Corvair Houston

Calendar of Events for the Fall

Well October is off to a good start with events almost every weekend. Larry Keast a lifetime member is hosting his 7th annual Car Party on Thursday the 3d at Venturetech. Plan to bring your Corvair and share your ride with others. There should be some great cars including a contingent of Hot Rods and Bonneville Racers.

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!

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Corvair Houston

 
Corvair Houston was organized in 1974 and incorporated in 1983. As a chapter of the national Corvair Society of America (CORSA) it is dedicated to preserving the Corvair for future generations. The Club conducts regular monthly meetings and also sponsors or participates in other activities through the year; local and national car shows, picnics and barbecues, races and museum events, and road trips to locations in and around Texas. We offer information about Corvair parts, restoration, maintenance and repairs. Our meetings are usually held on the third Friday of each month and are always preceded by an informal gathering in the parking lot. After the meeting a group often heads for a local eatery for sandwiches and conversation. Annual dues are $25 per family, $20 if you are a member of CORSA. A monthly newsletter publishes information about recent and upcoming events, cars and parts for sale, and Corvair related news. Note that Corvair ownership is not required for membership to Corvair Houston - merely an appreciation for a unique footnote to automotive history.


Club History: Then and Now

by Guy Bobkoff

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...

Guy Bobkoff
Corvair Houston Historian