A Chapter of Vintage
Thunderbird Club International, Inc. (VTCI)
Celebrating Mid Kansas
Vintage Thunderbird Club's 20th year!!
Kansas Welcomes New Members:
month we welcome new member Vincent B.
Edgar who, thanks to Todd and Lu Anne
Duhnke became acquainted with our club and all its charms.
Vincent,and we look forward to seeing you and your low mileage ’74 Thunderbird
in club events.
All Ford Day Included
a Bunch of Birds:
Out The Birdseed, Momma, There’s Another New ‘Bird in Town! ---The Sequel
Editor was splitting at the seams in an attempt to hold in the secret alluded
to in the last newsletter.
those who read the last one, (both of you) it was stated that there is
a new Bird in town but the owner was not ready to spring the news on us
yet. Well, now that the transaction
complete and delivery has been made and most of you know by now anyway,
we are proud to announce that Allen and Trudy Carpenter are the proud owners
a 2003 James Bond Edition Thunderbird! Purchased in Kansas City on
the same day as our September meeting, the special car was carefully delivered
Carpenters a few days after the last edition of the Newsletter rolled off
James Bond movie “Die Another Day” featured a 2002 Retro Thunderbird.
movie version’s body and hard top were painted the 1956
Thunderbird was driven in the movie by Halle Barry who I
told also had a bikini in the same color.
mind that, but the movie inspired Ford to
a limited edition of 700 (that is 007 backwards) 2003 Thunderbirds finished
in Coral (color code CQ) but with white hard top, special spoked wheels,
black and white interior, special 007 markings on the dashboard, a special
dataplate and an identification tag inside the glove box indicating which
number of the 700 you were experiencing. Only 694 of these were sold to
the public with
being used for promotion and advertising. Many of these were snapped up
by collectors and kept under wraps anticipating that the special run of
James Bond Thunderbirds would appreciate in value. Judging from the
1,700 miles (yes, that’s one thousand, seven hundred miles) on the Carpenter
‘Bird, its original owner must have had that in mind.
Allen found # 59/700 this Bond Bird had been housed with several other
collector cars in Kansas City since new.
can’t report which of the Carpenters will drive their Inspiration Yellow
“Tweeter” licensed 2002 Retro Bird, and which of them will drive the Coral
2003 Thunderbird but we can offer a hint.
All Ford Day at Camp Hiawatha, we think we overheard Allen Carpenter rehearsing
the words, “Bawnd. James
But when asked which Thunderbird was “his” and which was “hers”, Trudy
Carpenter quickly corrected us that correct terminology would be “hers”
Carpenters! It is obvious that you, like so many of our club members have
been stricken with “’Bird Fever” and have learned that owning one Thunderbird
is simply not enough!
2012 VTCI International Convention:
or about September 24, your President Rod, your Secretary Bev, your Treasurer
Lynda and husband
left Wichita bound for the 2012 Vintage Thunderbird Club International,
Inc., convention at Charleston, South Carolina.
and Lynda traveled by 2003 Retro Thunderbird pulling the Larry-built custom
trailer, while Prez and Secretary hauling trophies, VTCI records and lots
of clothes drove a plain old car. (Any car that is NOT a
is properly classified as a plain old car.)
different routes, the couples kept in touch through the magic of cell phones
and eventually arrived at the Charleston/Mount Pleasant Courtyard by Marriott.
and Lynda spent time with former Wichita neighbors now residing in Charleston,
but by the time Rod and Bev had signed in and received their convention
packages and parking assignments on Wednesday
was time to eat and several VTCI officers and veteran Convention goers
ate at a nearby restaurant; Wichita’s own Longhorn Steakhouse!
VTCI Business Meeting was completed by mid-morning on Thursday and two
busloads of Conventioneers left for a Bus Tour
their return, those who had signed up for a Tour of Charleston’s Tea Plantation
headed out for that tour, received a fabulous lunch under the shade of
huge live oak trees and a trolley ride through fields of tea
and a tour of the processing plant.
the gift shop where it seemed only fitting that some of the tea would be
return to the hotel in late afternoon, most hopped onto
bus and took the “Spirit of Carolina” Dinner Cruise on a paddle wheeler
which traveled up and down the coast.
a full shipload of diners enjoyed a truly fabulous dinner—too much to finish—as
well as a cash bar.
Friday we left on a tour of Patriot’s Point which included a full tour
of the Aircraft Carrier Yorktown, complete with an array of aircraft on
static display on the ship.
was provided in the CPO Mess on the Yorktown.
were happy that both Larry Fichter, and our Regional Director Ed Elzinga
had first hand knowledge of the workings of a carrier and gave us a lot
of good information to make the tour more interesting.
we boarded the General Beauregard Ferry for
trip out to Fort Sumpter.
of you who remember your Civil War History will recall that South Carolina
was one of the first states to secede from the Union, and
first shot in the Civil War was when Union Forces (North) fired on Fort
in April, 1861 in an attempt to reclaim it from the Confederacy
well maintained, restored and preserved fort gave a realistic look at life
on Fort Sumpter and period correct cannons and other artifacts were on
display. Numerous exhibits all around the area offered interesting
displays and reading.
back at the hotel was a “Low Country Boil” served buffet style and featuring
southern “Low Country” fare of shrimp, potatoes, breads, and other authentic
was an outdoor meal served in the Marriott’s great courtyard.
and Graveyard Tour began at 9:30 but we passed on that one. Too timid,
I guess, but we heard later it was a very interesting tour and was not
over until after 11:00PM.
all this time, a well stocked Hospitality Room was open, and run by volunteers
from various VTCI clubs who had contributed labor, goods, and/or cash for
Judging was set for all day Saturday. Early Saturday morning found
Larry, Lynda, and Rod frantically wiping down the indescribable dew from
the Fichter ’03 trying to keep it ready for judging.
exhibitors were in the same fix; about 60 other Thunderbird owners were
doing the same until 9:00 when the horn was blown to stop
and commence judging.
the day, Secretary Bev and two bus loads of friends went on a bus ride
to a shopping tour of Charleston’s historic Old Town, Rainbow Market and
interesting sites in downtown Charleston.
judging was in progress, it was great to see dozens of Thunderbirds, most
of which we had never seen before, in all their finery. The show
was a great place to talk Thunderbirds with owners, explain Thunderbirds
to spectators, and make new contacts.
friends Jim and Maureen Mills’ 300 point 1965 Thunderbird Convertible,
the same one shown at our own 2008 Regional Convention was there, and a
full array of Retro Thunderbirds was also judged. Jim Wulf’s immaculately
restored Rangoon Red ’63 Sports Roadster was the subject of a lot of attention,
more about that one in just a minute.
Vice President Rod Wake (we know him well) served as MC at the Awards Banquet.
dozens of door prizes and raffle ticket items were passed out by Event
Organizers Ann and Steve Longaker. A 50/50 split raffle brought one
lucky participant over $400 in cash.
full report of the trophies and awards will be in the January-February
issue of The Scoop, but first, guess which Thunderbird took home one of
trophies in the Retro Division?
other than Larry and Lynda’s beautiful Mountain Shadow Grey 2003!
first place at an International is something to brag about!
the top class of existing Senior Cars, those receiving first place in the
Senior Division was Jim and Maureen Mills of Tyndall, Manitoba with their
white 1965 Convertible. That Thunderbird went Senior at the 2007
International convention in Houston, and you will remember it was also
judged at our 2008 Regional Convention at Wichita.
also read in the recent issue of The Scoop, the story about Jim and Maureen
restoring this Thunderbird and finally reaching a perfect score of 300
at Portland in 2011. At that time Jim and Maureen’s ’65 was only the second
Thunderbird to reach a score of 300 at a VTCI event since the 1990’s.
AM was time to say our goodbyes to old friends as we were checking out
of the hotel and heading for our homes, or to continue on to other sightseeing
this International, however, it was our friends Jim and Susan Wulf of Doylestown,
Pennsylvania with their 1963 Rangoon Red Sports Roadster which was to also
achieve a score of 300.
Thunderbird was just completed in 2010 and “went Senior” at the
at Chicago in 2010. It has also earned two AACA awards, but at this
year’s International Jim and Susan’s ’63 also took the Larry Seyfarth Award;
Best of Show Trailered.
see something beautiful? A picture does not do justice to
Roadster but until you get a chance to see it in person, get a load of
a little tidbit of interest here; Jim Mills and Jim Wulf each have another
Bulletbird Convertible in the works, both nearing final body and paint
folks took advantage of the extended dates for the special hotel rates
and stayed another day or two, just to see parts of Charleston that were
of interest to them.
and Lynda headed on up the east coast for travel to Washington, D.C. and
other points of interest before heading back home. As for Prez and Secretary,
a leisurely 3 day trip back home was enjoyed by taking a different route;
a scenic route up through North Carolina and a different route back through
Tennessee. All told, our 2700 mile trip included Kansas, Oklahoma,
Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina,
North Carolina and we arrived home on October 2.
and Lynda’s return wasabout 1,000 miles farther with no concerns at all
with the ’03 Thunderbird and only one preventive maintenance item of replacing
both trailer tires along the way. Larry, Lynda and the ’03 rolled
back into Wichita on Sunday, October 7.
dear reader, if you have not yet attended a VTCI Regional or International
Convention you are missing an experience like no other.
own North Central Region will be hosting a 2013 Regional Convention in
Springfield, Illinois in July 11, 12, 13, and 14, 2013.
club has already committed to sending funds to help them make this event
a success. The 2013 VTCI International Convention will be held in
Houston on September 25, 26, 27, and 28, 2013.
of these shows are certainly attainable from
so please begin making your long range plans now to attend one or
both of those events with us! The first long range plan is that you
must belong to the VTCI to participate in the VTCI Regional and International
you do not yet belong to VTCI, talk to Prez. He has the forms and
information. We have a framework of great events shaping up also
for 2014 and 2015!
On October 18, our club met at Spears and conducted the business meeting.
During the meeting several other restaurants were
for future meetings but in the end, Spears emerged again as the popular
Ford Day Included a Bunch of Birds: On Sunday, October 7 (first weekend
in October) the Early V8 Club held its annual All Ford Day.
that date a bunch of ‘Birds arrived early and swarmed onto the Camp Hiawatha
Grounds to claim their familiar parking area under the shade trees.
Marts made a surprise gift to the club of a new 10’ X 10’ portable gazebo/tent
which took the place of our smaller club tent. Carl and April were
hand to set up the gazebo, and stake it to the ground.
to Carl for his generosity in helping our people relax in the comfort of
a tent that did not threaten to blow down on us!
affixed the club banner and were set for the day.
arrived steadily until we had a full western border of the show field
with our cars. After all the dust had settled, we had parked Vintage
and other Fords owned by Vintage Club members as follows:
Thunderbird HT, Chalfont Blue, Willard and Shirley Banman
’57 Thunderbird, White/Torch
Red, Curt and Diana Rakestraw
’04 Thunderbird, Vintage
Mint, Bev Wake
’55 Thunderbird, Thunderbird
Blue, Richard and Susan Carlisle
’61 Thunderbird Conv, Fieldstone
Tan, Rod Wake
’04 Pacific Coast Retro;
Monterey Mist, Darryle and Kaye Barth
’70 Thunderbird 4-Dr Burgundy,
’03 James Bond Retro, Coral,
’02 Thunderbird, Inspiration
Yellow, Allen Carpenter
’59 Thunderbird HT, Brandywine
Red over Colonial White, Tedd Roe
’63 Thunderbird HT, Cascade
Green Metallic, Bob and Judy Francis
’57 Thunderbird, Torch Red,
’04 Thunderbird, Merlot,
’97 Thunderbird, Moonlight
Blue Metallic, Walter K. Day
’56 Ford Victoria, Tangerine
and White, Todd and Lu Ann Duhnke
Mustang HT Carl Marts and
Completing our lineup were
members of the Classic Club who are not also members of the Vintage club:
’57 Thunderbird, Dusk Rose,
’57 Thunderbird, Torch Red,
’57 Thunderbird, Thunderbird
Bronze, Ed Barker
’55 Thunderbird, Raven Black,
clubs or species of Ford which made a fair showing included the Mustang
club, the Early V8’s, the Model A Club, the Model T’s and some very nice
first disappointment occurred when it was discovered that the anticipated
lunch and conversation around the round tables in the lunch building fell
through, as there was no lunch room this year. Curt Rakestraw did
not even have a chance to buy us a plate of cookies as in the past.
Instead, a vendor trailer sold about 5 menu items and drinks and we settled
for barbeque sandwiches, barbeque Nachos, Hot dogs, Hamburgers and ate
them at our picnic tables and tent area.
for us the weather cooperated and there was just a hint of chill in the
air as we enjoyed our open air lunch.
second disappointment was that the crowd was lighter than usual, and was
made up largely of other Ford owners whose cars were on display.
This was disappointing as in the “old days” at Sedgwick County Park we
could always count on several hundred onlookers coming by to look at the
cars. That did not happen, principally because we were several miles
away from the metropolitan area and except for notice in the Cruizin Calendar,
there was little advertising to draw a crowd out there.
although our Vintage Thunderbird Club did everything we had planned to
do and had a very good showing of 20 club Thunderbirds it is our belief
that this was
one of the best All Ford Days. Another contributing factor was bad weather
which had plagued the weekend right up to Sunday morning. The weather
up by show time, and the whole day was beautiful but it is possible the
preceding weather had caused many Ford owners to make other plans.
to Nickerson Fun For Everyone:
Sunday, October 21, at 11:00AM twenty six (26) Thunderbird owners and fanciers
sallied forth from Menard’s parking lot up K-96 toward Av and Lois Johnson’s
country estate north of Nickerson.
living different directions from the Johnson place traveled by different
routes and all planned to converge there at noon.
from the Menards parking lot was a caravan of Thunderbirds, as Av
and Lois belong to both the CTCI club and the VTCI club and both clubs
Travelers on K-96 were treated to an impromptu parade of Thunderbirds with
all the classic nostalgic colors. This included, but not necessarily
and Kathy Hale Dusk Rose ‘57
and Ann Mawhirter Diamond blue ‘63
and Judy Francis Cascade Green ‘63
and Lynda Fichter, Mountain Shadow Grey ‘03
and Trudy Carpenter Coral, James Bond ‘03
and Rosemary Hufford Merlot ‘04
and Kaye Barth Monterey Mist ‘04
and Beverly Wake Vintage Mint Green ‘04
Marts, Denise Rooker Plain Car *
Weaver and Alec Plain Car *
Taylor Plain Car *
O’Neil Plain Car *
Edwards Plain Car *
and Carolyn Keener Plain Car *
Fall Plain Car *
any car other than a Thunderbird must be classified as a Plain Car. It’s
only four (4) minutes later than predicted, the caravan rolled into the
circular drive at 12:04 and various hot covered dishes and desserts were
carried into the spacious serving counter ready for the pot luck dinner.
full array of side dishes complemented Av and Lois’ meat dishes of Roast
Beef and Ham. Vintage Club member Darryle Barth gave thanks for the
food and dinner was served at 1:00 and lasted until nearly 2:00.
Diamond Jubilee Ford Tractor, hitched to a flatbed trailer was our mode
of transportation around the lake to Av’s building which houses his cars
memorabilia. Some of our members chose to walk behind the trailer rather
than ride and there was one good reason for this choice. You have
heard of Soft Pine; well, Av’s trailer bed was not made of soft pine.
of the travelers spent quality time in Av’s garage in which he houses his
building holds Av’s ’29 Model A tudor sedan, his custom ’53 Ford F-1 pickup,
’64 Corvette, ’85 Corvette, ’55 Thunderbird, Lois’ ’57 Thunderbird, their
Thunderbird with enough garage space left over for several more cars if
and Av were well prepared and their son-in-law helped with the whole event.
the sun moved slowly to the west, our Thunderbirds began to trickle away
heading back home to Wichita. It was a wonderful day of food, fellowship,
who all have one thing in common, the care, maintenance and enjoyment of
the Ford Thunderbird.
Regularly To Central And West!
The autumn leaves, drift
by my window…oops, slipped back into an old song
again. What we meant
to say was that autumn with its cool evenings took a toll
on the Central and West
Friday evening rendezvous. Central and West, like the
autumn leaves, succumbed
to cold weather and looks like the season is almost
over for that worthwhile
On October 5, Prez Rod and
Secretary Bev were there but one of them (wouldn’t
be prudent or polite to
tell which one) did not get out of the car. They were
joined only by new member
Dennis “Andy” Anderson who brought his Merlot ’04
out. Allen and Trudy
Carpenter came along for just a few minutes but left
because of the light crowd
and biting temperatures. Another of our members
admitted driving by but
Friday, October 12 was a
day of constant drizzles and rains and fog. Not good car
Friday, October 19 was another
decent evening but our
Thunderbirds were comprised
of only Andy Anderson with his Merlot ’04,
Darryle and Kaye Barth with
their Pacific Coast ’04, and a new mystery prospect
who showed up and parked
a Torch Red ’02 next to Andy’s car and slipped away
into the crowd. Andy
was given the assignment of hunting down the Torch Red
owner and making sure he
had club information.
Rod Wake, Mid-Kansas President
Don’t know how many
of you have noticed, but our membership rolls have
been steadily growing this
year and we are up to a record 44 family
is proof that our club is alert to Thunderbirds and their
owners and we have made
good use of our recruiting pamphlets and business
cards. We have made
personal contact with Thunderbird owners whenever
possible, and have been
quick to identify new prospects and introduce them to
our club. We have
been highly visible at car shows, at the St. Patrick’s Day
parade, Lake Afton, All
Ford Day, and with our own events. Although it
looked like we were just
out having fun with our Thunderbirds, we were also
44 memberships is pretty good for a town this size we all
know that for every Thunderbird
in the club, there is another one out there
that does not belong. (yet!)
Nobody wants to see a club get smaller.
We are in the last Quarter
of 2012 and it looks like this will go down as one of
our better years.
Hope to see you all at the November meeting!
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!
The Wichita Eagle
has a section entitled The Opinion Line, to which locals
submission of the month:
"I guess the American population is so
stupid that every talk-show host and sports announcer,
and anybody saying anything that's even
hinting at a metaphor, has to follow it with the phrase, "if you will"
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!”
Mentioned earlier in
this Newsletter, the Honey Beige 1961 Hardtop which its
owners drove under the Marriott
canopy to unload their suitcases, looked just
like a scene straight out
of 1961! No trailer queen here, this one was driven in
fully loaded with luggage
and was sitting pretty after its run in from its home in
Florida. This photo simply
emphasizes that this model is just as Ford said in 1961,
In All The World!”
Events We plan to Support….a definite maybe:
November 15, Mid-Kansas Vintage
Club Meeting, Spears
Restaurant, 5:30 featuring the 2013 Elections!
December 2, Sunday evening, Christmas
Party at the Wichita Airport Hilton!
The Classic Club has the Tower Room
reserved as last year, with a separate banquet room, same menu and prices
as last year. After the dinner we will go back to the Tower Room.
This time we are in for a great evening as professional musician Jeb Beck
and his keyboard will be providing appropriate Christmas, Thunderbird,
and other ‘50’s and ‘60’s music from his
fabulous repertoire gained by playing backup for Bobbie Vinton for several
See the invitation
we have received from the Classic Club as an attachment to the hard copy
Act now and get your reservations in!
Burma Shave Signs:
Remember those delightful
Burma Shave signs from the
30’s 40’5 and 50’s that
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
To her reckless dear
Let’s have less bull
And a little more steer!
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:
1950 Pontiac 2dr Hardtop.
This extremely rare Pontiac
a straight, original car.
Updated to a V8 with Automatic and dual exhaust and painted beautiful original
this car is a trophy winner
at all sorts of car shows. Owner has other restorations in progress
and needs to sell for
Darryle Barth 316-682-4960
Wanted: 1967 Thunderbird
Contact Tedd Roe if you
know of one
At Lake Afton, a gentleman
the Old Editor and said
he has a perfect
condition, possibly NOS
Spinner Wheel Cover.
Asking $100.00 for
|Jeff Wake reports this one:
1955 Thunderbird, nice
Black, with Black &
Factory 3 speed w/overdrive.
Wire hub caps, $24,900
Tommy Grace, 785-778-3351.
Now folks, we talked with
Mr. Grace at the
Swap Meet and can tell
that he is from Haddom,
(Washington County) Kansas.
Haddom is so far north
in Kansas that
if you drive to Haddom
and your foot
slips off the brake,
be in Nebraska.
But the car looks really
nice in the pictures
and $24,900 does not
sound out of line,
not to mention the
“OBO” part. –Editor
|Wanted: 1955 Thunderbird
Steering Wheel. Call Prez at 316-722-2028
||4 (FOUR) 1964 Thunderbird
(The seller called them
rims, but I am
assuming she meant wheels)
Located outside Clinton,
|1958 Thunderbird HT:
Curt Rakestraw saw it, but
sure if it is a ’58 or a
’60—but a Squarebird for sure.
Jeff Adams has it
for sale for $16,500 316-323-5166
||For Sale: Easy-Lifter
Top Remover. Electrically operated
top lift which fits all
1955-57 Thunderbirds, and ’56 to ’60
Electrically lift your top from your car and leave it suspended from the
garage ceiling. The manufacturer advertises in Early Bird magazine
and others. This unit is
brand new, still in its
box and retails for $399.95. Being offered at bargain price of $250.00.
Does not work for
For further details and/or to see the item, call Prez
Solid 352, Air Conditioning.
Needs interior, new quarter
panels. Light Blue in color but needs new paint.
John Moler checked it out
Seller wants $5,000 OBO,
cash, no trades. Car located in Bel Aire,
5904 E. 49th Street Court,
N., Bel Aire.
(used to be John Moler’s
Call Joe at Yoder,
(used to be Kress
Fall’s car) for $8,500
Call Joe at Yoder,
Moler saw this one on
1965 Aqua Blue HT
3101 Cornhusker Highway
John says it looks nice
94K original miles, 429
windows, seats, door locks,
multi adjustable seat. Seller’s father was
second owner of this car,
in 1976. Became seller’s
school car and it has been
in storage for years. Does not need
restored and was in great
original condition but needs all new belts
and hoses and battery
Needs good home.
Don Moberly, Emporia,
Thunderbird Blue with black
soft top and boot cover
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
2002 Retro, Black/black
extras. 28,000 miles,
located in Andover.
Owner prefers to sell to
home rather than trade it
Jon Meier, (316) 841-1190
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 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
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the 2012 Mid-Kansas Vintage
And now, a word from
the old ‘Bird, ....
“…we could learn a lot from
crayons. Some are sharp, some
are pretty, and some are
dull. Some have weird names and
all are different colors,
but they all have to live in the same