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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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May 2012
A Chapter of Vintage Thunderbird Club International, Inc. (VTCI)
Celebrating Mid Kansas Vintage Thunderbird Club's 20th year!!


Lessons My Mother Taught Me

1.  My mother taught me TO APPRECIATE A  JOB WELL DONE .
“If you’re going to kill each other, do  it outside. I just finished cleaning.”

2. My mother taught me RELIGION.
“You better pray that will come out of the carpet.”

3.  My mother taught me about TIME  TRAVEL. “If you don’t straighten up, I’m going to knock  you into the middle of next week!”

4. My mother taught me LOGIC.
“  Because I said so, that’s why.”

5. My mother taught me MORE LOGIC .
“If you fall out of that swing and break your neck, you’re not going  to the store with me.”

6. My  mother taught me FORESIGHT.
“Make sure you wear clean  underwear, in case you’re in an accident.”

7. My mother taught me IRONY.
“Keep crying, and I’ll give you something to cry about..”

8.  My mother taught me about the  principle of OSMOSIS .
“Shut your mouth and eat your  supper.”

9. My mother taught  me about CONTORTIONISM.
“Will you look at that dirt on the back of your neck!”

10. My mother taught me about STAMINA  ..
“You’ll sit there until all that spinach is gone.”

11.  My mother taught me about  WEATHER.
“This room of yours looks as if a tornado went  through it.”

12. My mother  taught me about HYPOCRISY.
“If I told you once, I’ve  told you a million times. Don’t exaggerate!”

13. My mother taught me the CIRCLE OF  LIFE.
“I brought you into this world, and I can take  you out..”

14. My mother  taught me about BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION .
“Stop acting  like your father!”

15. My  mother taught me about ENVY.
“There are millions of less fortunate children in this world who don’t have wonderful parents  like you do.”

16.. My mother  taught me about ANTICIPATION.
“Just wait until we get home.”

17. My mother taught  me about RECEIVING .
“You are going to get it when you  get home!”

18. My mother  taught me MEDICAL SCIENCE.
“If you don’t stop crossing your eyes, they are going to get stuck that way.”

19. My mother taught me ESP.
“Put  your sweater on; don’t you think I know when you are cold?”

20.  My mother taught me  HUMOR.
“When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don’t  come running to me.”

21. My  mother taught me HOW TO BECOME AN ADULT .
“If you don’t  eat your vegetables, you’ll never grow up.”

22. My mother taught me GENETICS.
“You’re just like your father.”

23.. My mother taught me about my  ROOTS.
“Shut that door behind you. Do you think  you were born in a barn?”

24. My mother taught me WISDOM.
“When you get to be my age, you’ll understand.”

25..  My mother taught me about JUSTICE  .
“One day you’ll have kids, and I hope they turn out  just like you !”


A Night To Remember:

April 14, 2012 was the 100 year anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic and the Haysville Library
hosted a great fund raising event on that date, as brought to our attention by Klyda Fall and
advertised in our last Newsletter. 
A good crowd was on hand for the event, and even our own members did not see other members who
were there. 
For one thing, it was held on two floors; First
Class was upstairs, and the Steerage Section downstairs.

Among those dining in the two sections and participating in the mystery theater portion of the evening 
were Vice Prez Mike and Ann Mawhirter, and Darryle and Kaye Barth. 

Now…April 14, 2012 will also be a night to remember as the night 97 tornadoes crossed South 
Central Kansas and Haysville was right in the path. 
Miraculously, the tornadoes did not hamper or harm the event, and the town of Haysville was 
narrowly missed by the damaging part of the one or two tornadoes that did pass there. 

Read on.

We Made the Scene at the Dairy Queen!


Remember when it was common practice to stop by the Dairy Queen for  a thick shake after a hard day at work? 
Remember those great Sundaes, Floats, and Cones? 
Well, on
Sunday, April 15 a goodly number of our ‘Birds dropped by Richard’s Little Dairy Queen for the Cars 
Magazine/Richard’s Little Dairy Queen Cruise-in.

This all sounds easy, but it was not. 
Because on Saturday, April 14, Kansas was
treated to up to 97 tornadoes moving up from Oklahoma, through Harper, Clearwater,
 Haysville, and SE Wichita 
which kept most of us glued to the TV and
camped in the basement until the late hours. 

The area over by Richard’s Little Dairy Queen was hit harder than most areas. 
The electricity was still off, and the
big traffic light still out at George Washington and Lincoln when show goers began arriving about
on Sunday. 
We were also told
that some areas of town were blocked off to spectators.

Among the first to arrive at Richard’s Little Dairy Queen was
 John Moler (Rangoon
red ’62) Prez and Secretary Bev (Thunderbird Green ’56) Steve and Susie Hornbeck (Navy 
Blue ’64) Allen Hale
(Dusk Rose ’57), Carl Marts, April
Weaver with Alec and Austin.

Since the show was from 1 to 5, others came and went as the day went on, and this included VP Mike Mawhirter, Tedd Roe, and Henry Messerschmidt.
Richard’s Little Dairy Queen building was locked up 
tighter than a drum.

Now…what do you do with a Dairy Queen with no 
electricity? For one thing you
do not serve Ice Cream. 
Daryl Standifer wearing his Cars Mag hat and with his family helping, stood ready with a bunch of certificates for belated free ice cream goodies.

Richard’s personnel had a great outdoor grill cooking up hamburgers, hot dogs, baked (but cold) beans, bagged chips and 
soft drinks. (Free will
And although there were no signs of further tornado activity, the winds
were disgusting and paper plates flying like saucers was 
not an uncommon sight.

We have to hand it to Richard, and to his chief helper Daryl Standifer for making the best of a bad situation and continuing the old 
tradition that “The Show Must
Go On!”

Tornado SW of Wichita that evening.(KSC Enterprise)

Prez had a conversation with a photographer from Carnuts, the folks who regularly take pictures of cars and car shows and post them
on the Internet. 
few cards were given out. But overall, we would have to conclude that due to circumstances beyond anybody’s control, the 
turnout and the success of the event
was disappointing.

Mid-Kansas Birds Participate in Friday Night Informal Free Car Show, Central and West:

 Yes, many of us have dropped in at Central and West on Friday night when a great group of street rodders, customs, and classics drop in, line up, and stroll. 
Well this time, at Darryle Barth’s suggestion, several of us brought our Thunderbirds the evening of April 20, and showed up in numbers and showed off with the best of them. 

Arriving shortly before 6:00, Larry and Lynda (03) saved several spots as the ‘Birds of Rod and Bev Wake (56), Mike and Ann Mawhirter (63), Darryle and Kaye Barth (02) Walter K. Day, (97), Steve Devore, (05)  and Curt Rakestraw (57) dropped into place. 
Also visiting were Carl Marts (Mustang), April Weaver, Jeral Lipps, and Joe Gross. 

By this time, it was 6:30 to 6:45 and with at least three restaurants
within a couple hundred feet it seemed only
appropriate to
patronize the merchants, and

Lynda Fichter and April Weaver were seen heading for the Mexican
restaurant, while Larry Fichter and Carl Marts split off and hit
the Wendy’s line. 
They were followed by
Darryle and Kaye Barth, Prez Rod, 
Secretary Bev, and VP Mike who had a round table discussion
 (literally and figuratively) 
at Wendy’s.

A very nice crowd gathered through the evening. 
After our members had walked
the lineup of other cars the sun was
setting behind the bank of buildings and the
temperature had 
dropped quite noticeably. 
Newscasters were even predicting frost warnings. 
Thank goodness for Lynda Fichter’s Thunderbird quilt; it saved
Secretary Bev from freezing to death at the show and it was
great to once again
experience the warmth of the Thunderbird 
heater on the way home!

Don’t Forget to Check Out last month's Website:
Connie has treated us to a video as part of our Newsletter, entitled the chronology of the Thunderbird. 
But the star of the show is a little addition at the end of it which is fabulous film footage of the Wixom assembly line in 1963! 
You won’t want to miss this one, as it shows some great shots of the ’63 Bird being assembled, and
you will also see in the assembly line shots that Lincolns were being built right in line with the Thunderbirds. 
A great nostalgia piece and man, did those spankin’
new ‘63’s look great!

My Sentiments Exactly:
(Subtitle, “Wish I Would Have
Said That!" )
How many times have you seen something in print which is
exactly what you have thought, but somebody else put it into words?
A recent example of that occurred when Jim Richardson wrote an article entitled, “Going Out in Style” for the April 2012 issue of Hemmings Classic Car.
The article starts
out with Richardson telling of taking a drive in his 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air and relating some of the compliments he receives from strangers. (We have all been there) 
He then goes into a history of the evolution of automotive styling through
the decades. 
The article concludes with,“...Today we have high, narrow, 
funny-looking little sedans with wheels that are
too small. 
Now cars are designed by a committee made up of 
marketing wonks and bean-counters, 
and maybe one designer, where everyone has a say, and there 
are no stupid questions.
Well, I believe there  are stupid questions—and stupid answers.
They occur when people don’t know what they are talking about.

And people who don’t know what they are talking about.. dominate modern design.
My 1955 Chevrolet was a mundane car, but it’s better looking and roomier than anything being offered today. 
Maybe those committees should attend classic car
shows. They would see what good design looks like.”

(Jim Richardson, Hemmings Classic Car, April 2012, Volume 8, Issue 7, #91, page 96)

Wish I’d have said that, Jim, because it is my sentiments exactly!
Real Dark Teal: 
Yes, after showing his Thunderbird Convertible in white
and primer for a number of years, long time Vintage Club member and professional mechanic David Dannels is making some  big changes. 

David took advantage of a several week convalescing period while was off work recovering from a Rotator Cuff surgery. 
During this time, David made arrangements for a professional metal preparation and paint job to be  performed on his 1965 Thunderbird Convertible, and he and son Paul trailered it to the fix it man in February. 

David plans to finally realize his dream of putting the ’65 back to its original splendor in the beautiful Midnight Turquoise it wore the day it left the assembly line at Wixom!

David hopes to have the luxurious top-down beauty with
its two tone tonneau cover done in time to exhibit  it with us at Lake Afton. 

Let’s all keep our fingers crossed for David!

David’s next project is to further improve his other conversation piece, his trailer made from the back 40%
of a ’66 Thunderbird and eventually make it match the
There will be no stopping David in the attention department once that is completed. 

Good luck with your rebuilt shoulder, David, and keep us
informed about the rebuilt ’65 Convertible.


Mid Kan$a$ Due$ are Due $ee!
We need every single membership to continue if we are to maintain our club in the manner to which we
have become accustomed. Many paid their membership dues at the meeting on
April 19. If you have not paid already, really hope you renew within the next few
days. If you cannot renew, then this will have to be your last newsletter.

Those who have not paid  yet, please do so  as soon as possible by remitting the $25.00 payable to: 
Mid-Kansas Vintage Thunderbirds, to treasurer Lynda Fichter

Speaking of Dues and Memberships and Numbers:
Folks, the aforementioned car show, and certainly the upcoming Lake Afton show
are places where we often find new prospects. We picked up three new members
in the 2011 club year simply from our business cards and flyers. For those who
are “about town” frequently we need to have the new member windshield flyer or
at least our business cards on hand at all times to use for recruiting. 
There is no
more helpless feeling that to meet a prospect, or find a Thunderbird parked
somewhere that does not belong to our club, and then realize that we do not have
recruiting materials available. 
Let Prez know what supplies you need in your


Beginning with this Newsletter, the Car College is offering a course (non-credit) to increase our knowledge of that well known invention, the Automobile

This month’s lesson:
Pronounced “Koo Pay” if you want to be fancy and correct, but pronounced “Coop” if you want to fit in with 99% of the population. The word “coupe” is often erroneously applied to certain models of our Thunderbirds. Here is the correct definition.
A Coupe is a two door closed roof car that generally seats two or three passengers in a single row of seats. Coupes may have a smaller rear seat or an external rumble seat. A coupe has a window within a door frame which fits securely into the body when closed. 
All the two door Thunderbirds from 1958 through 1982 are Hard Top Convertibles, not coupes, although they are often erroneously referred to in ads, articles, etc., as coupes. From 1983 through the 1997 model,
Ford correctly referred to Thunderbirds as coupes.

Hard Top Convertibles are the subject of next month’s lesson. Have your pencils and note books ready



The President’s Message

By Rod Wake, Mid-Kansas President

Dear Thunderbirders,

Fran Landesman wrote it in 1955, June Christy sang  it, Chris Connors sang it, and through the years
almost everybody sang it. Now our club can also sing it,

“Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most.”

I am speaking of course, of the springtime events which have been severely hampered by the threat of 
bad weather, the predictions of bad weather, and
the consequences of bad weather.

From the “Night with the Titanic” presentation at the Haysville Library amid tornado  threats and alarms, to the
real thing later in the evening and the actual tornado--more than one of them--which struck our town on the
night of April 14. We really lucked out that
there was no loss of life, but Richard’s Little Dairy Queen car 
show, not to
mention the Highlander Reunion, were all severely curtailed by spring weather. 
Of course our club’s inconveniences were trite compared to the plight
of those who lost their homes, 
businesses , workplaces and income. 
again most of our club came out smelling like a rose and for those folks who sustained damage and
loss we extend our sympathy.

The one May event we had planned to attend in numbers, has been cancelled; but we still have one 
major event ahead of us; The Lake Afton All Wheels Car
Show, coming on June 10! 
Added responsibility and nail biting this year will
be due to our Mid-Kansas Vintage Thunderbirds, and 
the Wichita Classic
Thunderbirds joint sponsorship of the show and our  ‘Birds will be featured
Banners, brochures, business cards and smiles will be prevalent at the
show which will again be a
 “rain or shine” event! 
We all know there have
been plenty of Lake Afton rain outs, and can only hope 2012 is not one of them.



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

And Now, a Word From Our VTCI Regional Director:

Our club is in the North Central VTCI Region, and Ed Elzinga, from Holland,Michigan our VTCI North Central Regional Director. 
Ed is a great guy who owns a few Thunderbirds including an ultra rare ’58 Convertible! 
Ed recently wrote to all club presidents in our Region:
To all Chapter Presidents,

Presidents, please pass the following email and attachment along to your newsletter editors.  We
need to promote the VTCI.  If you have club members who are not  yet VTCI  members please
encourage them to join.  The VTCI is a family oriented club and we need to bring the younger
families into the club to keep it going.

One of the benefits of being a member of the VTCI is meeting new people and finding new friends
from across the country and the world.  My wife, Sandy, and I have found some lasting friendships
that we would have never had if it wasn’t for the VTCI.

Another benefit is receiving the award winning “Thunderbird Scoop” which comes out bi-monthly.
The scoop keeps you up to date on all of the activities through the year, gives you tech articles
about your Thunderbird, lets you know where you can find parts to restore that Thunderbird and
sell Thunderbird parts and memorabilia, and shows what other chapters are doing.

If you have questions or comments please let me know.

Ed Elzinga VTIC North Central Regional Director

616-399-6568  E-mail sqtbird@att.net

Mailing address:  17040 Ransom Street, Holland , MI 49424

It’s a sign of the times:
On April 23, the old Editor stopped at the Quick Trip for gas at 21st
and Maize. The male attendant, about 25 years of age came out and looked over the ’04
Retro Thunderbird without saying a word. Inside at the register he asked, “What company
made that car?” 


Heard It Through The Grapevine:

In this case, the “grapevine”
was the Newsletter put out by our friend Cliff Lieske of the VTCI Thunderbird
Midwest Chapter at Minneapolis/St. Paul. For all that old Vodka you have
setting around that you don’t know what to do with,here are some good uses for

1.  Erase Window streaks…as an alternative to using chemical cleaners, spray diluted vodka on the windows and then 
wipe them down with a lint-free cloth.

2.  Shine chrome…soak a soft cloth in vodka and then wipe it on your shiny car parts. Try this on your Thunderbird.

3.  Deodorize laundry…spritz undiluted on clothes to help remove musty smells.

4.  Remove rust from screws...leave a weathered screw in vodka for just a few hours, then wipe to get rid of rust.

5.  Preserve cut flowers…save your bouquet by mixing a few drops of vodka with a teaspoon of sugar to inhibit  the
production of ethylene, which makes flowers wilt.

6.  Remove stains from upholstery…dip a clean cloth in vodka and rub it on fabric to help take out stubborn stains
caused by ink, grass, and some foods.

7.  Kill weeds…Mix 1 oz. of vodka, a few drops of liquid dish soap, and 2 cups of water in a spray bottle. Apply on a sunny 
day to broad leaf weeds that grow in direct sunlight. The vodka will help  remove the leaves’ 
waxy coating, causing them to dry out.

8.  Clean mold and mildew…rid tile and caulk of dark spots by spraying them with vodka. Let sit for up to 30 minutes and 
scrub with a grout brush or old toothbrush, and rinse.

9.  Soothe aching muscles…treat sore muscles with a pack made by pouring equal parts of vodka and water into a 
resealable bag and freezing it to create a super-cold slushy mix. Whether you  treat yourself to a cocktail afterwards is up to you.

10.  Stop odors…Boots smelling ripe? Spritz the inside with diluted vodka; let dry. No more odor.



Unique 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 month’s feature is right here in our own chapter:

Understated elegance…that would be a good description for this
Corinthian white 1962 Thunderbird Convertible with tonneau cover.
This prize winner was on display at the 2011 North  Central Regional
Convention at Fort Wayne, Indiana.



Regional and International Conventions
In less than two months the North Central Regional Convention takes place in Des Moines, Iowa.
Cliff and Pat Lieske of Thunderbirds Midwest, and Tim and Laura Pundt of the Kansas City Vintage Thunderbirds have been instrumental in assisting the Mid-America
T-Birds of Iowa in hosting this convention.Other North Central clubs—including ours—have assisted monetarily and in other ways to make this a
successful Regional Convention. 
So far, Prez and Secretary are booked into the convention, Larry and Lynda are participating as well and hope some of the rest of you can join us! 
This features a tour of the historic and scenic old Iowa State Capitol Building, setting atop a mound of glacial till that has only been there a few million years. 
The Iowans are celebrating their rural history with a self-guided tour of the Living History Farms which is open and your ticket will allow you to come and go at 
your convenience. The fabulous Machine Shed Restaurant is next door to the convention hotel.
Awards presentation will be in the Barn.
Yes, we are serious, in the barn! 

This one will not be as costly as some we have attended; Des Moines is not that far away; and looks to be a relaxing weekend with Thunderbird friends.
The fabulous sounding 2012 International Convention will be at Charleston, S. C., and Prez and Secretary are booked into that one and Larry and Lynda plan to
drive their Retro there.

Upcoming  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

The events are:

May 19:Salvation Army Benefit Car Show, Camp Hiawatha. (?) CANCELLED

June 10: Lake Afton All Wheels Rally sponsored by the Mid-Kansas
Vintage Thunderbird Club and the Wichita Classic Thunderbirds.
other words…US!   Nuff said, Be there!

June 17: Father’s Day at the Zoo.
  Participate individually if you can work it into your Father’s Day plans

June 21-23: Fly Away to Io-way North Central VTCI Convention at Des Moines. 
The Registration and details about  the weekend are in the latest issue of The Thunderbird Scoop, and/or ask Prez for a copy.


Retro Bird Watchers Alert!

Did you see this one? 
On Sunday, April 29, Davis Moore’s Ad showed as follows: 
02 Ford Thunderbird, only 18K
miles. Whisper white with Torch red interior and a
Whisper white removable hardtop. Well equipped in  dual
power leather seats, 6-disc in dash CD, Traction control,
and much more. This one has the storage cart for the top,
and the original window sticker in the glove box. Was
$40,245 new, now only$24,922

Carl Marts reports that Hambelton LaGreca has two Retro
Birds in inventory; a Merlot and a Torch Red one.  $18,000
for one and not certain about the other one.

A yellow 2002 Thunderbird became available at a dealer in
Goddard, but was gone by the time Darryle Barth could get
there to check it out. 
That is the main reason the Newsletter

has almost quit listing them altogether…they are usually
gone before the Newsletter comes out!

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?



Autos For Sale: Wanted: Parts & Misc For Sale:
1962  Thunderbird  HT.
Corinthian  White,  Pearl  Beige  interior
Correctly  detailed  engine  compartment, 
drives  great.
Lee and Rosemary Hufford
(316) 267-0008
. Kool  Rides
802  E. Madison
 Arkansas City,  KS
Local supplier for Smithy’s Mufflers 
and similar street rod accessories..
Carl Marts spotted a 
1964 Thunderbird HT

Runs, needs brakes, carburetor rebuild.
(316) 518-2729
...0.0000.............................................................. .
2002 Thunderbird. 
Located in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. Evening Black,
both tops,
chrome wheels, 49,000 miles. 
Drivers seat worn a bit. 
Carfax shows a salvage title
because of an accident at 326 miles—right front fender replaced, but owner
says no problems with the car.

Asking $12,000.00.

(816) 868-9140
. .
2003 Thunderbird!
Evening Black (Gads, that sounds sexy!) with special upgrade sand interior. Both tops.
14,000 miles and factory fresh all over. $29,500 call Chris Cushman 316-648-2444
Now folks, you won’t find a nicer 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.”

Click on ad to visit                                          VTCI!



May Meeting:




Current Officers

J. Rodney Wake
Vice President:
Mike Mawhirter
Beverly Wake
Lynda Fichter

Mid-Kansas Vintage Thunderbird’s Appointed Positions


Newsletter Editor:
J. Rodney Wake
Associate Editor, Proof Reader,

  Club Photographer, Computer
  Guru and all around helper
Jack Wake
Website Coordinator:
Cheryl Thomas
Webmistress Design and Graphics
Connie B C
Wichita Area Council
of Car Clubs Representative:
Royce Taylor Royce.taylor@spiritaero.com

National VTCI Contacts


VTCI President:
Terri McNeill
VTCI Vice President: 
J. Rodney Wake
VTCI Secretary:
Bob McNeill
VTCI Treasurer:
Randy Mattson
VTCI NC Director:
Ed Elzinga
VTCI Website Director:
Terri McNeill


Mid-Kansas Thunderbird’s Website: 
VTCI website: 

 VTCI Chapter Websites


Chicagoland Thunderbirds:
Thunderbird Midwest
Mid America Iowa:
Hoosier Vintage/ Indiana Thunderbird Club: 
Vintage Thunderbirds of Kansas City:
Thunderbirds of Manitoba:
Waterwonderland Michigan: