A Chapter of Vintage
Thunderbird Club International, Inc. (VTCI)
The VTCI Recognizes ALL
Celebrating Mid Kansas Vintage
Thunderbird Club's 21st year!!
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:
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
had throat surgery.
Didn’t happen! Last
minute tests were necessary and at this time Carl is waiting for results
concerning additional treatment.
Club Welcomes New Members:
and Rebecca Gallo from Bel Aire, KS own
a 1959 Thunderbird HT, purchased a while back in Bixby, Oklahoma.
their Internet searches they located the Mid-Kansas Vintage Thunderbird
Club, made a couple phone calls and mailed in their dues.
attended our March meeting at Spears. Welcome, Juan and Rebecca and we
look forward to seeing you and the Squarebird at our events!
W. and Jody Miller from Haysville are
new owners of a
prefers to be called “Chuck”.
one month ago, Curt Rakestraw saw a ’59 Hardtop for sale in a “Wheels For
You” magazine at the grocery store. He reported it
pretty darn nice and was for sale in Pratt, Kansas. Curt passed
information to Prez, who phoned the number and found the car had
sold to, “a gentleman from Wichita.”
to somebody’s law or policy, the dealer would not divulge the name
the purchaser. We waited, knowing well that one of our Thunderbird
would find it.
March 15, Darryle and Kaye Barth saw the car and driver at the Central
and West Street informal gathering that happens every Friday
They gave a card to the owner and invited him
drive with us next day at the St. Patrick’s Day parade.
and Jody did in fact look us up at the staging area of the
and we lined them up right behind Tedd Roe and Helen
in Tedd’s ’59 HT in the procession.
also came to our March meeting at Spears.
he fell under the spell of our charms and applications
filled out, checks were signed and they became new members!
Millers’ ’59 is Raven Black with Roadster Wire Wheels and spinners, wide
whites and some chrome under the hood.
the Thunderbird story goes back even further.
three years ago we met this SAME Thunderbird at Lake
All Wheels Rally and its owner, Mr. Kilgariff, from over in
Kingman-Pratt area parked it with our Thunderbirds.
plied him with club information and our best personalities but
Mr. Kilgariff eluded our grasp and we never saw the car again until the
Millers bought it.
Chuck and Jody and we hope to see you and the ’59 participating in more
of our upcoming events!
the 11 th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918,
Armistice was signed ending World War I.
was called Armistice Day until after World War II when it was changed to
of our senior citizens in that era still referred to it as Armistice Day;
and that name was emblazoned
most people’s minds back then, so it was commonly referred to by either
it was Armistice Day or Veteran’s Day, November 11 has been a federal holiday
our Midwest, it was usually celebrated by parades with High School bands,
College Bands, horses, floats,
tributes to our veterans.
11, 1958 was the 40th anniversary of the Armistice.
that date, your old Editor was a Senior in college, had just turned 22
one day before, and boarded the
bus with about 70 other musicians in his college Marching Band, First
Trumpet from the
to participate in the Veteran’s Day Parade at a nearby Veteran’s Hospital
at Knoxville, Iowa.
that date John Moler was living back at home after being discharged from
the service, was working at the
camera stores in Wichita and recuperating from a broken neck. That
is where John was on Veteran’s
1958; that is where your old Newsletter Editor was on that date.
Do you remember where you were at that time?
to say, other memorable events and celebrations occurred on the 40th Anniversary
of the Armistice.
important event occurred on that date in the huge Ford assembly plant in
Wixom, Michigan where Ford Motor Company was busy
out the brand new 1959 Thunderbirds.
had caused the introduction of the ’59 Ford models to be held back to October
17, 1958 and the Ford Thunderbirds were not
until ten days later on October 27, 1958. Orders and back orders
had piled up and the factory was working three 8 hour
seven days a week to get a high number of ‘59’s into dealer’s inventory.
it was, that on November 11, 1958, a Holiday for most people, and only
15 days after the ’59 Thunderbirds had been introduced,
1959 Thunderbird number 105042 rolled off the Wixom assembly
line. Number 105042 was only the 5,041 st 1959 Ford product
and was not just any old Ford, but a distinctive example of Thunderbird
beauty, being a Flamingo Pink convertible with full black
upholstery, 352 C.I. V8, CruiseO-Matic transmission, full wheel covers,
fender skirts, Power Steering, Radio, and Heater.
white convertible top was covered with protective plastic and mysterious
assembly line crayon marks adorned the windows.
it passed final inspection and reached the end of the assembly line a factory
employee jumped nonchalantly into the driver’s seat,
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
There it would wait for its convoy or railway shipment to the dealership
which had ordered it.
its 1958 counterpart, the ’59 Thunderbird Convertible featured a “not quite”
fully automatic top mechanism; the driver had to pop
deck lid manually and stand outside at the drivers side rear quarter panel
and reach inside the trunk to activate the
power mechanism and stand there while the top folded into the trunk. Then
the driver manually closed the deck lid
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.
this Flamingo Pink Thunderbird began its career over 55 years ago and where
all it has been in between has not been
yet. Unverified information is that it was owned by the Ford dealer
at Kingman, Kansas for a number of years, and
sold to an employee who kept it an additional number of years.
can only wonder how many Veterans’ Day Parades, how many Fourth of July
parades, and how many Homecoming
this beautiful ‘Bird appeared in.
was sold to another owner in Kingman only a few years ago. There the Thunderbird
remained until Sunday, February 17, 2013 when
owner (who had talked with Cheryl Thomas) called our Prez to announce he
wanted to sell the car and needed help in pricing it.
made a lateral pass off to old friend and Mid Kansas Vintage Thunderbird
Club member John Moler who drove over to Kingman
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.
did indeed look the Thunderbird over carefully. He found it to be mostly
original, new upholstery on the seats, small amount of
rust, but straight and unmolested. Then, after a discussion about
price, John did not offer much more advice about selling the car,
John bought it!
to transport the Thunderbird to Wichita on Saturday
23 fell through when a terrible snowstorm
in and the ‘Bird was hopelessly drifted in at its
shed in Kingman.
fact, the Thunderbird transport mission was delayed
March 6, 2013.
the 352 C.I. Thunderbird engine, with addition
a battery an oil change and a carburetor primer belched
life again, the top mechanism was still resting in the
down position, so John chose to bring the car home on
Rod and Richard Carlisle were the first visitors to the new
where it was nestled under John’s car port awaiting a good
a few new parts and a trip down to Bud Roat Repair to get
is doubtful the soft top will pass muster and will probably be
by a Robbins or Kee Auto Top replacement soft top, some
repair and a lot of TLC.
on our knowledge of John’s expertise with Vintage Thunderbirds, and particularly
the “Squarebirds” we predict that John will be
with us very soon in various club events, looking good in his Flamingo
Pink Convertible with black interior!
is so often the case in the Thunderbird hobby, something has to give
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!
wants to concentrate his collection on Squarebirds.
See the Want Ad section of this Newsletter!
Most of the technical information and production dates cited above came
Wonder’s book, Thunderbird Restoration Guide 1958-1966, Motorbooks,
Osceola, WI 1997. The part about the factory worker jumping in the
the wisp of manufacturing oil smoke can be classified as B. S. from the
somebody just mention the St. Patrick’s Day Parade?
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.
that failed to quell the enthusiasm of 16 Thunderbirds as we
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
Thunderbird doors it took some mighty careful exiting, particularly with
strong gusty winds.
even provided two more Thunderbirds than scheduled, but nobody called us
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!
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.
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
of those five Classic Birds, three (3) of them also belong to the Vintage
people and their ‘Birds were as follows:
Becker, ’55 Thunderbird, Torch Red
Rod and Secretary Bev Wake, ’56 Thunderbird Green
and Kathy Hale, ’57 Thunderbird, Dusk Rose
Taylor and Marji Hale, ’57 Thunderbird, Torch Red
Rakestraw, ’57 Thunderbird, Torch Red
Roe and Helen Jimenez, ’59 Thunderbird, Red over White
and Jody Miller, ’59 Thunderbird, Raven Black
and Terry Johnston, ’60 Thunderbird Convertible, Raven Black
Moler, ’62 Thunderbird Landau, Rangoon Red
Mike and Ann Mawhirter, ’63 Thunderbird, Diamond Blue
K. Day and friend, ’97 Thunderbird Roush Racing, Indigo Blue
and Trudy Carpenter, ’02 Thunderbird, Inspiration Yellow
and Treasurer Lynda Fichter,’03 Mountain Shadow Gray
and Janie Lindebak, ’03 Thunderbird, Torch Red
Barth, ’04 Thunderbird Pacific Coast Roadster, Monterrey Mist
“Andy” Anderson ’04 Thunderbird, Merlot
crowd was massive and we firmly believe it was the
crowd for this parade we have ever experienced.
crowd was also very appreciative, as nearly one hour of parade entries
had preceded our group, but we still received
shouted compliments for
interest cars were in the parade but there were
other car clubs participating to the extent our club did.
the end of the parade, all participants found their way
on Maple Street to Spangles, the
our Thunderbirds fell into line in the parking spaces
visible from West Street.
the room we shared with a ’56 Ford Crown Victoria we
do by pushing tables together, exchanging stories
observations about the parade.
a diet plan was ruined temporarily as we enjoyed
type cuisine of cheeseburgers, fries, shakes, and
items we used to eat regularly in times gone by.
who could not participate in the parade but did join us as spectators and/or
at Spangles included Darryle Barth,
Gross, Dale Gibson, Klyda Fall, and the aforementioned Jack Wake.
1 ½ hours was spent visiting at the restaurant before
parade goers began to move on to other
another successful parade is behind us.
participation was great with 16 Thunderbirds;
we must say the club really looked good.
it is time for us to discuss the parade during the
months, evaluate the benefits and
if we want to do it again next year.
hope all VTCI members keep a neat library of
copies of The Scoop magazines; the bi-monthly publication of the Vintage
Club International. But just in case there are one or two of you
who do not
them and (shudder)
throw them away please listen. Those back issues of The
are good recruiting handouts which we can use at our Central and West gatherings,
our car shows, at Lake Afton and so on. If you do not keep them,
please turn them in at
of our meetings or call one of our members to pick them up. Love
to have them!
Jude’s Knights of Columbus Council Car Show:
member Dale Gibson (‘Raven Black ’58 HT) reports a car show which
he is helping to promote will be happening at
Jude’s Church, 3030 N. Amidon on Sunday, April 21, 2013, from 1 to 5:00
drinks, live DJ will be featured.
fee $15.00 before April 1st
April 1 same price plus cans of food for donation,
or more same family cars $10.00.
about 50 entries. Free admission for viewers.
Brian Fisher at 316-838-5599 or
of the profits will be used for St. Jude Church and charity
|The 2013 VTCI
Regional and International Conventions:
you know, our chapter is a part of the North Central Region of the VTCI.
Regional VTCI Convention is set for July
11 through 14, 2013 at Springfield,
The Land of Lincoln Thunderbird Club, and Western Michigan Thunderbird
is a lot of history at Springfield, a lot of Abraham Lincoln history, and
lot of fun events planned by the two clubs.
have contributed to the 2013 Regional with some financial gifts, and hope
a lot of us can
with our presence!
for all information and registration forms in The Scoop, or Google up VTCI
and take a
at upcoming events listed there.
the VTCI International Convention for 2013
be hosted by the South Central
and held in Houston on September 26 through
of NASA activities, a dinner cruise, other great activities and a lot of
fabulous Thunderbirds are in
offing. Again, watch The Scoop, and/or Google up VTCI and take a
|2013 VTCI North Central
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
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, &
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,
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
Motel is just ahead on the
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
#2 – Parking lot security
volunteers for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night.
#3 – Car Parking assistants
for Thursday and Friday.
#4 – Door Prizes and Raffle
#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
or Ed Elzinga at 616-212-3544
are Due! $25.00. After that date they are
delinquent, and delinquents will be dropped
Sunday, Richard’s Little DQ annual Cruise In
Our April Meeting
Central and West Gathering
St. Jude’s Car Show, Dale Gibson’s input
Klassics-N-Kustoms Car, Truck and Bike Show
Midian Shriner Car Show, WSU Campus
Mid America All Indian Benefit Car Show
Our May Meeting
Rod Wake, Mid-Kansas President
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
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!
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.
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
or ask Prez
for an application.
We simply cannot afford
to lose our affiliation with VTCI!
forget who helps make all our activities possible;
Thunderbird Club International, Inc.
you do not belong to VTCI, join today!!
Reviews The Dues For Youse:
of all, our dues are only
$25.00 per year.
have inquired about our Mid-Kansas dues setup. We know it can be
confusing, so here is a review and summary:
local chapter, The Mid-Kansas Vintage Thunderbird Club, Inc., is a Kansas
which we incorporated in 2005. We chose a fiscal year ending
31, the same as the calendar year.
$25.00 dues are paid annually which means the dues are due January 1. But,
other expenses such as Real Estate Taxes, Quarterly Estimates, homeowner’s
dues, VTCI dues
almost every other club dues you can think of, plus Christmas expenses
are due at that time.
is why several years ago our club voted to have our dues payable by April
1. Even though they are
due January 1, we don’t ask for them before April 1.
gives us three chances to pay at a monthly meeting before the dues are
course, Treasurer Lynda can take your $25.00 dues payment any time before
it is comfortable for you.
member’s initial dues are pro-rated according to the quarter in which
join, and that proration is calculated on the January 1 starting date for
year as follows:
pro-ration only applies for NEW MEMBERS.
members cannot drop out and come back as they wish.
By-Laws state that anybody who has dropped out of the club must pay their
dues in full to re-join.
club is a chapter of Vintage Thunderbird Club International, Inc.,
Dues are $35.00 per year, due January 1, and delinquent after January 31.
Roster of VTCI members is compiled from dues paid as of January 31, so
please get your dues
before January 31 each year.
In All The World:
The Newsletter continues
its series picturing Thunderbirds seen around the VTCI Regional and International
Circuit as well as local
With each Thunderbird
featured, you should see why the Vintage Ford Thunderbird is considered
“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
In All The World!”
now, a word from the old ‘Bird:
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.”
Bird Watchers Alert!
None at this time
Big Bird Bazaar:
Parts and Services
or sources of service for our Birds are free to club members, but business
card size ads run $60 per year.
less than $5 per issue ‘cause we usually run 14 editions per year.
What have you to sell?
|Autos For Sale:
||Parts & Misc
1962 Thunderbird Landau
Rangoon Red with black
Vinyl Landau roof.
Cruise-O-Matic, Swing Away
Steering wheel, red and
upholstery, clean and straight
rust, and ice cold Factory
Priced for quick sale
because I have other
Thunderbirds and need the
space. John Moler,
(316) 942-7842 or (316)
engine, but all standard equipment
clean body with no rust, fender skirts, radio, rolling chassis. Asking
but I need to sell. Located in Wichita.
Marts (316) 712-1423
ON AD TO GO TO VTCI WEBSITE
Our next one will be April
18, 2013 at 5:30
4131 W. Maple
First we eat, then we meet!