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


Mid Kansas Welcomes New Members:

 They parked with us in August at Central and West, they dined with us at the Taco Shop, and they joined us after a pep talk 
by Curt and Diana Rakestraw. 
We refer to Paddy and Sylvia McCullough and their low mileage Torch Red ’02. 
Paddy and Sylvia have come along just in time to enjoy some of our Mid-Kansas Vintage Thunderbird Club autumn events,
and we look forward to seeing them there.

Long time friends of the club, Bob and Judy Francis joined our club on September 20, after spending some time with us at 
Central and West with their dark teal ’63 Thunderbird Landau.  VP Mike Mawhirter has known Bob and Judy for a long time 
as both are pilots.  Bob has other special interest cars, and we are glad he and Judy chose to join our club!

Dennis C., “Andy” Anderson bought a Merlot ’04 Retro not long ago.  We first met Andy and talked with him a couple of 
times at Central and West before he came to our September meeting at Spears.

Thanks to good recruiting efforts from all our members, our numbers are increasing and the above 
folks bring our family memberships to 43!

Klyda’s Show Was A Go:
The car show Klyda Fall organized for the residents of Georgetown Village where she works, was a big success. 
14 cars were
there for the enjoyment of the members and our club folks had a good time, too.
After the event was over, Klyda read a Thank You note to the club from
Georgetown management which stated,

“You’re the best! The Car Show you put on for our
residents was great.  It brought back many happy
memories for them.  Thanks so much, Lana Wyckoff”

Get Out The Birdseed, Momma, There’s Another New ‘Bird in Town! 
Yes, there is not only a new ‘Bird in town, but a special new ‘Bird and our club has it! 
You see, in December 2003 Ford announced its Special Edition 2004 Thunderbird model; the Pacific Coast Roadster. Supposed to be limited to 1,000 copies but 
other evidence indicates they only produced 992 of them. 
All Pacific Coast Roadsters were turned out in Monterey Mist Green Metallic with an Ash Metallic hard top and Light Ash soft top and a unique Light/Dark 
Ash Premium pattern interior, cream colored instruments, dotpattern dash and door trim, cloth seat inserts, special serial numbered identification plates and a 
numbered dash plaque. 
The new ‘Bird in town is one of those rare Pacific Coast
Roadsters and it now roosts in Darryle and Kaye Barth’s garage!

The Barths located the low mileage Pacific Coaster in Kansas City
and quietly negotiated a trade of their Raven Black 2002 for it.  The
delighted owners swapped ignition keys and took possession on or
about September 8, but the Evening Black hard tonneau cover on the ’02 was not part of the deal and Darryle snared it off before negotiations. 
Darryle had meticulously sprayed the Black  tonneau himself, and now he gets to do it over again in Monterey Mist Green Metallic.  (That color shares its Ditzler Code with Lincoln’s Light Tundra Metallic.)  The little Misty ‘Bird made its debut at Central and West Street the last few Friday nights. 
Congrats on the new arrival,Darryle and Kaye and we are looking forward to seeing that beautiful and special ‘Bird at all our Vintage events.

Get Out The Birdseed Momma, Part II: 

Sorry to leave town with a secret that cannot be shared; but the Old Editor has to be true to his code.
Sworn to secrecy, it is difficult to hold this one so it is good we are leaving for the VTCI Convention half way across the U.S. 
Wait’ll next issue—the secret will be out by then and we’ll tell you all about another special new ‘Bird, also roosting in
our club!


Thunderbirds Flock To Central And West Once Again!
Just like the swallows returning to Capistrano, our ‘Birds made another good showing at Central and West on Friday, September 14. 
Realizing our September events were running a little slim, Prez had called this special meeting and response was great! This time the 
restaurant of choice for our sit-down dining experience was Wendy’s. 
The Carpenters, the McCulloughs, Curt Rakestraw, and others either dined elsewhere or had carry out to stay near the
Thunderbirds but those dining in the familiar ambiance of Wendy’s were Larry and Lynda Fichter, Rod and Bev Wake, Mike Lindebak, 
Mike Mawhirter, Royce Taylor, Richard and Susan Carlisle, and long time friends Bob and Judy Francis with their teal green ’63 Landau. 
Chili seemed to be a popular dish on this evening which already had a hint of fall in the air. 
Thunderbirds on display included:

Richard and Susan Carlisle’s Thunderbird Blue‘55
Curt and Diana Rakestraw’s Torch Red ‘57
Royce Taylor’s Torch Red ‘57
Allen and Trudy Carpenter’s Inspiration Yellow‘02
Paddy and Sylvia McCullough’s Torch Red ‘02
Larry and Lynda Fichter’s Mountain Shadow ‘03
Mike and Janie Lindebak’s Torch Red ‘03
Rod and Bev Wake’s Vintage Mint ‘04
Darryle and Kaye Barth’s Monterey Mist ’04
Mike Mawhirter’s gray 1952 Mercury
Bob and Judy Francis’s  green ’63 Landau
There was a lot of Thunderbird talk among the owners and spectators.  Emails and phone numbers were 
exchanged and we have even more prospective club members in our scope.  (Before the month was out, we had ‘em!) 
We also recruited a new Classic Club member who just bought a disassembled ’55.  (On the following Tuesday, they signed up for the Classic Club.)
It was a fun evening; the weather was perfect if not a bit cool, and the crowd was appreciative of our ‘Birds once again. We were happy to “meet” the Barth’s new Pacific Coast ’04 Thunderbird and to welcome the McCulloughs into the fold in their first event as members.

Don’t know if you have been keeping track, but Prez has. 
Our Retro Bird total is now up to 14! 
And there are things in the works which might increase that total
soon.  Here’s the current lineup:
Carpenter’s ‘02
McCullough’s ‘02
Cushman’s ‘03
Fichter’s ‘03
Secret ‘03
Lindebak’s ‘03
Anderson’s ‘04
Barth’s ‘04
Gilson’s ‘04
Hufford’s 04
Wake’s ‘04
DeVore’s ‘05
Farrel’s ‘05
Johnson’s 05

On September 21,’ Birds flew again to Central and West, but a smaller flock this time.  The Wakes, 
the Carpenters, brand new member Andy Anderson, Jeral Lipps, and three CTCI memberships graced
the show field this week. 
Again the temperature was perfect and the crowd was active.

September Meeting: 
Our September business meeting was held at Spear’s Restaurant on Thursday, September 20.  We had record attendance of  37 Thunderbird
fanciers pouring over the menu. 

Waitress Heather may have lost a few pounds as she scurried back and forth taking care of us. 
This time, we had planned to line the north parking lot of Spears with our Thunderbirds for all of Maple Street traffic to see. 
It was also nice that our separate room had windows which allowed us to watch our cars while we met. 
It was fun to see many regular restaurant patrons take out cell phones to take pictures of our Thunderbird lineup.

Mid-Kansas College of Automotive Knowledge:
The MidKansas Vintage Thunderbird Car College is offering a course (non-credit, and
man, is it ever non-credit) to increase our knowledge of that well known
invention, the Automobile

This month’s lesson:

Coupe De Ville:  (noun, French, 1700’s.) 
A Coupe De Ville is a carriage with a single enclosed seat for passengers, with the driver sitting in the open. In some cases a
temporary light cover might be provided for the driver.  A Coupe De Ville ordinarily has only two side windows, or no side windows and no division between the driver’s compartment and the passenger compartment.  (Hemmings Motor News Collector Car
Encyclopedia; 2011)(Webster’s Dictionary)

Lecture part of this lesson:  The Coupe De Ville was a French design originally
intended for use by ladies who wanted to travel in privacy out of view of the public but
with the driver out in the open.  The French coachmakers used the French word “couper”
meaning “cut” and refers to the coach body being cut or divided between the passenger
and the driver.  De Ville means “of the town,” therefore a Coupe De Ville means an open
coach to be used in town.
Most carriage styles including the coupe de Ville carried over to the early “horseless
carriages” and continued for a couple of decades.  But after the teens, when higher speed
motor vehicles became common the coupe de Ville went out of vogue as they were not
comfortable, or practical at speeds faster than a trotting horse. That classy Coupe De Ville
title was stretched and borrowed by Cadillac beginning in 1949 and continuing through
the last several decades to describe one of Cadillac’s popular body styles.  But the true
Coupe De Ville began a couple of centuries before that and had its own specific meaning.

1912 Renault Coupe DeVille (Town Car)

The President’s Message

By Rod Wake, Mid-Kansas President

Dear Thunderbirders
 Sometimes when we begin a new month and look at the event schedule, we see that not much has been planned. 
A “slow news month”, declares the Newsletter Editor. But usually as the month continues we find that several fun
Thunderbird events unfold and it turns out to be a good month after all.  This month was one of those!

Our efforts are intended foremost for fun and fellowship but always as a secondary effort is the attempt to further the mission of 
our club, not only the local club but also the Vintage Thunderbird Club International, Inc. 
Every event we take part in has the potential of being written up in The Scoop and circulated worldwide. 
Call us Hams if you want, but the VTCI’s mission of maintaining, preserving and furthering the Vintage Ford Thunderbird is
always our goal. 
Such was the case on September 10, when we provided Thunderbirds to the mini-show for the occupants of the Georgetown Village
where Klyda Fall is in charge of social events. 
Such was the case on
September 14, when we met at Central and West for another fun evening showing our cars,  explaining the features of each particular
Thunderbird to show goers, dining on exquisite Wendy’s cuisine, and sharing a lot of good conversation. 
On that occasion, we could have had a board meeting, as all club officers were there as well as a couple of guests. 
At the time this Newsletter rolls through the massive Mid-Kansas presses, those guests are new members!

Secretary Bev and I, along with Treasurer Lynda and hubby Larry Fichter are leaving for the VTCI International Convention. 
Larry and Lynda in their Mountain Shadow ’03 and trailer plan to go on to an extended vacation in Washington, D.C.,  and points of 
interest before working back home. 
Can you think of anything more fun than traveling up the east coast and through the Appalachians in a Retro Bird?

Folks, attending a VTCI Regional or International Convention is the highlight of the year for me, and there is nothing like being 
surrounded by scores of Thunderbirds all in show quality, not competing with each other, but seeing how many points each car 
can amass on a strict judging sheet and score card.

For those who prefer to modify their ‘Birds, there are classes for them also, and a great and compelling judging class for the
Retros!  It is easy to say, “What’s to judge? They are new cars!”  But on second thought, you will realize that
some of these Retros are 10 years old and increasing numbers of them are reaching around 100,000 mostly carefree miles. 
It is fascinating to see the growing interest in these special Thunderbirds and to see the increasing numbers of them showing 
up at our conventions! 
And, the VTCI has a world class judging program for the Retros; judging them against Factory Specifications.

Now, back down to earth.  We are looking forward to some great local activities here in October, one at the always anticipated 
All Ford Day in the shade of Camp Hiawatha, and one as we make our trek to Av and Lois Johnson’s country home for a great
pot luck dinner and some time in Av’s garage full of goodies.
It looks like October will be another fun month in ‘Birdland!


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!

The Wichita Eagle has a section entitled The Opinion Line, to which locals 
submit their thoughts. 
Opinion Line submission of the month: 
“I really want to congratulate the American carmakers for the 2013 lineup.  Some of them
have finally caught up to the gas mileage of a 1973 Datson/Nissan B210, which is 37 miles a
gallon.  If we give them another 40 years, they might get it up to 47 mpg.”



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!” 

Want the best of both worlds?  How about all the modern conveniences of the
2002-2005 Thunderbird Retro, with the ‘50’s styling of the Classic ’57
Thunderbird?  This special Thunderbird Custom came up from Texas for the
CTCI International in Memphis in August.  Allegedly, the person who customized
the car will fit your Retro Bird with the conversion kit and paint the car, all for
$7,500.00.  This Thunderbird is“Unique In All The World.”



Regional and International Conventions:
On September 24, your President Rod, your Secretary Bev, your Treasurer Lynda and husband Larry are to leave Wichita bound for Charleston, South Carolina. 
The destination is the 2012 VTCI International Convention to be held at the Courtyard by Marriott in Charleston.
Prez and Secretary are to arrive Wednesday, September 26 in time for dinner with other VTCI officials.  Thursday morning is scheduled to begin with the annual International Business Meeting with President Terri McNeill in charge. 
Larry and Lynda plan to arrive some time Thursday and let the festivities begin! 
We are told 60 Thunderbirds are registered, with about three times as many people. 
We will tell you all about it in the next issue.
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 meeting.  The events are:

October 21, Sunday. 
How about a delightful drive up K-96
in your Thunderbird to Lois and Av Johnson’s house at
Nickerson for a pot luck dinner? 
The Johnsons are providing the meat, (Av says there is a lot of road kill
available this time of year) 

And we are to bring a side dish of our choice. 
This is an event to which both our Vintage Thunderbird Club and the Classic Club has been invited! 

We plan to leave from Menard’s on N. Maize Road
about 11:00AM, arrive just north of Nickerson about 12:00
and Lois plans to have lunch at about 1:00. 

Much relaxation, conversation, looking at Lois and Av’s
collections, plus a little time in Av’s garage will be included.
This is always a fun and worthwhile club venture to the
Johnson’s fabulous country home with a chance for a good
visit and a relaxing afternoon. We’ll cruise back home late
afternoon, well fed.



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:

Brother speeder,
Let’s rehearse
All together,
“good morning nurse.”

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
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
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
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
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,
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
(402) 466-8686
. .

Prez received this by E-Mail: 
1968 Ford Thunderbird
94K original miles, 429 Thunderjet 
engine. PS, PW, PS, Door locks, 
adjustable seat.
 Second owner, purchased in
1976 from first owner. 
Does not need restored, 
original condition
Needs good home. 
Don Moberly, Emporia, KS

The Old Editor pulled this one
up on the Internet and it has a nice
looking black interior. 
The vinyl roof and roman coin 
green paint interior would have to go. 
You take it from there.  --Editor

. .
2002 Thunderbird:
Thunderbird Blue with black 
hard top, 
soft top and boot cover
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
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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October Meeting:
 October 18 2012,5:30 PM
Spears Restaurant
4131 W. Maple

First we eat, then we meet!

In August, we did it the way Heather, our server, recommended.  All
ordered at 5:45 and most of the orders came out about the same time
and everything went smoother. 
Imagine a server knowing more about serving than our club did!!??!
And now, a word from the old ‘Bird, ....
"I know a guy who is addicted to brake fluid..but claims he can stop any time!"...



Current O
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 Website Director:
Terri McNeill
VTCI NC Director: Ed Elzinga sqtbird@att.net
VTCI Treasurer:
Randy Mattson
VTCI Secretary:
Bob McNeill
Concours Director: 
Paul Prokop 
Historian:  Dan Likar  sqbrd@aol.com
Technical Director  Alan Tast tast@earthlink.net



Mid-Kansas Thunderbird’s Website: 
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