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Username Post: NASCAR Oval Track Corvairs        (Topic#102195)
Mel Foye 
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Mel Foye
Loc: Azusa, Calif.
Reg: 10-13-04
05-27-05 02:51 PM - Post#706008    

Sorry no Corvair but came close years ago. Came down to a Spyder convert, a 62 Corvette or an Avante. Chose the Vette because if I broke down between LA and the midwest I could get parts from a wrecking yard.
Anyway I remember two guys that ran Corvairs on a 1/4 and a 1/2 mile oval. One was on a 57 Chev frame and the other on a 58 Chev frame and both V8s.
Uncle just gave his grandson his 64 Corvair which he bought new.
Enjoy as they are great cars. Mel

Remember it is supposed to be fun!! Lived long enough to where I now beat my kid's car on the weekend.


 




acardon 
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acardon
Loc: DFW TEXAS
Reg: 03-25-05
Re: NASCAR Oval Track Corvairs
05-27-05 04:05 PM - Post#706009    
    In response to Mel Foye

I never saw a Corvair on the NASCAR circuit, but there are a few still race em in the sports car races. Would be interesting to see pictures of Corvairs against the Dodges and Fords of the time on the oval.
It's supriseing how many mechanical parts you can still get at your local auto supply. You can even get an alternator for a Corvair at Auto Zone and that alternator is unique to the Corvair because of the mounting.

Don
66 Corvair (driving)
57 2dr HT (driving)
56 2dr HT (waiting to be restored)


 
Anonymous 

Re: NASCAR Oval Track Corvairs
06-01-05 03:53 AM - Post#706010    
    In response to acardon

I can remember a Corvair racing at the old Orange County Speedway in Rougemont N.C. It was called Tri County Speedway then. It wasn't NASCAR, it was an outlaw track and they ran a small block Chevy motor. just had a Corvair body. That was back in the 70's



 
ladybugcorvair 
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Age: 71
Loc: Michigan, USA
Reg: 06-02-05
Re: NASCAR Oval Track Corvairs
07-05-05 05:08 PM - Post#706011    
    In response to

arcadone
Is the Corvair supposed to be fast? I have a 6 cylinder and it seems a little doggy on the bottom end ..

Do you know how the horizonal 6 cylinder compares to say the standard inline 6 for Chevy's of it's time?

In fact .. do yo know the cubic inch size etc of the 6 cylinder I have in mine? [please]

thx
Gary
gdougherty@gmail.com



 
acardon 
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acardon
Loc: DFW TEXAS
Reg: 03-25-05
Re: NASCAR Oval Track Corvairs
07-05-05 05:40 PM - Post#706012    
    In response to ladybugcorvair

Your engine is probably a 145 cubic inch 95 hp. The later engines were 164 c.i. and went from 110 hp to 180 hp for the turbo engine. The corvair was meant to be an economy car at the time but did pretty good compared to other 6 cylinders because it was lighter weight.

Don
66 Corvair (driving)
57 2dr HT (driving)
56 2dr HT (waiting to be restored)


 
persh 
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persh
Loc: Tucson, Arizona
Reg: 07-19-00
Re: NASCAR Oval Track Corvairs
07-07-05 10:59 AM - Post#706013    
    In response to ladybugcorvair

The Corvairs, even in it's 150/180 hp turbo charged state, were not particularly fast in a straight line. They do okay at the drags when you've got a small block in the back seat. But the thing that attracts people to the Corvair is the fact that they go around corners like nobody's business, especially the '65 and newer cars with the revised rear suspension. But don't be mistaken, the early models go around the corners better than your average grocery getter! With the proper tune up and modifications, they are extrememly fun at the Saturday morning autocrosses in your neighborhood. In their day they were quite a force to be reckoned with. Now it's just fun to go out with a 40 year old car and give 'em a run for their money.

'60-'66 Idea Page or Corvair Stuff


 
Bob Core 
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Loc: Wichita, Kansas
Reg: 08-30-06
Re: NASCAR Oval Track Corvairs
08-31-06 04:54 AM - Post#706014    
    In response to persh

In 1960 and 1961 NASCAR had a short-lived Compact series that ran during the Daytona Speed Week. The Pettys and Marvin Panch ran Hyper-Pak Valiants, Jim Reed, one of the Chevrolet regulars at the time, ran a Corvair (4-dr sedan!), Curtis Turner and Joe Weatherly (I think) ran Falcons. There was one other Corvair, but I don't know who drove it.

They ran the opposite direction on the Speedway and used the infield road course.

The Falcon and Corvair teams had very little time to prepare and virtually no hot-rod parts. The Valiants had factory cams and 4bbl intakes with split exhaust manifolds on the slant-6's - they tore 'em up.

Not much was published about them, although the 1960 race may have been the first race ever televised live.



 
persh 
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persh
Loc: Tucson, Arizona
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Re: NASCAR Oval Track Corvairs
08-31-06 07:13 AM - Post#706015    
    In response to Bob Core

I'd love to know more about the compact series. Pictures, articles, etc. If you ever run across anything about it I'd love to see and know more about the whole thing......

'60-'66 Idea Page or Corvair Stuff


 
Bob Core 
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Loc: Wichita, Kansas
Reg: 08-30-06
Re: NASCAR Oval Track Corvairs
09-01-06 04:03 AM - Post#706016    
    In response to persh

Here are some captioned pics from an article. There's more where they came from, I'll try to dig them up.




 
Bob Core 
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Loc: Wichita, Kansas
Reg: 08-30-06
Re: NASCAR Oval Track Corvairs
09-01-06 04:58 PM - Post#706017    
    In response to Bob Core

And a couple more:







 
persh 
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persh
Loc: Tucson, Arizona
Reg: 07-19-00
Re: NASCAR Oval Track Corvairs
09-03-06 11:24 AM - Post#706018    
    In response to Bob Core

Bob!!! You're the MAN!!! Thanks a million.....

'60-'66 Idea Page or Corvair Stuff


 
persh 
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persh
Loc: Tucson, Arizona
Reg: 07-19-00
Re: NASCAR Oval Track Corvairs
09-04-06 07:32 AM - Post#706019    
    In response to Bob Core

I added a little blurb on my webpage about Corvair at NASCAR and used the magazine pages you provided. Thanks
again..... A little piece of history I was unaware of until now!!

Corvair at NASCAR

If you have any more, I'd love 'em!!

'60-'66 Idea Page or Corvair Stuff


 
Chris Webster 
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Loc: Strathpine, Australia
Reg: 10-29-06
Re: NASCAR Oval Track Corvairs
10-29-06 02:32 AM - Post#706020    
    In response to persh

Back in the late 70's/early 80's, Alan Grice raced a VERY highly modded Corvair in the Australian Sports Sedan Series.We saw (and still do) . some mad cars.Picture a late 80's Honda Civic with a small block Chev, a Hewland transaxle and some monster wings and flares, and you get the idea.

You in the Camry, the world won't end if you press the accelerator a bit harder.


 
persh 
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Posts: 1491
persh
Loc: Tucson, Arizona
Reg: 07-19-00
Re: NASCAR Oval Track Corvairs
10-30-06 05:20 PM - Post#706021    
    In response to Chris Webster

You "Down Under" mates are totally out of hand. I have always lived in a world where hot rodder were all from places like southern California or some such. But you guys are as crazy as we are. I love it. Any crazy pictures??

'60-'66 Idea Page or Corvair Stuff


 




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