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CORSA Holiday Cards!

CORSA Holiday Cards are Now Available!   Twenty cards and envelopes to a pack.  Santa in a Corvair convertible with a big sack of gifts on the front,  CORSA logo and QR code on the back.  Inscription inside reads, "Oh what fun it is to ride!  Happy Holidays."  Printed on heavy semi-gloss white card stock.  Price: $20 per pack plus shipping.  Order yours today!   Using the navigation menu, click on Merchandise and scroll down.

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Communique Preview - October 2018

Coming soon!  The October issue of the CORSA Communique magazine!  CORSA members can expect it to arrive at the beginning of the month!  This one will be chock full of articles, event scores and more from our 2018 International Convention.  Here are samples of some of the many articles that will be featured.

President's Message
by Mike Hall

Welcome to the convention issue of the Communique! We have some 1500 photos to pick from, courtesy of Mike McGowan and Ron Fedorczak, so as you know we can’t print them all. If you were there, we had a fantastic group of the membership at the convention. Record numbers of members registered this year, which is great, we were so happy that we could get so much of our membership together. Our hats off to WPCC and the convention committee for a great convention, and it was awesome to see so many members involved. .. . .Members:  Click HERE to access the most recent editions of CORSA Communique.

The 2018 Convention Concours – Adaption = Success!
by Ray Morales

Concours is an event that involves a lot of planning. We start working on the next Concours the day after we finish the last. In addition to all our planning capabilities, the Concours committee has a key skill we use every year- the ability to adapt to change. This year, we had to call upon that skill often and the result was a successful Concours. Don Wagner, Fred Bybee and Jim Diell joined me in the parking lot the night before to re-configure the show field after a lastminute change in location by the hotel. The weather app was consulted daily and after I bought rain gear for the judges, the 80% chance of rain changed to partly cloudy skies for the show. And as always, our volunteer judges and participants adapted to the new layout and tweaks to the judging assignments. Everyone’s flexibility was appreciated. It takes real team work too- all the judges volunteer (some after a bit of convincing) and many have cars in the show, so it is a lot of work to get ready and judge. Improvements are made every year and this year was no exception. .. . .Members:  Click HERE to access the most recent editions of the CORSA Communique.

The 2018 CORSA Road Rally
by Rick Beatty

At 9:01 AM on Thursday, July 26, at the 48th International Corvair Convention in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the first of 63 cars started the CORSA Road Rally from the rear parking lot of the DoubleTree by Hilton headquarters. Teams would travel 73 miles southeast of there and back primarily on lightly traveled paved rural roads with scenery, signs and a few landmarks along the route. The rally included looking for answers on 25 signs that overlapped the four measured time sections and two measured mileage sections. The signs were typically large and visible but quite a few were near the road or far from the road on barns, or in smaller text at the fracking operation entrance roads that have very quickly become common in Western Pennsylvania. The questions required a very careful check of the spelling, and scrutiny of whether or not the referenced text was on a “SRIP” (sign reading in part). For the group, I want to thank Car 266 who instead of completing the questions wrote “over” with a note to the organizers on the back that concluded “we have done many rallies at the conventions—this was the best!!” In 35 years I’ve never seen that on an answer sheet.. .. . .Members:  Click HERE to access the most recent editions of the CORSA Communique.

Chapter Newsletter Awards
by Terry Kalp

The Tony Fiore Memorial CORSA Chapter Newsletter Awards judging has been completed. The newsletters from the 2017 calendar year were evaluated by Frank Dotson, Ed Halpin, Terry Kalp, and Gary and Helen Moore. First Place for CORSA Chapter Newsletter competition went to the Dayton Corvair Club for their Dayton Corvair newsletter. All the judges ranked this excellent newsletter highly. Jim Stukenborg is the editor of Chapter 454 newsletter. The Dayton newsletter moved up one spot from their second place finish last year. Second Place was the CorvanAntics newsletter of Corvanatics specialty chapter of CORSA. The Corvanatics chapter of the Corvair Society of America advances preservation, restoration and enjoyment of Corvair Forward Control (FC) vehicles. Members:  Click HERE to access the most recent editions of the CORSA Communique.

 

A Trip to the Trolley Museum!
by Allan Lacki

I’m cuckoo for trolleys! And so, when Joanie and I finished the convention economy run just minutes away from the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum, we just had to stop in. Admission includes a ride in two different trolley cars over the museum’s four-mile loop of track and a tour of the museum’s car barn. The Pennsylvania Trolley Museum came to Chartiers Township, Washington County in February 1954 with three trolley cars. Today, it boasts a collection of nearly fifty trolley cars. The museum’s all-volunteer technical staff has lovingly restored some of them. Others are relics that haven’t been touched since they were retired decades ago. .. . .Members:  Click HERE to access the most recent editions of the CORSA Communique.

 


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Corvair Newbies - A Giveaway Offer!

CORSA is providing a great incentive for new members to join our club. If you have never been a member of CORSA before, this is for you.

Between now and December 31, each new CORSA member will receive a free copy of Corvair Basics - a 190 page technical manual for anyone new to Corvairs or thinking about Corvair ownership. This book is a compendium of articles written by acknowledged experts and covering all aspects of Corvair repair, maintenance and restoration. This is an especially useful resource for anybody who is new to the Corvair hobby. Please allow four weeks for shipping.

We imagine that most of our existing members already have a copy of Corvair Basics, but for those of you who don’t, copies are available for purchase at the CORSA website. Visit www.corvair.org and click on the "Merchandise" link for more information.

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CORSA Convention 2018 - Success!

With 667 registered participants, the 2018 CORSA Convention was a rousing success!

Our convention this year was hosted by the Western Pennsylvania Corvair Club and based at the DoubleTree - Green Tree Hotel in Pittsburgh, PA.  Like all CORSA Conventions, this one had a full array of activities for Corvair enthusiasts, including a Concours d' Elegance, Autocross, Rally, Economy Run, tech sessions, and more.

For the tourists among us, we enjoyed a night-time Pittsburgh Pirates baseball game and a three-hour dinner cruise up and down the rivers that surround the Pittsburgh skyline.  Those who prefer to roam free had options too; hop-on / hop-off buses provided transportation to Pittsburgh's innumerable attractions. 

The week was capped off with a large banquet and, on the last day, the host chapter arranged a Corvair car display on picturesque Art Rooney Avenue at the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongehela Rivers overlooking Point State Park.

Results for the competitive events were announced at the banquet and trophies were awarded to the top-scoring participants in each event.  Full details will be provided in the October issue of the CORSA Communique, which is coming up faster than you think!  

CORSA Members:  If you want to see the results before then, log-in to this website and then click on this link:

     Results for All 2018 Convention Events - Log-in and then CLICK HERE!

Pictures!  Pictures!   Pictures!  The message boards are filled with pictures from the Convention.  For those of you who are on Facebook, be sure to visit the CORSA Society of America Group and the Corvair Owners Group for pictures and videos.  There you will see much more than we could possibly post here.  But shown below is a sample for you to enjoy.

The fun never ends!   Next year, we'll be holding our convention in St. Charles, Illinois; and the year after that, in San Diego.  Join CORSA and be a part of it!

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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

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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 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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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.



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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.



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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.


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

DATES & LOCATION:

May 18-20, 2018

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

EVENT SCHEDULE:

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

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

Sunday (May 20)
Swap Meet
Wrap up & Farewell

REGISTRATION:

Click here to download our mail-in registration form.   The registration fee covers museum admission, meals and fun activities.

The price is $35 per person if you register on or before May 10.  After that, the price increases to $45.

Special rates for kids!  $15 for ages 4-12.  $0 for ages 0-3.  

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.

LODGING:

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
www.hamptoninn3.hilton.com

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

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