Corvair Tri-State Meets - History and News
Updated 29-Apr-2021 = Copyright (c) 2021 Corvairs of New Mexico
* Link to the Official TRI-STATE Web Site
The Start of the Tri-State Tradition by Steve Gongora
Photos and Reports from Recent Tri-State Events
The 2020 Albuquerque Tri-State was cancelled and rescheduled
because of the CORONAVIRUS / COVID-19 pandemic. The Albuquerque
ROUTE 66 TRI-STATE is now planned for October 15-16-17, 2021.
Planning for the Albuquerque Tri-State
MAP SHOWING ALL TRI-STATE LOCATIONS, 1976 TO PRESENT
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STATISTICS: ALL TRI-STATE EVENTS ---- 1976 TO PRESENT
==== ================= | SPONSOR WINNER | === HOW MANY ATTENDED? == | ======
YEAR LOCATION | CLUB CLUB | CNM RMC PPCC UTAH OTHER | TOTAL
==== ================= | ======= ====== | ==== ==== ==== ==== ===== | ======
1976 Montrose, CO | RMC (?) - | - - - - - | -
1986 Montrose, CO | CNM CNM | 25 16 9 - 12 | 62
1987 Ouray, CO | RMC - | - - - - - | -
1988 Canon City, CO | PPCC - | - - - - - | -
1989 Red River, NM | CNM CNM | - - - - - | -
1990 Durango, CO | RMC RMC ? | - - - - - | -
1991 Gunnison, CO | PPCC RMC | 21 41 14 - 11 | 87
1992 Las Vegas, NM | CNM CNM | 56 35 12 - - | 103
1993 Alamosa, CO | RMC RMC ? | - - - - - | -
1994 Pagosa Springs CO | PPCC RMC | 24 27 19 - - | 70
1995 Red River, NM | CNM CNM ? | - - - - - | -
1996 Montrose, CO | RMC RMC ? | - - - - - | -
1997 Gunnison, CO | PPCC - | - - - - - | -
1998 Lake City, CO | CNM CNM | 39 36 12 - 24 | 111
1999 Salida, CO | RMC RMC | - - - - - | -
2000 Albuquerque, NM | CNM CNM | 55 42 11 - 8 | 116
2001 Manitu Springs CO | PPCC RMC | 27 48 39 - 5 | 119
2002 Grand Junction CO | RMC RMC | 17 39 17 - 29 | 102
2003 Raton, NM | CNM CNM | 41 25 31 - - | 97
2004 Cripple Creek, CO | PPCC PPCC | 18 34 42 - 13 | 107
2005 Ouray, CO | RMC RMC | 18 39 33 - - | 90
2006 Montrose, CO | CNM CNM | 37 28 29 - 12 | 106
2007 Monte Vista, CO | PPCC RMC | 16 29 24 - 5 | 74
2008 Pagosa Springs CO | RMC RMC | 15 46 25 - 18 | 104
2009 Taos, NM | CNM CNM | 42 37 18 7 18 | 122
2010 Canon City, CO | PPCC RMC | 17 37 30 4 21 | 109
2011 Red River, NM | CNM CNM | 38 24 20 2 14 | 98
2012 Salida, CO | RMC RMC | 24 33 21 2 6 | 86
2013 Cripple Creek, CO | PPCC RMC | 19 35 33 - 15 | 102
2014 Chama, NM | CNM CNM | 38 24 18 - 17 | 97
2015 Durango, CO | RMC RMC | 41 50 23 - - | 123
2016 Montrose, CO | PPCC PPCC | 25 49 30 11 9 | 124
2017 Taos, NM | CNM CNM | 43 38 23 2 30 | 136
2018 Crested Butte, CO | RMC RMC | 12 43 32 14 24 | 125
2019 Alamosa, CO | PPCC *** | - - - - - | 99
2020 CANCELLED | DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS / COVID-19 PANDEMIC | -
2021 Albuquerque, NM | CNM - | - - - - - | -
2022 - | RMC - | - - - - - | -
2023 - | PPCC - | - - - - - | -
*** Tri-State Meets have always been sponsored by the same three clubs from two
states, but the name has not been changed from the original TRI-STATE MEET.
*** RMC, PPCC and CNM have used different methods of counting attendance at
different meets, so the above statistics are not directly comparable.
*** 2016: count based on attendance as PERCENTAGE of club's total membership.
*** 2017: count based on registration forms as filled out by those registering.
*** 2019: the attendance award has been retired from this and future Tri-States.
*** 2020: The Albuquerque Tri-State has been postponed due to the pandemic:
2021: Rescheduled to October 2021?
2022: Or, rescheduled to May 2022?
THE START OF THE TRI-STATE TRADITION BY STEVE GONGORA
This history of the Tri-States was written by Steve Gongora
for the 1999 "Special 25th Anniversary Edition" of the
"Enchanted Corvairs" Newsletter, March 1999.
It has been so long since the first Tri-State Meet that I don't remember who was
responsible for putting the first one together. I'm sure Sylvan Zuercher had a
major part in starting this thing. I remember that our Club wanted to expand our
contact with other Corvair clubs in the area, and with the help of the CORSA
directory we made contacts with people in the neighboring states of Utah and
Colorado. The main contact in Colorado was Leo Ford, a retired FBI agent. He did
much of the organizing in Montrose, Colorado at the first event. He arranged the
dinner and the fun tour around the town of Montrose and south to Ouray. He drove
his orange and black "Nader Hater" Corvair.
Our CNM entourage included myself, Jack Sellers, Andy Ciupryk and Sylvan and
Opal Zuercher. David Langlois, along with his brother and father, trailered a
mid-engine Corvair up to Colorado. This particular mid-engine was put together
at our shop, House of Covers, on Central back in 1975. It was a beautiful piece
of work. Jack and Andy traveled with me in my 1965 Corsa. (This car is still
alive and well and is a daily driver in the capable hands of Bill Reider, who
gave it a unique silver-and-black color scheme.)
This trip was going to be the farthest that I had traveled in my Corvair. Since
I had Jack with me, I wasn't very worried because he was a Corvair mechanic. In
fact, he rented space at our old shop so he could work on cars, including
The meet itself was fantastic because you saw how other clubs conducted their
business, and we could learn from their experiences how to make our own Club
flourish. The event was also a way to buy and trade parts. Andy was able to
purchase a brand new set of Corvair mag wheels out of the box at the first meet.
You've got to remember that this was 1976. New Corvair items were easier to find
back then. You have to look a little harder to find the same treasures today.
Another aspect of the Tri-State events was an opportunity to see some great
cars. The first meet brought on an inspiration for my car. Bill Woodman came
from Colorado in a late-model Corvair. What Bill had done was install BMW 2002
seats in place of the traditional bucket seats. The look and feel was perfect
for the Corvair. As soon as I got back to Albuquerque, the hunt was on for the
BMW seats. These seats are still in the car that Bill Reider drives today.
Woodman had other nice modifications to his car. He placed the battery in the
trunk, installed mag wheels, and put black trim on the headlight bezels.
The Tri-State took a ten-year hiatus after the first meet for reasons unknown to
me. When the aspect of resurrecting the event came up, I was all for it. The
Tri-State originally included Utah, but in 1986 they did not have a strong
enough response to carry on. Colorado Springs and Denver took the ball and ran
with it. So up until now the "Tri-State" has been made up of CNM, Pikes Peak
Corvair Club, and Rocky Mountain CORSA in Denver. The hosting of the event is
rotated among each of the participating clubs. The meets have been a great way
to experience the scenery of northern New Mexico and southern Colorado. The
small towns always open their arms to the clubs and everyone has a great time.
Finally, the meet has become something of a rivalry between Steve and Ruth
Goodman and the Gongora family. We are the only members who have attended every
one of the Tri-state meets since the beginning. Now it has become a drive for me
to continue this friendly competition. It is always a highlight of the year to
be able to attend the meets with my family and see the enthusiasm of all those
who come from different states and different Corvair clubs. Everyone looks
forward to seeing you from year to year. It is amazing to me the way the longest
distance traveled to each Tri-State seems to get longer every year.
-- Steve Gongora
PHOTOS AND REPORTS FROM RECENT TRI-STATE EVENTS
2009 Taos, New Mexico
2010 Canon City, Colorado
2011 Red River, New Mexico
2012 Salida, Colorado
2013 Cripple Creek, Colorado
2014 Chama, New Mexico
2015 Durango, Colorado
2016 Montrose, Colorado
2017 Taos, New Mexico
2018 Crested Butte, Colorado
2019 Alamosa, Colorado
2021 Albuquerque, New Mexico