The Chevrolet Corvair was introduced on Friday, October 2, 1959.
50 years later, celebrations are planned throughout the country, including a Corvair-exclusive show at Holtz Chevrolet in Hales Corner, Wis., the oldest active Chevrolet dealership in the U.S. The one-day event, this Saturday, Oct. 3, will be hosted by the Milwaukee Corvair Club and Holz Motors.
Holz Motors was founded in 1914 and began selling Chevrolets in 1915. Walt Baranowski president of the Milwaukee Corvair Club said, "As well as being an historic car shop, Holz has long remained a force in their support of classic car shows, so we can’t think of a better place to celebrate such a historical event than at their dealership."
"Event hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. whether it is bright, blue and sunny or, because we are such die-hard Corvair enthusiasts, rainy, windy and cold," Baranowski added.
"We hope to have all years and models represented at the show," Baranowski said. "There will be plenty of good food for everyone, plus dash plaques and trophies awarded in the eight classes."
For anyone wishing to show a car, this will be a Corvair-exclusive event. Car club membership is not required, but you will need a Corvair to show. Spectators are welcome.
The Corvair’s Birthday Celebration will be held on the grounds of the Holz dealership located at 5961 S. 108th Place, Hales Corners. There is easy Interstate access.
Pre-registration is $10.00 per Corvair. Late registration is $15.00.
You don’t have to be in Milwaukee, however, to celebrate the Corvair’s 50th. Celebrations are planned throughout the country, from a ‘welcome party’ on the East Coast in Cape May, N.J. on Friday where the "new" 1960 Corvair will be unveiled, to a birthday bash on the West Coast in Lynden, Wash. at Hinton Motors, a Chevrolet dealer established in 1947.
Following is a list of October Corvair 50th annniversary celebrations listed on the Corvair Preservation Foundation Web site. For more information, visit them at: http://pr.corvair.org/
Oct. 2 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF 1960 CORVAIR – INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC
Oct. 2 INTERNATIONAL "DRIVE YOUR CORVAIR DAY" – Designated by CORSA, with special events hosted by CORSA chapters worldwide. Details to follow.
Oct. 2 GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY OF THE CORVAIR AT HINTON MOTORS – Lynden, WA. Hinton Motors is a Chevrolet dealer established in 1947. Details are still being worked out, but will include Corvairs in the showroom. This event is open to all Corvairs, but club member’s cars have priority for showroom appearance. Non-club members please pre-register before September 15th. There is no fee. Food, door prizes, raffle and dash plaques will be provided.- Hosted by North Cascades Corvairs, Contact Bill Chellis, Phone 360-387-0425
Oct. 2-4 CORVAIR’S 50TH BIRTHDAY PARTY – Cape May, NJ. Friday evening welcome party with the unveiling of the "new" 1960 Corvair, a Saturday show in town, a Saturday night showing of the 1960 Best Picture, "The Apartment" and a Sunday brunch, Chinese Auction and tour through Cape May ending at the Cape May Lighthouse.
– Hosted by Mid-Atlantic Corvair Clubs, Contact Ron Peles, Phone 908-479-1218
Oct. 2-4 Vairs in the Valley – Maggie Valley, NC. Friday evening 50th Anniversary celebration for the Corvair. Saturday People’s Choice with special emphasis on 1960 models.- Hosted by NC Mountain Corvairs, Contact Toni Barrett, Phone 828-628-3397
Oct. 2-Dec. 31 VAIRS AND VETTES MUSEUM DISPLAY – Bowling Green, KY. 6,000 sq ft dedicated to celebrating Corvair’s 50th Anniversary. All makes, models, and years. – Hosted by Corvair Preservation Foundation, Contact Greg Scarboro, Phone 859-278-6081
Oct. 3 50TH BIRTHDAY PARTY – Hales Corners, WI. Celebrate the 50th birthday of the first retail sale of Corvair at Holz Motors, a Chevrolet dealer established in 1914 at the very same location in southwest Milwaukee.- Hosted by Milwaukee Corvair Club, Contact Walt Baranowski, Phone 262-547-6420
Oct. 4 GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY PARTY – Plainville, MA. A party for our beloved Corvair. – Hosted by Bay State Corvairs, Contact Ray Bombardier, Phone 508-473-7026
Oct. 23-25 GREAT WESTERN FAN BELT TOSS & SWAP MEET – Palm Springs, CA. The largest annual Corvair gathering in the western U.S. celebrates the 50th anniversary of Corvair’s introduction.