A Chapter of Vintage
Thunderbird Club International, Inc. (VTCI)
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
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
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.”
and Secretary Attend
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,
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
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.
Annual Business Meeting:
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
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
events and see old friends.
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.
overly simplified summary of Thunderbirds registered for the Convention
is as follows:
the 61-63’s listed above, let me say how refreshing it was to see some
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?
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
I have always had an affinity for a Rangoon Red ’62 or ‘63 SR and several
examples were there.
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.
‘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.
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.
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.
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
was also complete except for the missing soft top fabric; and the windshields
of both cars were ruined by a couple of bullet holes.
‘Birds needed total restoration but were the kind of thing only a Thunderbird
enthusiast would find interesting, and we all did!
cars got a lot of attention at the Convention.
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
event was a bus tour to the beach, and tours of a cheese and ice cream
factory and a Paul Bunyan
buffet at the Camp 18 Logging Museum and Restaurant.
who did not attend the business meeting and/or Judges meetings on
Thursday went on a tour of the
Gardens, and the Portland Art Museum tour featuring exotic automobiles.
Bev is still talking about the Mercedes Benz and the Plymouth Ghia included
in that exhibit.
evening’s event was the Willamette River Dinner Cruise. This featured three
delicious entrée choices, drinks,
some great scenery out the windows of our paddle wheeler as it went slowly
up the Willamette river and back,
after dark so we could enjoy the lights of Portland at night.
AM began Concours Judging, under the auspices of Concours Director Paul
Prokop from Louisiana.
good supply of certified Thunderbird judges had signed up to help and the
judging went smoothly.
fact, it was completed soon after the Judge’s Lunch.
special judging was done by Paul Prokop and Alan Tast; a “Survivor”
Thunderbird hardtop which had been documented as the last 1960 Thunderbird
off the assembly line.
ladies event was held for the gals who did not want to spend the whole
day with Thunderbirds;
am told it was a power point presentation about clothes and cars, with
tea, coffee, and delicious desserts.
night was the Hawaiian luau with a band, hula dancers and an instructional
Hula dancing session
featured the Mount Hood Vintage Railroad Excursion.
included a luxury coach ride to the train station at Hood River, Oregon
where we boarded
of four vintage railroad cars, two were vista cruisers, and rode up the
mountain to the tiny
of Parkdale where we enjoyed a box lunch provided by The Bird Nest, and
hour shopping and relaxing in this typical small mountain town, strangely
the Awards Banquet two
delicious entrees were offered,
train not only takes passengers, but also some freight on its runs.
shared space both ways
Cliff and Pat Lieske, old friends from the Thunderbird Midwest chapter
was once our North Central Regional Director and we had a lot of laughs
on the ride up
mountain and back.
by briefmessages from Event Co-Organizer Ana Johannson, Northwest
T-Bird Club president Eric Johannson, VTCI President Terri McNeill,
VP Rod Wake, Historian Dan Liker, Dave Olmer of the VTCI Pacific
Club, NW Regional Director Barry Iverson, and finally awards
by Concours Director Paul Prokop.
old friends Jim and Maureen Mills’ Wimbelton white 1965 Convertible took
of Show, scoring an amazing 300 points out of 300!
other Best of Show went to Tom and Martha Sampson of Tigard, Oregon with
Colonial White ’57 Thunderbird.
will be featured in the upcoming International Edition of The Scoop.
Bird Nest, from nearby West Lynn, Oregon had a heavy presence in
had a table full of goods in the Hospitality Room and one of the Truax
even twisted my arm and made me buy a new ’61 Hood Release handle
and Marilyn Money, owner of Larry’s Thunderbird were there as always,
Ted visited with Beverly and me and other Hospitality Room guests and
out his catalogs.
is also a Certified Judge and always helps out at our events.
told me how he has branched out into upholstery and accessory for full
Fairlanes, Galaxies, and other big Fords as well as Thunderbirds.
Vintage Thunderbird Club members Bob and Fran Peters, from the
Sanctuary were major contributors of time and talent.
Ford of Portland and several other Thunderbird businesses bought
and helped in various ways.
Mid-Kansas Vintage Thunderbird Club was acknowledged in the booklet
one of many clubs providing a contribution.
The Ball is Over: The
Sunday morning buffet breakfast was well
as most of us were in the process of hitting the road for home. We
visit and exchange of observations about the show at our table consisting
and me, Paul and Molly Prokop, Jim and Maureen Mills, and Dan and Lyn
before saying our goodbyes and checking out of the hotel.
Ana and Eric Johannson did a fabulous job of
this Convention together. They were everywhere from Registration
handing out box lunches, to dealing with unwanted judging assistance, and
laison with the Hotel.
I fail to mention? We had a great time at the 2011 International
many of you can plan in advance to accompany us to the 2012 International
Charleston, South Carolina.
With Royce: (Also by Prez Rod)
Taylor, member of our Mid-Kansas Chapter, and President of the Wichita
Club lost his father Lowell Taylor in late 2010.
Taylor’s Memorial Service in Burley, Idaho coincided with Rod and Bev’s
and his dog MacGregor were spending the balance of their summer
at Salt Lake City with Royce’s mother Mae Taylor-Ohlin.
and I spent Sunday night with Rod’s sister and brother-in-law in
Oregon and on Tuesday visited cousins in Brigham City, Utah.
we pushed on to Salt Lake City, we were able to accept
earlier invitation to stop by his Mom’s house
the magic of the cell phone and the GPS, we were able to
right to the doorstep of Royce’s mother’s beautiful house high
the Wasatch mountain overlooking Salt Lake City.
we met Royce’s Mom and spent a pleasant hour and a half
admiring her original paintings and art, and snapping a
of photos before going back down the mountain and
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
you would like to hold.
That includes the
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
are the events the club voted to support as a group during 2011 plus some
through the year. Those remaining in our sights are:
18: Justice for Jennie
Car Show at Star Lumber, Maple and West
Birds will be displayed in chronological order…Allen Hale is
to Secretary Bev soon as you know you will be bringing a
is a big wheel with Star and is going to arrange a display of
‘Birds in chronological order on the lot. Allen needs to know what
have to work with.
Bev know so we can coordinate with Allen and Classic
Prez Royce in giving our clubs some good exposure!
says the news media has been notified of this show.
need to plan to arrive at the show at 10:00AM on
18 to accomplish this!
15-16: Road trip!
The Mid-Kansas Vintage Club is invited to join the
Thunderbirds of Kansas City at Lindsborg and/or McPherson.
was incorrectly reported last month as October 8 & 9th
Wichita and other details will be provided by separate Emails and mailings.
now we are waiting for final details from the VTKC Chapter
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!
Stage Show, Museum, or similar activities pending
2: All Ford Day,
make this even better than last year’s great showing of Thunderbirds!
promises to bring our new tent…you
your folding chairs.
is available at the club house
New Format for the Wichita Classic/Mid-Kansas Vintage Christmas Party.
This one will be in the Tower Room at the Airport Hilton.
a beautiful event that should be!
Rod Wake, Mid-Kansas President
long, hot summer may have been a good movie title back in 1959 but in reality
summer has not been that pleasant. The temperatures should be more
enter into our fall activities including a couple of fun runs.
International Convention was a lot of fun and we have friends we look forward
year. There is no finer group than Vintage Thunderbird people. The
only thing that
make these conventions better would be to have several of you attending
several of you can accompany us to at least one 2012 regional or International
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!
In All The World:
Newsletter continues its series
Thunderbirds seen around the VTCI Regional and International Circuit
well as local club events.
each Thunderbird featured, you should see why the Vintage
is considered to be
In All The World!”
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!”
Bird Watchers Alert!
spotted at this time
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:
|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
Good straight body, but
needs interior work and paint.
Located in Wichita. Price
for 1964 Thunderbird.
block or whole engine.
50 of them ranging from swing, big band, to early 70’s music.
won’t believe how reasonable.
Call Prez for details.
Thunderbird: Larry also saw this one in Wichita.
Gold in color, Asking
$7,000. Call David at 833-1024
Used, but the inside is
|1966 Thunderbird Landau: 390,
4V, PS, PB. Air, Light blue original paint,
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
Mike Poston at 816-898-1067
Lees Summit area
from the Water Wonderland Thunderbird Club:
For sale; 1964-66
Upper Back Panel Limit Switch, rebuilt
by Certified Rebuilders
Pat Wilson’s TBird parts. It was never installed since being rebuilt.
Release Vacuum Cannister, new, $30
Cowl to Fender
reinforcement tubes for 1964-66 convertible $25.00
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
by popular demand!!
4323 W. Maple
September 15, 2011
we eat, then we meet!
Yes, sometimes the
old places are still the best. Nothing ventured,
We tried Brooklyn’s Chop House……and closed it
down. We tried
Tommy’s and….well….it’s back to Spears for the
and back to our “third Thursday of the month”