WHEREAS, the citizens recognize that General Motors Corporation produced the Chevrolet Corvair car at the Willow Run Assembly Plant in Ypsilanti Township during model years 1960-1969. Approximately 1.8 million of these wonderful vehicles were produced with the vast majority being assembled at Willow Run; and,
WHEREAS, the Chevrolet Corvair is considered one of the most influential car designs and became a new benchmark in General Motors history revolutionizing the automotive industry with its new features of rear-mounted air-cooled aluminum engine, integrative transaxle, independent suspension, and unibody construction; and,
WHEREAS, we celebrate this day and recognize and honor all the dedicated hourly assembly and salary workers, GM car stylers/designers, engineers, and; most importantly, Michigan Native Edward N. Cole, Father of the Corvair who helped make this unique vehicle; and,
WHEREAS, we honor the Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum who work to preserve the legend of the Willow Run Assembly Plant which includes the Chevrolet Corvair history; and,
WHEREAS, we commemorate this day as it signifies the 46th anniversary of the last Corvair car produced at the Willow Run Assembly plant at 1:30 pm on May 14, 1969; and,
WHEREAS, we recognize all the Corvair car and truck owners who are proud to own these unique vehicles and keep these masterpieces on the road and in the public eye, and appreciate organizations like DACC (Detroit Area Corvair Club), CPF (Corvair Preservation Foundation), and CORSA (Corvair Society of America) who help to ensure the preservation of this one of a kind history making Air-Cooled Wonder.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim May 14, 2015 as Chevrolet Corvair Appreciation Day in Michigan.