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



Mid Kansas Welcomes New Members:

Once again the Newsletter is happy to announce that we have new members this month!

Allen and Trudy Carpenter bought a beautiful Inspiration Yellow ’02 Thunderbird. 
One of their first trips around town was to the Town and Country Restaurant where Larry and Lynda and Rod and Bev
were also dining. 
Eagle Eye Fichter spotted the
Retro in the parking lot; Treasurer Lynda left a card under the windshield wiper, and the resulting phone calls between Trudy and the Fichters clinched the
The Carpenters joined us at three club
activities this month and as Allen said, “Most of the miles we have put on this car have been for club activities!” 

What were those activities, you may ask.
Read on.

Thunderbirds Converge on Lindsborg:

On Saturday, August 4 several of our Thunderbirds met at the Home Town Buffet 
and used it as a launching pad for a fun run to Lindsborg, Kansas. 
The annual Smoky Valley Car Show was held that date and although our club did not
embrace the idea of being on hand early for registration, and staying all day to collect 
our prospective trophies we did find a lot of interest in simply making the run, looking at the 
cars entered in the show, and doing some shopping at downtown Lindsborg’s galleries and
Arriving at the Home Town Buffet were Thunderbirds and other cars belonging to Vintage
Members Mike and Janie Lindebak, (‘03) Curt and Diana Rakestraw, (‘57) Larry and Lynda
Fichter, (‘03) Rod and Bev Wake,(’04) and guests Allen and Trudy Carpenter (02). 
Traveling in other than Thunderbirds were Klyda Fall, Lee and Rosemary Hufford, 
Carl Marts, April and Alec who all joined in the procession as we headed north. 
Waiting to join us at the Cracker Barrel Restaurant in Park City was Kaye Barth, (’02) 
and VP Mike Mawhirter in his red Mazda Miata.

The first hitch of the day occurred when we lost two travelers; one was called to do some
consulting work and one car had minor mechanical problems causing them to turn back.

Otherwise, the trip was uneventful and we arrived at Lindsborg just in time for our planned
A well deserved potty break at the Swedish Inn was the first order of business, but then the 
second hitch of the day occurred when we found the restaurant where we planned to
eat together; a large Swedish themed downtown restaurant, had closed—permanently—a
victim of the current economy. 
But our resilient group made the best of the remaining choices; (1) a bar and 
sandwich shop, (2) a Mexican Restaurant, (3) a Sweet Shop, and (4) the concession 
stand at the car show with hamburgers and hot dogs. 
All of the locations were adequate and we enjoyed lunches which were not as planned, 
but we enjoyed them just the same. Lee and Rosemary, Rod and Bev, and Allen and 
Trudy Carpenter had cold refreshments and hot sandwiches at the outdoor tables at
the bar. The temperature was very nice under the shady canopy, despite temperatures 
of over 100 at that time.


There were well over 100 cars entered in the shady comfortable Smoky Valley Car
Show. Most of them we had not seen before since they were from Salina, Manhattan, 
and north central Kansas. 
MidKansas Vintage member Darryle Barth’s ultra rare 1950 Pontiac Hardtop was entered
in the show and stood out handsomely amid an eclectic mix of rods, customs, and beau
coup Corvettes all housed under huge shade trees in the park.
We were happy to see a Raven Black 1955 Thunderbird from Prairie Village, a member 
of the Kansas City CTCI chapter present, as the owner grew up in Lindsborg and sat 
among a group of friends. 
Several of our entourage enjoyed food and drink under a huge pavilion canopy in the 
shadow of the Band Shell and the whole show was reminiscent of the carefree times 
we used to enjoy in small town events.

Our troupe also enjoyed shopping at the art galleries in downtown Lindsborg and Larry and
Lynda were seen trying to fit a beautiful antique shelf, an Architectural Find, into the trunk 
of their ’03 Retro. 

Lee and Rosemary and Klyda Fall left ahead of us, and Carl, April and Alec left soon 
after and by late afternoon our feet told the rest of us it was time to head back home.

Now, after many straight days of temperatures over 100, with no precipitation, Kansas 
was dry as a tinder box. So what were the chances of running into a rain shower on 
the trip back?
Slim to none, we thought, except that Kaye Barth running the ’02 with the top down 
provided added incentive for a shower!  Kaye was able to blast through the first and 
second shower with wind from the windshield protecting Kaye from a soaking. 
But, oncoming cars with lights on and windshield wipers running signaled that a 
heavier rain was just ahead. Retros belonging to Wakes and Kaye both stopped 
under a major underpass for Kaye to run up the top.

Have you ever asked, “Where are the police when you need them?” 
Well, we had only stopped long enough for the top to be seating on the windshield 
frame when one of Kansas’ finest did appear, quickly from behind, and approached 
to see if everything was alright.  We appreciated his concern and since Secretary 
Bev told him all was alright, he moved on. 
Larry and Lynda’s Mountain Shadow Gray ’03 sailed by during the encounter and they 
soon phoned to see if we had been “busted.”

All arrived back home safely and agreed it was a fun trip.  We were later to learn that 
Darryle and Kaye’s ’50 Pontiac understandably took home a First Place trophy 
for its class! 
The Lindsborg fun run and car show just goes to show you, that it does not take a lot of 
planning and preparation for Thunderbirders to have a good time together!

Breakfast, ‘Birds, and Bison:

On Saturday, August 11 the Wichita Classic Thunderbird Club (CTCI) held its August social event. The event was planned by the Classic Club’s Treasurer Beverly Wake acting on behalf
of the Classic Club, (You know her, she is also our Vintage Club’s Secretary). 
The Classic Club invited the Vintage Club as their guests for this event so it was just one big happy Thunderbird family. So what was the event, you may ask.

At 8:30, Thunderbirders met at the Red Barn Restaurant 
for breakfast right at the entrance to Lake Afton. 

Thunderbirders had the whole dining room to themselves 
except for a couple of hapless couples who were thrown
in with us.

Approximately one hour later the breakfast was over 
and the entourage drove along the east drive of 
Lake Afton and stopped for pictures. 

Photographer Jack took group photos of the cars and the 
people and employed his timer and a tripod to get him 
in the photos as well.!


Then a fun little drive around Lake Afton was participated in by 14 cars.  According to the old Editor’s memory, the following 
Thunderbirds and others participated in the drive around Lake Afton.
Richard and Susan Carlisle  55
Charlie Becker  55
Rod and Bev Wake  56
Wendell and Mary Jack  56
Royce Taylor  57
Tedd Roe and Helen Jimenez 59
Lee and Rosemary Hufford  62
Mike and Ann Mawhirter  63
Kaye Barth  02
Allen and Trudy Carpenter  02
Larry and Lynda Fichter 03
Jack Wake  04
Steve and Susie Hornbeck (Ford)
Estel Gorsage (Jaguar, but left early)
The little parade then drove east to the country home of Bill and Lisa 
Farris, long time members of the Classic Club. 
Their fabulous stone farmhouse sits at the end of a ¼ mile drive through 
a canopy of oak trees, a bridge, and a circular drive. 
Host Bill Farris directed our Thunderbirds onward to a barn lot next to a massive
metal fence in which he and Lisa maintain a herd of American Bison, commonly
known as buffalo. 
There we were able to study and feed several of the docile bovines.

When Bill assured us that the huge Buffalo Bull, “Sweet Boy” was very tame, 
I was reminded of the Abbot and Costello routine in which Costello
says, “I know that. 
You know that.  Does HE know that?” 

But we were happy to see that the herd was calm and tame and seemed to enjoy 
our attention. 
Bill kept several of them busy, eating pellets from his hand and from those he 
tossed out on the ground. 
Jack and others took pictures of our Thunderbirds and the bison, and grabbed 
a look at Bill and Lisa’s ’56 and ’57 Thunderbirds in a huge metal building with
other cars and machinery.

Bill and Lisa’s Shelby Mustang and Porsche SUV were also of interest to many of our menfolk.
Also joining us were Bill and Lisa’s friends Bill and Louise Oler, who were formerly members of the Classic Club.
Their son Bart and Grandson Trey were also there.  This event culminated with a restful respite on Bill and Lisa’s massive outdoor porch which wraps around 
three sides of the house. 
Lisa had prepared iced tea, cookies, and other treats and club members had a great time sitting on the shady porch and visiting.  On display there were 
various articles of rural America memorabilia (Most of which we remember from our youth) as well as other objects of art from their travels.
It was hard to leave such pleasant surroundings, but we did leave shortly before noon so we could tend to weekend duties.

All agreed this was an excellent event; no cost was involved except our
own breakfast and some Thunderbird gasoline. 

We got some good photos for the Newsletter and hopefully for The Scoop,
and the Early Bird magazines.from their 



August Meeting: 
August 16 was the date of our August business meeting at Spear’s Restaurant. 
Once again we topped our previous attendance record with 30 folks coming to the dinner and meeting.

Thunderbirds Looked Their Best at Central and West: 
If there would have been a prize for the person who drove the farthest, and one for the person who arrived first, Cheryl Thomas would 
have won both prizes on Friday, August 17 when she drove in from Kingman for our event. 
Our Thunderbirds converged on Central and West Street for the informal, unnamed spontaneous Central and West Street car show.

This event was decided upon at the July meeting and we made it come true. By thetime all had arrived, 
our Thunderbirds were lined up in a display including:

Lee and Rosemary Hufford
Dale and Linda Gibson 
Curt and Diana Rakestraw 
Paddie and Sylvia McCollough 
Mike Mawhirter 
Larry and Lynda Fichter 
Darryle and Kaye Barth 
Allen and Trudy Carpenter
Rod and Beverly Wake 
Henry Messerschmidt 
Cheryl Thomas 
Joe Gross 
Jack Godfrey 
'04 Merlot
’58 Raven Black HT
’57 Flame Red
’02 Torch Red
’63 Diamond Blue HT
’03 Mountain Shadow Grey
’02 Raven Black
’02 Inspiration Yellow
’61 Fieldstone Tan Conv
’70 Bordeau Metallic
’64 Phoenician Yellow
’65 Arcadian Blue
 Mustang Conv

Also participating were Klyda Fall, April Weaver, Carl Marts, and Alec.

The weather was beautiful that evening as the scorching temperatures 
had broken and we had an evening of California weather. 
The Thunderbird lineup was impressive and as Darryle Barth, seated
across the aisle with their ‘50 Pontiac show car stated, “Now that is a
pretty sight!”  We agree, Darryle! 

The majority of our folks ate at the nearby Taco Shop and Wendy’s, 
while others stayed behind with the cars. 

We visited with a lot of people who were interested in our Thunderbirds
and a couple of folks who were interested in the club.

The crowd was tremendous and was still increasing as many of us 
broke up the lineup and headed for home, with the ‘Birds back 
home shortly after dark.


Good Advice about Purchase and Sale of Parts:

One of the Newsgroups to which your old Editor subscribes, included a posting this month from R.C.
White, CPA from San Marcos, TX.  One of the newsgroup members asked a question
about pricing a used item.   R.C., a frequent and reliable contributor to the newsgroup
answered the question.  R.C. has given me permission to reprint his answer in our

How do I put a price on this (used part)? You ask yourself, “What is the lowest price for which I would sell this item?” Once you’ve answered that question to yourself, you can ask yourself some others. 
What is the highest price I think someone else would pay? 
What would I pay if I needed or wanted this part and saw it for sale somewhere? 
Have I seen it for sale in a catalog or elsewhere at what price? 
Am I selling this part to make a profit, to clean out my clutter; or to help other TBirders? Etc.
If you have knowledgeable friends you can ask/discuss these questions with them.  Maybe even ask for their
opinions and advice.  … After thinking on these things, you name a price. 
Depending on the marketplace, you might ask a slightly higher price that you can reduce if the first buyer isn’t willing to pay that much.

…when I need a part-and I often do- I look in the catalogs…If there were no prices listed there, I doubt that I ever would call and ask them how much for a radiator or a radio.  But since I can see and compare their prices I have no hesitance to call any of them and say, “Here’s my credit card number.  When will it be there?”  Of course, I’ve dealt with them many times and I know I can trust them. 
Since you and I haven’t dealt before, we both may be more cautious but I’m sure we could work out suitable arrangements.  But we must have a starting point and that would have to be your asking price.  JC


Dues and Membership Update: 
Last month we reported the club was down
to 34 family memberships.  Although we had lost some members due to attrition, we have
made up for it through the receipt of late dues and with our recruiting efforts.  We are
happy to report that as of this month Treasurer Lynda once again records 38 paid
memberships!  Keep up the good work, club!  Few people are going to come knocking on
our door asking to join; it takes our continuing outreach to maintain a healthy growth in
the club.

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:

We all know that automobile body styles were simply a carryover from horse drawn
carriages in use for centuries.  No term gets misused or just plain murdered more
frequently than “Roadster.”  The correct definition according to Hemmings Motor News
Illustrated Collector-Car Encyclopedia is as follows:

An open, two door body with no provision for a top.  Has one row of seats
which can accommodate two or three people.  Modern interpretation conveys
a small, two seat convertible sports car.

As Hemmings indicates, the term has been altered slightly through the years. Many of the
Model T’s, Model A’s and Fords up through the 30’s were termed a Roadster.

Ford dubbed their 1962 Thunderbird with factory tonneau cover and wire wheels a “Sports
Roadster.” The SR with tonneau in place is a two seat convertible sports car, and fits
under Hemmings’  “modern interpretation” as a roadster.

For more info on the T-Bird Roadster, Click here

And here

The President’s Message

By Rod Wake, Mid-Kansas President

Dear Thunderbirders
 This month proved that it takes more than scorching hot weather to dampen he enthusiasm of Thunderbird people. 
What could have been a dull month for club activities was instead one of our better ones with at least three good
events together, not to mention whatever our members did independently with their cars.

The VTCI International Convention at historic Charleston, S.C. will have occurred by the time the next Newsletter 
rolls off the presses, and we will tell you about our experiences at that time.

The club has  good events coming up in September and October, so keep those ‘Birds tuned and shined. There is 
nothing much nicer than driving your ‘Bird in the autumn with no need for A/C and the beautiful fall colors for contrast.

We have some nice events coming up in October, but you will have to watch for the next issue to find out what they are.

And off in the not too distant future, is our great Christmas Party!


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 saw the pictures supposedly sent back
from Mars. 
It looks like they were taken about 50 miles south of Dodge City.”



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!” 

The 1964 Thunderbird was introduced after a three year run with the “Bulletbird” body style of 1961-63. 
Two colors of yellow were offered; Phoenician Yellow and Sunlight Yellow. 
Cheryl Thomas’ ’64, built January 9, 1964 is color code R, Phoenician Yellow with the beautiful and new 
for ’64 Medium Palomino interior. 
Cheryl’s well maintained Thunderbird from Kingman, KS is just one more reason the
Thunderbird is“Unique In All The World.”


Regional and International Conventions:
The Northwest Regional VTCI Convention at Mukilteo, Washington was held August 16-19.  Reportedly, all went well and they had a great convention.

The 2012 VTCI International Convention at Charleston, S.C. is only weeks away and Rod and Bev, and Larry and Lynda are anxiously awaiting the experience. 

Larry and Lynda are driving their ’03 Retro with trailer, and R & B’s method of travel has not been determined yet. 

The application for the International and all information is in your current issue of THE SCOOP and it is not too late to join us!

See the latest issue of The Scoop for details—it is not too late to sign up and join us at the International!

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:

September 10, (Monday, 5:30 to 7:30PM) Klyda Fall has organized 
a display of interesting cars for the occupants of the Georgetown
Village where she is employed.  To let Klyda
know of your participation, call her at the number in your club 
directory, or call Prez. Let’s help Klyda make a good event for her 

October 7, Sunday, All Ford Day at Salvation Army Camp Hiawatha!

This is a big annual event for our Thunderbird Clubs, and 
please make your plans to be there! See?



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:

Speed was high
Weather was hot
Tires were thin
X marks the spot
 Burma Shave



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:

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: 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
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
4 (FOUR)  1964 Thunderbird Rims
(The seller called them rims, but I am
assuming she meant wheels)
Located outside Clinton, AR
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
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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September Meeting:
 September 20, 5:30 PM
Spears Restaurant
4131 W. Maple

First we eat, then we meet!

Last month 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, 
…an invisible man married an invisible woman. 
The kids were nothing to look at, either.”






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: 
VTCI website: 

 VTCI Chapter Websites


Chicagoland Thunderbirds:
Thunderbird Midwest/Minneapolis
Mid America Iowa:
Hoosier Vintage/ Indiana Thunderbird Club: 
Vintage Thunderbirds of Kansas City:
Thunderbirds of Manitoba:
Waterwonderland Michigan:
Indianapolis Chapter  http://www.vtcin.com