If you’ve ever owned a Corvair, you know all too well how difficult it can be to find someone with the skills and inclination to work on this rear-engined wonder. One of the great benefits of belonging to a local club is that this might be the only place you will find someone with both. At Derby City, we try to host at least two tech sessions annually. It’s a great way to make some needed improvements to your car and also, a chance for new Corvair owners to get a better understanding of their new cars.
On October 2, 1959 Chevrolet dealerships across the country opened their doors to reveal the 1960 model Corvair. Originally intended to be a four door economy car, the Corvair developed into much more including sports cars, 2 and 4 door models, convertibles, station wagons, trucks and vans. The weekend of October 2 and 3, 2009, Bob Hook Chevrolet in Louisville, KY rolled back the clock and filled its showroom with a variety of Corvairs, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Corvair.
On September 15-16, members of the Derby City Corvair Club attended the second annual Hoosier Corvair Classic. Again the main event, the car display, was held at Ray Skillman’s Classic Car dealership in Greenwood, IN. We enjoyed perfect weather for the weekend and we all made it there and back without any major issues. As always, it was great to get together with our friends from Indianapolis. Thanks again to Circle City Corvairs for hosting this event.
Well we haven’t updated this site for a while so here are some of our events…
Mar 12 – Lexington St. Patrick’s Day Parade
April 21-24 – Corvair Springfest in Helen, GA
April 30 – trip to Ky/OH with VMCCA
May 7 – Derby Day party at Poneleit’s on the lake
July 12-16 – CORSA national Convention in Springfield, IL
Our trip so far….
This epic voyage began Wednesday, July 16, when Cliff and “Chicken Little” left Lexington with a goal of the national CORSA Convention in Tacoma, Washington with return route including Route 66 through the Southwest.
The first stop was dinner with an old friend, Scott Trunkhill in Iowa City. After spending the night in Cedar Rapids, IA, the site of the 2010 national convention, it was on to Rochester to meet up with Dave and Ina Keillor. The drive through northern Iowa and into Minnesota was nothing but miles and miles of cornfields. Then there was the occasional cattle car. Man, I don’t know when I’ve smelled anything that strong in my life. Staying ahead of them became the challenge of the day.
After arriving in Rochester, I spent the afternoon getting reacquainted with Dave and Ina. I met the two of them years ago at a performance workshop in Dayton, Ohio. Dave had been working on a 65 Monza that he and Ina sold to her brother back in 68. They re-acquired the car in 2004 and have done an incredible job of turning “Mr. Redd” into a beautiful example of what Chevrolet could have done with the car if they had wanted to.
Meanwhile, Beth was in Atlanta for the XSEDE conference. She will have to tell you what that stands for. I picked her up in the airport at 5:30 on Thursday. This is where things began to unravel. You can see from the photo that the airport isn’t very large. In fact, I’ve been in mall parking lots that were bigger than this. I got all turned around as we were leaving and for a split second, it looked like we were going to get hopelessly lost. Man, if I can’t get out of this parking lot, what business do I have traveling cross country? But, we finally got out. Thank goodness for the peanut trail
On to I-90!
Gas at a Sinclair station
Then on to Wall, SD
Saturday morning we visited Wall Drug in Wall, SD – billboards advertise “Free Ice Water!” “5 cent coffee!” and what got Cliff: “Homemade donuts!” famous since the 1930s.
Then Saturday saw 500+ miles on I-90 west toward Bozeman, Montana
Went thru a corner of Wyoming.
Met a Wyoming Highway Patrol Officer
Welcome to Montana
The CKCE had a great day in the Lexington St. Patrick’s Day parade! Here are just a few of the photos.
We had 9 cars, great weather, and a terrific crowd showed up in downtown Lexington! Afterwards we went for dinner at Columbia’s steak house, a tradition for the club. Thanks to David Lockman for entering us in the parade as usual! Click on the first picture then you will be able to view the remaining images as a slide show.
Welcome to the KY Corvair Enthusiasts website. Today’s question is this. Just how many Corvair Nuts does it take to replace a fan belt? The answer is, none if it’s installed correctly the first time.