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Day 8 - Corvairs

Day 8 – Corvairs

Make no doubt about it, Corvairs were one of the best cars ever made.  I may be a bit biased having owned two of them, but they had some unprecedented features and rivaled many other sports cars.  While it is common belief that Ralph Nader killed the Corvair when he wrote  Unsafe at Any Speed, that’s only part of the story.  Nader’s claims were later debunked by a 1972 Texas A&M University safety commission report for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. They found the 1960–1963 Corvair possessed no greater potential for loss of control in extreme situations than its contemporaries.

We’re going to stumble upon a Corvair goldmine as we drive through Missouri today.

Leaving Springfield, we find some of your usual Route 66 attractions.  While I never really get bored of them, when you’re in a rush to get from point A to B, you tend to skip things that are similar to things you’ve already seen.

Theatres

While there are many retro theaters, not all of them function as a movie house today.  This one, the Tower, is now a radio station.

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Tower Cinema – Now Radio Station

This place was a cross between a service station and motel.  In operation, the Modern Cabins has that look that it has seen better days.

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Modern Cabins

Then there are the automobile service businesses.  This one, obviously defunct, has a look of semi-abandonment.  It had an old covered up sign out front, while the garage doors were in good, nearly new, state.  We saw a lot of this along Route 66 too.

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Auto Repair Shop No More

Gay Parita

A play on “Gay Paris”, this old 1930s service station has a lot of Americana memorabilia.  It is one of those stops along Route 66 where you can spend a lot of time walking around, looking at things, and taking pictures.

You can’t really miss this as it is very close to the road, and quite colorful.

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Old Oil Truck at Gay Parita

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Looking Inside the Garage

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One of the Walls Inside the Garage

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Sinclair and Route 66 Soda Signs at Gay Parita

Corvair Goldmine

We’re leaving Gay Parita and I spot a Corvair on someone’s lawn.  I told Paul I wanted to stop and take some pictures.  As we pull off Route 66 to find a safe place to park, I see the home has this beautifully restored Monza Station Wagon – – Just like the one I used to own.  However, this one was fully restored.

The owner came out as we pulled up.  I asked permission to photograph her car, for which she was more than happy to oblige.

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Beautifully Painted

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Inside the Corvair Monza Station Wagon

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The Corvair Engine

The owner then proceeded to show us their fine collection of Corvairs.  They had Spiders, Greenbriars, Monzas, and more.  Some hadn’t been restored (yet), while others were in mint condition.

This side loader pickup truck would have been the ultimate lawn care vehicle for Orange Oaks (a business a friend and I started back in the 1970s.)  Because it had this ramp you could park at the curb, lower the ramp, and roll your lawnmowers out the side.  Cool, cool, cool.

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Side Loader – Owner with Paul

Well, if this was all we saw today, I’d be satisfied.  I think when it comes to Corvairs, Paul might think I’m a little crazy.

Day 8 – Corvairs

Make no doubt about it, Corvairs were one of the best cars ever made.  I may be a bit biased having owned two of them, but they had some unprecedented features and rivaled many other sports cars.  While it is common belief that Ralph Nader ...

Topaz Studio on Day 8

I'm taking a break from the normal recap, and reviewing one of our sponsor's products.  Topaz Studio is rapidly becoming a favorite of mine. I've been around the block a few times.  There was a point where I grabbed up every action for ...

Day 8 – Start of Week Two

Start of Week Two It’s the start of week two.  Week one went quickly, and here we are starting a new week.  We’re in Springfield, Missouri, this morning.  Let’s see what Springfield has to offer. Before we hit the road I looked ...

Day 7 – Catching Up with Gee

Here we are at the end of our first full week.  On day 7 we run in to a man I read about before starting this journey.  He goes by Gee (because people have a difficult time with his first name).  Gee is walking all of Route 66.  He started in ...

Day 7 – Finding Uranus

Finding Uranus sounds gross when you say it aloud, but seriously... wait... who can be serious about a town named Uranus?

Day 7 – Leaving Rolla

Leaving Rolla Before leaving Rolla, I had a nice sit down chat with the manager of our hotel.  She talked about how busy updates and upgrades keep a hotel manager. Breakfast had sausage gravy and biscuits.  I added extra protein with a couple of ...

Day 6 – Finding Rolla

We didn't have trouble finding Rolla.  It's a pretty good sized town.  Route 66 is tricky here because there are traffic circles (aka roundabouts) and a divided highway.

Day 6 – Rolla Missouri

I keep wanting to say, "Rella", when it is "Rolla".  Why?  Because that's the way the locals say it.  I put up with that when I lived in Pocatella, I mean, Pocatello, Idaho.  Either way, we're on our way there.

Day 6 – Missouri

Sunday and I screwed up.  I meant for our weekend respite to be Saturday and Sunday night.  Instead, I booked Friday and Saturday night.  Going forward, we'll spend Saturday and Sunday in the same place. I'm off to church this morning.  I ...

Day 5 – Chain of Rocks Bridge

Day 5 - Our next big stop - the Chain of Rocks Bridge.  This bridge is 1 miles long with a 20-degree bend.  Closed to automobile traffic, it is a fun and scenic walk.  As a result of it being a 2 mile walk, plan your time.  It closes at dusk.