Calendar of Events for the Fall
More hot activity will be in Austin the weekend of the 4-6th at Circuit Of the Americas. The SVRA is hosting the Vintage National Championship. The weekend activities include Cars and Caffeine and pro Trans Am racing, Americas oldest running road racing series. Club member Chris Langley will be there competing with his Stinger. Look for other Corvairs to compete including Curtis Wood's SVRA Gold Medallion all original Stinger race car from back in the day. COTA is a perfect venue for 3 days of racing and showing your favorite ride. Bring your Vair and hang out with other club members from Austin and San Antonio region.
On the weekend of the 11-13th is Heritage Days event in Mineral Wells, TX. Hosted by the North Texas Corvair Association. Several groups from the club are making plans to caravan North on Friday. watch your emails as members are planning their departure times and place.
The monthly meeting will be held Sunday the 20th, plan to attend as we have club business to discuss including election of officers and board members for 2020. Watch your email Todd Hasfjord is looking for some fine looking Corvairs to be displayed at this year's AutoRama at George R. Brown Convention Center during Thanksgiving Weekend. Todd has indicated that he has a couple of slots left for the show. This year's theme is "Let's Go Camping" look to see Greg Fox's all original Corvair Camper. If your chariot is show ready please contact Todd to be placed in the annual event. If your Vair is not ready to roll consider volunteering for setup or break down.
The final official event of 2019 is the annual Christmas Party at Ricki and Sally's on Saturday December the 14th. Watch this space for more details. See you at the races!
Club History: Then and Now
In the context of the times, 1974 saw many Corvairs on the streets, for sale on car lots all over the area, and parts that could be bought at your local Chevrolet dealer.
So it was not an unusual effort to organize a group of Corvair enthusiasts. The result was a wonderful mixed bag of personalities from all lifestyles, careers, locations, etc. All brought their own enthusiasm in preserving, driving, racing, sharing stories, and noting the differences in their own cars.
In early 1975 the first Corvair newsletter, The Spyder, was offered. It was clearly a class offering and became the handout and introduction to 100's of future members.
There is no doubt, the stage was set for a club that had the name of a car in its title, and a soul in its membership. Every effort included members, their spouses and children. Meetings were a joyful laugh-filled event that certainly included Corvairs, but first and foremost valued it members.
Corvair Houston had a very high profile in the local area, turning out for car shows, charity events, parades, racing events and just driving our Corvairs. It was a joyful time, filled with enthusiasm for new found friends, and the purpose of enjoying our unique automobiles.
It is interesting too, that no one was sensing that our cars would ever be relegated to antique status
How could we know that time, technology, and a quarter of a century would have us looking back to those days of Corvairs in every driveway, parts at every dealership and, for us in Texas, R-12 becoming illegal?
So here we are, after 39 years of Corvairing, and all of today's members are reaping the rewards of the solid beginnings.
Look around at Corvair Houston meetings. You'll see the same enthusiasm, friendly faces, helpful ideas, and great humor.
Well, I'll be damned, we haven't changed...
Corvair Houston Historian