A Chapter of Vintage
Thunderbird Club International, Inc. (VTCI)
The VTCI Recognizes ALL
Celebrating Mid Kansas Vintage
Thunderbird Club's 21st year!!
Hufford continues to recover from Hip Surgery and is now walking
about on a brand new, 2013 hip!
Unnamed but reliable sources
reported to the Newsletter Editor that Rosemary came through
the surgery on February
4 just fine and it was followed by some time in a rehab center.
At this time, Rosemary can
be found (along with caretaker Lee) at:
Rm 208, Avita Health
& Rehab Center
2114 N. 127th Court East
Wichita, KS 67206
Best of luck
to Rosemary for a continuing recovery!
This just in, also! Carl
Marts is recovering from
some delicate throat surgery on February 18, at VA Hospital.
Carl also has a quick recovery and does not do any singing or
shouting for awhile!
2013 Swap Meet is History:
all began on Thursday, January 31 when Prez Rod met with Carl and Brenda
Johnson from the Classic Club to frame up and hang our Mid-Kansas Vintage
Thunderbird Club bannerunder the Wichita Classic Thunderbird’s banner.
It is sort of necessary that way, because it is the Classic Club’s original
booth although we have split the costs with them 50/50 over the last several
Johnson and Prez hossed a couple of rented tables over to our space and
before long, it began to look like a sale booth.
huge out-of-state Semi-trailers full of tires, Obsolete Ford parts, and
food vendors the whole Pavilion resembled a carnival coming to town.
double doors were open and it was colder than a Bullet Bird on the turnpike
with a window out.
Vintage Club participants bringing in items for sale included Carl Marts,
Klyda Fall, Larry and Lynda Fichter, John Moler, Jeral Lipps, Prez Rod
VP Mike Mawhirter.
folks, the Pavilion at the Kansas Coliseum is a huge place and includes
buildings so it is completely possible that the Old Editor did not see
he was not there 24/7, but those we did see and visit with
the big show from the Vintage Thunderbird Club included Carl Marts,
John Moler, Doug Moler, Rod Wake, Dale Havercroft, Wil Banman, Larry
Lynda Fichter, Mike Mawhirter, Allan Carpenter, David Dannels, Joe Gross,
Lipps, Klyda Fall, Todd Duhnke, Steve DeVore, Dennis Anderson, Richard
and Vintage Thunderbirds of Kansas City visitor Richard Honeycutt.
visiting our booth was one of Arlan and Betty Smith’s sons—you remember
and Betty as past Presidents of the Sooner Thunderbird Club of Oklahoma
we remembered the son as one of our chauffeurs at the great South Central
Thunderbird convention we attended at OKC in 2009.
doors opened to the public on Friday, February 1 with two heaping tables
sale items ranging from tires and wheels to starters, carburetors, chrome
tool boxes, books, wheel covers, bumpers, original radios, floor mats,
crowd was heavy, and items sold in a surprising pattern.
Moler sold a lot of items and we gotta admit..he may have had a shill or
working the crowd, particularly with that portable sand blaster tank sale.
Mawhirter’s used tires sold immediately.
Ford wheels (not FOMOCO) did not sell quickly but did sell eventually.
items that did not sell, should have --and some that did sell should not
that is the nature of a swap meet or bazaar. You never know what
else may want!
saw a continuation of the previous day, with many items marked down hopefully
to avoid carrying them back home.
booth was almost completely devoid of Classic Club members the first couple
because their February Business Meeting occurred that date at the Home
Buffet , and those folks did not come along until after the meeting.
the Swap Meet, we visited with dozens of spectators, took names and addresses
passed Vintage club and VTCI information.
in the afternoon, near closing time, Banners came down, booths folded up
merchandise was carted out of the Pavilion.
Classic Club members included Dick Price, Bob Singleton, Carl Johnson,
Johnson, Jim Hein, Mitch Reed, Jim Winter, Lauren Worley, Mike Pond,
and Paul Partridge, Lily Partridge, Royce Taylor, Ed Barker, Charlie Becker,
and Kathy Hale, Richard Carlisle, Trevor Harris, and a visiting dignitary,
President John Smith.
for other car clubs, all the usual suspects were there.
addition to items sold at the Swap Meet, we talked with a lot of folks,
and Email addresses for follow up club information to be provided to both
VTCI affiliated club, and the CTCI club. We also forwarded names
for two CTCI prospects to other clubs in Oklahoma and Texas ‘cause
what it’s all about! But unlike past years, neither club signed up a new
at the meet.
up mailings are in effect and we will see what happens.
Flies In From The West:
John Moler was busy selling parts at the Swap Meet, a couple in Kingman
were pondering what to do with their
Pink 1959 Thunderbird Convertible that
had been gathering dust in their garage for about three years now.
this point, this becomes a classic story that shows once again how everybody
benefits from belonging to a Thunderbird Club.
gentleman in Kingman spoke to fellow Kingman resident and Vintage Thunderbird
Club member Cheryl Thomas.
gave the Kingman couple the name and number for our Prez, and the couple
did phone our Prez on Sunday, February
asking for assistance in selling the car.
was apparent the couple had been watching Barret-Jackson on television
and had an inflated idea of what their car was possibly worth. There
were many questions about the car’s condition that could not be answered
by phone, so Prez promised the prospective seller that we would have an
expert come by and look at the car and give him some advice to help them
then asked John Moler if he could run over to Kingman and check out the
car in person.
Monday, February 18, John made a quick trip to Kingman and reported
that the car he found up on blocks was indeed a data plate correct Flamingo
Pink ’59 Thunderbird Convertible, new Black interior, 352 with Cruise-O-Matic,
fair tires, top not
and needing other TLC.
reports one other little detail; he bought
are all anxious to see this latest addition to John’s stable of Thunderbirds
and to the roster of Vintage Thunderbirds in
also know John’s silver hair will look beautiful in that most iconic example
of the late 50’s; a Flamingo Thunderbird
finally, kudos again to Cheryl Thomas. This is not the first time
Cheryl has “bird dogged” a prospective Thunderbird sale
a club member. This shows again that Cheryl, (and John) have the
club’s interest at heart and the minute they learn of
they report it to the club. This is not the first time John has traveled
out of town at the Pres’ request to check out a car, and has indeed checked
it out…with a check!
Not actual car. Photo from old
59 T-Bird Ad
Day Parade Plans: (March 16th)
Lawrence at Central Plains Novelty is the main mover and shaker for the
Historic Delano Association, and the St. Patrick’s
parade. Nancy requires each entry (us) to appoint a Captain who is in charge
of parade lineup and discipline.
Prez made all the arrangements, paid the parade fee and so he appointed
himself as Captain!
says the plans are simple; meet at the usual spot at the north end of Lawrence
Dumont Stadium parking lot and park in
parade starts at high noon, and the Parade Marshall will signal when we
are to fall into line.
green and let your imagination be your guide as to other Irish related
thousands cheer, we will follow the parade through downtown Delano District
and then turn left (south) on Walnut street and dissipate onto the parking
lot or out onto a street immediately.
here is the additional fun part. From the parade, we will proceed
west on Maple to West Street, take a left and meet
S. West Street for lunch. (South side
of Star Lumber parking lot)
Spangles is probably the most car oriented of the lot as evidenced by the
’57 Chevy protruding from their front wall!
the ‘Birds along the West Street side of the parking lot if possible, or
along the north parking lot and come on in!
has agreed to semi-reserve the NE corner of the restaurant, the place where
we will share the space with a Torch Red and
white ’55 Crown Vic on display.
we will dine on whatever you choose from the Spangles menu while we discuss
the parade and take a few more photos.
you have not yet advised Prez that you are driving in the parade, do it
is a lot of fun and the crowd always appreciates our ‘Birds.
our allocated spaces.
The parade starts at high noon,
and the Parade Marshall will signal when we are
|Lake Afton All
Wheels Rally for 2015 Belongs To The Thunderbirds!
it can be told! At the February 19th Quarterly WACCC meeting,
representatives proffered to the WACCC to sponsor the Lake Afton All Wheels
Rally for 2015.
will be the 60th anniversary of the Thunderbird (1955-2015) and it seemed
appropriate to make an offer on the event for that specific year.
We are happy to
that the WACCC took a vote and accepted our offer!
two Thunderbird Clubs in Wichita now own that event and will once again
be able to choose the advertising on all media connected to the show including
artwork on the T-Shirts and will have choice parking privileges and hopefully
will benefit from this expenditure.
will not be made until the last quarter of 2014 in connection with the
WACCC purchase of advertising for the 2015 event.
2012 Sponsoring of the show left us with 120 beautiful T-shirts circulating
out there in Vintage Car land, a few new members, and a lot of good memories
anniversary of that little beauty, will be sponsored by the Corvette Clubs
commemorating the 60thand 2014 will be sponsored by the Mustang Club, celebrating
years of Mustangs!
|Retro Bird Colors:
the interesting things about our 2002-2005 Retros,
the type of information that was available on these ‘Birds immediately,
due to the
of data processing and computers when they were manufactured. Much
the amount available when our beloved Vintage Birds were manufactured.
issues ago, The Newsletter
documented the special
available on specific year Retros.
of the persons whose hobbies and/or
is keeping track of Thunderbird
is our friend in Texas, Dot Lang, who
the Porthole Authority website
has a whole lot of information
One of Dot’s recent compilations
made part of the booklet handed out by
Regional Director James Cassidy at the
International Convention at
S.C. last September. This
by Dot Lang documents how many of 2002-2005 Thunderbirds rolled off the
line in each specific color. Your Editor found it fascinating and
think you will
it too. Here in its entirety is Porthole Authority’s summary:
Colors of Retro
|Neiman Marcus Edition
|Mountain Shadow Gray
|Desert Sky Blue
|Coral-James Bond Edition
|Monterey Mist (Pacific Coast
|Light Ice Blue
|Vintage Mint Green
|Cashmere 50th Anniversary
|Medium Steel Blue
hope all VTCI members keep a neat library of
copies of The Scoop magazines; the bi-monthly publication of the Vintage
Club International. But just in case there are one or two of you
who do not
them and (shudder)
throw them away please listen. Those back issues of The
are good recruiting handouts which we can use at our Central and West gatherings,
our car shows, at Lake Afton and so on. If you do not keep them,
please turn them in at
of our meetings or call one of our members to pick them up. Love
to have them!
|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
|2013 VTCI North Central Regional Convention
Hello from the North Central Region.
We are closing in on the North Central Regional. If you are still
sending in your reservation for the event
please do so quickly so we can have the correct numbers for the tours and
reservations for meals and cars to be
judged. We want this to be the biggest and best regional yet.
Also, make your
motel reservations. We want all of our
Thunderbird friends, old or new, to come to this regional.
Thursday, July 11 – You can arrive,
check in, and we will have the registration open from 12:00 – 4:00 PM.
Hospitality Room will be in the Topaz
Room and will be open from 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM. At 6:00 PM there
will be a
Meet and Greet with food and beverages.
The charge will be $10:00 per person for the Meet and Greet.
Friday, July 12 – A tour is planned
to go to New Salem, IL, a young adult Lincoln’s home. We will also
Lincoln Presidential Museum and the Lincoln
Tomb. The tour will leave at 8:45 AM and should be back to the motel
4:30 PM. Lunch will be on your own
at the Morning Star Café. The charge for the tour will be
$26.00 per person.
There will also be a judges meeting from
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM. At 6:30 PM there will be a pizza party with beverages.
The cost for the pizza party will be $15.00
per person. Registration will be open from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM.
Room will be open from 10:00 AM to 6:00
Saturday, July 13– Registration
will be open from 7:00 – 8:30 AM. There will be an owners/judges
meeting at 7:30 –
8:30 AM. The judging will start
at 9:00 AM. All rags and tools need to be down at this time.
The Hospitality Room will
be open from 10:00 AM – 3:30 PM.
There will be a People’s Choice awards. The People’s choice sheets
must be in
no later than 1:00 PM to give the talliers
time to count the votes. The award banquet will start with a cash
6:30 – 7:00 PM. The banquet will
start at 7:00 PM. The meats
for the banquet will be Peach Glazed Pork
Loin and Atlantic Salmon in Dill Sauce. This will be a buffet style.
for the banquet will be $35.00 per person.
Sunday, July 14 – This will be “Good-Bye”
time for most. The motel for this event is the Northfield Inn, Suites,
Convention Center. The address is
3280 Northfield Drive, Springfield, IL 62702. The phone number is
The rates are Double Queen or Standard
King $85.00. King 2-Room Suite or King Jacuzzi Room is $95.00.
includes a hot continental breakfast each
morning. The room prices will be good until June 11, 2013.People
motor homes or rv trailers to convention
must purchase a motel room. When you make reservations with the motel
them that you are part of the Thunderbird
Club. The motel is just off of I-55. Take Exit 100B (Sangamon
Turn right at 1st stop light onto Dirksen
Parkway. Then turn right again at 1st stop light onto Northfield
Motel is just ahead on the right side.
is a registration cut-off date for the convention of June 20, 2013.
We will need help with the following
#1 – We are asking the guests to bring
food or snacks and volunteer to be a hostess on Friday and Saturday in
#2 – Parking lot security volunteers for
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night.
#3 – Car Parking assistants for Thursday
#4 – Door Prizes and Raffle donations.
#5 – Judges and Tally Room volunteers
Mark your calendars for the dates of July
11th to 14th, 2013
If you have questions about this convention
either Terry Fletcher at 217-478-1989
or Ed Elzinga at 616-212-3544 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Rod Wake, Mid-Kansas President
Thunderbird Loving Friends:
It was bound to happen eventually;
one of our meetings cancelled by the weather! In this
case it was the February
21 meeting which was cancelled by a 12 inch snowfall, with
more on the way. Not
only did we decide to cancel the meeting, but Spears Restaurant
had also closed on that
date due to weather! Thoroughfares as well as side streets were
in terrible condition. Everybody
adapted to the changed plans, however, and the
Carlisles forged on ahead
with their planned Mexican Fiesta and Bingo party scheduled
for February 22.
But even that plan did not
stand the test of time. The streets were terrible and the side
streets were even worse
which would have raised havoc on party goers. Even though the
Carlisles waited to see
if things would break in favor of the party it was not to be and the
party was cancelled on Friday,
Of course every cloud has
a silver lining and in this instance we got some well needed
moisture from our 14” snowfall.
Whether or not we make up
the February meeting, and whether or not the Mexican
Fiesta gets re-scheduled
will depend on the next several days. We’ll watch the weather
and as always, Prez will
keep you in the informational loop.
Another positive note about
February, in the midst of it all our club gained a 1959
in our flock!
|Deaths and Services:
Vintage Thunderbird Club
member Barbara (Mrs. Jack) Godfrey, 75, passed away
Monday, February 11, 2013.
Services were at St. Jude’s Catholic Church on Friday,
February 15 with entombment
at Resurrection Mausoleum. Barbara had pitched in and
helped, along with Jack
at our later Dream Car Shows for Make-A-Wish, and their beautiful
Platinum ’04 Retro was part
of our group at the South Central Regional Convention at
Oklahoma City in ’09, and
was part of our procession to Fort Worth in ’10. Only failing
health would cause Barbara’s
club activities in recent months. Our club contributed to
Barbara’s designated memorial
Hospice, Inc., and the club offers condolences to Jack
Jason Elliott, Step-Grandson
of Larry and Lynda Fichter died Monday, February 11, 2013
at age 22. Services
were at 3:00PM on February 15 at Rest Haven Mortuary. The club’s
condolences also to Larry
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!
"If I Were the Devil"...
This has been played in part on several
talk radio stations in recent months, but
seldom is it played in its entirety. The
late Paul Harvey, whose news and comments
on the radio entertained us almost every
morning while we commuted to work and
also many mid-day lunch breaks, delivered
“If I Were The Devil” first in 1964 and
updated it through the years both on his
radio broadcasts and in printed articles.
This is the 1993 version believed to have
been last delivered in 1997. Thought you
might like to read the whole address.
I were the devil
If I were the prince of darkness I’d want
to engulf the
whole world in darkness, and I’d have
a third of its real
estate and four fifths of its population.
But I wouldn’t be
happy until I had seized the ripest apple
on the tree: thee.
So I’d set about however necessary, to
take over the United
States. I’d subvert the churches first.
I’d begin with a
campaign of whispers. With the wisdom
of a serpent I would
whisper to you as I whispered to Eve,
“Do as you please.”
To the young I would whisper that the Bible
is a myth. I would convince
them that man created God, instead of
the other way around. I would
confide that what’s bad is good, and what’s
good is square. And the old I
would teach to pray after me, “our father
which art in Washington...”
And then I’d get organized: I’d educate
authors in how to make lurid
literature exciting so that anything else
would appear dull and uninteresting.
I’d threaten TV with dirtier movies, and
visa versa. I’d peddle narcotics to
whom I could. I’d sell alcohol to ladies
and gentlemen of distinction. I’d
tranquilize the rest with pills.
If I were the devil I’d soon have families
at war with themselves; churches at
war with themselves; and nations at war
with themselves; until each in its
turn was consumed. And with promises of
higher ratings, I’d have mesmerizing
media fanning the flames.
If I were the devil I would encourage schools
to refine young intellect, but
neglect to discipline emotions; just let
those run wild, until before you knew
it you’d have to have drug-sniffing dogs
and metal detectors at every
Within a decade I’d have prisons overflowing;
I’d have judges promoting
pornography. Soon I could evict God from
the courthouse, then from the
schoolhouse, and then from the houses
of Congress. And in His own churches
I would substitute psychology for religion
and deify science. I would lure
priests and pastors into misusing boys
and girls—and church money.
If I were the devil I’d make the symbol
of Easter an egg, and the symbol of
Christmas a bottle.
If I were the devil I’d take from those
who have, and give to those who want
it, until I had killed the incentive of
the ambitious. And what’ll you bet I
couldn’t get whole states to promote gambling
as the way to get rich.
I would caution against extremes, and hard
work, and patriotism, and moral
conduct. I would convince the young that
marriage is old fashioned—that
swinging is more fun. That what you see
on TV is the way to be. And thus I
could undress you in public, and I could
lure you into bed with diseases for
which there is no cure.
In other words, if I were the devil I
would just keep on doing what he is
Paul Harvey, March 16, 1993
Reviews The Dues For Youse:
of all, our dues are only
$25.00 per year.
have inquired about our Mid-Kansas dues setup. We know it can be
confusing, so here is a review and summary:
local chapter, The Mid-Kansas Vintage Thunderbird Club, Inc., is a Kansas
which we incorporated in 2005. We chose a fiscal year ending
31, the same as the calendar year.
$25.00 dues are paid annually which means the dues are due January 1. But,
other expenses such as Real Estate Taxes, Quarterly Estimates, homeowner’s
dues, VTCI dues
almost every other club dues you can think of, plus Christmas expenses
are due at that time.
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.
gives us three chances to pay at a monthly meeting before the dues are
course, Treasurer Lynda can take your $25.00 dues payment any time before
it is comfortable for you.
member’s initial dues are pro-rated according to the quarter in which
join, and that proration is calculated on the January 1 starting date for
year as follows:
pro-ration only applies for NEW MEMBERS.
members cannot drop out and come back as they wish.
By-Laws state that anybody who has dropped out of the club must pay their
dues in full to re-join.
club is a chapter of Vintage Thunderbird Club International, Inc.,
Dues are $35.00 per year, due January 1, and delinquent after January 31.
Roster of VTCI members is compiled from dues paid as of January 31, so
please get your dues
before January 31 each year.
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!”
It is always refreshing
to see a rare color; a color you do not see every
day on one of our Vintage
Thunderbirds. This 1965 Convertible from
Georgia was shown at the
VTCI International in Charleston, South
Carolina finished in
Samoan Coral, set off with a black convertible
top. As the crowd studied
this rare example of Thunderbird style, it
was easy to see why our
Vintage Thunderbirds are considered
In All The World!”
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:
Driver In Tree
The Moon Was Full
And So Was He
Bird Watchers Alert!
None at this time
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?
|Autos For Sale:
||Parts & Misc
ON AD TO GO TO VTCI WEBSITE
Our next one will be March
21, 2013 at 5:30
4131 W. Maple
First we eat, then we meet!
Have a joyful Easter