CORVAIR SAFETY DVD VIDEO PREVIEW
This is the first 10 minutes from the 2 hour DVD produced by UNSAFE Productions. Check out corvair center forum or corvairforum.com for more info.
Corvair Intro 1960
The Corvair was the pet project of Chevrolet's General Manager, Ed Cole. He wanted a small car that was sport and fun to drive. Something that would outclass the VW in every way. One thing he liked about the VW and the Porsche was the swing axle. Something Ferdinand Porsche had first introduced in the 1930s in the Formula race cars he designed and built for Auto Union. They proved so difficult to drive that he had to find motorcycle riders and not professional racecar drivers to handle these advanced cars. Bernd Rosemeyer and eventually Tazio Nuvolari could master the slippery fishtails but it would take years for Porsche to master the engineering to tame this type of suspension. Cole ignored history and the advice of GMs chief engineer, Charles Chayne who demanded that the suspension be modified. Chayne was told to get on board or look for another job. Bunkie Knudsen also tried to intervene as did John DeLorean. DeLorean was so worried about the cars that he decided that Pontiac would build the slightly larger, front engined Tempest instead of a Corvair clone. Test films conducted at the GM Proving Ground showed the car spinning out and rolling over but Cole convinced upper management to let him press on. This film was shown to the dealers to get them pumped up to sell Corvairs. Eerily it shows the cars spinning out and rolling over but touts this as a demonstration of their safety. Because the cars did spin out and people were maimed, suffered brain injuries and died GM eventually had to fix the Corvairs. While they stonewalled, fought and won almost every court case that was brought they did lose in the court of public opinion. They were undone when it was revealed they'd hired a private detective to dig up information about the Corvair's chief critic, Ralph Nader. It launched Nader's career and propelled the sales of his book "Unsafe at Any Speed." It also led to the establishment of the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA). The current safety scandal at GM over faulty ignition switch makes some wonder if anything had changed. 06:22:47:00 VS different color 1960 Chevrolet Corvairs driving through scenic landscape, each Corvair with 1960 license plates. 06:23:58:05 Great low-angle tracking shot of 1960 Chevrolet Corvair with Connecticut licence plates driving on race track; banner for Lime Rock Raceway in Lime Rock, Connecticut in background. Great POV shot inside car on racetrack, disembodied hands turning wheel on sharp turns; LS Corvair drives toward camera and makes 180 degree skid and drives off back in the direction from which it came. High-angle car drive figure eights; car passes beneath "Handling" banner, POV shot in car weaving between red and white poles. VS Corvair driving through every imaginable terrain: car on high way, CU car tires on bumpy road; driving through mud; over hill and through brush in country side; through pool of swampy mud; through brush; up a shallow stream. 06:27:01:13 CU disembodied man's foot in black dress shoe presses brake pedal 06:27:25:04 Corvair crash test, passenger-less car drives down road, light flashes in car, car rear ends another vehicle; VS car collision in crash test. VS crash test with Corvair towed then released and made to rollover on side of road. KRA QT
CORVAIR: UNSAFE AT ANY SPEED?
A couple of interviews with Corvair owners at the South 71 Cruiser's Cruise Night event this month. Lots of other cars there, but the Corvairs seemed like an interesting topic to record. Audiotrack: Niles Blues by Kevin MacLeod furnished royalty-free by incompetech.com Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for fair use for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research.
Corvairs at Summit Point Part 3
NECC time trials held before the 2003 CORSA convention in Carlise, PA. Corvairs racing at Summit Point, July 14, 2003. 62 Eddie Meadows 66 Yenko Stinger 89 Chuck Sadek 66 Corvair GT-3 71 Bruce Carlton 67 Corvair Monza 31 Bob Coffin Yenko Stinger YS-172 5 Rick Stansbury 65 Corvair Corsa 162 Chip Meadows 66 Yenko Stinger 63 Michael LeVeque 66 Corvair 51 Seth Emerson 65 Corvair 3 Dan Giannotti 65 Corvair Corsa 61 Paul Fox 66 Corvair 22 Ken Hand 65 Corvair Monza 82 Dusty Bradley 66 Corsa 73 Michael Sadek 99 Yenko Stinger YS-073 60 Brian O'Neill 66 Corvair Coupe 6 John Egerton 64 Corvair Monza 21 Rich Carroll 65 Corsa Coupe 15 Bill Elliott 66 Yenko Stinger 44 Bob Peplow 65 Yenko Stinger 37 Spencer Shepard 65 Corvair 66 Terry Stafford 64 Corvair Spyder 70 H. A. Smith 64 Corvair 43 Rusty Rose 64 Corvair Spyder 64 Robert Marlow M 64 Corvair 500 164 Tom Ludwig 64 Corvair 500 12 Tim Mahler 62 Corvair Fitch Sprint 13 Tony Ellison 66 Corvair 28 Rob Bradley 66 Corvair Corsa 50 Dave Edsinger 69 Corvair Monza 34 Robert Landers 65 Corvair Fitch Sprint 14 Robert Boxleyan-Baxley 69 Corvair Monza 18 Barry Ellison 65 Corvair Corsa 2 Bryan Blackwell 66 Corvair Corsa 20 Randy Stuart 66 Corvair Monza 17 Stew MacLeod 65 Corvair Monza 124 Dave Clemens 65 Corvair Corsa 140 33 Jeff Rapp 65 Corvair 35 Joe Curran 66 Corvair 8a Robert Dunahugh 69 Yenko Stinger 133 Mark Gillespie 65 Corvair 88 Rick Norris 66 Corvair Monza V8 93 Warren LeVeque 64 Corvair Tube Frame 11 Doug MacKintosh 62 Corvair Monza