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Happy New Year!!

Mid Kansas Vintage Thunderbird Club, Incorporated
Wichita, Kansas

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

Mid-Kansas’ Club Song: 
“Silver Thunderbird”  by Marc Cohn


 
 

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Mid Kansas T-Birds
 
Newsletter
January 2011
A Chapter of Vintage Thunderbird Club International, Inc. (VTCI) 

 

Christmas Party Benefits The Kansas Food Bank:
On December 6, Prez and Secretary delivered to the Kansas Food Bank food items gathered at
the December 5 joint Wichita Classic Thunderbird and Mid-Kansas Thunderbird Christmas Party at Timberline East. 
After hoisting the SUV trunk full of food onto the loading dock, Prez followed the dolly into the inner sanctum of Kansas Food Bank, 
heard the scale man shout “122 pounds” and then received a receipt for 122 pounds of food donated by our clubs. 
The exec who oversaw the transfer of goods remarked that demand has been heavy this year, and they certainly appreciate our club’s efforts
in collecting food for their cause. 
 
Vintage Club’s 2010 In The Rear View Mirror:
Ervin Drake wrote it, Bob Shane sang it, Frank Sinatra made it famous, and our club can repeat it,  “It was a very good year!” 
In addition to regular monthly meetings at Chico’s, at Two Brothers Barbeque, and at the Home Town Buffet, 
highlights of our club year included the following good times and good community service in 2010: 
 

 In January, our club toured the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Allen/Lambe house in Wichita. 
Good turnout, great house, photos and a classy dinner at the Imbiss Grille in Old Town. 

In February, we shared the cost and manpower with the Classic Club’s booth at the Sunflower Swap Meet. 
Our club’s sales were miniscule, but the parts selection and the people we met and visited with were priceless. 

Richard and Susan Carlisle’s Bunco Party was held in March.  Dice were thrown, things were won, food was eaten and a 
good time was had by all. 

On April 24, we toured the Norman Rockwell exhibit at the Wichita Art Museum, followed by lunch at La Galette Restaurant 
in the Delano District.

May saw a heavy concentration of efforts for the Dream Car Show. 
This included  trophy sales, canvassing of New Market Square, soliciting goods from auto parts stores and a myriad of other duties.
 Lots of shoe leather, gasoline and time was used in the final preparations.
 

June 10 was the date ten (10) of our Vintage Club 
members headed south to Fort Worth 
to the VTCI South Central Regional Convention.

‘Birds driven by the Godfreys, Fichters, Wakes, Huffords, and the Johnsons made the trip.
 The highlight of this convention was running our ‘Birds around the banked 
NASCAR track at speeds up to (and over) 80 MPH
 Mid-Kansas also tied for best club participation and every 
Thunderbird as well as the club itself came home with trophies.

The 9th annual Dream Car show went off without a hitch on June 26.  We didn’t even have to throw anybody out this time. 
Numbers were down but we still cleared $12,000 for Make-A-Wish. 

On July 10, the Wichita Classic Club and our Mid-Kansas Club were invited to Todd and Lu Anne Duhnke’s house for Bratwurst, 
baked beans, and a pot luck dinner and photos for The Scoop. 
 
 

In August,we accompanied the Classic Club in a fun run to the
Benton, Kansas airport and the Stearman Café. 
Classic Club Prez Bev Wake (also known as Vintage Club Secretary Bev) had arranged a hands on
examination of a beautifully restored 1942 Stearman Biplane, plus a ride for one person in the Stearman. 
Steve Hornbeck’s name was drawn  and we watched Steve get a half-hour ride in the open cockpit. 
Thunderbirds then caravanned back to
Rod and Bev’s house for our annual 
Ice Cream Social. 

Also in August six (6)  of our members volunteered to work three days at the inaugural Black Top Nationals show in downtown Wichita.
Those pilgrims were Walter Day, Susan Carlisle, Tedd Roe, Royce Taylor, Prez Rod and Secretary Bev Wake. 
Long hours, interesting show, big attendance and a possible future car event for Wichita. 

The 2010 VTCI International Convention at Lincolnshire,
Illinois (suburb of Chicago) was held in September and 
Prez and Secretary had a great time working and playing in Chicago.

 All Ford Day on October 3, saw a record number of Thunderbirds at the Salvation Army Camp Hiawatha. 
On October 16, we took a fun run to Haysville to a restored Vickers station for photos, followed by a barbeque dinner. 

At our November meeting, elections were held with Rod Wake, Richard Carlisle, Bev Wake, and Linda Fichter winning by a landslide.
In other words, they ran unopposed....

December 5, was our Christmas Party with the Wichita Classic Thunderbirds, in which we collected the previously mentioned 122 pounds of food items. 

Our club activities were also chronicled in The Thunderbird Scoop in three out of six issues.  Two articles were about our members, and one article told of our club activities.  Additional articles have been submitted and are waiting in the hopper. 
Watch for us in future editions of The Scoop. 

And above all, our club grew this year with new members!  We were pleased to welcome Chris and Lynda Cushman, Sherri Moore, Tim and Tracy Farrell.
Curt and Diana Rakestraw. Dale Havercroft, and Jim Goolsby into the club. 
These new members brought in 6 more Thunderbirds in the form of 2 Retros, 3 Classics, and 1 Bulletbird!

It would be easy to sit back and compliment each other on our “very good year” but there is no time for that. 
We have a brand new club year ahead of us with places to go, things to see, and people to meet. 

Just make sure YOU are part of it! 

 

Our Neighbors to The North: 
 

Bob and Diane Young from Adel, Iowa own several fabulous cars. 
Most of them were restored by Hill’s Restoration of Racine, Ohio, 
including the two mentioned here. 
Their Mexican assembled Inca Gold 1957 E Thunderbird was 
shown at our 2008 VTCI Regional Convention in Wichita,
and their Raven black ’57 F Bird has been shown all around
the VTCI and CTCI circuits, usually taking best of show 
Well, Bob and Diane sold them both at the Mecum Auction
in Kansas City in December.

Mecum’s website shows the Inca Gold E Bird was 
the #4 highest seller at $132,000 
and the gavel dropped on Mecum’s #1 highest seller, 
the Raven Black ’57 F Bird for $186,000! 
 
 

All we can say is “Wow!”

 

Wait’ll You Get a Load of This!

Ford Motor Company has been responsible for creating many beautiful pieces of metal sculpture through the decades.
 Among these beautiful things were:
(1) the 1960-61 Ford Starliner and 
(2) the 1961-63 Thunderbird. 
(3) the wrap around rear seat in the 64-66 Thunderbird. 

Ever wonder what would happen if you fused those three beautiful items together? 
Well, some talented, unnamed and unknown person did just that and the results were absolutely stunning. 
See for yourself!

 



 
 
 
 

A Few Cups Remaining! 

In inventory @ $10 each 
 
 

Payment for the last four cups will go straight to the club treasury. 


 
 
Restoration Tips:

This is one of several restoration tips written by Richard Lentinello, Editor-In-Chief of Hemmings Classic Car magazine, which appeared in the December, 2008 issue, Page 6. 
Entitled “Rest Prevention” these tips will be hereby reprinted, one per issue for the next several issues

Nuts and Bolts: 

With fasteners that are exposed to the elements, such as those used on suspension A-Arms,
anti-roll bars, subframes and brake assemblies, it pays to use cadmium plated nuts and bolts.
They will retain a shiny appearance for several years and will resist rusting, making future disassembly of those components a breeze. 
If your car is equipped with irreplaceable fasteners, then consider having them plated. 
Just be forewarned—this can get expensive.


 
 

The President’s Message
By Rod Wake, Mid-Kansas President

Dear Thunderbirders,

 As stated elsewhere in this Newsletter, the time has come to make plans for 2011 to be a “Very Good Year” as was 2010. 
I pledge to do my best in making this happen.

 But, guys and gals, the board and I cannot even pretend to do it without your help. 

The Dream Car Show is history now and we are looking for new avenues of adventure and new channels for our energy. 
I need to hear from you what type of activities you suggest we should pursue to make ourselves a credit to the community while exhibiting and showing
off the beauty and the virtues of the Vintage Ford Thunderbird. 
At this point, we are wide open for suggestions as to car shows to attend, car shows of our own if possible, 
Thunderbird trips and fun car events of any type. 

I would also welcome suggestions for a Technical Session of some sort.  After all, one of our prime missions is to keep these beautiful cars on the road 
and operating and capable of being driven to car events. 
There are few things more wasteful and depressing than a Thunderbird not being used, or not in the process of being restored. 

I hope some of you will submit a story to me to be sent to The Scoop during this year. 
How you found your Thunderbird; how you restored your Thunderbird, or a similar Thunderbird story. 

Please also consider joining us in at least one VTCI Regional event this year. We need to support our National club and our fellow chapters 
who took the opportunity to host a Convention. 
The South Central Regional Convention at Fredericksburg, Texas is the closest event in April, 2011, followed by the North Central Regional 
at Fort Wayne, Indiana in June. 
Both promise to be fun events with a lot of activities and many of our Thunderbird friends from other clubs in attendance. 
The Fredericksburg event is hosted by Lou and Marilyn Paliani’s club, and the Hoosier event is being hosted by old friend Roger Noll and his club. 

Applications and descriptions of these events are in The Scoop. 
Then in August, Beverly and I will be attending the VTCI International at Portland, Oregon and it would be wonderful if we could have some
Mid-Kansans accompany us on that trip. 
We need to soak up all the information we can about these conventions because our turn to host one will come around again in just a few years.

We also need your suggestions for future sites for our monthly dinner meetings. 
Requirements are simple: 
(1) separate meeting room to conduct our business, 
(2) a good variety of food, and 
(3) a reasonable location. 
Please note that our January meeting is at Spear’s, one of our former meeting places that we have not patronized for a long time. 
It would be nice to have at least 3 or 4 good places to choose from. 

And finally, be mindful of our great Website and how to contribute to it and make suggestions for improvement of the site. 

So that’s a rough idea of my wishes for 2011. Please determine to do your part in helping us to make 2011 an even more memorable year. 
 
 

Sincerely,
Prez

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;
the
Vintage Thunderbird Club International, Inc. 
If you do not belong to VTCI, join today!


 

Retro Bird Watchers Alert!
None spotted at this time

 
Activities to Consider

Starbird’s show at Century II January 14, 15, 16, 2011

Sunflower Swap Meet at the Coliseum, February 8 & 9, 2010
 

 

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?


For Sale: Wanted: Parts & Misc:
For Sale:  ’64 Thunderbird HT 
$1,000.00
(316) 207-9526
Wanted:  Mel Boling, Haysville area, is seriously searching for a56 Thunderbird
Condition and price must be in balance
(316)-788-1128..
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For Sale:   ’63 Thunderbird Landau
Arkansas City, KS
$5,000.00
(620) 202-2668 
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January Meeting:

Thursday, January 20, 2011
5:30PM

Spears Restaurant
4323 W. Maple

We have one of the private areas reserved

We will order from the menu and as always, 
First we eat, then we meet!


 
 
 
Current Officers
President: J. Rodney Wake 316.722.2028 JRWake1316@cox.net
Vice President: Richard Carlisle 316.721.4756 carlisle.richard@sbcglobal.net
Secretary:
Beverly Wake
316.722.2028
Treasurer: Lynda Fichter 316.943-3939 lfichter@cox.net

 
 
Newsletter Editor: J. Rodney Wake 316.722.2028 JRWake1316@cox.net
Associate Editor and Photographer: Jack Wake Email Please jmwake@cox.net
Website Coordinator: Cheryl Thomas 620.532.2340 porkypinecsp@terraworld.net
Webmistress Design and Graphics
Connie B C Email Please magimae@usa.net

National VTCI Contacts

 
VTCI President: Terri McNeill president@vintagethunderbirdclub.org
VTCI Vice President:  J. Rodney Wake JRWake1316@cox.net
VTCI Secretary: Bob McNeill secretary@vintagethunderbirdclub.org
VTCI Treasurer: Randy Mattson .rmattson@fishnet.com
VTCI NC Director: Ed Elzinga sqtbird@att.net
VTCI Website Director: Terri McNeill terrimcneill@comcast.net

 
Mid-Kansas Thunderbird’s  Website:  http://www.midkansastbirds.org/
VTCI website:  http://www.vintagethunderbirdclub.org

 VTCI Chapter Websites

 
Chicagoland Thunderbirds: http://www.thunderbirds.org
Thunderbird Midwest/Minneapolis: http://www.thunderbirdmidwest.org
Mid America Iowa: http://www.albeedigital.com/thunderbirds
Hoosier Vintage/ Indiana Thunderbird Club:  http://www.hoosierthunderbirds.com/
Vintage Thunderbirds of Kansas City: http://www.vtkc.com
Thunderbirds of Manitoba: http:/www.tbirdcanada.ca
Classic/Wisconsin: http://www.wisconsin-thunderbirds.org
Waterwonderland Michigan: http://www.michigantbirds.com

 
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