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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
September 2011
A Chapter of Vintage Thunderbird Club International, Inc. (VTCI)

 
Lots Of Food at Jim Winters' Pot Luck Dinner
Have you ever tried to report on something you were not able to attend?  Well, that is what happened to the old Editor who was preparing to leave town for 12 days, and could not make the Thunderbird pot luck dinner and 
Ice Cream Social at Jim’s fashionable lakeside casa in The Moorings on August 13.
 It is reported that members of both the Classic Club and the Vintage Club brought food and drink and had a great time!  It was reported that the food was just flying, and Jim’s cul-de-sac was filled with Thunderbirds.

According to Treasurer Lynda Fichter, members of the Vintage Club included Kress and Klyda Fall, Carl Marts and April, Larry and Lynda Fichter, Darryle and Kaye Barth, and John Moler. 
Jim’s next-door-neighbor Lawrence Smith and wife also ventured over and ate with the clubs.

Members of the Classic Club, according to Classic Club Vice President Lois Johnson included Jim Winter, Sue Benish, Allan and Kathy Hale, Daryl and Janet Standiver, Av and Lois Johnson, 
Wendell and Mary Jack, Dean and Adrianne Hurley, and Donnie Edwards. 
Lois reported, “Had a great time and Lots and Lots of great food as usual.”

Prez and Secretary Attend 
VTCI International Convention at Portland!
By Prez Rod

On Sunday, August 14 your President and your Secretary left Wichita by non-Thunderbird auto for the 
Vintage Thunderbird Club International Convention at the Red Lion Hotel, Jantzen Beach, Portland, Oregon. 
Through Denver, Salt Lake City, and on to Portland we saw some beautiful country before checking into the Convention hotel late Tuesday evening, 

August 16. We had not signed up for the Wednesday tour but instead used that time to visit with other
conventioneers including old friends from our own VTCI Regional here in Wichita in 2008. 
It also gave us a great opportunity to study the Thunderbirds that had come in from several states.
 
 

 

The Thunderbirds: 
What a beautiful field of Thunderbirds showed up for this Convention.  According to Event Organizers Eric and Ana Johansson, there were 211 attendees, with 104 Registrations from 
22 states and provinces from as far away as Florida and New Jersey, therefore many registrants did not bring Thunderbirds but came to observe other cars and take part in the
social events and see old friends. 

Those who could, brought over 60 Thunderbirds from all model years, not counting a few who showed up in the club’s “Car Corral” and did not enter the convention.

An overly simplified summary of Thunderbirds registered for the Convention is as follows:

55-57’s= 5 64-66= 19
58-60= 4 67-97= 7
61-63= 14 2000-2005=13

In the 61-63’s listed above, let me say how refreshing it was to see some ’61 Convertibles. 
They are almost as rare as ‘58’s and had a low survival rate because of the “first year of the series” syndrome, but there were three of them at this convention. 
Also, I have always had an affinity for a Rangoon Red ’62 or ‘63 SR and several examples were there. 

Now…what are the chances today of finding a ’62 M Series Sport Roadster as a “Barn Find?”  Slim to none, you say.  Then, what are the chances of finding two of them? 

Well, Matt Truax, owner of  The Bird Nest did just that, and the Truax brothers brought both of them on trailers to the convention on display. 
These ‘Birds were not exactly barn finds, but were part of a large collection of vintage cars purchased from one individual collector, and the collection also included a Lincoln Mark II. 

Both of these 2y89M ‘Birds were complete and painfully original.  One had what appeared to be original Corinthian White paint and was all there except for the tri-carb setup.
which had been swapped out long ago.  It had a slightly damaged drivers side fender, and the soft top fabric had long ago gone with the wind. 

Otherwise, the car was complete even down to its Kelsey Hayes wire wheels.  The other 2y89M had been crudely prime coated about the time of the Watergate break-in,
but was also complete except for the missing soft top fabric; and the windshields of both cars were ruined by a couple of bullet holes. 
Both ‘Birds needed total restoration but were the kind of thing only a Thunderbird enthusiast would find interesting, and we all did! 
The cars got a lot of attention at the Convention.

Annual Business Meeting: 
The VTCI Annual Business Meeting took most of the morning of August 18.  There the decisions made and voted on by Email during the year were formally ratified.  This was followed by an open session, which was followed by an around the table  discussion by officers and regional directors concerning any problems, and future Regionals and Internationals.  After lunch, the Judge’s meeting and car preparation took the bulk of the afternoon.
 
 
 
The Events: 
Wednesday’s event was a bus tour to the beach, and tours of a cheese and ice cream factory and a Paul Bunyan 
sized buffet at the Camp 18 Logging Museum and Restaurant. 
Those who did not attend the business meeting and/or Judges meetings  on Thursday went on a tour of the 
Japanese Gardens, and the  Portland Art Museum tour featuring exotic automobiles. 
Secretary Bev is still talking about the Mercedes Benz and the Plymouth Ghia included in that exhibit.

Thursday evening’s event was the Willamette River Dinner Cruise. This featured three delicious entrée choices, drinks, 
and some great scenery out the windows of our paddle wheeler as it went slowly up the Willamette river and back, 
returning after dark so we could enjoy the lights of Portland at night.

Friday AM began Concours Judging, under the auspices of Concours Director Paul Prokop from Louisiana. 
A good supply of certified Thunderbird judges had signed up to help and the judging went smoothly.
In fact, it was completed soon after the Judge’s Lunch. 
One special judging was done by Paul Prokop and Alan Tast; a “Survivor” 
1960 Thunderbird hardtop which had been documented as the last 1960 Thunderbird off the assembly line. 

A ladies event was held for the gals who did not want to spend the whole day with Thunderbirds; 
I am told it was a power point presentation about clothes and cars, with tea, coffee, and delicious desserts.

Thursday night was the Hawaiian luau with a band, hula dancers and an instructional Hula dancing session
with Thunderbird owners.

Saturday featured the Mount Hood Vintage Railroad Excursion. 
This included a luxury coach ride to the train station at Hood River, Oregon where we boarded
one of four vintage railroad cars, two were vista cruisers, and rode up the mountain to the tiny 
town of Parkdale where we enjoyed a box lunch provided by The Bird Nest, and spent about 
an hour shopping and relaxing in this typical small mountain town, strangely reminiscent of
“Petticoat Junction.” 
The train not only takes passengers, but also some freight on its runs. 
We shared space both ways 
with Cliff and Pat Lieske, old friends from the Thunderbird Midwest chapter in Minneapolis.

Cliff was once our North Central Regional Director and we had a lot of laughs on the ride up
the mountain and back.


At the Awards Banquet two delicious entrees were offered, 
followed by briefmessages from Event Co-Organizer Ana Johannson, Northwest 
Vintage T-Bird Club president Eric Johannson, VTCI President Terri McNeill,
VTCI VP Rod Wake, Historian Dan Liker, Dave Olmer of the VTCI Pacific 
Northwest Club, NW Regional Director Barry Iverson, and finally awards 
presentations by Concours Director Paul Prokop. 

Our old friends Jim and Maureen Mills’ Wimbelton white 1965 Convertible took 
Best of Show, scoring an amazing 300 points out of 300!
The other Best of Show went to Tom and Martha Sampson of Tigard, Oregon with
a Colonial White ’57 Thunderbird. 
All will be featured in the upcoming International Edition of The Scoop.

The Bird Nest, from nearby West Lynn, Oregon had a  heavy presence in this
International Convention. 
They had a table full of goods in the Hospitality Room and one of the Truax 
brothers even twisted my arm and made me buy a new ’61 Hood Release handle
and cable. 
Ted and Marilyn Money, owner of Larry’s Thunderbird were there as always, 
and Ted visited with Beverly and me and other Hospitality Room guests and 
handed out his catalogs. 
Ted is also a Certified Judge and always helps out at our events. 
Ted told me how he has branched out into upholstery and accessory for full size 
Fords, Fairlanes, Galaxies, and other big Fords as well as Thunderbirds.

Northwest Vintage Thunderbird Club members Bob and Fran Peters, from the 
T-Bird Sanctuary were major contributors of time and talent.
Suburban Ford of Portland and several other Thunderbird businesses bought 
advertising and helped in various ways. 
Our Mid-Kansas Vintage Thunderbird Club was acknowledged in the booklet 
as one of many clubs providing a contribution.
After The Ball is Over: The Sunday morning buffet breakfast was well
attended as most of us were in the process of hitting the road for home.  We had a
good visit and exchange of observations about the show at our table consisting of
Bev and me, Paul and Molly Prokop, Jim and Maureen Mills, and Dan and Lyn
Lykar before saying our goodbyes and checking out of the hotel.
Event Coordinators  Ana and Eric Johannson did a fabulous job of
putting this Convention together.  They were everywhere from Registration Desk
to handing out box lunches, to dealing with unwanted judging assistance, and of
course laison with the Hotel.

Did I fail to mention?  We had a great time at the 2011 International Convention.
Hope many of you can plan in advance to accompany us to the 2012 International
at Charleston, South Carolina.

Rendezvous With Royce: (Also by Prez Rod)

Royce Taylor, member of our Mid-Kansas Chapter, and President of the Wichita
Classic Club lost his father Lowell Taylor in late 2010. 
Mr. Taylor’s Memorial Service in Burley, Idaho coincided with Rod and Bev’s
travel schedule. 

Royce and his dog MacGregor  were spending the balance of their summer
vacation at Salt Lake City with Royce’s mother Mae Taylor-Ohlin. 
Beverly and I spent Sunday night with Rod’s sister and brother-in-law in 
Bend, Oregon and on Tuesday visited cousins in Brigham City, Utah. 
As  we pushed on to Salt Lake City, we were able to accept
Royce’s earlier invitation to stop by his Mom’s house

Through the magic of the cell phone and the GPS, we were able to
drive right to the doorstep of Royce’s mother’s beautiful house high
atop the Wasatch mountain overlooking Salt Lake City.

There we met Royce’s Mom and spent a pleasant hour and a half 
visiting, admiring her original paintings and art, and snapping a 
couple of photos before going back down the mountain and
moving on.

 
Annual Elections  Coming Up! 

Our annual elections will be approximately 8 weeks from now at the November business meeting. 
It is time to consider throwing your hat in the ring for any of the club offices. 
All are up for re-election annually and now is the time to offer your services to the club for 
whatever position you would like to hold. 

That includes the incumbents. 

Call Secretary Bev and register your intentions, or nominate another club member (with their permission) for any of these positions.

 


  Club Plans For 2011—A Definite Maybe

These are the events the club voted to support as a group during 2011 plus some
additions through the year.   Those remaining in our sights are:

September 18: Justice for Jennie Car Show at Star Lumber, Maple and West
Street, Wichita. 
Our Birds will be displayed in chronological order…Allen Hale is
arranging it. 

RSVP to Secretary Bev soon as you know you will be bringing a
Thunderbird. 
Allen is a big wheel with Star and is going to arrange a display of
our ‘Birds in chronological order on the lot.  Allen needs to know what years he
will have to work with. 

Let Bev know so we can coordinate with Allen and Classic
Club Prez Royce in giving our clubs some good exposure! 

Allen says the news media has been notified of this show. 

We need to plan to arrive at the show at 10:00AM on 
September 18 to accomplish this!

October 15-16:  Road trip!  The Mid-Kansas Vintage Club is invited to join the
Vintage Thunderbirds of Kansas City at Lindsborg and/or McPherson. 
NOTE!
This was incorrectly reported last month as October 8 & 9th

The departure time
from Wichita and other details will be provided by separate Emails and mailings.
Right now we are waiting for final details from the VTKC Chapter
September 24:  Road Trip!  Many of us have wanted an attainable Road Trip to
drive our Thunderbirds.  This is it. 

On Saturday, September 24 we will meet in Wichita, with the Classic Club and 
Cruise to Av and Lois Johnson’s house at Nickerson, then travel on to Fort Larned.

Lunch at Pizza Hut, and then guided tour of historic Fort Larned! 
Should have our ‘Birds back in the garage before sundown. 
Let Secretary Bev know that you are going!

November:  Stage Show, Museum, or similar activities pending
October 2:  All Ford Day, Camp Hiawatha. 
Let’s make this even better than last year’s great showing of Thunderbirds! 

Prez promises to bring our new tent…you
bring your folding chairs. 

Food is available at the club house

December 4: All New Format for the Wichita Classic/Mid-Kansas Vintage Christmas Party.  This one will be in the Tower Room at   the Airport Hilton.
What a beautiful event that should be!

 
 
AVAILABLE!!!


 
 
 
 
 
The President’s Message
By Rod Wake, Mid-Kansas President

Dear Thunderbirders,

 The long, hot summer may have been a good movie title back in 1959 but in reality the long
hot summer has not been that pleasant.  The temperatures should be more acceptable as
we enter into our fall activities including a couple of fun runs.
The International Convention was a lot of fun and we have friends we look forward to seeing
each year.  There is no finer group than Vintage Thunderbird people. The only  thing that
would make these conventions better would be to have several of you attending with us.
Hope several of you can accompany us to at least one 2012 regional or International event!

Sincerely,

 


 

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!


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 
Thunderbird is considered to be
Unique In All The World!” 

This month’s feature:

Since NW Regional Director Barry Iverson has been mentioned in this Newsletter
a couple of times, it seems only fitting to feature Barry and Kayce Lin Iverson’s
red ’65 Convertible, shown as it appeared on the judging field at the 2011 International. 

This red ’65 beautifully illustrates  why the Vintage Thunderbird is indeed
“Unique in all the world!”

 


 

Retro Bird Watchers Alert!
None spotted at this time

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:
1962 Thunderbird Hardtop:  Jim Goolsby is selling his ’62 Thunderbird.  It has standard 390 with Power steering, brakes, Cruise-O-matic, skirts.  Rust free,
does not leak oil.  Drives great.  New radial tires in the last year, new left and right glass channels by Lewis Street Glass, new exhaust by American Muffler, complete front end rebuild with shocks by Axle and Wheel Alignment. 
Arizona car, shows 58,000 miles. 
Good straight body, but needs interior work and paint.
Located in Wichita. Price is $4,000.00
Jim Goolsby
316-641-1026
Wanted: 390 for 1964 Thunderbird. 
Short block or whole engine.
Carl Marts 
316-712-1423 
8 Track Tapes! 
About 50 of them ranging from swing, big band, to early 70’s music. 
Drop Dead Reasonable. 
You won’t  believe how reasonable. 
Call Prez for details.
1964 Thunderbird:  Larry also saw this one in Wichita.  Gold in color, Asking
$7,000.  Call David at 833-1024
. 1961 Thunderbird Shop Manual
Used, but the inside is perfect.
$20.00
Call Prez
1966 Thunderbird Landau: 390, 4V, PS, PB. Air, Light blue original paint,
two tone blue interior, nice original exhaust system (cracked exhaust manifold, with replacement included) very little rust, needs vinyl top, good tires, runs rough and last licensed August 1971.  56,000 original miles…recent barn find. 
$5,000 OBO
Call Mike Poston at 816-898-1067
in Lees Summit area
. This from the Water Wonderland Thunderbird Club:
For sale; 1964-66 Upper Back Panel Limit Switch, rebuilt by Certified Rebuilders
through Pat Wilson’s TBird parts.  It was never installed since being rebuilt.
$350.00

1964-66 Brake Release Vacuum Cannister, new, $30

Cowl to Fender reinforcement tubes for 1964-66 convertible $25.00

Call Larry, 517-552-4655, from Water Wonderlands.

2004 Retro Thunderbird:
Larry Fichter saw this one in Winfield, Kansas.
Red body and Hard Top, Sand interior and soft top.   23,000 miles and asking
$24,000.00. 620-221-6616
. .

 


 



 
September Meeting

Back by popular demand!!

Spears !

4323 W. Maple
 Wichita

September 15,  2011

5:30PM

First we eat, then we meet!


Yes, sometimes the old places are still the best.  Nothing ventured,
nothing gained.  We tried Brooklyn’s Chop House……and closed it
down.  We tried Tommy’s and….well….it’s back to Spears for the
September meeting, and back to our “third Thursday of the month”
schedule.
 
 

 


 
 
 
Current Officers
President:
J. Rodney Wake
316.722.2028
JRWake1316@cox.net
Vice President:
Richard Carlisle
316.721.4756
carlisle.richard@sbcglobal.net
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 Secretary:
Bob McNeill
secretary@vintagethunderbirdclub.org
VTCI Treasurer:
Randy Mattson
.rmattson@fishnet.com
VTCI NC Director:
Ed Elzinga
sqtbird@att.net
VTCI Website Director:
Terri McNeill
terrimcneill@comcast.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
http://www.albeedigital.com/tbirdmidwest/index.htm
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
 

 
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