CORSA International Convention in Kalamazoo MI
My first convention was in 2013. I was invited by John & Teresa Miller to join them during the convention. It was a one day drive to Kalamazoo with the two Corvairs of John & Teresa.
The day before the convention started, there was a track day at GingerMan Raceway. I had a great time taking pictures of all the Corvairs out on the track, from stock to full race Corvairs. I got on the track as well as a passenger in Bob's 1969 Yenko Stinger Goodyear test car and even got behind the wheel for a couple of laps in John's Corvair.
After Gingerman it was convention time. The host hotel was Four Points by Sheraton Kalamazoo, but also the hotels around the host hotel where filled with Corvair people from all over the world. There were vendors inside and outside with new or used parts. There were Corvairs everywhere around the hotel. I attended a tech session about brakes, converting drum brakes to disc brakes. Concours took place at the Air Zoo Aerospace & Science Museum. Beautiful Corvairs. Scott & Tracy adopted me to do the rally with them. The rally took place in the area of Kalamazoo. We finished the rally in time. I even helped setting up the cones for the autocross next day at the US 101 Motorsport Park. The autocross was busy and fun to watch. Corvairs driving the cone lay-out. The evening was filled with the banquet at the Air zoo. The last day was at the Gilmore Car Museum where the morning was spent. In the afternoon we said goodbye to all the Corvair friends and drove back home.
My first experience with the convention was great. Friendly people and I never had a problem to find a ride to one of the venues. I bet this won't the last convention I will visit.
Thank you West Michigan Corvair Club for this awesome event!
John is preparing the Corvairs for the 1 day roadtrip to Kalamazoo
The other Corvair that would join the roadtrip.
Fueling up, and back on the road.
Always meet some other "Hot-Rodders" when your on the road.
John is driving smooth!
First stop before the convention, South Haven, Mitchigan.
WTF (Where's The Fire) special rig!
Raceday at Gingerman Racetrack the day before the Corvair Convention. Steve Ridderman in action!
Rick Norris in action!
Double trubble, or dubble speed with Michael LeVeque.
Good Year Stinger, i got a change to drive along with Bob Dunahugh in this historical Corvair.
The other corvair wait inline for the green light to hit the track.
Beside race Corvairs, there was a Ultra Van to!
Vendors enough at the Corvair Convention in Kalamazoo, Mitchigan
Clarks broughed a lot of parts.
Outside vendors, new, nos, old, scrap all was there, with some luck you find some good deals.
Different Usky cams, i love them.
At the parking lot there where all kind of Corvairs.
Most of the parking places where taken bij Corvairs.
Tech session, changing from drumbrake to diskbrake with Michael LeVeque, race Corvair was from Steve.
Concour time, nice and shiney Spyder Convertable.
2 tone Lakewood! looking awesome.
Judging all the Corvairs.
More wagons at the Concour.
The judges are checking the Corvair inside and outside, even underneath.
Fun times at the WTF truck, complete with beertap and home brew beer! Awesome time!
Rally time with Scott and Tracy!
More Ultra Vans showed up!
Autocross time, all different classes.
Lined up for some cone fun!
Don't hit a cone Ryan!
Some fast corvairs are goingsmooth through the cone track.
iIn between the the cones, straight!
Left, Right nice to watch.
Corvairs are made for taking corners!
Banquet, and awards evening.
Paint the "hippie" van! TOT ZIENS means Good bye in Dutch.
Gillmore Museum, nice setup of all the Corvairs between the Car museum barns.
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