A nice trip on a Swiss frozen lake with a Chevrolet Corvair (1960). This experience was possible because of the amazing cold days we had during several weeks.
We do not own anything about the music.
Enjoy the video!
1966 Chevrolet "Impact '66 #1" General Motors w/ 60's Demolition Derby Sequence
more at http://cars.quickfound.net/
Public domain film from the Library of Congress Prelinger Archive, slightly
cropped to remove uneven edges, with the aspect ratio corrected, and mild
video noise reduction applied.
The soundtrack was also processed with volume normalization, noise
reduction, clipping reduction, and equalization (the resulting sound,
though not perfect, is far less noisy than the original).
Demolition derby is a motorsport usually presented at county fairs and
festivals. While rules vary from event to event, the typical demolition
derby event consists of five or more drivers competing by deliberately
ramming their vehicles into one another. The last driver whose vehicle is
still operational is awarded the victory.
Demolition derbies originated in the United States and quickly spread to
other western nations. In Europe, this type of event is called banger
racing, although in a demolition derby, racers do not race against each
other, instead aiming specifically to destroy the other cars.
Demolition derbies can be very dangerous. Although serious injuries are
rare, they do happen. Drivers are typically required to sign a waiver to
release the promoter of an event from liability. To make the event safer,
all glass is removed from the vehicle, and deliberately ramming the
driver's-side door area is forbidden. The driver's door is often required
to be painted white with black numbers or blaze orange, or with contrasting
colors, for visibility. Most demolition derbies are held on dirt tracks, or
in open fields, that are usually soaked with water. This causes the
competition area to become muddy, which in turn helps to further slow the
vehicles. Some drivers use both the front and rear of the vehicle to ram
the other competitors. Others tend to use only the rear end of the vehicle,
to help protect the engine compartment from damage.
Demolition derbies were first held at various fairs and race tracks and
speedways by independent promoters in the 1950s. There are unconfirmed
reports of events occurring as far back as the 1930s utilizing the abundant
supply of worn out Ford Model T's. The originator of the concept for
demolition derbies is disputed. One source said that Don Basile is often
credited with inventing the demolition derby at Carrell Speedway in 1947.
Another source states stock car racer Larry Mendelsohn created the concept
for demolition derbies at New York State's Islip Speedway in 1958 after
realizing many people favored wrecks to racing.
The sport's popularity grew throughout the 1960s, becoming a standard of
county fairs in rural areas, and becoming a quirky subculture nationwide.
In 1965 a reported crowd of 20,000 packed into Rowley Park Speedway to see
Australia's first demolition derby. ABC's Wide World of Sports televised
the World Championship Demolition Derby from the mid 1960s until 1972. Also
in 1972, the Los Angeles Coliseum hosted a demolition derby with
mint-condition late model cars driven by Mario Andretti, A. J. Foyt, and
Bobby Unser. The popular ABC sitcom Happy Days included the character Pinky
Tuscadero, a professional demolition derby driver and occasional
love-interest to the show's most popular character, Arthur Fonzarelli.
The sport's popularity peaked in the 1970s. By the 1980s, the sport's
popularity began to level off, and then possibly decline throughout the
1990s. With the demise of Wide World of Sports, television exposure became
virtually non-existent. In addition to safety concerns and the shortage of
full-size vehicles, some felt that the sport has shown little change or
innovation beyond its original premise of giant lumbering cars sloshing
1966 Chevy IIs introduced an extensive sharp-edged restyle based in part on
the Super Nova concept car. In general, proportions were squared up but
dimensions and features changed little. Highlights included a bold grille
and semi-fastback roofline. "Humped" fenders in an angular rear end were
reminiscent of larger 1966 Chevrolets, though the 1966 Chevy II and Nova
had vertical taillights and single headlights. The lineup again started
with Chevy II 100 and Chevy II Nova 400 models...
Vintage: The Chevrolet Corvair | Drive it!
In 1959 the Corvair became the first rear-engine production car made in
America - and Chevrolet's answer to the VW Bug. By American standards, the
Corvair was very small (4.50 meters long) and unusually light (weighing
around 11 hundred kilos). Drive it! discovered a number of specimens of
what is a very rare American in Europe. More Information:
Corvair 50th Anniversary Vairs In The Valley Parade
October 2, 1959 was the date that the Chevrolet Corvair was first
introduced in Chevy showrooms across the country. In celebration of the
50th anniversary of the Corvair, enthusiast gathered in many towns and
cites for shows, displays, parades, scenic drives, food and fun. One really
great celebration was "Vairs In The Valley" hosted by NC Mountain Corvairs,
here are a few scenes of some nice Corvairs and two Corvair powered
vehicles returning from a parade through Maggie Valley, NC on Oct. 2, 2009.
Corvair Monza SR
This 2011 prototype is a design projection of how Chevrolet's original 1963
Monza SS concept might have turned out, had it gone into actual production.
It's a tribute to Larry Shinoda, who designed it and some of America's best
known automobiles, the C2 Corvettes and later Boss Mustangs. It's also a tribute to Bill
Mitchell, who had the design foresight to dream of this being a
lower-priced brother to the Corvette. This version is 6% larger than the
original, and has more modern lighting, so that it can better blend with
today's denser, SUV -laden traffic.
We are using the model designation Monza SR, in deference to the original
Monza SS concept and GM's recent decision renew trademark on the SS model
name. As 2012 progresses, we are working toward making this car available
as a limited-production kit that uses the future owner's existing Corvair
powertrain in our own serial-numbered, tube-frame, rolling chassis/body
combination. Check out our Flickr site:
1962 Chevrolet Corvair Monza Spyder
This promotional film from Chevrolet highlights the power and performance
of the all-new 1962 Corvair Monza Spyder. Available as both a coupe or a
convertible, the Monza Spyder was the first production car offered by
Chevrolet with a turbocharged engine.
1965 Chevrolet Corvair Turbo
180hp flat six turbo makes this quicker
than it looks. It certainly would outrun the reputation my mother has of
Corvairs. Can't remember the year her friend had, but the belt flew off
when the two of them were heading up a mountain. I think her friend Judy
eventually got the hang of reinstalling the belt herself since it happened
so often. Taken at Abingdon Lowe's 21 October 2011. I would also encourage
you to look up the Corvair Tank on youtube. Shocking enough, a small
infantry tank was built in the latter 60's with a Corvair drivetrain! No,
it wasn't turbo charged.
Icy road sliding and spinouts compilation - 2012-2013 season coverage
A compilation of slides, spinouts and skids during feezing rain, snow, and
sleet during the 2012-2103 winter icy road season in the Midwest USA. Stay
safe on icy roads this winter by learning tips at http://icyroadsafety.com.
For more coverage and videos from this upcoming season, follow at
http://twitter.com/icyroadsafety and http://facebook.com/icyroadsafetycom
(Copyright Dan Robinson)
Tony's pro-touring Corvair
I realized I hadn't uploaded a movie of my car in its current state.
Here's a quick walk around with it running and revving for the camera.
And NO those black drops on the ground are NOT from my car. They're old
See more of my car at fquick
Chevrolet Corvair Video Review
This is my video review of the 1964 Chevrolet Corvair Monza Spyder, created
for the Kelley Blue Book video review contest.