A Chapter of Vintage
Thunderbird Club International, Inc. (VTCI)
The VTCI Recognizes ALL
Celebrating Mid Kansas Vintage
Thunderbird Club's 20th year!!
Mawhirter Organizes “’Birds Brunch at Benton”:
club opened the month of November with a fun run in the country on the
beautiful autumn day of November 3.
good on his intention to organize a fall fun run, VP Mike and Ann Mawhirter
suggested all who could get away that Saturday morning met at Applebee’s
Kellogg and Andover Road and at 9:30 follow the Mawhirter’s Diamond blue
’63 up the road to the Stearman Café at the Benton, Kansas Airport.
café is named after Wichita’s own Stearman Airplanes, built in Wichita
through the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s; and several of these vintage
make their home at various hangars at Benton.
a retired commercial pilot, Mike was a natural for organizing
airplane themed event and Benton certainly fit the bill.
more ‘Birds came in from different directions and met at the
Café, where among numerous airplane themed
our members enjoyed a good old down-home country
buffet and a lot of good conversation.
in a semi-private area around patio tables in a glassed
room overlooking the airport and all its activity were:
and Janie Lindebak
and Trudy Carpenter
and Ann Mawhirter
and Elaine Lipps
and Beverly Wake
and Lynda Fichter
C “Andy” Anderson
which made the trek, and were parked in a long line in the parking lot
got a lot of attention and were subject to
photographs from townsfolk who were quick to pull
their cell phones and take a few photos.
Torch Red ’03
Mountain Shadow ‘03
Inspiration Yellow ’02
Roe’s Brandywine and white ’59
Diamond Blue ’63
Vintage Mint ’04
Monterey Mist (Pacific Coast) ’04, and
Rakestraw’s Torch Red ’57
Duhnke’s classic Chevrolet and Lipps’ Lincoln were also on the lot.
anything other than a Thunderbird must be classified as a “plain old
It’s our law.
this same date, and while our Thunderbird people watched, a group of experimental
aircraft aficionados also flew in to Benton and met
the Stearman Café at the same time.
these hand built, one-of-a-kind aircraft fly in and line up on the tarmac
provided a lot of entertainment for our crowd.
we looked at their airplanes, they looked at our Thunderbirds. That
they should arrive on this same date….coincidence you say?
don’t think so!
noon, our well fed members headed back to Wichita, not as a caravan but
traveling to their homes and other destinations
various routes to continue weekend chores and activities.
was a fun morning and our thanks to Mike and Ann for making all the
Kansas Elections—All Landslides:
three months ago, we began advertising for candidates for the various club
Bev was to keep track of those indicating a willingness to run for office.
club elections for 2013 took place on November 15 at Spears Restaurant
only persons who had indicated an interest in the offices were all the
incumbents and right up to
date of the meeting, there were no challengers.
Rod asked for nominations from the floor but all was as quiet as a mouse
on a floor mat with no challengers for the offices.
the 2013 slate of officers compiled by Secretary Bev was:
Incumbent Rod Wake
President Incumbent Mike Mawhirter
Incumbent Bev Wake
Incumbent Lynda Fichter
held this election with no debates, no mud slinging, no daily polls, no
new media spins, no massive television commercials, and no “talking points.”
Board for 2013 was confirmed by unanimous vote of those present at the
celebration followed, featuring Spears pie and coffee.
appointment to the Wichita Area Council of Car Clubs, however, was necessary
because 2012 representative Royce Taylor is now needed to represent the
Classic club at the WACCC quarterly meetings.
Barth agreed to accept the appointment to represent our Mid-Kansas Vintage
WACCC matters for 2013, with Kaye Barth as backup.
for accepting the appointment, Darryle and Kaye!
Old Newsletter Editor, the Old Scrapbook Lady, the Assistant Newsletter
Editor, Club Photographer, printer’s assistant and general errand boy duties
will be retained by the same personnel.
of the WACCC:
Barth will hit the ground running as our Wichita Area Council of Car Clubs
rep at the first meeting in February, 2013.
the date of November 20, 2012 both Darryle Barth and Royce Taylor were
out of state, so Prez Rod and Secretary Bev covered the meeting in their
following was discussed at that meeting:
Sunflower Model A Club’s Swap Meet at the Kansas Coliseum has been renewed
and a contract signed for 5 more years.
The existing WACCC Board of Directors had no challengers and the existing
board was voted in for another term; vote was unanimous by representatives
The Lake Afton All Wheels Rally for 2013 will be sponsored by four (4)
area Corvette Clubs celebrating the 60 anniversary of the Corvette
The Mustang Club will sponsor the 2014 All Wheels Rally celebrating the
50th Anniversary of the Mustang.
The Newsletter and Minutes of the WACCC meeting stated that “the Thunderbirds”
had spoken for the 2015 sponsorship, celebrating 60 years of the Thunderbird,
but no verification is known to substantiate that request; none of our
members claim to have made that offer, and no WACCC board members can remember
where they got that information.
will be discussed at future meetings of both the Vintage Club and the Classic
for updates from our club for the 2013 Cruizin Calendar will be provided
to Daryl Standifer by Secretary Bev.
Macy Makes The Big Time:
have not seen much of MidKansas Vintage Thunderbird Club Chaplain Matt
Macy and his gorgeous red ’66 Thunderbird Hardtop in recent years because
he was usually busy on the weekends, or traveling
the world in his duties with Friends Church.
19 years of hard work and world wide travel has resulted in Matt receiving
an important promotion.
than having the Newsletter paraphrase it, here is Matt’s own description
of his new position:
continue to enjoy receiving your wonderful newsletters. Did I tell
you I started a new job October 1?.... After 19 years in the two youth
ministry positions, and with all the missions involvement I
had, I am now the Associate Director of Evangelical Friends Mission, which
is the missions
of Evangelical Friends Church North America and International (so it is
a national position specifically and international position by default
of being the only missions agency of Friends Church worldwide.)
office is in Arvada (Denver) with 5 employees there, but I am staying in
same desk and chair. Executive Director in Portland. Started
October 1. Wild ride.
for us, Matt and his family and their ‘66 Thunderbird will remain in Wichita
and operate as more and more organizations are doing with the officers
residing in different locations but communicating and taking care of business
through the marvelous facilities of Email and the Internet.
Matt and Carie!
club now adds an International Director to its diversified base of members.
Matt, and we can always say, “We knew him when…”
of Automotive Knowledge:
Mid-Kansas Vintage Thunderbird Club Car College is offering a non-credit
man, is it ever non-credit) to increase our knowledge of that well known
Automobile. No textbook, no tests, no degrees.
An early style of carriage with a folding hood (top) over the passenger
an open driver’s seat.
A four wheeled two seated carriage with a top made in two
that may be let down or folded back.
A sedan like automobile with a short convertible back.
Notice that all three
of the definitions above describe a folding, convertible top.
Coach building terms
transferred over to the horseless carriage terms in the very early 1900’s
because customers were
familiar with the terms.
But, the Landau coach
style itself did not transfer well to the faster moving automobile.
Some coaches had two
seats facing each other (like the stagecoaches of the Old West.)
Since a forward view
was preferred by passengers the half-landau (Laundaulet) with a seat or
seats facing forward
became more popular.
In the 1920’s and early
1930’s (including some of the popular Model A bodies) this term became
used for a simulated
convertible top, in which a fixed roof of a coupe or sedan was covered
or leather and fitted
with “s” shaped Landau bars to give the appearance of a folding, convertible
Who can forget Gloria
Swanson, as Norma Desmond riding in a dual cowl 1931 Isotta Frascini
in the movie “Sunset
more recent years Ford and other companies have named some of their models
several of our club members own Thunderbird Landaus. John Moler’s
’62, Larry and Lynda’s ’66,
Thomas’ ‘66 just to name a few.
'69 Candyapple Red (original)Tudor
Landau previously owned by webmistress Connie posted here for illustration
Town Landaus even eliminated the rear quarter window to also simulate the
style described in a previous Newsletter.
the exception of some European luxury and sports cars, few true landaus
exist today, and our Thunderbirds
suggest a resemblance to a true Landau. But, those S shaped simulated
landau arms adorning the sail panels
make an attractive coupe and we all agree, they sure are pretty.
Rod Wake, Mid-Kansas President
The year is winding to a
close and assuming the Mayan Calendar is wrong, soon it will be 2013.
We have some of the same
challenges facing us that we did last year at this time.
We met the challenges and
dealt with them, and had a very good year!
We will recount and summarize
our victories for 2012 in the next issue of the Newsletter.
Right now, we need put aside
our club business temporarily and give thought to the reason for the Christmas
Yes, we say Christmas Season,
not “Holiday Season” and look forward to decorating and filling our Christmas
Tree and having a Christmas
speak for the President, the Secretary, and all officers of our club
as well as the old Editor, the Scrapbook
Lady, the Assistant Editor,
the Club Photographer and all the staff of Mid-Kansas Vintage Thunderbird
when I say,
In addition to the upcoming
Christmas Party on December 2 which the Classic Club shares with us,
may the season go well for
you and yours, and may several packages under your Christmas Tree be from
Larry’s, Concours Parts, Thunderbird Concepts, Thunderbird Headquarters,
Mac’s, John Draxler and Pat Wilson!
Hope to see you at the Christmas
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;
Vintage Thunderbird Club International, Inc.
you do not belong to VTCI, join today!
The Wichita Eagle
has a section entitled The Opinion Line, to which locals
submission of the month:
Opinion Line submission of the month
already appeared in the Wichita Classic
Thunderbird newsletter but bears repeating
“Our Government spends billions of
dollars by giving to countries overseas
that do not like us,
in an attempt to buy their love.
..Try that on South Broadway and you’d
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!”
Some of our past Newsletters
this year have discussed the Classic Lincoln
Continental, and the resulting
popular accessory the Continental Kit meant to
make any classic car reminiscent
of the dearly departed Lincoln Continental of
manufacturers still make the kits for our Vintage Birds and
make a truly striking addition
to our cars. Whether you prefer one on your car or
not, thought you might like
to see this beautiful Sky Mist Blue 1962 Thunderbird
HT which turned up at the
2012 Vintage Thunderbird International Convention
at Charleston, S.C.
This beautiful example again illustrates why the Bulletbird of
1961-63 is definitely,
In All The World!”
Upcoming Events We plan to Support….a definite maybe:
December 2, Sunday evening,
Christmas Party at the Wichita Airport Hilton!
The Classic Club has the Tower Room
reserved as last year, with a separate banquet room, same menu and prices
as last year. After the dinner we will go back to the Tower Room.
This time we are in for a great evening as professional musician Jeb Beck
and his keyboard will be providing appropriate Christmas, Thunderbird,
and other ‘50’s and ‘60’s music from his fabulous repertoire gained by
playing backup for Bobbie Vinton for several years.
See the invitation
we have received from the Classic Club as an attachment to the hard copy
Newsletter we sent out!
Act now and get your reservations in!
Burma Shave Signs:
those delightful Burma Shave signs from the 30’s 40’5 and 50’s that were
posted along all our
were changed out a couple times a year?
(5) little red signs with white lettering, about 100 feet apart were
designed to be read as you passed by.
normally gave warnings or tips about traveling. The Newsletter wants
to remind you of this fun
from the past and will run a Burma Shave sign each month.
month’s Burma Shave ad:
harp sounds nice
it’s hard to play
Bird Watchers Alert!
2003 See Below!!
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?
& Misc For Sale:
352, Air Conditioning.
interior, new quarter panels. Light Blue in color but needs new paint.
Moler checked it out in person.
wants $5,000 OBO, cash, no trades. Car located in Bel Aire,
E. 49th Street Court, N., Bel Aire.
1955 Thunderbird Steering Wheel. Call Prez at 316-722-2028
Sale: Easy-Lifter Top Remover. Electrically operated
lift which fits all 1955-57 Thunderbirds, and ’56 to ’60
Electrically lift your top from your car and leave it suspended from the
garage ceiling. The manufacturer advertises in Early Bird magazine
and others. This unit is brand new, still in its box and retails for $399.95.
Being offered at bargain price of $250.00. Does not work
for Retros. For further details and/or to see the item, call
original miles, 429 thunderjet. Power windows, seats, door locks,
multi adjustable seat. Seller’s father was
owner of this car, purchased
1976. Became seller’s high
car and it has been in storage for years. Does not need restored
and was in great original condition but needs all new belts and hoses
Moberly, Emporia, KS
Tedd Roe if you know of one
Thunderbird: Premium Edition. Desert Sky Blue body and
top, black soft top and soft tonneau. 44,000 miles. Has all
brand new proper vented battery, Price reduced to
Paul Jasinski 316-773-3645
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No December Meeting.
Our next one will be January
17, 2013 at 5:30 Pm
4131 W. Maple
Lining out a new year!
First we eat, then we meet!