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:
Who Killed the Corvair?
Was it Ralph Nader? Bad publicity? General Motors? The muscle car? Larry
Claypool, Corvair historian, explains his theory on the demise of the
unique, rear-engined car at the Orphan Auto Picnic in August 2009.
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.
1960 Chevrolet Corvair upgraded with a kick!
At Rafee Corvair, we recently got done upgrading this 1960 Corvair engine
from 80 HP to 102 HP with a kick; to Boost performance, we replaced the 80 HP
heads with some 102 HP heads, added a 260 Isky cam, .040 pistons, Hastings
piston rings, and electric fuel pump, a hotter coil, 1965
carburetors....and some other mods to increase performance....If you are
planning to enhance the performance of your engine, while staying on
budget, don't hesitate to contact me, Rafman, at 918-753-2486 for any kind
of help...we offer a full line of rebuilding services, and have in stock
all the parts you need, for those who want to do it themselves. This engine
was rebuilt entirely using parts available online at www.rafeecorvair.com.
So, keep them rolling, peace out!
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.