A Chapter of Vintage
Thunderbird Club International, Inc. (VTCI)
Party Benefits The Kansas Food Bank:
December 6, Prez and Secretary delivered to the Kansas Food Bank food items
December 5 joint Wichita Classic Thunderbird and Mid-Kansas Thunderbird
Christmas Party at Timberline East.
hoisting the SUV trunk full of food onto the loading dock, Prez followed
the dolly into the inner sanctum of Kansas Food Bank,
the scale man shout “122 pounds” and then received a receipt for 122 pounds
of food donated by our clubs.
exec who oversaw the transfer of goods remarked that demand has been heavy
this year, and they certainly appreciate our club’s efforts
collecting food for their cause.
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,
our club year included the following good times and good community service
our club toured the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Allen/Lambe house in Wichita.
turnout, great house, photos and a classy dinner at the Imbiss Grille in
we shared the cost and manpower with the Classic Club’s booth at the Sunflower
club’s sales were miniscule, but the parts selection and the people we
met and visited with were priceless.
and Susan Carlisle’s Bunco Party was held in March.
Dice were thrown, things were won, food was eaten and a
time was had by all.
24, we toured the Norman Rockwell exhibit at the Wichita Art Museum, followed
by lunch at La Galette Restaurant
the Delano District.
saw a heavy concentration of efforts for the Dream Car Show.
included trophy sales, canvassing of New Market Square, soliciting
goods from auto parts stores and a myriad of other duties.
of shoe leather, gasoline and time was used in the final preparations.
10 was the date ten (10) of our Vintage Club
headed south to Fort Worth
the VTCI South Central Regional Convention.
driven by the Godfreys, Fichters, Wakes, Huffords, and the Johnsons made
highlight of this convention was running our ‘Birds around the banked
track at speeds up to (and over) 80 MPH
also tied for best club participation and every
as well as the club itself came home with trophies.
9th annual Dream Car show went off without a hitch on June 26. We
didn’t even have to throw anybody out this time.
were down but we still cleared $12,000 for Make-A-Wish.
10, the Wichita Classic Club and our Mid-Kansas Club were invited to Todd
and Lu Anne Duhnke’s house for Bratwurst,
beans, and a pot luck dinner and photos for The Scoop.
accompanied the Classic Club in a fun run to the
Kansas airport and the Stearman Café.
Club Prez Bev Wake (also known as Vintage Club Secretary Bev) had arranged
a hands on
of a beautifully restored 1942 Stearman Biplane, plus a ride for one person
in the Stearman.
Hornbeck’s name was drawn and we watched Steve get a half-hour ride
in the open cockpit.
then caravanned back to
and Bev’s house for our annual
in August six (6) of our members volunteered to work three days at
the inaugural Black Top Nationals show in downtown Wichita.
pilgrims were Walter Day, Susan Carlisle, Tedd Roe, Royce Taylor, Prez
Rod and Secretary Bev Wake.
hours, interesting show, big attendance and a possible future car event
2010 VTCI International Convention at Lincolnshire,
(suburb of Chicago) was held in September
and Secretary had a great time working and playing in Chicago.
Ford Day on October
3, saw a record number of Thunderbirds at the Salvation Army Camp Hiawatha.
October 16, we took a fun run to Haysville to a restored Vickers station
for photos, followed by a barbeque dinner.
meeting, elections were held with Rod Wake, Richard Carlisle, Bev Wake,
and Linda Fichter winning by a landslide.
other words, they ran unopposed....
5, was our Christmas Party with the Wichita Classic Thunderbirds, in which
we collected the previously mentioned 122 pounds of food items.
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.
for us in future editions of The Scoop.
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.
and Diana Rakestraw. Dale Havercroft, and Jim Goolsby into the club.
new members brought in 6 more Thunderbirds in the form of 2 Retros, 3 Classics,
and 1 Bulletbird!
would be easy to sit back and compliment each other on our “very good year”
but there is no time for that.
have a brand new club year ahead of us with places to go, things to see,
and people to meet.
make sure YOU are part of it!
Neighbors to The North:
and Diane Young from Adel, Iowa own several fabulous cars.
of them were restored by Hill’s Restoration of Racine, Ohio,
the two mentioned here.
Mexican assembled Inca Gold 1957 E Thunderbird was
at our 2008 VTCI Regional Convention in Wichita,
their Raven black ’57 F Bird has been shown all around
VTCI and CTCI circuits, usually taking best of show
Bob and Diane sold them both at the Mecum Auction
Kansas City in December.
website shows the Inca Gold E Bird was
#4 highest seller at $132,000
the gavel dropped on Mecum’s #1 highest seller,
Raven Black ’57 F Bird for $186,000!
we can say is “Wow!”
You Get a Load of This!
Motor Company has been responsible for creating many beautiful pieces of
metal sculpture through the decades.
these beautiful things were:
the 1960-61 Ford Starliner and
the 1961-63 Thunderbird.
the wrap around rear seat in the 64-66 Thunderbird.
wonder what would happen if you fused those three beautiful items together?
some talented, unnamed and unknown person did just that and the results
were absolutely stunning.
Few Cups Remaining!
In inventory @ $10 each
Payment for the last four
cups will go straight to the club treasury.
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.
“Rest Prevention” these tips will be hereby reprinted, one per
issue for the next several issues
Nuts and Bolts:
that are exposed to the elements, such as those used on suspension A-Arms,
subframes and brake assemblies, it pays to use cadmium plated nuts and
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.
Rod Wake, Mid-Kansas President
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.
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,
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 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
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.
to be fun events with a lot of activities and many of our Thunderbird friends
from other clubs in attendance.
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.
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
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.
meeting room to conduct our business,
(2) a good variety
of food, and
(3) a reasonable
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.
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!
forget who helps make all our activities possible;
Thunderbird Club International, Inc.
you do not belong to VTCI, join today!
Retro Bird Watchers Alert!
spotted at this time
at Century II January 14, 15, 16, 2011
Meet at the Coliseum, February 8 & 9, 2010
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?
|For Sale: ’64 Thunderbird HT
Boling, Haysville area, is seriously searching for a
and price must be in balance
|For Sale: ’63 Thunderbird
Thursday, January 20, 2011
4323 W. Maple
We have one of the private
We will order from the menu
and as always,
“First we eat, then