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


 

Mid Kansas Welcomes New Members:

This 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. 
Welcome Vincent,and we look forward to seeing you and your low mileage ’74 Thunderbird in club events.
 

 
 
Get Out The Birdseed, Momma, There’s Another New ‘Bird in Town! ---The Sequel

 Your Editor was splitting at the seams in an attempt to hold in the secret alluded to in the last newsletter. 
For 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
is 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
of a 2003 James Bond Edition Thunderbird!  Purchased in Kansas City on the same day as our September meeting, the special car was carefully delivered to
the Carpenters a few days after the last edition of the Newsletter rolled off the presses.

The James Bond movie “Die Another Day” featured a 2002 Retro Thunderbird.
The movie version’s body and hard top were painted the 1956
Thunderbird Sunset Coral. 
The Thunderbird was driven in the movie by Halle Barry who I
am told also had a bikini in the same color. 

Never mind that, but the movie inspired Ford to
produce 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
6 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. 
 

 

When Allen found # 59/700 this Bond Bird had been housed with several other collector cars in Kansas City since new.
We 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. 
At All Ford Day at Camp Hiawatha, we think we overheard Allen Carpenter rehearsing the words, “Bawnd.  James
Bawnd.”  But when asked which Thunderbird was “his” and which was “hers”, Trudy Carpenter quickly corrected us that correct terminology would be “hers” and “hers.”
Congratulations, 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!

 
The 2012 VTCI International Convention:
On or about September 24, your President Rod, your Secretary Bev, your Treasurer Lynda and husband
Larry left Wichita bound for the 2012 Vintage Thunderbird Club International, Inc., convention at Charleston, South Carolina. 
Larry 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
Thunderbird is properly classified as a plain old car.) 
Taking different routes, the couples kept in touch through the magic of cell phones and eventually arrived at the Charleston/Mount Pleasant Courtyard by Marriott. 
Larry 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
it was time to eat and several VTCI officers and veteran Convention goers ate at a nearby restaurant;  Wichita’s own Longhorn Steakhouse!


The VTCI Business Meeting was completed by mid-morning on Thursday and two busloads of Conventioneers left for a Bus Tour
of Historic Charleston. 

Upon 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
plants, and a tour of the processing plant. 
Also, the gift shop where it seemed only fitting that some of the tea would be purchased. 

Upon return to the hotel in late afternoon, most hopped onto
another bus and took the “Spirit of Carolina” Dinner Cruise on a paddle wheeler which traveled up and down the coast. 
There, a full shipload of diners enjoyed a truly fabulous dinner—too much to finish—as well as a cash bar.

On  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. 
Dinner was provided in the CPO Mess on the Yorktown.

We 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. 

Next, we boarded the General Beauregard Ferry for
a trip out to Fort Sumpter. 
Those 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
the first shot in the Civil War was when Union Forces (North) fired on Fort
Sumpter in April, 1861 in an attempt to reclaim it from the Confederacy
(the South).

The well maintained, restored and preserved fort gave a realistic look at life on Fort Sumpter and period correct cannons and other artifacts were on
permanent display.  Numerous exhibits all around the area offered interesting displays and reading. 

Dinner 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 southern selections. 
This was an outdoor meal served in the Marriott’s great courtyard. 

A Ghost 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.

During 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 the convention.

Concours 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. 

But all 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
primping and commence judging. 
During 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
other interesting sites in downtown Charleston. 

While 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
field was a great place to talk Thunderbirds with owners, explain Thunderbirds to spectators, and make new contacts. 
Old 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.

VTCI Vice President Rod Wake (we know him well) served as MC at the Awards Banquet.
There 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. 
A 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 the First
Place trophies in the Retro Division?
None other than Larry and Lynda’s beautiful Mountain Shadow Grey 2003!
Taking first place at an International is something to brag about!
In 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. 
You 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.
 

At 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. 
This Thunderbird was just completed in 2010 and “went Senior” at the
International 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. 
Wanta see something beautiful?  A picture does not do justice to
this Roadster but until you get a chance to see it in person, get a load of this one!

(Just 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 work!)

Sunday 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 destinations.
Several 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. 
Larry 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,
and North Carolina and we arrived home on October 2. 
Larry 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.

Now, dear reader, if you have not yet attended a VTCI Regional or International Convention you are missing an experience like no other. 
Our own North Central Region will be hosting a 2013 Regional Convention in Springfield, Illinois in July 11, 12, 13, and 14, 2013. 
Our 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. 
Both of these shows are certainly attainable from
Wichita, 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 events.

If 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!
 

October Meeting: 
On October 18, our club met at Spears and conducted the business meeting.  During the meeting several other restaurants were
discussed for future meetings but in the end, Spears emerged again as the popular choice.
 
 
 
All Ford Day Included a Bunch of Birds:

All 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. 
On 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.
Carl 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
on hand to set up the gazebo, and stake it to the ground.
Thanks 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!

We affixed the club banner and were set for the day.
Thunderbirds arrived steadily until we had a full western border of the show field
filled with our cars.  After all the dust had settled, we had parked Vintage
Thunderbirds and other Fords owned by Vintage Club members as follows:

65 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, Henry Messerschmidt
’03 James Bond Retro, Coral, Trudy Carpenter
’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, Royce Taylor
’04 Thunderbird, Merlot, Dennis Anderson
’97 Thunderbird, Moonlight Blue Metallic, Walter K. Day
’56 Ford Victoria, Tangerine and White, Todd and Lu Ann Duhnke
Mustang HT Carl Marts and April Weaver

Completing our lineup were members of the Classic Club who are not also members of the Vintage club:
’57 Thunderbird, Dusk Rose, Allen Hale
’57 Thunderbird, Torch Red, Jim Hein
’57 Thunderbird, Thunderbird Bronze, Ed Barker
’55 Thunderbird, Raven Black, Daryl Standifer


Other 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 Ford
street rods.
Our 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. 
Fortunately for us the weather cooperated and there was just a hint of chill in the air as we enjoyed our open air lunch.

The 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.
So, 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
not 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 had
straightened 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.

Thunderbird Run to Nickerson Fun For Everyone: 
On 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. 
Others living different directions from the Johnson place traveled by different routes and all planned to converge there at noon. 

Leaving 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 were
invited! Travelers on K-96 were treated to an impromptu parade of Thunderbirds with all the classic nostalgic colors.  This included, but not necessarily in this
order:
Allen and Kathy Hale Dusk Rose ‘57
Mike and Ann Mawhirter Diamond blue ‘63
Bob and Judy Francis Cascade Green ‘63
Larry and Lynda Fichter, Mountain Shadow Grey ‘03
Allen and Trudy Carpenter Coral, James Bond ‘03
Lee and Rosemary Hufford Merlot ‘04
Darryle and Kaye Barth Monterey Mist ‘04
Rod and Beverly Wake Vintage Mint Green ‘04
Carl Marts, Denise Rooker Plain Car *
April Weaver and Alec Plain Car *
Royce Taylor  Plain Car *
Midge O’Neil Plain Car *
Donnie Edwards Plain Car *
Doug and Carolyn Keener Plain Car *
Klyda Fall Plain Car *
  *Remember, any car other than a Thunderbird must be classified as a Plain Car. It’s our law!

Arriving 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 unloaded
and carried into the spacious serving counter ready for the pot luck dinner. 
That 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.

Av’s 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 and
automotive 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. 

Several of the travelers spent quality time in Av’s garage in which he houses his car collection. 
This 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 ’05
Cashmere Thunderbird with enough garage space left over for several more cars if need be.

Lois and Av were well prepared and their son-in-law helped with the whole event.
As 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, and
friends who all have one thing in common, the care, maintenance and enjoyment of the Ford Thunderbird.

Thunderbirds Flock 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 meeting place.

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 not stopping.

Friday, October 12 was a day of constant drizzles and rains and fog.  Not good car
show weather. 
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.



 


 
 
 
The President’s Message

By Rod Wake, Mid-Kansas President

Dear Thunderbirders
 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
memberships!  This 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
working!  Although 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!

Sincerely,
Prez   

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

The Wichita Eagle has a section entitled The Opinion Line, to which locals 
submit their thoughts. 
Opinion Line 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"
 
 
 
 

 

 

 
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!” 


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,
Unique In All The World!

 

 
 
 
 
Upcoming 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 years. 
See the invitation we have received from the Classic Club as an attachment to the hard copy 
Newsletter we sent out! 
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 were posted along all our highways (before Interstates)
and were changed out a couple times a year? 

Five (5)  little red signs with white
lettering, about 100 feet apart were designed to be read as you passed by.  They
normally gave warnings or tips about traveling.  The Newsletter wants to remind
you of this fun period from the past and will run a Burma Shave sign each month.

This month’s Burma Shave ad:

Cautious Rider
To her reckless dear
Let’s have less bull
And a little more steer!



 
 
 
 

Retro Bird Watchers Alert!

2002 and 2003
See below!

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:

1950 Pontiac 2dr Hardtop. 
This extremely rare Pontiac was
a straight, original car.  Updated to a V8 with Automatic and dual exhaust and painted beautiful original Pontiac colors,
this car is a trophy winner at all sorts of car shows.  Owner has other restorations in progress and needs to sell for
$12,500.00 
Darryle Barth 316-682-4960

Wanted: 1967 Thunderbird
wheel cover
Contact Tedd Roe if you know of one
1963 Thunderbird Spinner 
Wheel Cover
At Lake Afton, a gentleman approached
the Old Editor and said he has a perfect
condition, possibly NOS Thunderbird
Spinner Wheel Cover. 
Asking $100.00 for it
(316) 721-9377
Jeff Wake reports this one: 
1955 Thunderbird, nice older
restoration
Black, with Black & White interior. 
Factory 3 speed w/overdrive. 
Wire hub caps, $24,900 OBO.
Tommy Grace, 785-778-3351

Now folks, we talked with Mr. Grace at the
Sunflower 
Swap Meet and can tell you
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, you will 
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 Rims
(The seller called them rims, but I am
assuming she meant wheels)
Located outside Clinton, AR
Contact
Turner5762@dishmail.net
1958 Thunderbird HT:
Curt Rakestraw saw it, but is not
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
Corvettes.  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
Retros.  For further details and/or to see the item, call Prez
at 316-722-2028
1959 Thunderbird.
Solid 352, Air Conditioning. 
Needs interior, new quarter panels.  Light Blue in color but needs new paint. 
John Moler checked it out in person. 
Seller wants $5,000 OBO, cash, no trades.  Car located in Bel Aire,
316-655-6860
5904 E. 49th Street Court, N., Bel Aire.
1960  Thunderbird 
(used to be John Moler’s car)
for $7,000. 
Call Joe at Yoder, KS
(316) 304-3718
1965 Thunderbird 
Brittany Blue
(used to be Kress
Fall’s car) for $8,500
Call Joe at Yoder, KS
(316) 304-3718
................................................................
.
John Moler saw this one on
the Internet:
1965 Aqua Blue HT
3101 Cornhusker Highway
Lincoln, Kansas
John says it looks nice in
the picture
$5,000.00
(402) 466-8686
. .
1968 Ford Thunderbird
94K original miles, 429 thunderjet.  Power
windows, seats, door locks, multi adjustable seat.  Seller’s father was
second owner of this car, purchased 
in 1976.  Became seller’s high
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, KS
doeberly@cableone.net 
 
. .
2002 Thunderbird:
Thunderbird Blue with black 
hard top, 
soft top and boot cover
$23,500.00
Jackie Riggins
(316) 204-3812
. .
2002 Thunderbird:
Curt and Diana Rakestraw
are selling their 2002 Retro Bird. 
Torch Red hardtop,Torch Red body, 
and black soft top. 
Red and Black two tone interior and
all the accessories.
Currently in the Wichita Eagle for
$21,500
Curt Rakestraw 
(316) 722-4018
........................... ...........................

2002 Retro, Black/black with all
extras.  28,000 miles, located in Andover. 
Owner prefers to sell to a good 
home rather than trade it in
Jon Meier, (316) 841-1190
... ...
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.”
. .

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November Meeting:
 
 November 15,  2012 @5:30 PM
Spears Restaurant
4131 W. Maple
Wichita


First we eat, then we meet!



Featuring the 2012 Mid-Kansas Vintage
Thunderbird Club
Elections!!

 
 

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 box! “"...

 
 
 
 

 


 
 
 
 

  Current Officers

President:
J. Rodney Wake
316.722.2028
JRWake1316@cox.net
Vice President:
Mike Mawhirter
316.788.6038
ekimmaw@hotmail.com
Secretary:
Beverly Wake
316.722.2028
Treasurer:
Lynda Fichter
316.943-3939
lfichter@cox.net
MKVTBC

Mid-Kansas Vintage Thunderbird’s Appointed Positions


 

Newsletter Editor:
J. Rodney Wake
JRWake1316@cox.net
Associate Editor, Proof Reader,

Club Photographer, Computer
  Guru and all around helper
Jack Wake
jmwake@cox.net
Website Coordinator:
Cheryl Thomas
porkypinecsp1988@att.net
Webmistress Design and Graphics
(Webmaster)
Connie B C
magimae@usa.net
Wichita Area Council
of Car Clubs Representative:
Royce Taylor Royce.taylor@spiritaero.com

National VTCI Contacts


 

VTCI President:
Terri McNeill
president@vintagethunderbirdclub.org
VTCI Vice President: 
J. Rodney Wake
JRWake1316@cox.net
VTCI Website Director:
Terri McNeill
terrimcneill@comcast.net
VTCI NC Director: Ed Elzinga sqtbird@att.net
VTCI Treasurer:
Randy Mattson
.rmattson@fishnet.com
VTCI Secretary:
Bob McNeill
secretary@vintagethunderbirdclub.org
Concours Director: 
Paul Prokop 
pjprokop@cox.net
Historian:  Dan Likar  sqbrd@aol.com
Technical Director  Alan Tast tast@earthlink.net

 
 

 

Mid-Kansas Thunderbird’s Website: 
http://www.midkansastbirds.org/
VTCI website: 
http://www.vintagethunderbirdclub.org

 VTCI Chapter Websites


 

Chicagoland Thunderbirds:
http://www.thunderbirds.org
Thunderbird Midwest/Minneapolis
http://www.thunderbirdmidwest.org
Mid America Iowa:
http://www.iowathunderbirds.com/
Hoosier Vintage/ Indiana Thunderbird Club: 
http://www.hoosierthunderbird.com/
Vintage Thunderbirds of Kansas City:
http://www.vtkc.com
Thunderbirds of Manitoba:
http:/www.tbirdcanada.ca
Classic/Wisconsin:
http://www.wisconsin-thunderbirds.org
Waterwonderland Michigan:
http://www.michigantbirds.com
Indianapolis Chapter  http://www.vtcin.com

 
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