2021 CORSA Mini Convention May 18-22, 2021

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2021 CORSA Mini Convention May 18-22, 2021

Postby Rick Andersen » Tue May 11, 2021 10:33 pm

Corvair Next Generation - 2021 Mini Convention May 18-22, 2021

Welcome to Springfield Illinois -- and the 2021 CORSA Sanctioned Mini Convention. The information provided on this page should help you plan for the upcoming mini. The mini will be featuring a CORSA Concours d'Elegance and a Road Rally with a visit to the CPF Corvair Museum. The local tours will be all self-guided with hand out and maps available, possibly even a tour guide if we are lucky. Springfield Illinios is most famous for its ties to Abraham Lincoln. Springfield is home to Lincoln's final resting place, the Lincoln’s tomb, the only home Lincoln owned, his law practice office and the state capitol in which he served before being elected president. Springfield is also on the route of Historic Route 66 and includes numerous locations that were in existence during the Rt 66’s heyday, plus many other sites dedicated to Rt 66. The CPF Corvair Musuem is on that Historic RT 66; how cool is that?

One of our exciting highlighted features this year will be special guest, Mr. William Wynne of FlyCorvair.net who is the authority for converting Corvair engines into aircraft power plants. After all, Corvair engines are aircraft inspired. As part of the Friday road trip, Mr. Wynne and some of his aviator friends will be presenting an Aviation Spectacular event at a nearby airport where Corvair powered airplanes will be on display and; (weather permitting), flight demonstrations will take place. Mr. Wynne will be giving a talk presentation about the history of Corvair flight at the Saturday night banquet. Invite your aviation friends who may find this fun and informative. You don't want to miss out on this. A new feature will be a Corvair-themed Art Show at the hotel for folks who want to bring their original paintings, sketches, renderings, photographs, or three-dimensional artwork pieces made from Corvair parts for others to enjoy. Please bring your own easel or stand for display. We look forward to seeing you there and having a lot of Corvair fun. If you have any questions, contact pcca@corvair.org


News Flash -March 20, 2021 First day of Spring - Covid-19 restrictions may be eased soon as the number of people vaccinated against the virus increases. The Governor of Illinois announced a Phase 4 bridge plan that would allow conventions up to 1,000 attendees. The Mini is expected to be far below that number. Meanwhile, we are still under phase 4 with its restrictions.

COVID- 19 Notes
Illinois is currently operating under the Governor’s Phase 4 for recovery. This means meetings are limited to 50 people or 50% of room capacity; multiple groups may meet in the same facility if in different rooms. Outdoor Activities are also limited to 50 people in a group. Again, multiple groups are permitted if separated. Outdoor seated capacity is limited to 20% of seats. Indoor dining is permitted for paries up to 10 people, tables in the eatery must be spearated by a minimum 6 feet. Take out and delivery is also available. Retail is limited to 50% of capacity. Musuems are limited to 25% capacity with guided tours limited to 50 people in a group.
A very important consideration is that the city of Springfield, which is where the host hotel is located, does have a mask ordinance that carries a fine. Masks must be worn in public (indoor) spaces including hotels, stores, restaurant and bars unless actually eating or drinking. The mask must cover the nose and mouth. Failure to wear a mask could lead to a $50 fine.
What does that all this mean for the Mini: Next generation? Tech sessions and other meetings may be limited to 50 people in the room – once the allotted chairs are filled, no more attendees will be permitted. The museum tours should be under the 50 person limit – more than 20 people in a group is probably too many to really enjoy the tour – PCCA’s tour guides are well informed. Masks will need to be worn indoors at the hotel and the museum. The only exception to the mask rule is at the banquet when you are eating and in the hospitality room while eating. Social distancing is required indoors and outdoors.

The Autocross, Concours and Car Display will be divided into smaller groups to maintain the 50 person limit. For the Autocross, that will mean different run time groups. For the Concours and Car Display, we will need to spread the cars out further apart and possibly in two different areas of the parking lot. Concours may need to limit owners on the show field while the judging is taking place. The rally may also start in two or three segments to meet guidelines.

In the unexpected event that the Mini must be canceled for 2021, PCCA will be refunded all registration fees. If you still want that t-shirt you ordered, we will need to mail it to you, subtracting the cost for the t-shirt

Welcome to Springfield, Illinois and the 2021 Mini Convention - Corvair Next Generation, hosted by the Prairie Capital Corvair Association on May 19-22, 2021. Drive, fly, or float (Abe arrived by canoe in 1831, honest.) to Springfield, Illinois to enjoy a very historic event. The history varies just like our Corvairs - from Abe Lincoln historic sites (Home, Tomb, Old State Capital where the Lincoln’s "House Divided" speech was first heard), to Historic Route 66 which spans from Chicago thru Springfield and then west to California. Plus several historic Native American sites are nearby. Springfield is in the heartland of the Midwest with Midwest hospitality. Our goal is to help you have a grand time in our grand city. By car, you'll find us on Interstate 55 (a.k.a. Route 66 for nostalgia lovers) where it intersects Interstate 72, just 200 miles from Chicago and 100 miles from St. Louis. By plane, Springfield’s Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport is linked with international gateway airports from Chicago O'Hare and Dallas-Fort Worth for daily flights. And, by train, Amtrak offers daily stops in Springfield from Chicago and St. Louis on the Amtrak route between the two larger cities. Greyhound Bus Lines also serves the Springfield area.

Mini Headquarters
Crowne Plaza Springfield Hotel
3000 S Dirksen Pkwy
Springfield, IL 62703

The host hotel is the Crowne Plaza Springfield, right off I-55/I-72 near Lake Springfield. We have rooms reserved for our guests and plenty of on-site parking for both Corvairs and trailers. The host hotel will be the location for most of the convention events: the Concours 'd Elegance, Car Display, Road Rally, meetings and tech sessions.

3000 South Dirksen Parkway, Springfield Illinois - 62703, United States
Hotel Front Desk: 1-217-529-7777 Fax: 1-217-529-6666

The Crowne Plaza is now accepting room reservations at a rate of $105 per night (no meals included). This hotel is pet friendly so bring your furry family members with you. You can be called in directly to their Reservation Dept. @ (217) 585-2871 on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays (Mention: CORVAIR SOCIETY CODE C9S) Alternately, you can call 1-888-303-1755 and mention you are part of the group: "CORVAIR SOCIETY (CODE C9S)". Third option, coming soon, you may click on the link provided below to make a reservation on line. The last day you can make a reservation is April 17, 2021, to obtain the special group rate.

Mini Convention Schedule - Activities
Check Registration/Hospitality Room for last minute changes
Tuesday, May 18 Time
Registration 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Vendor Sales 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Concours Judges Meeting 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
Hospitality 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Concours Participants Meeting 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
Concours Operations and Classification 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Welcome Party - Cruise-In Motor Heads 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday, May 19
Concours Setup 7:30 am - 9:00 am
Tour: Lincoln Sites 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Registration 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Hospitality 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Vendor Sales 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Concours Judges Meeting 8:00 am - 8:30 am
Concours d'Elegance 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Presentation - Bill Hubbell on John Glenn 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Presentation - James Rice on GM XP Cars 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Thursday, May 20
Autocross Setup 8:00 am - 9:30 am
Autocross Inspection and Classification 7:30 am - 9:00 am
Tour: Lincoln Sites 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Registration 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Hospitality 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Vendor Sales 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Autocross Participants Meeting 9:00 am
Autocross 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Tech Session 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Drive-in Movie Theater night 7:30 pm - ??
Friday, May 21
Tour: Lincoln Sites 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Registration 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Hospitality 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Vendor Sales 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Rally Participants Meeting 8:30 am - 9:00 pm
Rally (to/from below) 9:30 am - 2:00 pm
William Wynne Aviation Spectacular (Shelbyville) 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
CPF Corviar Musuem tours 7:30 am - 8:00 pm
Dinner at the Museum 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Saturday, May 22
Registration 8:00 am - Noon
Hospitality 8:00 am - Noon
Tour: Lincoln Sites 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Vendor Sales 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Funkhana 9:00 pm - ??
Car Display Setup 10:00 am - 11:00 am
People’s Choice Car Display 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Banquet, Special Speaker & Awards 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Re: 2021 CORSA Mini Convention May 18-22, 2021

Postby pbeck » Wed May 19, 2021 12:45 pm

I'm here as well as John Lanning and have seen a few additional members of the Registry. I haven't seen any cars as yet. My car didn't make it. Tried hard to finish all the upgrades, power brake conversion, new seats, new engine separation, new air filter/air intake system, engine compartment exhaust fans and vented lexan rear window. The only problem was apparently while I was doing all the work on the body and frame, I didn't disconnect my Holley ECU and evidently fried the injector driver circuit. I did make an effort to replace the Terminator ECU with an upgrade to a new HP ECU but the reprogramming was well past my skill level. Engine ended up cranking great but no fuel pump or injector delivery. So............put the cover on the car and it sit at home in the shop while I sit here at the Convention wondering what my next step will be. Seriously considering seeing if there is a Holley Certified shop within 100 miles or so, just take the car there and tell them to get it running !!!!!! So frustrating to be so close....................
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