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Help with photo tagging

Over the last ten years of Corvair events I have attended I have taken literally thousands of photos. You can see them here Photo Galleries. With the change in this site to a more dynamic site which allows users to add and update content I finally have a Web site where these photos can be tagged so they are more useful to the users of this Web site.

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Intro to the Corvair

The Corvair was a rear-engined automobile produced by General Motors from 1960 to 1969. It was offered in a wide range of body styles (such as a four-door sedan, coupe, convertible, station wagon, pickup, panel van, a window van called the Greenbrier) and featured an air-cooled engine, which was unusual for American cars at the time.

The Corvair remains one of GMs most unusual creations. Design began in 1956 under the auspices of Ed Cole, and the first vehicles rolled off the assembly line in late 1959 as part of the 1960 model year (in which it was named Motor Trend magazine's Car of the Year.

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Jay Leno's and his 1961 Corvair Rampside

Jay Leno shows off the restoration of his 1961 Chevrolet Corvair Rampside.

Jay spied his derelict Rampside by Big Dog Garage, abandoned and in terrible condition. Recognizing a unique and now fairly rare diamond in the rusty rough, Jay acquired the vehicle for $600 and set upon a ground up restoration that began with totally dismantling the pick-up down to the screws. Although Jay and his team made a few adjustments, the restoration is primarily stock, thanks to a few extant companies which manufacture all parts for the still popular Corvair.

 

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2008 Fall Affair

Held in Raleigh, NC
October 24-26, 2008.

It was a good but rainy weekend in Raleigh for the 32nd annual Fall Corvair Affair hosted by CORSA/NC.

The weekend started with a cruise in Friday night to the local Sonic. About the time that was winding down it started raining. The nights entertainment was a movie in the hospitality room.

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FIre and ICE 2007

The 2007 Fire and ICE autocross was held at the Iowa International Raceway in Marshalltown, IA. This .6 mile track is perfect for racing. Twenty-six drivers from eight states raced their Corvairs.

Click here for more photos of 2007 Fire and ICE

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Corvair Museum - 2007

The Corvair Museum was formed in 1994 to house and display Corvair historical and educational material. Property and income for the museum are solely from donations, primarily from CORSA members. Other individuals and organizations have contributed or provided items on loan to the museum. Exhibits at the museum include vehicles, mechanical displays, literature and artwork.

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General Motors Heritage Center Tour

The Heritage Center, which is in an industrial park in Sterling Heights just north of the GM Technical Center, is designed to help GM employees, scholars, analysts and the media with researching the company's rich history.

Among the vehicles housed at the center are past and current concept vehicles and historically significant vehicles from various eras such as the 1931 V-16 Cadillac, 1949 Buick Roadmaster, and 1953 Chevrolet Corvette.

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2006 SpringFest

Even though there was a threat of rain all weekend more than 300 people showed
up. Friday started with lots of shopping from both the used parts vendors and
Clark’s Corvair Parts. Friday evening was the hospitality party with hamburgers,
hot dogs, chips, chili, etc. Then it was time for the children’s valve cover
races. Every child under age 13 that wanted to race was given and car and the
brackets were setup. First through third places were determined and there was a
multi-way tie for fourth. Everyone went home a winner. That was followed by the

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2005 SECC Corvair Autocross

St Augustine, FL.

There aren't a whole bunch because I spent most of the time either driving or working.

Instead of the normal red mist Leslie found the white mist with an off-track excursion into the water in Sarah's convertible.

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