A Chapter of Vintage
Thunderbird Club International, Inc. (VTCI)
The VTCI Recognizes ALL
Celebrating Mid Kansas Vintage
Thunderbird Club's 21st year!!
||This just in!!
completed its 20th year, the Mid Kansas Chapter
through the wrap around Fomoco windshield to
21st year; a challenging 2013!
first, stay tuned while we take a look in the original suspended
day and night rear view mirror; through the
plastic rear curtain for a look back at Calendar year 2012!
2012 Leaves Town: Today
we watched old 2012 drive over the hill in his badly rusted 1958 Squarebird
Convertible, with a cracked windshield and leaking tranny, rusty floor
a ripped convertible top that will not work. In fact, the deck lid was
stalled in the half-open position!
has it he stayed around long enough to see if the Mayan Calendar was correct.
it was incorrect and the world did not come to an end, old 2012 threw his
stuff in the back seat and headed over the hill even before December 31.
addition to the oil smoke and the annoying noise from a cracked right hand
exhaust manifold, he had wired an IPod into the AM radio, and was listening
to various 2012 Campaign Speeches and updates on the Fiscal Cliff.
we are happy to see old 2012 rumbling out of sight and taking many bad
memories with him!
the other hand, the Mid-Kansas Vintage Thunderbird Club had a lot of good
times in 2012 and as the Old Editor nestled in his easy chair by the fire,
Irish Setter and lit up his pipe to reminisce, these are some of the good
times he remembers. (I made up that part about the pipe, the fire and the
of all, the club held eleven (11) monthly Thursday night business meetings
at Spears’ Restaurant where the comfort food flowed, and we took care of
we planned out our club year. Then, we worked our plan and in addition
to our meetings had many fun events, to wit;
the newly formed
Starbird/Devlin Rod and
Custom show happen at Century II.
inaugural show needed many volunteers to help make a go of it, and Tedd
Roe, Rod Wake, Darryle Barth, and Kaye Barth represented
club in answering the call.
and Helen Day’s red ’63 Thunderbird Convertible was
dazzling under the bright lights of Century II as a great representation
of our chapter among 400
weather outside was beautiful, the crowd was tremendous and after all the
accounts were settled the organizers were able to turn over three
$25,000 checks to three charities.
$75,000, folks, and we helped!
with the Sunflower A’s Swap Meet at the
booth shared with the Classic Club, and manned by Mike Mawhirter, Rod Wake,
Carl Marts, April Weaver, Larry Fichter, and other Vintage and
Club members sold parts all day Friday and Saturday and visited with folks
jackets and banners were prominent!
February 17, 18, and 19 our Prez and Secretary put on their VTCI hats and
traveled to Fort Worth for a planning session with
of the Texas clubs, for their 2012 Regional and the 2013 International
the next weekend nine (9) of our cars entered The
Chill, a winter car show at the Kansas
Coliseum. The lineup was made up of Barths’ ’02, Mike Mawhirter’s ’63,
Walter Day’s Roush Racing ’97, Rod and Bev’s ’61 Convertible, Larry and
Lynda’s ’60 HT, John Moler’s Monte Carlo Red ’60, Curt and Diana Rakestraw’s
white over red ’57, next to the Classic Club’s Allen and Kathy Hale’s Dusk
Rose ’57. The Rakestraws, the Barths and the
‘Birds brought home trophies.
4, twenty (20) Vintage
members and 10 Classic members caravanned to Nickerson to help Lois
Johnson celebrate her 80th birthday!
of food and cakes were featured.
March 17 our ‘Birds were an important part of the St.
Patrick’s Day Parade through the Delano District.
and Bev Wake’s Thunderbird Green ’56 fit right in with the Irish theme
and was accompanied by 12 Vintage and Retro Thunderbirds.
week later, several of our club met at The China
Inn for a fabulous supper where we were
entertained by professional musician Jeb Beck with his keyboard and repertoire
50’s hits, and a lot of Thunderbird music.
15, John Moler, Rod
and Bev Wake, Mike and Susie Hornbeck, Carl Marts, Allen Hale, and other
‘Birds took part in the annual Richard’s
Annual Cruise In.
problem was, a tornado had cruised in the night before, had wiped out several
buildings and all electricity and pretty well put a damper on the show.
April 20, fourteen (14) Vintage folks and ‘Birds converged on Central and
West for the informal car show that springs up there every
Friday night during the appropriate months.
VP Mike and Ann Mawhirter
met with members of the Rocky Mountain Thunderbirds from Denver area, as
they drove to Minden, Nebraska for a fun
at the Harold Warp museum complex.
was the date of our long anticipated Lake
Afton All Wheels Rally with over 1,000
cars on display.
club and the Classic Club had pooled resources to pay for sponsorship of
the annual show and had a great turnout of 33 Thunderbirds and twice that
updated banner was prominently displayed and our tent was in place.
California Blue Thunderbird T-shirts picturing a Bulletbird and a Classic
Bird sold out by noon.
for strong winds the day went great!
signed up new members and made contact with additional prospects.
in June our club was represented by Prez Rod and Secretary Bev, and Larry
Lynda Fichter at the three day, “Fly Away
to Ioway” VTCI Regional
at Des Moines.
we again met at Central
and West for a show/recruiting mission.
was eaten, ‘Birds were shown, a crowd was pleased. People joined.
with a fun run up to Lindsborg
a car show/shopping/dining experience.
new members Allan and Trudy Carpenter joined
us for their first club event.
Barth’s 1950 Pontiac Hardtop brought home a trophy.
on August 11 we
began the beautiful summer morning with a great country breakfast at The
Red Barn on the banks of Lake Afton. This was followed by a photo shoot
Lake Afton as our backdrop, then a scenic drive around the lake and on
to Bill and Lisa Farris’ farm to meet their
aptly named, “Breakfast, Birds, and Buffalo”
organizer Bev Wake.
made another en masse showing at Central and West during August, with a
well planned lineup of 13 Vintage and Retro ‘Birds on display.
us at Klyda Fall’s employer, the Georgetown
Village Retirement Complex with a mini-car
show for an appreciative crowd.
Rod and Secretary Bev, Larry and Treasurer Lynda Fichter represented
our club at the VTCI International Convention
at Charleston, South Carolina on September 25 through 30th.
a fabulous experience that was, and Larry and Lynda’s Mountain Shadow Gray
’03 brought home a cherished item; a First
Place trophy at an
7, All Ford Day at
the Salvation Army Camp Hiawatha featured a great collection of Thunderbirds;
16 Vintage Club and 4 Classic Club Thunderbirds!
of our members showed their other fabulous Fords, such as Todd and Lu Anne
Duhnke’s Mandarin Orange and Colonial White ’56 Victoria. Classic club
brought a ’36 Ford Roadster and a ’40 Ford Convertible.
October 21, twenty six (26) of our Thunderbirders caravanned to
for Av and Lois Johnson’s Pot Luck Dinner and Garage Tour.
was the date of the fun run to the Stearman Café at the Benton,
Kansas airport organized by VP Mike and Ann Mawhirter.
(9) Vintage, Classic and Retro Thunderbirds and 2 other vehicles carried
our members to a great brunch and
and Experimental Aircraft show.
was the date of the Classic Club’s annual
Christmas Party at the Hilton to which
our club is always invited. Many of our members belong to both
Wearing their Classic Club hats, Bev and Rod Wake planned this event, with
Lois and Av Johnson contributing party favors and taking part in the
was the same format as last year’s successful party and we had a record
turnout with almost exactly as many Vintage Club members as Classic Club
members. year, our
had voted to waive the white elephant gift exchange and instead gathered
voluntary contributions to The Salvation Army.
Lynda Fichter and Classic Club Treasurer Bev Wake, with Classic Club President
Royce Taylor counted the contents of the box @ $661.00.
Bev hand carried our gifts totaling $661.00
to the Salvation Army offices after the
clubs received a nice thank you card from the Salvation Army a few days
this final event our club year was complete.
……Or was it?
new members are the most valuable asset any club can have. Nobody has to
work at making a club smaller; that will take care of itself if we stand
idly by and quit recruiting. Throughout the year we continued recruiting
efforts in several ways; we maintained a first class Website.
freely distributed our business cards and kept up our ever present alertness
and interest in other Thunderbirds and the folks who own them. Whenever
we discovered a
parked on the street or in somebody’s driveway we graced it with a windshield
flyer. We also provided cars and drivers to the informal, unorganized
show at Central and West that “happens” every Friday night.
through the year, every month, our Newsletter kept everybody up to date
on the club happenings. We sent spare copies of the Newsletter to
prospects to keep
club’s activities highly visible and that action is responsible for some
of the new members learning of our activities. That Newsletter also is
our Website for the world to see.
club had articles in the VTCI’s bimonthly publication The Scoop on several
occasions also telling the world what
club was doing out here in Kansas. The combination of ingredients in our
recruiting efforts brought 9 new memberships and 10 new Thunderbirds
(4 Vintage Birds
6 Retros) to our club through 2012. That included:
and Janey Lindebak, ’03 Torch Red retro
and Diana Gilson, ’04 Merlot retro
and Trudy Carpenter, ’02 Inspiration yellow, and ’03 Coral James Bond
and Linda Gibson ’58 Raven Black HT
Corfman, ’60 Sultana Turquoise HT
and Sylvia McCullough, ‘02 Torch Red retro
and Judy Francis, ’63 Cascade Green Landau
C. “Andy” Anderson ’04 Merlot retro
Edgar, ’74 Thunderbird
brings our total family memberships to 44, a record high! At least
one of these new memberships has since joined our national club, the VTCI.
though our club generously donated to the Regional and the International
conventions, and supported a website, Treasurer Lynda’s records show that
the year with a substantial balance in our treasury.
looming Fiscal Cliff for this club!
we think you will agree that the club did well and maybe old 2012 ought
AM radio and IPod, quit reviewing worn out Campaign Speeches and
listen for Sinatra to sing, “It
Was A Very Good Year!”
Meet Coming Right Up!
Again our booth at
the Sunflower A’s Swap Meet at the Coliseum on February 1 and 2
will be needing items to sell.
books, accessories, tools, whatever you want to part with.
Start your roundup
now, for items to bring to our Swap Meet!
Call Prez or one
of the officers and we will try to accommodate you.
Speaking of help,
want to work the booth with us?
Love to have ya!
|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
Rod Wake, Mid-Kansas President
Thunderbird Loving friends:
We boasted of our successful
recruiting efforts bringing in new members this year.
That is something to be
proud of, but getting new members is only part of it. The other part
is retention; making ourselves worthy of having our new
members stay with us and
become valuable members to the club.
One place to start is to
help us plan out a meaningful club year; one that has diversified activities
everybody will enjoy.
Some shows, parades, and
similar activities that we can attend in large numbers always makes our
club more visible to the public.
We plan to outline the basic
2013 club year during the January meeting, based on known events for the
Then, as additional things
crop up during the year we can make plans to participate, or not participate.
Please try to attend the
January 17 meeting to help us begin our long range plans.
The other thing—and this
one is dear to my heart—is to get new members involved in our parent club,
the Vintage Thunderbird Club International!
January is the time to join
VTCI for the upcoming 2013 events and the dues are only $35.00 per year.
That gives you the subscription to THE THUNDERBIRD
SCOOP, the award winning
bi-monthly magazine with articles, want ads, technical articles and information
about upcoming VTCI events.
The VTCI offers a world
class judging program for Thunderbirds.
Our North Central
Regional Convention in Springfield, Illinois and our International Convention
in Houston in the fall are both within driving distance
for our club.
There is no greater incentive
that I can think of for getting your Thunderbird into driving and show
condition than preparing for a VTCI judging.
Where else can you get a
team of Thunderbird experts to check out your car using state of the art
official factory specifications as a guide?
In addition to that, these
events are always fun as the hosts do their best to show us a fun time
in their city!
We always enjoy meeting
new Thunderbird friends with each convention we attend and there
are no other cars being judged than Thunderbirds!
Joining VTCI is easy.
One can Google up VTCI or go to www.vintagethunderbirdclub.organd
pull up an application form;
or, ask any of our club
officers for an application from one of our THE SCOOP magazines.
This month, by separate arrangements,
I am providing information to those of you who I know do NOT YET belong
to VTCI. Those of you who
receive this newsletter
by U. S. Mail will be receiving a separate mailing.
Please make Prez happy by
considering the information and joining the VTCI.
now…a word from our Sponsor! Ed Elzinga from
Michigan is our VTCI Regional Director. Ed is the person our Prez
to with club business, problems, and assistance. Ed and Sandy have
Vintage Thunderbirds and have been to almost every VTCI convention.
sent a letter a couple of days ago and we forwarded it right away to those
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:
of the newer members have inquired
our Mid-Kansas dues setup. We know it can be confusing, so here is
local chapter, The Mid-Kansas Vintage Thunderbird Club, Inc., is a Kansas
incorporated in 2005. We chose a fiscal year ending December 31,
the calendar year. Our $25.00 dues are paid annually
means the dues are due January 1.
we know many other expenses are due in December or January 1 every year.
such as Real Estate Taxes, Quarterly Estimates, homeowner’s dues, VTCI
dues and almost
other club dues you can think of plus Christmas expenses.
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.
Lynda can take your $25.00 dues payment any time before April 1, whenever
it is comfortable
member’s initial dues are pro-rated according to the quarter in which they
join, and that proration
calculated on the January 1 starting date for the club year as follows:
local club is a chapter of Vintage Thunderbird Club International, Inc.,
Region, and that has been addressed in the Prez’s message above.
are $35.00 per year, due January 1, and delinquent after January 31.
VTCI Roster is compiled from dues paid as of January 31.
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!”
The “Flairbirds” of 1964,
1965, and 1966 shared the same basic unit body
structure and floor pan
as the 1961-63 models but had a slightly longer wheelbase
of 113.2 inches, and weighed
about 300 pounds more. For 1966, the Thunderbird
had shed its one-piece bumper
grille combination and for the first time had a
non-functioning hood scoop.
Many consider the ’66 Thunderbird the best of the
three year series, with
the understated elegance of unadorned side panels and
crisper lines. Unfortunately
for us, 1966 marked the end of an era as the last of
the Thunderbird Convertibles
left the Wixom assembly plant. The above 1966
Thunderbird in Arcadian
Blue was one of many which graced the show field at
the 2012 VTCI International
Convention at Charleston. Just another example of
a Thunderbird which is
In All The World!”
A man walks into
a bar with a slab of asphalt under his arm, and says, “A beer please, and
one for the road.”
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:
All over the map
‘cause nobody sits
In the Engineer’s lap
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?
Happy New Year!
New Year’s Resolution
usually goes in one year and out the other!
|Autos For Sale:
||Parts & Misc
friend of Prez passed away in November. His one owner original
(might be a ’54) needs
go to a new owner and needs to be restored.
has been in storage for several years. Butterscotch and white in
says, “no street rodders, please!” Call Prez at 722-2028 for
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
new, still in its box and retails for $399.95. Being offered at bargain
price of $250.00. Does not work for
For further details and/or to see the item, call Prez
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.
Tedd Roe if you know of one
Sale: Brand new set of 1972 Thunderbird wheel covers.
owner bought a new Thunderbird, drove it home and put the
wheel covers in a box and put (non-Ford) snap-on wire wheel
on the car. 40 years later the car is gone, the owner is gone,
the new car FoMoCo wheel covers are still in the box. Full set,
John Moler (316) 942-7842
original miles, 429 thunderjet. Power
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
and was in great original condition but needs all new belts
hoses and battery
Moberly, Emporia, KS
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
ON AD TO GO TO VTCI WEBSITE
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!