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Mid Kansas Vintage Thunderbird Club, Incorporated
Wichita, Kansas

A Chapter of Vintage Thunderbird Club International, Inc. (VTCI)

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April 2013
A Chapter of Vintage Thunderbird Club International, Inc. (VTCI)
The VTCI Recognizes ALL Thunderbirds, 1955-2005!

Celebrating Mid Kansas Vintage Thunderbird Club's 21st year!!

This just in: 
 We interrupt this Newsletter to give the latest news on Rosemary Hufford’s hip surgery and recovery.
Members of the club including Prez and Secretary have visited Rosemary at her temporary residence and report that she is 
doing well with the hip surgery; is walking well with and without a walker, and is anxious to return to her home.

Officials are to visit the Hufford house last week of March to check for obstacles which might hamper Rosemary’s full recovery. 
Assuming there are no obstacles, Rosemary may be sent home soon! 
Here’s hoping all continues to go well for Rosemary and Lee. 

In the meantime, Rosemary can be found (along with caretaker Lee) at the following location and address:
Rosemary Hufford,
Rm 208,  Avita Health & Rehab Center
2114 N. 127th Court East
Wichita, KS 67206

Also, in its haste to report the news to everybody last month, the Newsletter jumped the gun in reporting Carl Marts 
had throat surgery. 
Didn’t happen!  Last minute tests were necessary and at this time Carl is waiting for results concerning additional treatment.

The Club Welcomes New Members: 
Juan and Rebecca Gallo from Bel Aire, KS own a 1959 Thunderbird HT, purchased a while back in Bixby, Oklahoma.
Among their Internet searches they located the Mid-Kansas Vintage Thunderbird Club, made a couple phone calls and mailed in their dues.

Juan attended our March meeting at Spears. Welcome, Juan and Rebecca and we look forward to seeing you and the Squarebird at our events!

Charles W. and Jody Miller from Haysville are new owners of a 
1959 Thunderbird HT. 
Charles prefers to be called “Chuck”. 
About one month ago, Curt Rakestraw saw a ’59 Hardtop for sale in a “Wheels For You” magazine at the grocery store.  He reported it
looked pretty darn nice and was for sale in Pratt, Kansas. Curt passed
the information to Prez, who phoned the number and found the car had
been sold to, “a gentleman from Wichita.” 
Due to somebody’s law or policy, the dealer would not divulge the name
of the purchaser.  We waited, knowing well that one of our Thunderbird 
Sleuths would find it.
On March 15, Darryle and Kaye Barth saw the car and driver at the Central and West Street informal gathering that happens every Friday
night.  They gave a card to the owner and invited him 

to drive with us next day at the St. Patrick’s Day parade. 
Chuck and Jody did in fact look us up at the staging area of the 
parade and we lined them up right behind Tedd Roe and Helen 
Jimenez in Tedd’s ’59 HT in the procession. 
Chuck also came to our March meeting at Spears. 
There he fell under the spell of our charms and applications
were filled out, checks were signed and they became new members! 

The Millers’ ’59 is Raven Black with Roadster Wire Wheels and spinners, wide whites and some chrome under the hood.
But the Thunderbird story goes back even further. 
About three years ago we met this SAME Thunderbird at Lake 
Afton All Wheels Rally and its owner, Mr. Kilgariff, from over in
the Kingman-Pratt area parked it with our Thunderbirds. 
We plied him with club information and our best personalities but
unfortunately, Mr. Kilgariff eluded our grasp and we never saw the car again until the Millers bought it.

Welcome Chuck and Jody and we hope to see you and the ’59 participating in more of our upcoming events!

Veteran’s Day, 1958: 
 On the 11 th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918,
the Armistice was signed ending World War I. 
It was called Armistice Day until after World War II when it was changed to Veteran’s Day. 
Most of our senior citizens in that era still referred to it as Armistice Day; and that name was emblazoned
in most people’s minds back then, so it was commonly referred to by either name. 

Whether it was Armistice Day or Veteran’s Day, November 11 has been a federal holiday each 
year since 1918.

 In our Midwest, it was usually celebrated by parades with High School bands, College Bands, horses, floats, 
and tributes to our veterans.

November 11, 1958 was the 40th anniversary of the Armistice. 
On that date, your old Editor was a Senior in college, had just turned 22 one day before, and boarded the 
band bus with about 70 other musicians in his college Marching Band,  First Trumpet from the
right, to participate in the Veteran’s Day Parade at a nearby Veteran’s Hospital at Knoxville, Iowa. 
On that date John Moler was living back at home after being discharged from the service, was working at the 
family camera stores in Wichita and recuperating from a broken neck.  That is where John was on Veteran’s 
Day, 1958; that is where your old Newsletter Editor was on that date.  Do you remember where you were at that time?

Needless to say, other memorable events and celebrations occurred on the 40th Anniversary of the Armistice. 
One important event occurred on that date in the huge Ford assembly plant in Wixom, Michigan where Ford Motor Company was busy 
cranking out the brand new 1959 Thunderbirds. 
Delays had caused the introduction of the ’59 Ford models to be held back to October 17, 1958 and the Ford Thunderbirds were not 
introduced until ten days later on October 27, 1958.  Orders and back orders had piled up and the factory was working three 8 hour 
shifts seven days a week  to get a high number of ‘59’s into dealer’s inventory.
So it was, that on November 11, 1958, a Holiday for most people, and only 15 days after the ’59 Thunderbirds had been introduced, 
a 1959  Thunderbird  number 105042 rolled off the Wixom assembly line.  Number 105042 was only the 5,041 st 1959 Ford product 
produced and was not just any old Ford, but a distinctive example of Thunderbird beauty, being a Flamingo Pink convertible with full black 
leather upholstery, 352 C.I. V8, CruiseO-Matic transmission, full wheel covers, fender skirts,  Power Steering, Radio, and Heater. 
Its white convertible top was covered with protective plastic and mysterious assembly line crayon marks adorned the windows. 
As it passed final inspection and reached the end of the assembly line a factory employee jumped nonchalantly into the driver’s seat, 
the engine sputtered to life and a wisp of manufacturing oil smoke puffed out of the twin exhausts as the driver sped it away to a storage 
lot.  There it would wait for its convoy or railway shipment to the dealership which had ordered it. 
Like its 1958 counterpart, the ’59 Thunderbird Convertible featured a “not quite”  fully automatic top mechanism; the driver had to pop
the deck lid manually and stand outside at the drivers side rear quarter panel and reach inside the trunk to activate the 
electric/hydraulic power mechanism and stand there while the top folded into the trunk. Then the driver manually closed the deck lid 
enclosing the top.  It was not until late in the 1959 model run that the top would evolve to be fully operational from the driver’s seat.

Where this Flamingo Pink Thunderbird began its career over 55 years ago and where all it has been in between has not been 
documented yet.  Unverified information is that it was owned by the Ford dealer at Kingman, Kansas for a number of years, and 
then sold to an employee who kept it an additional number of years. 
We can only wonder how many Veterans’ Day Parades, how many Fourth of July parades, and how many Homecoming
parades this beautiful ‘Bird appeared in. 
It was sold to another owner in Kingman only a few years ago. There the Thunderbird remained until Sunday, February 17, 2013 when 
the owner (who had talked with Cheryl Thomas) called our Prez to announce he wanted to sell the car and needed help in pricing it.
Prez made a lateral pass off to old friend and Mid Kansas Vintage Thunderbird Club member John Moler who drove over to Kingman 
next day, February 18 with the idea of looking the car over and advising the owner how to sell it and what price to put on the Convertible. 
John did indeed look the Thunderbird over carefully. He found it to be mostly original, new upholstery on the seats, small amount of
surface rust, but straight and unmolested.  Then, after a discussion about price, John did not offer much more advice about selling the car, 
instead John bought it!

Plans to transport the Thunderbird to Wichita on Saturday
February 23 fell through when a terrible snowstorm
moved in and the ‘Bird was hopelessly drifted in at its
storage shed in Kingman. 

In fact, the Thunderbird transport mission was delayed 
until March 6, 2013.

Although the 352 C.I. Thunderbird engine, with addition
of a  battery an oil change and a carburetor primer belched
into life again, the top mechanism was still resting in the
top down position, so John chose to bring the car home on
a flatbed truck

Prez Rod and Richard Carlisle were the first visitors to the new 
acquisition where it was nestled under John’s car port awaiting a good
scrubbing, a few new parts and a trip down to Bud Roat Repair to get 
the top working. 
It is doubtful the soft top will pass muster and will probably be
followed by a Robbins or Kee Auto Top replacement soft top, some 
light repair and a lot of TLC. 

Based on our knowledge of John’s expertise with Vintage Thunderbirds, and particularly the “Squarebirds” we predict that John will be
participating with us very soon in various club events, looking good in his Flamingo Pink Convertible with black interior!


As is so often the case in the Thunderbird hobby, something has to give
and in this case John must free up some garage space currently taken up by his Monte Carlo Red ’60 Hardtop, and his Rangoon Red 1962 with black landau top, and working factory air conditioning! 
John wants to concentrate his collection on Squarebirds.  See the Want Ad section of this Newsletter!
(Credits:  Most of the technical information and production dates cited above came from
William Wonder’s book, Thunderbird Restoration Guide 1958-1966, Motorbooks,
International, Osceola, WI 1997.  The part about the factory worker jumping in the car,
and the wisp of manufacturing oil smoke can be classified as B. S. from the Old Editor’s

1959 Thunderbird Brochure



St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Did somebody just mention the St. Patrick’s Day Parade? 

Well, there certainly was a parade on March 16 and this; the third year we have participated was a very good one! We had two drop dead gorgeous days on March 14 and 15, but on the day of the parade cold air moved in from the North and dropped the temps down to the low 50’s with disgusting wind gusts. 

Even that failed to quell the enthusiasm of 16 Thunderbirds as we
converged on the Lawrence-Dumont parking lot in preparation for the parade.  As promised, 14 spots had been chalked out for us on the asphalt by Nancy Lawrence’s parade staff.  The size and dimensions of the 14 spots were adequate if we were all driving Morris Minors, Austins, or Crosleys but with
massive Thunderbird doors it took some mighty careful exiting, particularly with strong gusty winds. 
We even provided two more Thunderbirds than scheduled, but nobody called us on it. 


A good time was had by all visiting, comparing notes about Thunderbirds and marveling at the eclectic mix of people and things that have evolved into our St. Patrick’s Day celebration.  And oh, those poor scantily clad Wichita Burlesque Gals in the float just ahead of us must have been really cold!  Member Royce Taylor offered to throw something around them—like his arms—but we understand they declined the offer!

At promptly 12:00, with Photographer Jack Wake in place in the crowd on Douglas Street, our Thunderbirds began their slow movement from parking area to the parade route.
Snaking their way around the business and church parking areas onto McLean and finally westward on Douglas Avenue.  The  Thunderbirds were in model year order which meant the first placed five (5) in our group were Classic ‘Birds. 
But of those five Classic Birds, three (3) of them also belong to the Vintage Club. 
The people and their ‘Birds were as follows:

Charlie Becker, ’55 Thunderbird, Torch Red

Prez Rod and Secretary Bev Wake,   ’56  Thunderbird Green

Allen and Kathy Hale,   ’57 Thunderbird, Dusk Rose

Royce Taylor and Marji Hale,   ’57 Thunderbird, Torch Red

Curt Rakestraw,   ’57 Thunderbird, Torch Red

Tedd Roe and Helen Jimenez,   ’59 Thunderbird, Red over White

Charles and Jody Miller,  ’59 Thunderbird, Raven Black

Bill and Terry Johnston,   ’60 Thunderbird Convertible, Raven Black

John Moler,   ’62 Thunderbird Landau, Rangoon Red

VP Mike and Ann Mawhirter,   ’63 Thunderbird, Diamond Blue

Walter K. Day and friend,  ’97 Thunderbird Roush Racing, Indigo Blue

Allan and Trudy Carpenter,   ’02 Thunderbird, Inspiration Yellow

Larry and Treasurer Lynda Fichter,’03  Mountain Shadow Gray

Mike and Janie Lindebak,     ’03 Thunderbird, Torch Red

Kaye Barth,   ’04 Thunderbird Pacific Coast Roadster, Monterrey Mist

Dennis “Andy” Anderson    ’04 Thunderbird, Merlot

The crowd was massive and we firmly believe it was the 
largest crowd for this parade we have ever experienced. 

The crowd was also very appreciative, as  nearly one hour of parade entries had preceded our group, but we still received
numerous shouted compliments for
our Thunderbirds. 

Other special interest cars were in the parade but there were
no other car clubs participating to the extent our club did.

At the end of the parade, all participants found their way 
westbound on Maple Street to Spangles, the
designated meeting place. 
There our Thunderbirds fell into line in the parking spaces
highly visible from West Street. 

In the room we shared with a ’56 Ford Crown Victoria we 
made do by pushing tables together, exchanging stories 
and observations about the parade.

Many a diet plan was ruined temporarily as we enjoyed
50’s type cuisine of cheeseburgers, fries, shakes, and 
other items we used to eat regularly in times gone by. 

Those who could not participate in the parade but did join us as spectators and/or at Spangles included Darryle Barth, 
Joe Gross, Dale Gibson, Klyda Fall, and  the aforementioned Jack Wake.
Over 1 ½ hours was spent visiting at the restaurant before
our parade goers began to move on to other
Saturday business.

So, another successful parade is behind us. 

Our participation was great with 16 Thunderbirds;
and we must say the club really looked good. 

Now it is time for us to discuss the parade during the
coming months, evaluate the benefits and
determine if we want to do it again next year.

Recruiting Materials:

We hope all VTCI members keep a neat library of
previous copies of The Scoop magazines; the bi-monthly publication of the Vintage
Thunderbird Club International.  But just in case there are one or two of you who do not
keep them and (shudder) throw them away please listen.  Those back issues of The
Scoop are good recruiting handouts which we can use at our Central and West gatherings,
at our car shows, at Lake Afton and so on.  If you do not keep them, please turn them in at
one of our meetings or call one of our members to pick them up.  Love to have them!

St. Jude’s Knights of Columbus Council Car Show: 

Club member Dale Gibson (‘Raven Black ’58 HT)  reports a car show which he is helping to promote will be happening at 
St. Jude’s Church, 3030 N. Amidon on Sunday, April 21, 2013, from 1 to 5:00 PM.

Food, drinks, live DJ will be featured. 
Registration fee $15.00 before April 1st
After April 1 same price plus cans of food for donation, 
2 or more same family cars $10.00. 

Awards given: 
Best of Show
Father’s Choice
Top 10 
Director’s Choice 

Historically, about 50 entries.  Free admission for viewers. 
Call Brian Fisher at 316-838-5599 or 
Email BFisher827@Gmail.com for more info. 

100% of the profits will be used for St. Jude Church and charity

The 2013 VTCI Regional and International Conventions:

As you know, our chapter is a part of the North Central Region of the VTCI.  Our North
Central Regional VTCI Convention is set for July 11 through 14, 2013 at Springfield,
Illinois. The Land of Lincoln Thunderbird Club, and Western Michigan Thunderbird Club
are co-hosts. 
There is a lot of history at Springfield, a lot of Abraham Lincoln history, and
a lot of fun events planned by the two clubs. 
We have contributed to the 2013 Regional with some financial gifts, and hope a lot of us can 
contribute with our presence! 

Watch for all information and registration forms in The Scoop, or Google up VTCI and take a
look at upcoming events listed there.

Then, the VTCI International Convention for 2013 will be hosted by the South Central
Region and held in Houston on September 26 through 28, 2013
Lots of NASA activities, a dinner cruise, other great activities and a lot of fabulous Thunderbirds are in
the offing.  Again, watch The Scoop, and/or Google up VTCI and take a look.

2013 VTCI North Central Regional Convention

Hello from the North Central Region.  We are closing in on the North Central Regional.  If you are still thinking about
sending in your reservation for the event please do so quickly so we can have the correct numbers for the tours and
reservations for meals and cars to be judged.  We want this to be the biggest and best regional yet.  Also, make your
motel reservations. We want all of our Thunderbird friends, old or new, to come to this regional.
Thursday, July 11 – You can arrive, check in, and we will have the registration open from 12:00 – 4:00 PM.  The
Hospitality Room will be in the Topaz Room and will be open from 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM.  At 6:00 PM there will be a
Meet and Greet with food and beverages.  The charge will be $10:00 per person for the Meet and Greet.

Friday, July 12 – A tour is planned to go to New Salem, IL, a young adult Lincoln’s home.  We will also tour the
Lincoln Presidential Museum and the Lincoln Tomb.  The tour will leave at 8:45 AM and should be back to the motel by
4:30 PM.  Lunch will be on your own at the Morning Star Café.  The charge for the tour will be $26.00 per person.
There will also be a judges meeting from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM.  At 6:30 PM there will be a pizza party with beverages.
The cost for the pizza party will be $15.00 per person.  Registration will be open from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM.  Hospitality
Room will be open from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

Saturday, July 13– Registration will be open from 7:00 – 8:30 AM.  There will be an owners/judges meeting at 7:30 –
8:30 AM.  The judging will start at 9:00 AM.  All rags and  tools need to be down at this time.  The Hospitality Room will
be open from 10:00 AM – 3:30 PM.  There will be a People’s Choice awards.  The People’s choice sheets must be in
no later than 1:00 PM to give the talliers time to count the votes.  The award banquet will start with a cash bar from
6:30 – 7:00 PM.  The banquet will start at 7:00 PM.  The meats
for the banquet will be Peach Glazed Pork Loin and Atlantic Salmon in Dill Sauce.  This will be a buffet style.  The cost
for the banquet will be $35.00 per person.

Sunday, July 14 – This will be “Good-Bye” time for most. The motel for this event is the Northfield Inn, Suites, &
Convention Center.  The address is 3280 Northfield Drive, Springfield, IL 62702.  The phone number is 217-523-7900.
The rates are Double Queen or Standard King $85.00.  King 2-Room Suite or King Jacuzzi Room is $95.00.  The price
includes a hot continental breakfast each morning.  The room prices will be good until June 11, 2013.People taking
motor homes or rv trailers to convention must purchase a motel room.  When you make reservations with the motel tell
them that you are part of the Thunderbird Club.  The motel is just off of I-55.  Take Exit 100B (Sangamon Avenue).
Turn right at 1st stop light onto Dirksen Parkway.  Then turn right again at 1st stop light onto Northfield Drive. 
Motel is just ahead on the right side.
Remember there is a registration cut-off date for the convention of June 20, 2013.

We will need help with the following areas:
#1 – We are asking the guests to bring food or snacks and volunteer to be a hostess on Friday and Saturday in the
Hospitality Room.
#2 – Parking lot security volunteers for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night.
#3 – Car Parking assistants for Thursday and Friday.
#4 – Door Prizes and Raffle donations.
#5 – Judges and Tally Room volunteers for Saturday.

Mark your calendars for the dates of July 11th to 14th, 2013
If you have questions about this convention please call
either Terry Fletcher at 217-478-1989 (loltbtf@myfrontiermail.com)
or Ed Elzinga at 616-212-3544 (sqtbird@att.net).


Important Upcoming Dates!

April 1—Dues are Due!  $25.00. After that date they are
delinquent, and delinquents will be dropped from our
membership rolls.

April 14, Sunday, Richard’s Little DQ annual Cruise In

April 18, Our April Meeting

April 19, Central and West Gathering

April 21, St. Jude’s Car Show, Dale Gibson’s input

April 27, Klassics-N-Kustoms Car, Truck and Bike Show

April 28,  Midian Shriner Car Show, WSU Campus

May 5, Mid America All Indian Benefit Car Show

May 16, Our May Meeting

The President’s Message

By Rod Wake, Mid-Kansas President

Dear Thunderbird Loving Friends:

It was good to get back into the swing of things at the March 21 meeting! 
With our February meeting being snowed out, and unable to re-schedule for lack of a meeting site, we kept in touch through E-mails in the meantime. 
Anyway, the March meeting helped us to catch back up and make some plans.
The St. Patrick’s Day Parade through Delano was an excellent example of our club showing off a great array of Thunderbirds. Once again, we invited the
Wichita Classic Thunderbirds to join us, and five (5) of those little rascals drove ahead of our eleven (11) Vintage and Retro Thunderbirds to give the 
Wichitans a real good look at Ford’s contribution to the world of automotive beautification. 
I have never been more proud of our club for such a magnificent turnout on a busy Saturday. 
Thank goodness for car heaters, though because that north March wind took its toll on those driving ‘Birds with the tops down.

Sometimes they go in waves.  In this instance, we brought in three (3) new Thunderbirds, all of them 1959 models! In the first instance a Thunderbird 
owner sought out a club member for advice about selling his car, and another club member bought it. 
In the second instance our Mid-Kansas Vintage Thunderbird Website snared in yet another one. 
In the third instance our alert club members made contact with a new prospect, visited with him and handed him a business card. 
Since both new prospects joined our club that makes our club two memberships richer in March alone!  This illustrates how our members, working
as a network are always seeking out new members and new Thunderbirds. This shows that our continuing growth efforts are working!
Folks, Beverly and I have our hotel reservations and have filled out the application for the VTCI North Central Regional Convention at Springfield,
Illinois for July.  Sure hope several of you can join us for what promises to be a great convention with a lot of Abe Lincoln related events, and some great
Again, that’s July 11, 12, and 13 at Springfield, Illinois.
But in the meantime,hope we can get all of our Thunderbirds back into circulation with our local events. The more we can show them, the more interest
there is in these special pieces of American automotive history!



Did you know:  One dealer installed option for the 1961-62
Thunderbird was a FoMoCo spotlight?  Although not very
popular, it was available just the same and added a
beautiful splash of chrome.

Don’t Forget our Parent Club:
 If you have not yet joined VTCI, please take this opportunity to do so. 
To those of you who have not yet joined, you can get your application 
from www.vintagethunderbirdclub.org or ask Prez 
for an application. 
We simply cannot afford to lose our affiliation with VTCI!

Don't forget who helps make all our activities possible;
Vintage Thunderbird Club International, Inc. 
If you do not belong to VTCI, join today!!

Prez Reviews The Dues For Youse:

First of all, our dues are only $25.00 per year.
Some have inquired about our Mid-Kansas dues setup.  We know it can be confusing, so here is a review and summary:

Our local chapter, The Mid-Kansas Vintage Thunderbird Club, Inc., is a Kansas
corporation which we incorporated in 2005.  We chose a fiscal year ending
December 31, the same as the calendar year. 
Our $25.00 dues are paid annually which means the dues are due January 1. But, we know 
many other expenses such as Real Estate Taxes, Quarterly Estimates, homeowner’s dues, VTCI dues
and almost every other club dues you can think of, plus Christmas expenses are due at that time. 

That is why several years ago our club voted to have our dues payable by April 1. Even though they are
technically due January 1, we don’t ask for them before April 1. 
This gives us three chances to pay at a monthly meeting before the dues are overdue. 
Of course, Treasurer Lynda can take your $25.00 dues payment any time before April 1, 
whenever it is comfortable for you.
New member’s initial dues are pro-rated according to the quarter in which
they join, and that proration is calculated on the January 1 starting date for the
club year as follows:

Jan-Feb-Mar    $25.00
Apr-May-Jun    $18.75
Jul-Aug-Sep    $12.50
Oct-Nov-Dec   $6.75
That pro-ration only applies for NEW MEMBERS

Old members cannot drop  out and come back as they wish. 
Our By-Laws state that anybody who has dropped out of the club must pay their dues in full to re-join.

Our club is a chapter of Vintage Thunderbird Club International, Inc.,
North Central Region
VTCI Dues are $35.00 per year, due January 1, and delinquent after January 31. 

The Roster of VTCI members is compiled from dues paid as of January 31, so please get your dues 
in before January 31 each year.

Unique In All The World: 

The Newsletter continues its series picturing Thunderbirds seen around the VTCI Regional and International
Circuit as well as local club events. 
With each Thunderbird  featured, you should see why the Vintage Ford  Thunderbird is considered to be 
“Unique In All The World!” 

What red blooded American’s heart does not speed up a few beats per minute
when seeing a 1962 Thunderbird Sports Roadster?  The initial run of Sports
Roadsters to be put in dealer’s showrooms were all done in Rangoon Red, as is
this one with black interior and the brand new Tonneau Cover, special badging,
Kelsey-Hayes wire wheels and passenger side grab bar.
Now, any of us purists (or those who were there when these beautiful cars came
out) might remind you that from June ’61 forward, wide whitewalls as shown on
this car were no longer offered but were replaced by 1” wide whitewalls. The
beauty of a VTCI International at various places around the country only
solidifies our belief that “you never know what is going to show up at a
convention” and normally we see cars that have never been shown at our
conventions before. This early ’62 Roadster from Georgia is truly an example of a
Thunderbird that is 

Unique In All The World!



And now, a word from the old ‘Bird:

An Opinion Line article in the Eagle a few days ago stated,  “If our college basketball players are expected to speak to their public after a game, maybe some elocution lessons would be in order.”


Retro Bird Watchers Alert!
None at this time

Big Bird Bazaar:
Cars, Parts and Services

Ads or sources of service for our Birds are free to club members, but business card size ads run $60 per year. 
That’s less than $5 per issue ‘cause we usually run 14 editions per year.   What have you to sell?

Cushman Corporation
           Speedometer Repair

Click to see


                             5404 N. Athenian Ave.
                                           Wichita, KS  67204
                                               (316) 648-2444
                                                  (316) 832-9090

Autos For Sale: Wanted: Parts & Misc For Sale:

1962 Thunderbird Landau Hard Top:
Rangoon Red with black
Vinyl Landau roof.  PS, PW,PB, 
Cruise-O-Matic, Swing Away 
Steering wheel, red and white leather
upholstery, clean and straight with no
rust, and ice cold Factory Air Conditioning! 
Priced for quick sale
at $8,500.00 because I have other
Thunderbirds and need the parking
space.  John Moler, Wichita, KS
(316) 942-7842 or (316) 204-4514
. .
1964 Thunderbird HT:
No engine, but all standard equipment
including; clean body with no rust, fender skirts, radio, rolling chassis.  Asking $2,500 but I need to sell.  Located in Wichita. 
Carl Marts (316) 712-1423
. .

Click on ad to visit VTCI!



April Meeting:

Our next one will be April 18, 2013 at 5:30 Pm

Spears Restaurant
4131 W. Maple

First we eat, then we meet!



  Current Officers

J. Rodney Wake
Vice President:
Mike Mawhirter
Beverly Wake
Lynda Fichter

Mid-Kansas Vintage Thunderbird’s Appointed Positions


Newsletter Editor:
J. Rodney Wake
Associate Editor, Proof Reader,

Club Photographer, Computer
  Guru and all around helper
Jack Wake
Website Coordinator:
Cheryl Thomas
Webmistress Design and Graphics
Connie B C
Wichita Area Council
of Car Clubs Representative:
Royce Taylor Royce.taylor@spiritaero.com

National VTCI Contacts


VTCI President:
Terri McNeill
VTCI Vice President: 
J. Rodney Wake
VTCI Website Director:
Terri McNeill
VTCI NC Director: Ed Elzinga sqtbird@att.net
VTCI Treasurer:
Randy Mattson
VTCI Secretary:
Bob McNeill
Concours Director: 
Paul Prokop 
Historian:  Dan Likar  sqbrd@aol.com
Technical Director  Alan Tast tast@earthlink.net



Mid-Kansas Thunderbird’s Website: 
VTCI website: 

 VTCI Chapter Websites


Chicagoland Thunderbirds:
Thunderbird Midwest/Minneapolis
Mid America Iowa:
Hoosier Vintage/ Indiana Thunderbird Club: 
Vintage Thunderbirds of Kansas City:
Thunderbirds of Manitoba:
Waterwonderland Michigan:
Indianapolis Chapter  http://www.vtcin.com