A Chapter of Vintage
Thunderbird Club International, Inc. (VTCI)
Celebrating Mid Kansas
Vintage Thunderbird Club's 20th year!!
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
12. My mother taught me about HYPOCRISY.
“If I told you once, I’ve told you a million times.
13. My mother taught me the CIRCLE OF LIFE.
“I brought you into this world, and I can take
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
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 !”
Night To Remember:
April 14, 2012 was the 100 year anniversary
of the sinking of the Titanic and the Haysville Library
a great fund raising event on that date, as brought
to our attention by Klyda Fall and
advertised in our last
A good crowd was on hand for the event, and
even our own members did not see other members who
For one thing, it was held on two floors; First
Class was upstairs, and the Steerage Section downstairs.
those dining in the two sections and participating
in the mystery theater portion of the evening
Prez Mike and Ann Mawhirter, and Darryle and Kaye
Now…April 14, 2012 will also be a night to
remember as the night 97 tornadoes crossed South
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.
Made the Scene at the Dairy Queen!:
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?
Sunday, April 15 a goodly number of our ‘Birds dropped by Richard’s Little
Queen for the Cars
Magazine/Richard’s Little Dairy Queen Cruise-in.
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,
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
began arriving about
We were also told
that some areas of town were
blocked off to spectators.
personnel had a great outdoor grill cooking up hamburgers,
hot dogs, baked (but cold) beans, bagged chips and
the first to arrive at
Richard’s Little Dairy Queen
John Moler (Rangoon
red ’62) Prez and Secretary
Bev (Thunderbird Green ’56)
Steve and Susie Hornbeck
Blue ’64) Allen Hale
(Dusk Rose ’57), Carl Marts,
Weaver with Alec and Austin.
the show was from 1 to 5, others came
and went as the day went on, and this included VP Mike Mawhirter, Tedd
and Henry Messerschmidt.
Little Dairy Queen building was locked up
tighter than a drum.
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
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.
have to hand it to Richard, and to his chief helper Daryl Standifer for
the best of a bad situation and continuing the old
tradition that “The Show Must
Tornado SW of Wichita that evening.(KSC Enterprise)
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
circumstances beyond anybody’s control, the
turnout and the success of the event
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.
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.
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
dropped into place.
Also visiting were Carl Marts (Mustang), April Weaver,
Lipps, and Joe Gross.
this time, it was 6:30
to 6:45 and with at least three restaurants
within a couple hundred feet it seemed only
patronize the merchants, and
Fichter and April Weaver were seen
heading for the Mexican
Larry Fichter and Carl Marts split off and hit
the Wendy’s line.
They were followed by
Darryle and Kaye Barth, Prez Rod,
Bev, and VP Mike who had a round table discussion
(literally and figuratively)
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
dropped quite noticeably.
Newscasters were even predicting
Thank goodness for Lynda Fichter’s Thunderbird quilt;
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!
Forget to Check Out last month's Website:
has treated us to a video as part of our Newsletter, entitled the chronology
of the Thunderbird.
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,
will also see in the assembly line shots that Lincolns were being built
line with the Thunderbirds.
A great nostalgia piece and man, did those spankin’
‘63’s look great!
(Subtitle, “Wish I Would Have
Said That!" )
How many times have you seen something in print which is
what you have thought, but somebody else put it into words?
example of that occurred when Jim
Richardson wrote an article entitled, “Going
Out in Style” for the April 2012 issue of Hemmings
The article starts
out with Richardson telling of taking a drive in his 1955 Chevrolet Bel
relating some of the compliments he receives from strangers. (We have all
He then goes into a history of the evolution of automotive styling
article concludes with,“...Today
we have high, narrow,
funny-looking little sedans with wheels that are
cars are designed by a committee made up of
marketing wonks and bean-counters,
and maybe one designer, where everyone has a say, and
are no stupid questions.
I believe there are stupid questions—and stupid answers.
They occur when people don’t know what they are talking
people who don’t know what they are talking about.. dominate modern design.
1955 Chevrolet was a mundane car, but it’s better looking and roomier than
anything being offered today.
those committees should attend classic car
They would see what good design looks like.”
Classic Car, April 2012, Volume 8, Issue 7, #91, page 96)
I’d have said that, Jim, because it is my sentiments exactly!
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
luck with your rebuilt shoulder, David, and keep us
about the rebuilt ’65 Convertible.
Kan$a$ Due$ are Due $ee!
need every single
membership to continue if we are to maintain our club in the manner to
become accustomed. Many paid their membership dues at the meeting on
19. If you have not paid already, really hope you renew within the next
If you cannot renew, then this will have to be your last newsletter.
who have not paid yet, please do so as soon as possible by
remitting the $25.00
Vintage Thunderbirds, to treasurer Lynda Fichter
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
with this Newsletter, the Car College is offering a course (non-credit)
to increase our knowledge of that well known invention, the Automobile
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
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
Ford correctly referred to Thunderbirds as coupes.
Top Convertibles are the subject of next month’s lesson. Have your pencils
and note books ready
Rod Wake, Mid-Kansas President
Landesman wrote it in 1955, June Christy sang it, Chris Connors sang
and through the years
almost everybody sang it. Now our club can also sing it,
Can Really Hang You Up The Most.”
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,
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
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
sustained damage and
loss we extend our sympathy.
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
Banners, brochures, business cards and smiles will be prevalent at
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
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!
Now, a Word From Our VTCI Regional Director:
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:
all Chapter Presidents,
please pass the following email and attachment along to your newsletter
to promote the VTCI. If you have club members who are not yet
VTCI members please
them to join. The VTCI is a family oriented club and we need to bring
into the club to keep it going.
of the benefits of being a member of the VTCI is meeting new people and
finding new friends
across the country and the world. My wife, Sandy, and I have found
some lasting friendships
we would have never had if it wasn’t for the VTCI.
benefit is receiving the award winning “Thunderbird Scoop” which comes
scoop keeps you up to date on all of the activities through the year, gives
you tech articles
your Thunderbird, lets you know where you can find parts to restore that
Thunderbird parts and memorabilia, and shows what other chapters are doing.
you have questions or comments please let me know.
Elzinga VTIC North Central Regional Director
address: 17040 Ransom Street, Holland , MI 49424
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?”
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
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.
Shine chrome…soak a soft cloth in vodka and then wipe it on your shiny
car parts. Try this on your Thunderbird.
Deodorize laundry…spritz undiluted on clothes to help
remove musty smells.
Remove rust from screws...leave a weathered screw in
vodka for just a few hours, then wipe to get rid of rust.
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.
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.
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’
coating, causing them to dry out.
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.
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
cocktail afterwards is up to you.
Stop odors…Boots smelling ripe? Spritz the inside with diluted vodka;
let dry. No more odor.
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 to be “Unique
In All The World!”
This month’s feature
is right here in our own chapter:
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.
and International Conventions:
less than two months the North Central Regional Convention takes place
in Des Moines, Iowa.
and Pat Lieske of Thunderbirds Midwest, and Tim and Laura Pundt of the
Kansas City Vintage Thunderbirds have been instrumental in assisting the
of Iowa in hosting this convention.Other North Central clubs—including
ours—have assisted monetarily and in other ways to make this a
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!
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
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
convenience. The fabulous Machine Shed Restaurant is next door to the convention
Awards presentation will be in the Barn.
we are serious, in the barn!
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.
fabulous sounding 2012 International Convention will be at Charleston,
S. C., and Prez and Secretary are booked into that one and Larry and Lynda
their Retro there.
Events We plan to Support….a definite
the February meeting we reviewed upcoming events listed by the Wichita
Area Car Club Council and chose those which
majority wished our club to support with a good presence. This list also
includes events which may have cropped up since that
Army Benefit Car Show, Camp Hiawatha. (?) CANCELLED
Lake Afton All Wheels Rally sponsored by the Mid-Kansas
Thunderbird Club and the Wichita Classic Thunderbirds.
other words…US! Nuff said, Be there!
Father’s Day at the Zoo. Participate individually if you can
into your Father’s Day plans
Away to Io-way"
North Central VTCI Convention
at Des Moines.
Registration and details about the weekend are in the latest issue
of The Thunderbird Scoop, and/or ask Prez for a copy.
Bird Watchers Alert!
you see this one?
Sunday, April 29, Davis Moore’s
Ad showed as follows:
Ford Thunderbird, only 18K
miles. Whisper white with Torch red interior and a
white removable hardtop. Well equipped in dual
leather seats, 6-disc in dash CD, Traction control,
much more. This one has the storage cart for the top,
the original window sticker in the glove box. Was
new, now only$24,922
Marts reports that Hambelton LaGreca has two Retro
in inventory; a Merlot and a Torch Red one.
one and not certain about the other one.
A yellow 2002
Thunderbird became available at a dealer in
but was gone by the time Darryle Barth could get
to check it out.
is the main reason the Newsletter
almost quit listing them altogether…they are usually
before the Newsletter comes out!
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:
Pearl Beige interior
Lee and Rosemary Hufford
802 E. Madison
Local supplier for Smithy’s
and similar street rod
Marts spotted a
1964 Thunderbird HT:
brakes, carburetor rebuild.
Located in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. Evening Black,
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.
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.”
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