetter, Sun Prairie WI ’62 Rampside, blue/white 87.70
  Dale Dewald, Hancock MI ’67 500 4-door, tan/cream 87.60

G-Gold, S-Silver, B-Bronze
*Elevated to Senior Division
#Mitchell Best of Show Award


CORSA Chapter Feather Flags!

As seen at the CORSA Convention in Independence, CORSA Chapter feather flags are now available!  These are just the thing for getting you and your Corvair buddies noticed when you show up at car shows and cruises!  This is a one-time offer that expires August 31, 2017, so order one for your chapter today.  All of the orders will be batched and processed on or about August 31 to save costs and keep the prices low.  Click on the order form shown here, print it out, and send it to Inkorporated Designs!

Feather Flag order form
Use this form to order a feather flag for your chapter! (Click on it for the full-size image).
Feather Flag prototype
Photo of prototype CORSA chapter flag. Your flag will include your chapter name. Yes, they're BIG!
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