A Chapter of Vintage
Thunderbird Club International, Inc. (VTCI)
Celebrating Mid Kansas
Vintage Thunderbird Club's 20th year!!
Kansas Welcomes New Members:
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
Curt and Diana Rakestraw.
refer to Paddy and Sylvia McCullough
and their low mileage Torch Red ’02.
and Sylvia have come along just in time to enjoy some of our Mid-Kansas
Vintage Thunderbird Club autumn events,
we look forward to seeing them there.
time friends of the club, Bob and Judy
Francis joined our club on September 20,
after spending some time with us at
and West with their dark teal ’63 Thunderbird Landau. VP Mike Mawhirter
has known Bob and Judy for a long time
both are pilots. Bob has other special interest cars, and we are
glad he and Judy chose to join our club!
C., “Andy” Anderson bought a Merlot ’04
Retro not long ago. We first met Andy and talked with him a couple
at Central and West before he came to our September meeting at Spears.
to good recruiting efforts from all our members, our numbers are increasing
and the above
bring our family memberships to 43!
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
“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”
Out The Birdseed, Momma, There’s Another New ‘Bird in Town!
there is not only a new ‘Bird in town, but a special new ‘Bird and our
club has it!
see, in December 2003 Ford announced its Special Edition 2004 Thunderbird
model; the Pacific Coast Roadster. Supposed to be limited to 1,000 copies
evidence indicates they only produced 992 of them.
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
Premium pattern interior, cream colored instruments, dotpattern dash and
door trim, cloth seat inserts, special serial numbered identification plates
new ‘Bird in town is one of those rare Pacific Coast
and it now roosts in Darryle and Kaye Barth’s garage!
Barths located the low mileage Pacific Coaster in Kansas City
quietly negotiated a trade of their Raven Black 2002 for it. The
owners swapped ignition keys and took possession on or
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.
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
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:
to leave town with a secret that cannot be shared; but the Old Editor has
to be true to his code.
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.
next issue—the secret will be out by then and we’ll tell you all about
another special new ‘Bird, also roosting in
To Central And West Once Again!
like the swallows returning to Capistrano, our ‘Birds made another good
showing at Central and West on Friday, September 14.
our September events were running a little slim, Prez had called this special
meeting and response was great! This time the
of choice for our sit-down dining experience was Wendy’s.
Carpenters, the McCulloughs, Curt Rakestraw, and others either dined elsewhere
or had carry out to stay near the
but those dining in the familiar ambiance of Wendy’s were Larry and Lynda
Fichter, Rod and Bev Wake, Mike Lindebak,
Mawhirter, Royce Taylor, Richard and Susan Carlisle, and long time friends
Bob and Judy Francis with their teal green ’63 Landau.
seemed to be a popular dish on this evening which already had a hint of
fall in the air.
on display included:
and Susan Carlisle’s Thunderbird Blue‘55
and Diana Rakestraw’s Torch Red ‘57
Taylor’s Torch Red ‘57
and Trudy Carpenter’s Inspiration Yellow‘02
and Sylvia McCullough’s Torch Red ‘02
and Lynda Fichter’s Mountain Shadow ‘03
and Janie Lindebak’s Torch Red ‘03
and Bev Wake’s Vintage Mint ‘04
and Kaye Barth’s Monterey Mist ’04
Mawhirter’s gray 1952 Mercury
and Judy Francis’s green ’63 Landau
was a lot of Thunderbird talk among the owners and spectators. Emails
and phone numbers were
and we have even more prospective club members in our scope. (Before
the month was out, we had ‘em!)
also recruited a new Classic Club member who just bought a disassembled
’55. (On the following Tuesday, they signed up for the Classic Club.)
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.
know if you have been keeping track, but Prez has.
Retro Bird total is now up to 14!
there are things in the works which might increase that total
Here’s the current lineup:
September 21,’ Birds flew again to Central and West, but a smaller flock
this time. The Wakes,
Carpenters, brand new member Andy Anderson, Jeral Lipps, and three CTCI
show field this week.
the temperature was perfect and the crowd was active.
September business meeting was held at Spear’s Restaurant on Thursday,
September 20. We had record attendance of 37 Thunderbird
pouring over the menu.
Heather may have lost a few pounds as she scurried back and forth taking
care of us.
time, we had planned to line the north parking lot of Spears with our Thunderbirds
for all of Maple Street traffic to see.
was also nice that our separate room had windows which allowed us to watch
our cars while we met.
was fun to see many regular restaurant patrons take out cell phones to
take pictures of our Thunderbird lineup.
College of Automotive Knowledge:
MidKansas Vintage Thunderbird Car College is offering a course (non-credit,
is it ever non-credit) to increase our knowledge of that well known
This month’s lesson:
De Ville: (noun, French, 1700’s.)
Coupe De Ville is a carriage with a single enclosed seat for passengers,
with the driver sitting in the open. In some cases a
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
part of this lesson: The
Coupe De Ville was a French design originally
for use by ladies who wanted to travel in privacy out of view of the public
the driver out in the open. The French coachmakers used the French
“cut” and refers to the coach body being cut or divided between the passenger
the driver. De Ville means “of the town,” therefore a Coupe De Ville
means an open
to be used in town.
carriage styles including the coupe de Ville carried over to the early
and continued for a couple of decades. But after the teens, when
vehicles became common the coupe de Ville went out of vogue as they were
or practical at speeds faster than a trotting horse. That classy Coupe
was stretched and borrowed by Cadillac beginning in 1949 and continuing
last several decades to describe one of Cadillac’s popular body styles.
But the true
De Ville began a couple of centuries before that and had its own specific
1912 Renault Coupe DeVille (Town Car)
Rod Wake, Mid-Kansas President
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
Thunderbird events unfold
and it turns out to be a good month after all. This month was one
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
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
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!
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 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.”
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!”
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
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.”
and International Conventions:
September 24, your President Rod, your Secretary Bev, your Treasurer Lynda
and husband Larry are to leave Wichita bound for Charleston, South Carolina.
destination is the 2012 VTCI International Convention to be held at the
Courtyard by Marriott in Charleston.
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
and Lynda plan to arrive some time Thursday and let the festivities begin!
are told 60 Thunderbirds are registered, with about three times as many
will tell you all about it in the next issue.
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
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
The Johnsons are providing
the meat, (Av says there is a lot of road kill
available this time of
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
“good morning nurse.”
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:
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
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,
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
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
Prez received this by E-Mail:
1968 Ford Thunderbird
94K original miles, 429
engine. PS, PW, PS, Door
Second owner, purchased
1976 from first owner.
Does not need restored,
Needs good home.
Don Moberly, Emporia,
The Old Editor pulled
up on the Internet and
it has a nice
looking black interior.
The vinyl roof and roman
green paint interior
would have to go.
You take it from there.
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
CLICK ON AD TO GO TO VTCI
October 18 2012,5:30
4131 W. Maple
August, we did it the way Heather, our server, recommended. All
First we eat, then we meet!
at 5:45 and most of the orders came out about the same time
everything went smoother.
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!"...