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Jay Leno Shows His Yenko Stinger
Posted by: NapaVair ()
Date: October 27, 2017 07:10PM

Last Sunday 10/22, Jay showed his Corvair Yenko Stinger at the Art Center of Design in Pasadena CA. I think having Jay own Corvairs has been great for our hobby. He really enjoys sharing his vairs with others.

Has anyone here visited his garage?

Link below shows more pics. Great Event.

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Eric
Napa, CA

1961 Lakewood
1963 Monza Cvt.
1964 Spyder Cpe.
1964 Spyder Sprint Cvt.
1966 Corsa 140 Cvt.
1973 Lotus Europa TC Special
1978 Porsche 911 SC Targa

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Re: Jay Leno Shows His Yenko Stinger
Posted by: American Mel ()
Date: October 27, 2017 08:29PM

Having names Like Tim Allen, and Jay Leno associated with our hobby, definitely adds some street cred to the Corvair!

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WA. state, 1 mile south of the Canadian border,
I am not at the end of the world, but you can see it from here.
'66 Monza Coupe - 4spd, 140 Daily driver beater
'67 Monza Vert. - PG, 140 Daily driver beater

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Re: Jay Leno Shows His Yenko Stinger
Posted by: Pedigo ()
Date: October 27, 2017 08:41PM

My perception is that Jay is a godsend as it pertains to equalizing the myth of "unsafe".
Furthermore,many look up to Jay and follow every move.
If he's showing vairs,only good things can come to fruition as the result.

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Re: Jay Leno Shows His Yenko Stinger
Posted by: MoxyRamone ()
Date: October 27, 2017 08:51PM

Agreed. Jay Leno is a car enthusiast from way back. His endorsement is a wonderful thing for the Corvair community. If I lived in California and he was hiring, I would be thrilled to work in his garage.

John Carver
Landrum, South Carolina

1964 Monza Convertible

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Re: Jay Leno Shows His Yenko Stinger
Posted by: Phil Dally ()
Date: October 29, 2017 04:53PM

I've done the Leno Garage Tour and even I don't have enough adjectives to describe it.

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Re: Jay Leno Shows His Yenko Stinger
Posted by: 65 - 396 ()
Date: October 29, 2017 07:39PM

Maybe....THAT WAS TOTALLY AWESOME!!!

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Re: Jay Leno Shows His Yenko Stinger
Posted by: American Mel ()
Date: October 29, 2017 08:09PM

I have been wondering, and this seems like as good a time to ask as any, . . . . .
Is there any aerodynamic benefit to the Yenko Landau Panels, or are they (as I would suspect,) just a cosmetic addition to help set the Stinger apart from other Corvairs?

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WA. state, 1 mile south of the Canadian border,
I am not at the end of the world, but you can see it from here.
'66 Monza Coupe - 4spd, 140 Daily driver beater
'67 Monza Vert. - PG, 140 Daily driver beater

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Re: Jay Leno Shows His Yenko Stinger
Posted by: Spectre ()
Date: October 29, 2017 08:21PM

American Mel Wrote:
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> I have been wondering, and this seems like as good
> a time to ask as any, . . . . .
> Is there any aerodynamic benefit to the Yenko
> Landau Panels, or are they (as I would suspect,)
> just a cosmetic addition to help set the Stinger
> apart from other Corvairs?


I always thought they were supposed to improve rigidity of the C-pillars.

David Clamp


1965 Corsa convertible - 140 4spd/3.55/AM-FM

2013 Mustang GT convertible - 5.0, 6spd auto, Procharger i-1

2003 Miata SE - 6spd manual (wife's toy)

"Victory is mine!" - SG

Oklahoma City, OK

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Re: Jay Leno Shows His Yenko Stinger
Posted by: yenkomark ()
Date: October 29, 2017 09:19PM

Styling only... Make it look like a 2 place sports car.

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Re: Jay Leno Shows His Yenko Stinger
Posted by: American Mel ()
Date: October 29, 2017 10:01PM

yenkomark Wrote:
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> Styling only... Make it look like a 2 place sports
> car.


That is really funny ! ! !
I thought that removing the back seat made it look like a two seat sports car !

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WA. state, 1 mile south of the Canadian border,
I am not at the end of the world, but you can see it from here.
'66 Monza Coupe - 4spd, 140 Daily driver beater
'67 Monza Vert. - PG, 140 Daily driver beater

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Re: Jay Leno Shows His Yenko Stinger
Posted by: yenkomark ()
Date: October 30, 2017 08:27AM

John Salathe, designer of the Stinger body mods, wanted to emphasize the rear engine aspect of the car, as well as covering up the sedan design of the passenger compartment. By the way, Mrs. Salathe designed the Stinger emblem and still has her original drawings.

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Re: Jay Leno Shows His Yenko Stinger
Posted by: jimc ()
Date: October 30, 2017 01:51PM

To add to the other comments.

If memory serves me, I believe Sports Car Graphic Magazine from the 70s published an article that Don Yenko was aiming the Yenko Stinger at E Production in SCCA, but the SCCA gods classified the LM Corvair for SCCA Sedan Racing and Mr. Yenko was required to style the Stinger more like a sports car profile to get into Sports Car Production Classes. The landau panels met those SCCA visual parameters and at a fairly inexpensive modification cost.

SCCA further approved the Yenko Stinger for "D Production and not E Production" as Mr. Yenko targeted.

I agree that Jay and Tim add to the Corvair community with good PR and the "respect from the auto community at large".

They would make for an interesting MC duo or as individually at a future Corvair Convention - San Diego?

Regards.

Jimc
1965 Corsa
HACOA Member

CORSA 2017 Concours Senior Gold Award
AACA 2015 Award

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Re: Jay Leno Shows His Yenko Stinger
Posted by: American Mel ()
Date: October 30, 2017 02:17PM

jimc Wrote:
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> To add to the other comments.
>
> If memory serves me, I believe Sports Car Graphic
> Magazine from the 70s published an article that
> Don Yenko was aiming the Yenko Stinger at E
> Production in SCCA, but the SCCA gods classified
> the LM Corvair for SCCA Sedan Racing and Mr. Yenko
> was required to style the Stinger more like a
> sports car profile to get into Sports Car
> Production Classes. The landau panels met those
> SCCA visual parameters and at a fairly inexpensive
> modification cost.

>
> SCCA further approved the Yenko Stinger for "D
> Production and not E Production" as Mr. Yenko
> targeted.
>
> I agree that Jay and Tim add to the Corvair
> community with good PR and the "respect from the
> auto community at large".
>
> They would make for an interesting MC duo or as
> individually at a future Corvair Convention - San
> Diego?
>
> Regards.

Ah HA!
Between this and a very nice PM from a highly esteemed forum LEGEND, I now know why Yenkos have Landau Panels.
Thank-you Gentlemen!thumbs upthumbs up

So, as I suspected, they are purely cosmetic so far as improving aerodynamics and performance.

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WA. state, 1 mile south of the Canadian border,
I am not at the end of the world, but you can see it from here.
'66 Monza Coupe - 4spd, 140 Daily driver beater
'67 Monza Vert. - PG, 140 Daily driver beater

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Re: Jay Leno Shows His Yenko Stinger
Date: October 30, 2017 04:01PM

jimc above refers to a great article on the creation and testing of the Yenko Stinger.
It was in Car and Driver magazine back in 1966, not long after Stingers became available.
Read Online Here!

Don wanted an SCCA legal sports car which was a two-seat car. This explains how Don got his way by removing the rear seat.
It was an extraordinarily "brave" (read CRAZY) move on the part of a small town Chevrolet dealer to order 100 Corvair Corsas with the hopes of making them into SCCA approved Sports Cars and being able to sell them to recover the cost! (100X$2000 = Two Hundred Thousand dollars of Corsa coupes!) ( $200,000 in 1965 is equal to 1.6 Million dollars in 2017 currency!!)
Amazingly, with his connections among the GM management, and race car promotions and other dealers, it all came to fruition.

Edit: Tried several times to get this to Post by the usual means - would not do it!
So I asked Matt to post that link - Thanks, Matt!
Now, here I cut the message from my last attempt, closed that page entirely, then I opened the CCF new, then opened this thread and pasted my message to comment.
Hit Post this time and it worked!!


Dan Davis ~ Pierce County, WA ~ CORSA Western Director + Corvairs NW + North Cascades Corvairs + Corvanatics
1966 Corsa Turbo coupe ~ ~ 1966 140 Corsa ~ ~ 1965 Monza 140/4 'Vert Sierra Tan/Fawn ~ 1964 Monza 'Vert (SOLD) ~ 1960 Monza Ermine White/Red PG ++ ~ 1965 Monza 140/4 Evening Orchid w/ ivory/black interior ~ 1962 Monza Wagon 102/4 ~ 1963 Rampside/Scamper ~ 1963 Red/Greenbrier ~ 1969 Ultra Van #468



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 10/30/2017 04:04PM by 1966-Corsa-GT-180.

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Re: Jay Leno Shows His Yenko Stinger
Posted by: yenkomark ()
Date: October 30, 2017 07:44PM

As an aside, Don actually had a guarantor on the credit line,with GM...a local Corvette customer and racer who owned an electronic company. I have some paperwork on it.

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