Events & Activities schedule for 2018 And beyond!

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Thunderbird Appreciation Day

Wixom, Mich – February 4, 2018  Owners of Ford’s Thunderbird from around the world will be sharing their iconic cars with the public on “Thunderbird Appreciation Day” May 20th, 2018.  The three large Thunderbird clubs; Classic Thunderbird Club International (CTCI), Vintage Thunderbird Club International (VTCI) and International Thunderbird Club (ITC) are encouraging their members to take their Thunderbirds out, individually or in groups, to places for the general-public to see, to learn more about and to just plain enjoy. 

“2017 was the inaugural year for “Thunderbird Appreciation Day” and it was a great success!” reports Chuck Thompson, CTCI president.  “Owners world-wide took their cars to diners and parks, museums and on road trips, anywhere folks don’t usually get to see these types of cars.”

With over 4 million Thunderbirds produced by Ford Motor Company from 1955 to 2005, it is still not common to see a Thunderbird on the road today, even later models. This is the reason that the three Thunderbird clubs have agreed on May 20th as a day to share their Thunderbirds with the world.   

“As a Thunderbird owner for many years, you don’t have to tell me it is a unique car” adds VTCI president Rod Wake. “This day gives Thunderbird owners worldwide the opportunity to let others see and learn why Ford touted these cars as “Unique In All the World!””.

For a vehicle that has been out of production for over a decade, their presence is still felt worldwide. Thunderbird owners can be found in all over North and South America as well as Japan, Australia, New Zealand, the Middle East and Europe. 

“Many of our club members were excited for Thunderbird Appreciation Day last year and I think the number of members taking their Thunderbirds out will only increase this year!”, said ITC president Gerard Bartarsavich. “Members were posting pictures and writing about their experiences for days on social media!”  

For more details go to the VTCI website or the VTCI’s Facebook page.  Thunderbird owners are asked to share pictures and stories that occur during Thunderbird Appreciation Day on the club’s Facebook page. 


VTCI Northwest Regional May 25 – 29, 2018

 participate in our Regional Show & Shine Plus Our 20th Annual Three Day Tour

An invitation from the Okanagan Classic Thunderbird Club based in the magnificent Okanagan Valley of Beautiful British Columbia, is pleased to host a VTCI NW Regional convention and our 26th annual Show & Shine plus our 20th annual Three Day Tour. We welcome all Thunderbirds from 1955 to 2005. The cars will be displayed on a grassy field adjacent to scenic Okanagan Lake in Kelowna’s beautiful downtown City Park. In the past, we have hosted as many as 107 classic Thunderbirds – Quite a spectacular sight!

Information and registration


VTCI North Central Regional June 7th-10th 2018

Midwest ThunderFest

Once again you’ll have an opportunity to visit Minnesota for the 2018 North Central Regional Convention. We are working hard at making this a fun event but at the same time an affordable one by having it away from the hustle and bustle that’s near the international airport. Shoreview is located approximately 20 miles north of the International airport and is definitely away from the busy traffic activity that’s always happening in the southern part of the Twin Cities.

The Best Western Plus Shoreview MN hotel offers a smaller and quieter atmosphere which will make your stay enjoyable. The rates are $99/$109 per night plus taxes and that includes breakfast every morning. Also connected to the hotel is the Green Mill restaurant for lunches and dinners. Everything is essentially on the ground floor with easy access to the hospitality room, the breakfast area, and the parking lot.

Thursday, usually the major day for arrivals, we have a welcome reception planned for the early evening. There is no convention dinner planned but for those of you that want dinner, the Green Mill restaurant is right there or there’s a Red Robin restaurant approximately a block away. The registration table will be operational to make your check-in simple and easy. The parking lot with assigned parking spaces will be ready for you when you check in.

Friday is tour day and we have a fabulous tour arranged for you. There’s actually 2 parts to it…the first stop will be at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, named the best botanical garden by USA Today reader’s choice. A top visitor attraction the Arboretum is more than 1,200 acres of gardens and tree collections, prairie and woods and miles of trails. You’ll board a tram for an hour long narrated tour through the 1200 acre landscape. The second part of the tour is at the Chanhassen AutoMotorPlex, a 146 garage condominium facility. This has got to be the most elaborate "man-cave" you could ever ask for. The garage owners will build their unit, or units, to their own specifications. Visit the Website (http://www.automotorplex. com) to see this fantastic facility. A number of owners will be on hand to open their garages and to show you what they’re proud of. Friday evening you’ll be invited to an old country buffet right at the hotel.

Saturday of course is judging day which will begin as usual at 9 AM. For those of you that would rather go shopping, the hotel shuttle service will be available to take you to one of the best shopping centers in town, the Rosedale Shopping Center. It’s not as large as the Mall of America but Rosedale has 160 retailers, 6 full service restaurants, a food court, and an AMC movie theatre and it’s located only 5 ½ miles from the hotel.

So hopefully you’ll include this event on your 2018 calendars. At the time of this article, I’m not aware of any other VTCI convention planned for 2018 but hopefully there will be at least another convention somewhere. Future articles in the Scoop will keep you informed of our planned activities. There are a couple of other popular sites to visit if you are planning some extra time in Minnesota. We’ll include those sites in the Jan/Feb issue of the Scoop. I’ll be glad to answers any questions/concerns you may have…simply contact me either by phone (763-781-8139) or by email:

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2018 VTCI International  July 11th-14th, Tulsa Oklahoma

 The room rate $94.00 plus state and local taxes.  $106.71 total per night.

We are currently asking people to volunteer and head up the various responsibilities of the event.  We would like to have a grand affair, our 50th Anniversary, but we need the help of many people to pull this off.  At the time of this writing I have sent out an email to all the directors to canvas their chapters and find people who are willing to volunteer their time and effort.  No one chapter will be held responsible because the VTCI Board of Directors will be the hosts of this event.  The international will still go in the records as being held in the South Central Region.

The agenda still must be worked out before the registration form can be printed.  The form will be emailed to the directors for distribution to the chapters and it will be in the May/June and the July/August issues of the Thunderbird Scoop.  The tours need to be finalized so we know what the date, time, and where we need to be for those tours.

We want to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Vintage Thunderbird Club International.  The only way we can do this is if we have many members willing to help. 

For those who want to get their reservations in early the hotel will be the Marriott Tulsa Southern Hills.  The address is 1902 East 71st Street, Tulsa, OK 74136.  The direct line is 918-493-7000.  Toll free phone number is 866-530-3760.  Tell the reservationist that you are part of the Vintage Thunderbird Club International. STAY TUNED FOR INFO

August 15-19, 2018 – CTCI International Convention, Thunder ‘n Lightnin’ in the Smokies, Knoxville, Tennessee

Thunder was his engine, and white Lightning was his load” from Thunder Road by Robert Mitchum.

The Smoky Mountain Classic Thunderbird Club is proud to host the 2018 CTCI International Convention at the terminus of “Thunder Road” -- Knoxville, Tennessee. The date will be August 15-19, 2018, but you should plan to stay longer in our area to take advantage of the fantastic driving tours and activities that East Tennessee has to offer. Come in a fun car to drive even if you don’t plan on being in the show.

Make your room reservations now, if you haven’t already. Contact the Knoxville Crowne Plaza at (865)-522-2600 and ask for Jamie Julius, mentioning the Smoky Mountain CTC. You can also find a link to register online at our website Visit the site for information on the registration form soon to be released. Also, follow the CTCI website, the CTCI Face Book page and the EarlyBird magazine for news and updates. Convention chair is Bill Long (865)-458-0426. Y’all come now, ya hear?

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