A Chapter of Vintage
Thunderbird Club International, Inc. (VTCI)
Celebrating Mid Kansas
Vintage Thunderbird Club's 20th year!!
Thunderbird Welcomes New Members:
to the recruiting efforts of a couple of our members, plus the Lake Afton
All Wheels show which you will read about in the
section, we have two brand new members!
Dale and Linda Gibson joined our club, bringing with them a Raven Black
1958 Thunderbird HT.
all know the ’58 is rarest of the rare.
Marts first put the word out to Dale and Linda, and we are happy to have
them join the club.
is employed by Mid States Supply.
thanks to our fabulous website, Jim Corfman contacted Prez, and got some
good help from Prez and Steve DeVore in finding parts
placement of some items in his partly disassembled Sultana Turquoise 1960
an interesting story about how the Thunderbird found Jim and we will tell
you about it in a later issue.
is an over-the-road trucker for Parrott Trucking but is home every weekend.
‘Birds joined at Lake Afton, and we say "Welcome"
to the Gibsons and the Corfmans!
Afton; It Didn’t “just happen.”
every year we attend the great Lake Afton All Wheels Rally by simply driving
out, parking our car, visiting with friends and then leaving at
Wichita Area Council of Car Clubs makes all the arrangements and puts on
stress, no responsibility, just have fun.
folks, since our Vintage Club and the Classic Club chose to be featured
at this year’s show we can tell you that the Lake Afton
does not “just happen,”
we know this because this year WE were part of the production.
all began last fall when we made payment to the Wichita Area Council of
Car Clubs in order
the Thunderbird to be the featured vehicle.
of WACCC meetings later, and we found ourselves in June; and on June 8,
some of our
arrived at Lake Afton to help the WACCC set up the field.
the field had to be laid out in a grid, marked, and aisles carefully mowed
into the pasture.
Mike McNeil ran the John Deere riding mower, our VP Mike Mawhirter and
as measurers and flag men, and Chris Pyle and WACCC Prez Margaret Brinkley
driving plastic marking posts and flags.
president and officer, those two oversaw all aspects of this operation
at the site.
marking and flagging is not just for cosmetics and comfort, because Lake
Afton is Sedgwick
property, and this is part of their requirements for the SG County Fire
and egress to the field in case of emergency. It is also to maintain
an orderly parking
rather than the chaos that would result without rules.
several re-usable directional signs had to be placed. We also lined
up marking posts to
the area for food vendors and parts vendors to set up their trailers.
such as “Spectator Parking”, “Show Cars” and so on also had to be driven
into the ground.
Marts proved his confidence in daughter April by holding one sign in place
the sledge hammer!
Club members who helped the WACCC prepare the show field on Friday were
Carl Marts, April Weaver, John Moler, Jeral Lipps, Prez Rod and Vice Prez
addition to the normal set up for the show, our members also staked out
a special reserved
to park together and barricaded it off with “caution” tape and posts.
Saturday, some additional fine tuning was done by our members by driving
steel posts into
ground for our banners.
Taylor positioned the Classic Club banner. Joe had further assisted
with the cosmetics
the show by fashioning attractive PVC pipes, jointed, drilled, and painted
flat black which
over and disguised the sturdy steel fence posts supplied by Jeral, holding
banner. Joe also provided additional Caution tape to barricade off our
further marked the barricaded area with “Parking for featured Thunderbirds
to the tape.
wielding sledge hammers and staple guns were Joe Gross, April Weaver, Carl
and Royce Taylor. Royce also stepped off carefully planned and ample parking
marked the ground with spray paint.
to say, the Kansas wind blew away everything not nailed down, but we affixed
markers in spite of it.
morning found Prez Rod, Secretary Bev, and Club Photographer Jack arriving
9:00AM, but the Carl Marts family was already on duty and had already parked
Av and Lois Johnson and new member Dale Gibson.
comedian Jerry Clower once said, “It was so windy you couldn’t nail a coon
skin over a
Nonetheless we hung both the Vintage Club and Classic Club banners
on their posts
parked Thunderbirds as they arrived.
invaluable assistance as Thunderbird Marshalls were April Weaver, with
sons Alec and
April’s Mom Denise Rooker, and Carl Marts.
the time we had filled up 28 marked spaces and squeezed in 5 more Thunderbirds,
reserved tapes and we had put together one of the best Thunderbird Displays
fact, it bears listing at this time to show what a Vintage Thunderbird
treat our VTCI chapter
for the show patrons almost exactly in this order:
|Dale and Linda Gibson
||1958 Thunderbird HT
|Steve and Caryn DeVore
|Lee and Rosemary Hufford
|Mike and Ann Mawhirter
|Todd and LuAnne Duhnke
|Robert Soell (non member)
||1970 Fordor Landau
|Gary and Donna Agoitia
||1997 Roush Racing Coupe
|Darryle and Kaye Barth
|Larry and Linda Fichter
|Mike and Janie Lindebak
||1978 HT with trailer
co-sponsors, the Wichita Classic Thunderbirds (CTCI) did quite well also,
lined up their Thunderbirds as follows:
|Mike and Debbie Pond
|Paul and Tina Partridge
|Richard and Susan Carlisle
|Lois and Av Johnson
|Ed Barker and Michelle
members who also assisted without Thunderbirds were Willard and Shirley
Mike Thomas, Jeral and Elaine Lipps, David Dannels, Klyda Fall, Carl Marts,
Weaver, Austin and Alec, and John Moler.
was reported that Steve Hornbeck also arrived in his Navy
blue ’64 HT, but we lost him
the crowd of two thousand other show cars.
visited with Dave and Janet Trobst (Janet is the daughter
of Jack and Pat Solter, former
whose ’64 Thunderbird Convertible is now owned by Janet) and her husband
who owns a Raven Black ’57 E-Bird.
signed up two new members, the aforementioned Dale and Linda Gibson
Black ’58, and Jim Corfman with a Sultana Turquoise ’60 HT.
(6) other non-member Thunderbirds were on the show field, and we made sure
received a recruiting brochure, hoping to hear from them in the near future.
with the public always brings forth some interesting observations and comments.
time we were excited to learn that a trio of very polite gentlemen were
sessions at McPherson College Restoration College.
asked very important questions about our Thunderbirds and pointed out some
details that we take for granted. Details like the shape and design
guards incorporating and protecting front license plates. They talked about
talked about metalwork with some authority.
the more outgoing members of our clubs visited with the public and demonstrated,
explained, and showed off our Thunderbirds, many of our club members enjoyed
in the shade of the Mid-Kansas portable gazebo erected at the center of
the Thunderbird section.
Marts and Jeral Lipps assisted Austin and Alec in further bracing
the wind with stakes and guy lines.
scheduled 2:00 business meeting did not happen, principally because the
made it difficult for our Prez to address the group and second, because
be imparted did not need to be broadcast to the non-club spectators. Prez
out any necessary information by E-mail.
parched throats and sunburned foreheads, our members began taking down
and preparing to leave before the big rush.
only thing lacking on the drive back home on the beautiful Kansas plains,
“Theme from Picnic” which would have been appropriate as our drive was
by wheat combines and trucks from the early wheat harvest in progress.
all the dust had settled, (no pun intended) Prez Rod received communication
Cheryl Boyes, Secretary for the Wichita Area Council of Car Clubs and then
Margaret Brinkley, President of WACCC. Cheryl states:
|“It was a good time and
you guys made a wonderful
representation of what
the car hobby is all about-you made
the Council proud, you
all looked great and the WACCC
deeply appreciates your
active involvement and support to
help carry on a great
tradition for Lake Afton.
Thanks for all you guys
did including helping Margaret get
things going on Friday.
She truly did appreciate all of you.
You looked great as the
feature club….again, Rod, thank
you to the Mid-Kansas
Vintage Thunderbird and Wichita
success of the T-Shirt sales was
attributed to two factors;
color, a great design and
and a reasonable price.
The color of the shirts was
our own VTCI’s official California Blue, familiar to Thunderbirders for
several decades, andmost familiar as the color within
The color is taken for granted
by our club, but was highly praised by others.
So successful was the shirt
several of our people missed
out buying their own shirt because the public bought the entire purchase.
Prez immediately contacted the firm
who had prepared the shirts
WACCC and while the iron
was still hot on the shirt
made arrangements for an
additional order of 19 T-shirts!
This way, no club member
will be left
shirtless after putting
really good event.
Margaret Brinkley is President
of the WACCC.
Margaret also responded
the day after Lake Afton to administrative questions from
Cheryl Boyes and from Prez
Rod with this very flattering letter:
|Hello Cheryl and Rod,
Thanks to you both for
your support and hard work at
Afton. It was a
The T-Shirt color
was a HIT!!!!!!! Everyone loved the
color of the shirts and
want to know if we will continue
to use a color rather
than the typical white. So it is
without saying the colored
shirts are going to be an
important part of the
success of sales in the future.
T-Bird Club members,
Great job on your selection
of the colors.
Your Clubs have brought a new challenge
to the floor for future
event shirts. Awesome!!!!
The shirts and dash plaques
sold out by 1pm this
is a new record also.
In answer to your question
as to how many vehicles
were at Afton, we had
over 2,000 cars at this years
event when the show field
was at its fullest.
The good weather and
low stress of the event no
doubt had alot to do
with the numbers. Thank you
to all the clubs and
individuals that made this a
I wish to extend a "SPECIAL",
"THANK YOU" to the
sponsor clubs, the
Mid Kansas Vintage Thunderbird
Club and the Wichita
Classic Thunderbird Club
for the support on Sunday,
and hard work you guys
did Friday to set up
the show field.
I would not have been
able to do it without you guys.
So, "Thank You"
again. for a SUCCESSFUL SHOW.
Other "SPECIAL", "THANK
YOU's" go out to Mike
McNeil for bringing
out the signage, show field stakes,
mowing the field lines,
and allowing us to use his golf
cart. Chris Pile who
helped on Friday and Sunday
set and remove the stakes,
and place and remove
the trash receptacles
as well as work the T-Shirt booth
Sunday morning, Rod
Wake and his crew of helpers,
Mike, Larry, Jeral,
Carl, April, and John. I am
sure I have forgotten
a name here as I do not have
my list in front of me
but I will be sure to list all the
names in the newsletter.
This event would not have
been the great success
it was without all of these
I am sorry that the gals
from the T-Bird club that came up to
help at 1pm did not get
to work their shift but they were there
and ready so "Thank
You" to Kay Barth and
Wake, we appreciate
your being there as helpers and
you to my helpers at the T-Shirt booth,
Athenia, Allen, Phil,
Phillip, Chris, and Cheryl thank
you all we were a
success because of all of you.
I look forward to working
with you all again at future shows.
So now, after the ball is
over, and as this Newsletter is ready for the massive MidKansas
Thunderbird printing presses,
time to relax a bit and
clean up the
Thunderbirds in preparation
for the next event.
Here’s the next big event!!
Fly Away to I-O-WAY;
VTCI North Central Regional At Des Moines a Big Success:
On Wednesday, June 20 Prez
andSecretary left Wichita in a well packed 2004 Thunderbird Retro, bound
for the NC Regional. This was a sort of homecoming for our Prez,
who is an Iowa native and
was happy to return to Des Moines to serve as MC at the conclusion of the
Convention. Also heading to Des Moines via 2003 Retro by a
different route was fellow
Iowa native Larry Fichter and Treasurer Lynda Fichter. After making
visits with friends and relatives along the way, both couples arrived at
Sleep Inn in Urbandale,
IA, our Convention Hotel.
Regional Convention was hosted by the Thunderbird Midwest Chapter from
Minneapolis/St. Paul, and
the Kansas City Vintage Thunderbirds.
The Des Moines site was
chosen because it was midway between the two clubs and because
the Living Farm complex
lends itself well to a convention.
Helping with the arrangements
was the Mid America TBirds of Iowa.
On Thursday, we were treated
to a great outdoor welcome/reception where an overflowing
crowd enjoyed a buffet table
of fruit, ham, turkey, buns, and a cash bar.
Round tables were filled
with conventioneers and standing room only took care of the rest.
We had a good visit with
old and new friends.
About 7:00, our caravan formed
for a trip to the nearby town of Adel, Iowa to view Bob and Diane Young’s
Twenty three Thunderbirds
made the trek to Adel, and on south to De Sota, Iowa where Bob’s collection
two large steel buildings.
Bob’s collection included
four (4) Thunderbirds ranging from a ’55, ’57, ’59, and ’05 Birds.
You will remember the '’59; it was at our 2008 Regional Convention and
graced the cover of our CD prepared by Jack at
Also included, all restored
to show condition was a ’63 Ford Galaxie fastback, a Chevy
pickup, replica ’63 Corvette
split Window, two Mercedes, a Porsche, two Motorcycles,
a new Ford 4 X 4 pickup
and a new Mercedes sedan.
A Collection of Schwinn
bicycles, most of them with tanks and fat fenders from the
‘40’s and ‘50’s were on
hand as well as another 10 or 20 banana seat Schwinns.
Bob and Diane were gracious
hosts, and provided even another table of goodies
for our enjoyment.
We headed back to the hotel
about 8:30 and were once again home before dark.
Pat Lieske’s well stocked
Hospitality Room, adjoined by Tim and Laura
Pundt’s Hospitality room
with silent auction items was a popular meeting place
until closing time.
Friday morning found the
majority of the attendees waiting for the tour bus to
take us downtown for a tour
of Des Moines narrated by the Iowa Chapter’s
Bill Jackson, and the final
destination the Iowa State Capitol Building.
One and one-half hours of
guided tour through the opulent State Capitol
Building went quickly and
all agreed the State Capitol Building was an
architectural and esthetic
marvel for its time, and built to last for centuries.
Some of the hardier members
climbed the steps to the Capitol dome.
We rode back by a different
route and most congregated again in the Hospitality
Room for sandwiches and
Randy Mattson hosted the
Judge’s Meeting on Friday afternoon. Car clean up
also began Friday afternoon,
with many Thunderbird owners washing their cars
at the faucets and hoses
provided by the Living History Farms welcome center.
Once the cars were cleaned
up most were parked in their designated spaces
waiting for the final cleanup
Saturday morning before being judged.
We were “on our own” to tour
the great Living Farms museum, and Prez Rod and
Secretary Bev chose Friday
Afternoon for their tour of life as it used to be
on an Iowa farm, and in
a 19th century town.
of the tour was the Flynn Mansion, home of a wealthy
(for that time) farmer and
merchant whose opulent home is furnished
with furniture from the
period and appropriately dressed guides
showed tourists through
The Implement Dealer’s house
was also furnished in period furniture,
also with well versed guides
posted in the house.
Particular interesting to
Prez and Secretary Bev was the doctor’s office,
for which the “doctor” came
from across the street (in period clothing of course)
and showed in detail the
purpose and function of each strange instrument
in the doctor’s glass cabinet.
Friday night brought a fabulous
family style dinner at the famous Machine
Shed Restaurant as Thunderbird
folks sat at round 11 place tables to be served
chicken, pork chops, baked
potatoes, rolls, drinks and desserts. Tim Pundt passed
out party favors; farmer
style straw hats; for those who had neglected to bring along
their farmer hats to the
Those who chose to do so,
rode back to the hotel in a hayrack pulled
by an H Farmall.
Judging began at 9:00AM Saturday,
with cloudy skies, predictions of
scattered showers and storms
for the area. True to the prediction,
it began sprinkling about
the time judging began and a steady drizzle continued
well into the early afternoon.
In fact, Larry Fichter’s 2003 and Prez’s 2004 were
both judged in a light rain.
But temperatures were great and it made for a really
nice judging event and show.
At the Convention were 27
Thunderbirds judged, with 24 cars on display
for a total of 51 Thunderbirds.
A wonderful array of Thunderbirds from almost
every year graced the judging
field, and they came from North Central states
of Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois,
Missouri, Kansas, Michigan, Colorado, Nebraska,
Manitoba, Wisconsin, Indiana,
with two Thunderbirds from the SC Region;
Texas, and Arkansas.
A van took many of the ladies
on a shopping trip to a fabulous Shopping
Center for part of Saturday.
The banquet on Saturday night
was preceded by a “Happy Half Hour” with a
cash bar held in the large
reception area of the Living Farms properties.
Tim Pundt announced the
winners of the silent auction items, and the
50/50 split yielded one
lucky diner about $234.00! Dinner was buffet style
with traditional Iowa farm
fare with fried chicken, barbeque ribs, baked
beans, potato salad, corn
on the cob, followed by...get this…bacon Ice Cream!
Cliff Lieske and Tim Pundt turned
the event over to MC RodWake, who
introduced SC Regional Director
Jim Merritt, and NC Regional Director
Ed Elzinga, both made presentations
of progress in their regions.
Then, the reason we had all
come to the Convention, MC Rod read
the names of the winners
as Chief Judge Randy Mattson
(a/k/a VTCI Treasurer Mattson)
took care of the trophy presentations.
Did our Kansas cars win trophies,
you ask. The answer is, “Of course!”
Once again, the Wimbeldon
white 1965 Thunderbird Convertible shown by
our old friend Jim Mills
fromTyndall, Manitoba took Best of Show trailered
with a perfect score of
Pat Lieske and Laura Pundt’s
two hospitality rooms were the location
again for late night conversation,
liquid refreshments and laughter until
Sunday morning found most
of our members in the Continental
Breakfast room before
and during check out. Most were packing
the Thunderbirds for the
return trip and a lot of conversation was involved.
All seemed to agree that
the North Central Regional at Des Moines,
a somewhat new approach
by having two clubs on each side of Iowa host
the show, was a big success.
|Enrollment in the Convention
by fellow North Central Region
clubs showed the following:
Land of Lincoln= 5
Mid America Thunderbird
Club of Iowa= 5
Mid-Kansas Vintage Thunderbirds,
TBird Club of Manitoba=
Thunderbird Midwest of Minneapolis/St.
Vintage Thunderbirds of
Vintage Thunderbirds of
Kansas City= 17
Western Michigan Thunderbird
Other regions or VTCI only
with no club affiliation showed:
Sooner Thunderbirds = 1
VTCI only; no club=
Larry and Lynda, Rod and
Bev agree that it would have
been more fun if we could
have had more participants from
the Mid-Kansas Vintage Club
Please give some consideration
to joining us at the
2012 VTCI International
in Charleston, and/or one of the
VTCI Regional Conventions
Mid-Kansas Vintage Thunderbirds cannot afford to lose any more members.
Even though we are picking up new members
we simply do not like losing any. Nonetheless, unless dues are paid
we must drop the names off the roster.
current roster, according to Treasurer Lynda show 38 family memberships.
are holding our own, but not gaining in numbers.
your eyes peeled for Thunderbird prospects and if you are out of recruiting
pamphlets and business cards, let Prez know.
of Automotive Knowledge:
MidKansas Vintage Thunderbird Car College is offering a course (non-credit,
is it ever non-credit) to increase our knowledge of that well known
This month’s lesson:
Motor News Collector Car Encyclopedia defines a fordor as “Ford’s name
for a four-door sedan.”
Part of Lesson:
get out your papers and pencils and take notes.
Lincoln probably never heard the word “Fordor.”
Grandpa’s time there was no such word as Fordor. None of the old
fellows living in the legendary Living
Farm at Des Moines would have ever heard the word Fordor.
Old Editor’s Webster’s Dictionary does not contain the word Fordor although
our want ads
automotive articles are loaded with references to Fordors.
“what’s the deal?” you ask!
word Fordor was simply coined, invented, structured, and merged by Ford
combining Ford and four door as an advertising gimmick to define a Ford
has been given proper noun status and has remained in our automotive vocabulary
there should not be such a thing as a Chevrolet Fordor or a Pontiac Fordor.
should be referred to as four door vehicles.
for that in future publications and let the Old Editor know.
Rod Wake, Mid-Kansas President
Last month I suggested that
June would be a busy month and boy, was I right!
Lake Afton followed by the
NC Regional made the month simply fly by! But what a great time was
had by all.
Makes us realize why we
volunteer to do these things in the first place.
With the Newsletter running
a little long this month, some items will be held over for the August edition.
Since we did not have a
business meeting in June, we will catch up on business at the July meeting,
Spears Restaurant on July
19. Hope to see most of you in the meantime but if not, see you at
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!
In All The World:
The Newsletter continues its series picturing Thunderbirds
seen around the VTCI Regional and International
Circuit as well as local club events.
With each Thunderbird featured, you should see
why the Vintage Ford Thunderbird is considered to be
“Unique In All The World!”
This very pretty 1963
Thunderbird Landau was entered in the VTCI Regional Convention at Des
by Les and Yvonne Norman.
This ’63 does not look too unusual until you hear “the rest of the story!”
The Thunderbird was acquired
by Yvonne brand new! Completely original until having it spiffed up about
a year ago,
the car now has 49,000 miles
on its odometer, and Yvonne put all of them on there herself.
But the judges did find
one fault; scratched scuff plates (door sills) from 49 years of use!
one-owner lady owned ‘63’s
do you think are out there anymore?
That makes Yvonne’s Landau
truly “Unique in All The World.”
and International Conventions:
The VTCI South Central Regional
Convention is history; the North Central Regional at Des Moines is history,
and was a
The NW Regional Convention
at Mukilteo, Washington will be held August 16-19 and the
International at Charleston, SC on
September 27-30 is
getting closer and promises to be a
fabulous event with a lot
of tours, cruises, and history. Prez and Secretary,Treasurer and
Larry will be there. It is not too late
for you to register and
See the current issue of
The Scoop, or ask Prez for assistance.
Events We plan to Support….a definite maybe:
At the February meeting we reviewed upcoming
events listed by the Wichita Area Car Club
Council and chose those which the majority
wished our club to support with a good presence.
This list also includes events which
may have cropped up since that meeting. The events are:
July 14, Saturday:
Automobilia’s 18 Moonlight Car Show and Street Party;
along 1st street, Downtown Wichita.
6:00PM to Midnight!
July 21, Saturday:
Sons of the American Legion Dog Days of Summer Car, Truck,
and Bike show
4301 W. Pawnee.-Wichita
July 22, Sunday:
Hooters Car Show 3131 N. Rock Road.
Burma Shave Signs:
Remember those delightful
Burma Shave signs from the
30’s 40’5 and 50’s that
were posted along all our highways (before Interstates)
and were changed out a couple
times a year?
Five (5) little red
signs with white
lettering, about 100 feet
apart were designed to be read as you passed by. They
normally gave warnings or
tips about traveling. The Newsletter wants to remind
you of this fun period from
the past and will run a Burma Shave sign each month.
This month’s Burma Shave
Drove Too Long
What happened next
Is not amusing
Bird Watchers Alert!
2002 and 2003
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:
(used to be John Moler’s
car) for $7,000.
Call Joe at Yoder,
At Lake Afton, a gentleman
the Old Editor and said
he has a perfect condition, possibly NOS Thunderbird
Spinner Wheel Cover.
Asking $100.00 for
(used to be Kress
Fall’s car) for $8,500
Call Joe at Yoder,
Moler saw this one on the Internet:
1965 Aqua Blue HT
3101 Cornhusker Highway
John says it looks nice
Curt and Diana Rakestraw
are selling their 2002 Retro
Torch Red hardtop,Torch
and black soft top.
Red and Black two tone interior
all the accessories.
Currently in the Wichita
Evening Black (Gads, that
with special upgrade sand
Both tops.14,000 miles and
fresh all over.
$29,500 call Chris
Now folks, you won’t find
black Retro ‘Bird.
In a later correspondence,
Chris told Pres, “…it is for sale and I want to be fair on the price to
the new owner and myself.”
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