Sturbridge, Massachusetts

July 24th to the 28th 2012


Photo Slide Show Section A, B, C

On July 23 I received an email out of the clear blue from John Ryall of Dartmouth MA inviting  me to visit the CORSA convention in Sturbridge.  John said that he enjoys viewing our NEMES website and hoped that I would be able to visit the Corvair event.  Thank you John for the invitation!  We had a fine time looking at a wide variety of these very interesting automobiles.

I didn't know that Corvairs came in such a wide variety of body styles and colors.  It was as though someone opened a sack of Skittles candies and scattered them about to give color to the cars!

I am trying some new things on this page based on comments I have received from readers of our site.  Feel free to let me know if you like, or dislike them.

The captions in italics are from John Ryall who invited me to the meet.  Thank you again John.

DSC06251.jpg (204762 bytes)  DSC06254.jpg (235400 bytes)  DSC06255.jpg (278509 bytes)  DSC06256.jpg (261395 bytes)  DSC06257.jpg (220867 bytes)  DSC06258.jpg (289966 bytes)  DSC06259.jpg (215275 bytes)  DSC06261.jpg (228605 bytes)  DSC06262.jpg (241079 bytes)  DSC06264.jpg (280848 bytes)  DSC06265.jpg (264640 bytes)  DSC06266.jpg (130359 bytes)  DSC06321.jpg (262498 bytes)DSC06268.jpg (134671 bytes)  DSC06269.jpg (278131 bytes)  DSC06270.jpg (250430 bytes)  DSC06271.jpg (235957 bytes)  DSC06272.jpg (273802 bytes)  DSC06273.jpg (259140 bytes)  DSC06274.jpg (226175 bytes)  DSC06276.jpg (232796 bytes)  DSC06286.jpg (272564 bytes)  DSC06288.jpg (167870 bytes)  DSC06289.jpg (187496 bytes)  DSC06290.jpg (202306 bytes)  DSC06291.jpg (217359 bytes)  DSC06292.jpg (259587 bytes)  DSC06293.jpg (244853 bytes)  DSC06294.jpg (286768 bytes)  DSC06295.jpg (257525 bytes)  DSC06296.jpg (266263 bytes)  DSC06297.jpg (248514 bytes)  DSC06298.jpg (269832 bytes)  DSC06299.jpg (159501 bytes)  DSC06300.jpg (249686 bytes)  DSC06301.jpg (247573 bytes)  DSC06302.jpg (164712 bytes)  DSC06303.jpg (221725 bytes)  DSC06304.jpg (258621 bytes)  DSC06305.jpg (239848 bytes)  DSC06306.jpg (232086 bytes)  DSC06307.jpg (252776 bytes)  DSC06308.jpg (205231 bytes)  DSC06309.jpg (207565 bytes)  DSC06310.jpg (91282 bytes)  DSC06311.jpg (192486 bytes)  DSC06312.jpg (264978 bytes)  DSC06313.jpg (257382 bytes)  DSC06314.jpg (261182 bytes)  DSC06315.jpg (215862 bytes)  DSC06316.jpg (231070 bytes)  DSC06317.jpg (155736 bytes)  DSC06318.jpg (244903 bytes)  DSC06319.jpg (249043 bytes)  DSC06320.jpg (225685 bytes)  DSC06321.jpg (262498 bytes)  DSC06322.jpg (274613 bytes)  DSC06323.jpg (239961 bytes)  DSC06324.jpg (253929 bytes)  DSC06325.jpg (249598 bytes)  DSC06326.jpg (227167 bytes)  DSC06327.jpg (189606 bytes)  DSC06329.jpg (224954 bytes)  DSC06330.jpg (275790 bytes)  DSC06331.jpg (294699 bytes)  DSC06332.jpg (277739 bytes)  DSC06333.jpg (287890 bytes)  DSC06334.jpg (277200 bytes)  DSC06335.jpg (289212 bytes)  DSC06336.jpg (286591 bytes)  DSC06337.jpg (250359 bytes)  DSC06339.jpg (288746 bytes)  DSC06340.jpg (313546 bytes)  DSC06341.jpg (274221 bytes)  DSC06342.jpg (294721 bytes)  DSC06343.jpg (266183 bytes)  DSC06345.jpg (269880 bytes)  DSC06346.jpg (306993 bytes)  DSC06347.jpg (296427 bytes)  DSC06349.jpg (237350 bytes)  DSC06350.jpg (320059 bytes)  DSC06351.jpg (285077 bytes)  DSC06352.jpg (293020 bytes)  DSC06353.jpg (275502 bytes)  DSC06354.jpg (284215 bytes)  DSC06355.jpg (254194 bytes)  DSC06356.jpg (226960 bytes)  DSC06357.jpg (239222 bytes)  DSC06358.jpg (268425 bytes)  DSC06359.jpg (256395 bytes)  DSC06360.jpg (287093 bytes)  DSC06362.jpg (192417 bytes)  DSC06361.jpg (286959 bytes)  DSC06363.jpg (289102 bytes)  DSC06364.jpg (317639 bytes)  DSC06365.jpg (302338 bytes)  DSC06366.jpg (265682 bytes)  DSC06367.jpg (275350 bytes)  DSC06368.jpg (259507 bytes)  DSC06369.jpg (302156 bytes)  DSC06370.jpg (250170 bytes)  DSC06371.jpg (207513 bytes)  DSC06372.jpg (272946 bytes)  DSC06373.jpg (253261 bytes)  DSC06374.jpg (262979 bytes)  DSC06375.jpg (291894 bytes)  DSC06378.jpg (282529 bytes)  DSC06379.jpg (249340 bytes)  DSC06380.jpg (246344 bytes)  DSC06381.jpg (270647 bytes) 

DSC06376.jpg (205373 bytes)  Last minute adjustment

DSC06275.jpg (211973 bytes)  Roy Bear and Eddie Moose always ask before sitting on anyone's car!  

DSC06328.jpg (231931 bytes)  

The motor home in photo is an Ultra Van, and approx 330 were produced using Corvair engines and transaxles.  

http://tinyurl.com/c47djdd  will take you to a page all about the motor home.


A100_1692.jpg (234998 bytes)  A100_1693.jpg (234606 bytes)  A100_1694.jpg (236220 bytes)  A100_1695.jpg (222920 bytes)  A100_1696.jpg (243759 bytes)  John Ryall sent these photos and information.


I've attached a few pictures from the indoor display at the convention.I hope you will include them. 

John Fitch is a WWII fighter ace and sports car racer.  While Corvairs
were in production, he ran a small shop in Connecticut modifying Corvairs
to enhance their performance and handling.  Some of the cars on display
outdoors are Fitch Sprints, modified in his shop.  In the late 60s, he
decided to build his own automobile.  His intention was to build 500
cars.  The pictures I have attached are the only Fitch Phoenix built.  It
was the prototype car, and is his personal car, which is he drives
frequently.  The project was cancelled due to the impending safety
regulations which would have been burdensome for a small manufacturer and
the fact that Chevrolet was phasing out the Corvair, which was his source
of engines, suspension and transaxle. 

John Ryall

DSC06348.jpg (169296 bytes)  The ultimate expression of irony.

DSC06252.jpg (239132 bytes)  DSC06253.jpg (251822 bytes)  #252 and #253

DSC06382.jpg (245266 bytes)  DSC06383.jpg (165515 bytes)  DSC06384.jpg (247191 bytes)  DSC06385.jpg (188756 bytes)  Fun for kids of all ages  

The gokarts in photos 252, 253 were built for Chevrolet by Rupp manufacturing, a well known manufacturer of mini bikes, snowmobiles and
other recreational equipment.  Chevrolet used them as raffle items with new car introductions.  The early karts were known as "Monza Jr." and the
body is modeled after the 1962 Monza SS show car.  In later years, as Chevrolet phased out Corvair production (ending in 1969), the karts were
called "Chevy Jr."  My Chevy Jr (the orange one) has a tag inside the body indicating that it was made in 1974. The Blue kart belongs to Brett Aston of Connecticut

If you see your exhibit or machine and would care to drop me a line or two, or even a paragraph, about it I will be delighted to add your comments to this page.  Please sent to webmaster@neme-s.org   To identify a photo just hover your cursor over the photo and a tag should pop up.  Please use the last three digits of the tag to identify the photo. For  example if the tag came up  DSC03974.jpg (205067 bytes) the info I would need is 976.jpg. If this is a multi page unit the page number would also be useful.

Return to the NEMES homepage


Correspondence to:  webmaster@neme-s.org

Or:   errol.groff@snet.net