A Chapter of Vintage
Thunderbird Club International, Inc. (VTCI)
Celebrating Mid Kansas
Vintage Thunderbird Club's 20th year!!
Kansas Welcomes New Members:
|Once again the
Newsletter is happy to announce that we have new members this month!
and Trudy Carpenter bought a beautiful Inspiration Yellow ’02 Thunderbird.
of their first trips around town was to the Town and Country Restaurant
where Larry and Lynda and Rod and Bev
Eye Fichter spotted the
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
Carpenters joined us at three club
this month and as Allen said, “Most of the miles we have put on this car
have been for club activities!”
were those activities, you may ask.
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
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!
‘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
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
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.
Bill and Lisa’s Shelby
Mustang and Porsche SUV were also of interest to many of our menfolk.
Richard and Susan
Charlie Becker 55
Rod and Bev Wake 56
Wendell and Mary Jack
Royce Taylor 57
Tedd Roe and Helen Jimenez
Lee and Rosemary Hufford
and Ann Mawhirter 63
Kaye Barth 02
Allen and Trudy Carpenter
Larry and Lynda Fichter
Jack Wake 04
Steve and Susie Hornbeck
Estel Gorsage (Jaguar, but
||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
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.
Also joining us were Bill
and Lisa’s friends Bill and Louise Oler, who were formerly members of the
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
We got some good photos for
the Newsletter and hopefully for The Scoop,
and the Early Bird magazines.from
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.
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
Larry and Lynda Fichter
Darryle and Kaye Barth
Allen and Trudy Carpenter
Rod and Beverly Wake
’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
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
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.
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
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.
is the highest price I think someone else would pay?
would I pay if I needed or wanted this part and saw it for sale somewhere?
I seen it for sale in a catalog or elsewhere at what price?
I selling this part to make a profit, to clean out my clutter; or to help
other TBirders? Etc.
you have knowledgeable friends you can ask/discuss these questions with
them. Maybe even ask for their
and advice. … After thinking on these things, you name a price.
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.
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.
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
month we reported the club was down
34 family memberships. Although we had lost some members due to attrition,
up for it through the receipt of late dues and with our recruiting efforts.
to report that as of this month Treasurer Lynda once again records 38 paid
Keep up the good work, club! Few people are going to come knocking
door asking to join; it takes our continuing outreach to maintain a healthy
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:
all know that automobile body styles were simply a carryover from horse
in use for centuries. No term gets misused or just plain murdered
than “Roadster.” The correct definition according to Hemmings Motor
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.
Hemmings indicates, the term has been altered slightly through the years.
Many of the
T’s, Model A’s and Fords up through the 30’s were termed a Roadster.
dubbed their 1962 Thunderbird with factory tonneau cover and wire wheels
The SR with tonneau in place is a two seat convertible sports car, and
Hemmings’ “modern interpretation” as a roadster.
more info on the T-Bird Roadster, Click here
Rod Wake, Mid-Kansas President
month proved that it takes more than scorching hot weather to dampen he
enthusiasm of Thunderbird people.
could have been a dull month for club activities was instead one of our
better ones with at least three good
together, not to mention whatever our members did independently with their
VTCI International Convention at historic Charleston, S.C. will have occurred
by the time the next Newsletter
off the presses, and we will tell you about our experiences at that time.
club has good events coming up in September and October, so keep
those ‘Birds tuned and shined. There is
much nicer than driving your ‘Bird in the autumn with no need for A/C and
the beautiful fall colors for contrast.
have some nice events coming up in October, but you will have to watch
for the next issue to find out what they are.
off in the not too distant future, is our great Christmas Party!
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 saw the pictures supposedly sent back
It looks like they were taken about 50
miles south of Dodge City.”
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!”
The 1964 Thunderbird
was introduced after a three year run with the “Bulletbird” body style
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
for ’64 Medium Palomino
Cheryl’s well maintained
Thunderbird from Kingman, KS is just one more reason the
In All The World.”
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.
application for the International and all information is in your current
issue of THE SCOOP and it is not too late to join us!
the latest issue of The Scoop for details—it is not too late to sign up
and join us at the International!
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
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,
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
Speed was high
Weather was hot
Tires were thin
X marks the spot
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:
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
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
(used to be John Moler’s
Call Joe at Yoder,
(used to be Kress
Fall’s car) for $8,500
Call Joe at Yoder,
4 (FOUR) 1964 Thunderbird
(The seller called them
rims, but I am
assuming she meant wheels)
Located outside Clinton,
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
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
interior would have to
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
20, 5:30 PM
4131 W. Maple
month 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,
“…an invisible man married an invisible
The kids were nothing to look at, either.”