Circle City Sweetens the Pot

The Circle City Corvair Club of Indianapolis, Indiana, has donated $150 to increase the awards available to participants at the "Corvair Olympics" conducted by the Northeast Corvair Council (NECC) in the greater Indianapolis area June 16-17-18. A $100 prize has been posted by Silicone Wire Systems of San Jose, California, for the winner of the event's John Fitch Award, honoring the best overall performance in all three days of performance-oriented driving events. The Circle City Corvair Club's donation will now offer a $75 prize to the runner-up and a $50 award to the third position. An additional $25 will be presented to a "hard luck" recipient as chosen by the event organizers. The Corvair Olympics is a three-day Corvair performance challenge consisting of time trials on a road course, drag racing on a quarter-mile, and autocross on a pylon-defined course. The John Fitch Award, honoring the best overall performance in all three events, is named for the well-known war hero, race car driver, and safety advocate John Fitch, who at age 93 remains actively involved in automotive pursuits. Fitch's modified Corvairs, produced with the cooperation of Chevrolet in the 1960s, remain prized collectible cars today. The time trials, preceded by open lapping sessions, will take place on Thursday, June 16, at the Putnam Park Road Course in Mount Meridian, west of Indianapolis. The drag races will take place on Friday, June 17, at Muncie Dragway just outside of Muncie, northeast of the city. The autocross will take place on Saturday, June 18, at the Carbon Motors facility in Connersville, east of Indy. The John Fitch Award is given to the driver who participates in all three events with the same Corvair, Corvair-bodied, or Corvair-powered vehicle and who earns the best overall score. Individual scores are weighted by a formula to adjust for different classes, enabling stock Corvairs to compete on an equal footing with race-prepared Corvairs. The Circle City Corvair Club, founded in 1974, is a chapter of the Corvair Society of America and is playing a key role in assisting the Northeast Corvair Council with the Corvair Olympics. The club conducts meetings and events throughout the year. More information is available online at . The Northeast Corvair Council, also founded in 1974, is an association of local Corvair clubs in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states. The NECC specializes in events featuring high-performance driving, and in 2012 will be conducting the Corvair Society of America's annual convention in Sturbridge, Massachusetts. Additional information about the Corvair Olympics and the 2012 convention can be found at