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Corvairs invade Kalamazoo July 16 through July 20
Corvairs invade Kalamazoo July 16 through July 20

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—If you love Corvairs, Kalamazoo is the place to be this week.

The 43rd annual Corvair International Convention will take place at the Four Points Sheraton July 16 through July 20. Organizers estimate more than 250 Corvairs of all makes and models will be on display in the hotel’s lot.  The four-day convention is expected to attract more than 600 enthusiasts from all over the U.S., Canada and the Netherlands.

“This is only time that the general public will have the opportunity to view over 250 Corvairs of every make, model or year built in one place at one time,” said convention chair Dave Dykwell. “This is truly a unique event, and we encourage anyone who has an interest in the most uniquely-built American-made car to stop by the Four Points by Sheraton Tuesday through Friday.”   

Kalamazoo will host three events in connection to the convention, including the Concours d’Elegance at the Air Zoo July 17, where Corvairs will be judged.  Other events include the Autocross at U.S. 131 Motorsports Park July 19 and “It’s a 60s Cruise In” at the Gilmore Car Museum July 20, which will include a fashion contest and DJ.

The West Michigan Corvair Club is responsible for attracting the convention to Kalamazoo.  Since 1971, Michigan has hosted the Corvair International Convention just three times, including Grand Rapids in 1986.