A history lesson courtesy of a 1964 Chevrolet Corvair
The Corvair got its name from the Corvette, whose 1954 fastback show car originally held this moniker. It was later revived as a new title for a car to be produced as a 1960 model in order to compete with popular small, lightweight imports and domestic compacts. At a town parade and classic car show in Burns, Wyoming, I met with Dale Sergeant, who owns a 1964 Corvair that has been lovingly restored to very close to its original condition.
The 2-door convertible immediately caught my eye during the town's parade procession as one of only three unusual classics to be driving by (the others being a 1963 Studebaker Avanti and a 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T 440). After the parade and once our toddlers had been satiated with parade candy and juice boxes, I left my family under a shade tree and headed over to the classic cars to find the owners of these great vehicles. It didn't take long as the first car in the classic lineup for display along Main Street was the Corvair.
I began snapping photos of this beautiful machine when I was approached by an unassuming older man who I'd thought was just another admirer of the car. Turns out, he is such an admirer that he owns it - along with the 1950 Chevrolet 3600 pickup truck that was next to it. He introduced himself and we started talking. I learned a lot about the Corvair - both the one in front of me and the car in general. Dale Sergeant turned that classic car into a history lesson while including a lot of personal connection to boot.