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VTCI 2015 South Central Regional Convention Arlington Texas May 14-16th, 2015
Polish up those cowboy boots and shine that T-Bird! Then pack them up and bring them both to Arlington, TX, May 14-16, 2015, for the 2015 VTCI SC Regional Convention. The North Texas Vintage Thunderbird Club is making lots of plans you won’t want to miss!
day, May, 14: Registration will be open from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. as will the hospitality room. Room check-in begins at 3:00 p.m. Thursday evening from 7-9 p.m., we hope you will be our guests at a Welcome Reception like none other. Our own Dan Sublette will present an interactive Automotive History Presentation called "Winners, Losers, and Lugnuts: Things You ‘Auto’ Know about Car History." You can enjoy light snacks and drinks from the cash bar (each person attending will receive one free drink coupon with your registration). And you might even win a door prize.
Both Friday and Saturday morning you will enjoy the full-service breakfast buffet including made-to-order waffles and omelets available from 6:30 until 11:00 a.m. This buffet is a $14.00 value but is being provided to you courtesy of NTVT, but you need to reserve your space, so be sure to look for the breakfast line on the registration form. Registration will continue throughout the day Friday until 4:00 p.m. and on Saturday morning from 8:00 until 9:00 a.m.
At 10 a.m. on Friday morning there will be a group tour of the nearby AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys. The VIP tour, lasting 60-90 minutes, includes stops in a private suite, the press box, the locker room, and much more; and you will take home a free 5 x 7 photo souvenir. Then at 3:00 p.m. we’ll start loading the first bus to the Stockyards in Ft. Worth where we will watch the longhorn cattle drive at 4 p.m. on Main Street. (There will also be a later bus, leaving at 5:00 p.m., for those not arriving soon enough take the early one—so don’t despair if you can’t make it by 3:00 p.m.) After the cattle drive, you can wander the shops and museums available in the Historic Stockyards until it is time for the catered Bar-B-Que dinner at 6:00 p.m. in the Back Forty at the Stockyards. Buses will return to the hotel hourly beginning at 8:00 p.m. The last bus will leave the Stockyards at 10:00 p.m. Don’t miss that last bus—it’s a long walk back to Arlington!
Saturday will be a full day with VTCI judging beginning at 9:00 a.m. In addition to the judging activity, two Dallas area tour package choices will be available for Saturday afternoon. The first package will combine a JFK Trolley tour with a visit to the 6th Floor Museum. The trolley follows the route that JFK followed on that fateful November day in 1963 and explores the city streets where the drama unfolded after the shots were fired. The 6th Floor Museum is a world-renowned exhibit located in the Book Depository Building from which Lee Harvey Oswald took aim on the presidential motorcade. The combined cost for these two related tours is $25 and includes bus transportation. The second choice for the afternoon is a visit to the George W. Bush Presidential Library on the campus of SMU in Dallas. This will cost $15, which also includes transportation.
On Saturday evening, we will enjoy the culminating event in a magical setting; it will be an opportunity to get those cowboy boots scootin’ across the dance floor to the uniquely Texan sounds of Trio Grande, a ZZ-Top tribute band. The cash bar will open at 6 p.m., the buffet line will open at 7:00 p.m., and the music will start about 7:30 p.m. The buffet will be delicious, featuring entrées of sirloin with onion straws, chicken with artichokes, and tortellini along with side dishes and desserts. Finally, the presentation of awards and the announcement of the silent auction will bring the evening to an end.
The Arlington Sheraton Hotel offers us a fantastic opportunity to showcase our beautiful Thunderbirds in a lot with overnight security, dedicated to convention-goers. The facility, located at 1500 Convention Center Drive in Arlington, is in the heart of the Dallas-Ft. Worth entertainment district close to the Globe Life Ballpark, where the Rangers will be hosting the KC Royals that weekend; it is next door to Six Flags Over Texas, and it’s just across the highway from Hurricane Harbor. Be sure to call the hotel at 817-261-8200 early to get your reservations. You will get a special room rate o f $119+tax if you mention "North Texas Vintage Thunderbirds" when you register. You may even want to extend your stay to take advantage of the entertainment venues in the area.
Call Brad and Bonnie Kershaw if you have any questions about this exciting convention or for more details on the many other entertainment opportunities in the area
VTCI 2015 International Convention
Kelowna, Canada BC
The Okanagan Classic Thunderbird Club extends an invitation to all Thunderbirds to gather in Kelowna, British Columbia, located in the beautiful Okanagan Valley. We are excited to host the 2015 VTCI International convention and we look forward to seeing old friends and meeting new Thunderbird enthusiasts and acquaintances. This is an event you don’t want to miss so mark your calendars and get those registration forms in early. The following is a summary of the events planned for your visit to the Okanagan as we celebrate together… ’60 Years of Thunder’
We have planned five days of activities and events; Wednesday, May 20th to Sunday, May 24th inclusive, which we hope will provide you with a sampling of one of Canada’s premier vacation destinations. Some events have limited space available and we strongly urge all attendees to submit your registration as soon as possible. Our ‘Deadline Date’ for registration submission is April 10, 2015.
Our host hotel is the new Four Points Sheraton, located in the north end of Kelowna adjacent to the Kelowna International airport. The hotel management and staff have been enthusiastic regarding this convention. When you make your reservations, be sure to mention ‘Okanagan Classic Thunderbird Club’ for the Discounted Rate.
We have planned the events so that we will be travelling North and South of Kelowna to provide you a greater view of the Okanagan Valley. Here is a brief description of the events planned for you.
Wednesday – Registration Day. You will be provided with your ‘Welcome’ package with specific times and tickets for each event. In the evening, we invite everyone to attend a Distinctly Canadian Welcoming Reception. For many of you we need not say anything more – Everyone else, Be Prepared.!
Thursday – Kettle Valley Steam Railway. After your previous travelling days, we’ll let you sleep in before we hit the road and head south along the shores of Okanagan Lake. Don’t worry about your fabulous, clean Thunderbirds. They will stay behind at the hotel in a secure fenced parking area. We will travel by luxury coach to Summerland, BC and the Kettle Valley Steam Railway for an old west ride on a classic, vintage Steam Train, which opened up the Okanagan Valley 1910 -1915. Bring your cameras as the scenery enroute is simply breathtaking. Following the train ride, a prepared casual supper at the vintage restored train station will be provided prior to departure back to the hotel.
Friday – Judging Day, or should we say, Judgment Day. The specifics for the judging of the cars will be provided in the morning and is expected to last most of the day. Since the majority of men will be completely involved with the cars, judging and meetings, we have taken this opportunity to provide the ladies with their own special event – A ‘Ladies Only’ afternoon boat cruise on Lake Okanagan. It will include bus transportation to the boat; appies with a complimentary glass of wine; and a cash bar available while the ladies enjoy a relaxing two hour cruise of Lake Okanagan. Special Note – There are Limited Seats available for this event.
Saturday – The Parade of Classics. This year will be our 23rd annual Show & Shine. We traditionally drive our cars from the hotel to a beautiful park setting, located in Kelowna, on the shore of Lake Okanagan. It is a fantastic setting and many of the local people will attend to view the cars and talk with owners. Following the Show & Shine, we will be driving to a local winery for a tour and tasting of our world renowned Okanagan Valley wines. Those vehicles not attending the wine tour will be lead back to the hotel.
Saturday Night Awards Banquet. Our host hotel has a fabulous buffet planned followed by guest speakers and presentation of awards.
Sunday – O’Keefe Ranch Vernon, BC. Our final day will be a cruise north to the city of Vernon, BC and the historic O’Keefe Ranch. The Ranch was founded in 1867, the same year of Canada’s confederation, and was an integral part of opening the Okanagan Valley to ranching and farming. We will be driving to the Ranch for a brunch and given Free access to the ranch buildings. The Ranch is an authentic historic venue and well-known for its outstanding brunch menu. Be sure to watch for our ‘Internationally-Recognized-Flaggers’ along the way. We look forward to seeing you and hope you will join us as we celebrate… ‘60 years of Thunder’
This website, provides a very good 3 minute video Tour of Kelowna.
VTCI NC Regional Mid-Kansas Vintage
Wings of Thunder,
The 2015 year promises to be an exciting one for VTCI. The Mid Kansas club’s North Central Regional Convention at Wichita, entitled "Wings of Thunder, sixty years strong" will be celebrating sixty years of Thunderbirds! Our convention will be held June 11, 12, and 13th, with a bonus event for the 14th!
The Doubletree by Hilton at the Airport offers special Convention rates of $94.00. Registration begins on Thursday, June 11 and upon arrival our folks will find reserved, guarded and permanently marked parking spots for the ‘Birds. The Control Tower Room will serve as our hospitality room for the entire Convention, with an additional room housing silent auction items and exhibits. Thursday evening opens with a light dinner party at 6:00 PM followed by our first event, a luxury coach ride to Wichita’s iconic "Keeper of the Plains" statue, Veterans Memorials and River Park. Great place to visit, with an experience at 9:00PM at the Keeper of the Plains that you will never forget.
Friday opens with our "Shop Hop" to some unique shops we guarantee you do not have back home. On to Old Town with its own shops, restaurants, a brewery, and more attractions. A world class privately owned, "Museum of World Treasures" is available (on your own) in addition to shopping. As an additional event, same trip, we offer a guided tour of the fabulous Allen-Lambe house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Our coach will take us back to our hotel in late afternoon.
Our big Friday Evening event is the, "Mosley Street Buffet and Melodrama" a great informal dining experience followed by a hilarious, original stage show and musical revue!
Saturday begins with the Owners and Judges Meeting, and Judging beginning at 9:00. For those who are not into the judging feature of our conventions we offer a Saturday morning trip to Botanical, a world famous botanical garden and park. There you will see 25 different gardens with plantings, exotic foliage, a Butterfly Garden, and a brand new Children’s Garden. We guarantee the adults will appreciate the artistry and originality as much as children will. Be sure to bring your camera.
The balance of the afternoon will be spent visiting and showing off the Thunderbirds to other friends and owners plus the appreciative onlookers who cannot help but spot our cars! The Saturday Awards Banquet will begin with a Cartales Hour, followed by a fabulous beef and chicken Buffet Dinner with three salads, side dishes, Pretzel bread and multiple mini desserts. The Awards Presentation where you will receive your one-of-a-kind trophy or other award promises to be outstanding, with VTCI Directors officiating.
Now, our big, free, bonus Finale happens on Sunday, June 14! For those who can stay another day—or even part of the day—we will leave the hotel at 9:00 AM and caravan west over 14 miles of smoothly paved and scenic Kansas countryside to the Lake Afton All Wheels Rally; advertised as the biggest FREE open car show in the world. There, 1200 to 1500 Classics, Rods, and Customs will share the rolling meadow show field with our Thunderbirds, EXCEPT our Thunderbirds are hosting this year’s show which means the VTCI and our friends from CTCI will occupy a special, restricted parking area for all Thunderbirds! This rain or shine event is an open show, and you and your Thunderbird can leave at your own convenience to fit your travel plans.
Wichita, Kansas does not have a sea shore, mountains, or skyscrapers. What we do offer is friendly small town atmosphere with fair prices, no traffic problems, and a great group of Thunderbird owners! The Registration form in this and later issues of THE SCOOP details the events and prices we have carefully selected. This description of our Regional is abbreviated; if you want a more detailed description feel free to Email B.A.Wake@cox.net. Make your plans now to join us in Wichita!
Water Wonderland Thunderbirds Thunderbird 60th Anniversary show. June 25-28
As all of you know the Ford Thunderbird will be celebrating a special milestone in 2015 with its 60th Anniversary. The Water Wonderland Thunderbird Club of S.E. Michigan would like you to join us as we host a special celebration to honor these iconic Ford vehicles.
Although there is still a lot of work and planning to be done I suggest that you mark your calendar and save the date for this special anniversary event. Below is some of the important logistic information for you to know.
- Date: June 25-28, 2015
- Location: Dearborn / Detroit Michigan
- Host Hotel: DoubleTree by Hilton, Dearborn / Detroit
- Web address:www.Dearborn.DoubleTree.com
- Room Reservations: 313-336-3340
- Event Registration & Events: TBD
- WWTC Web-site:www.MichiganTbirds.org
We are looking forward to hosting this very special event in 2015 so please plan to join us and have some T-Bird FUN…FUN…FUN! One of the special events will be an all Thunderbird Show & Shine to be held at the Ford World Headquarters on June 27, 2015.
Please feel free to share this initial information with your Thunderbird Club members and help us get the word out. There will be much more information to follow.
We look forward to seeing you in Dearborn Michigan on June 25-28, 2015
For further information please e-mail Merle Morton, WWTC Vice President email@example.com.
SW Regional Rocky Mountain
Come to Grand Junction, Colorado and experience Thunder on the Grand Mesa, the premiere 2015 VTCI SW Regional event hosted by the Rocky Mountain Thunderbird Club. Grand Junction is the largest city on Colorado's Western Slope. The name Grand Junction stems from the junction of the Colorado River (formerly known as the Grand River) and the Gunnison River. The nearby Grand Mesa is a spectacular flat-top mountain that plateaus near 10,000 feet.
Thunder on the Grand Mesa will take place on July 23 – 25, 2015, and will be held at the luxurious DoubleTree by Hilton Grand Junction. Room rates are set at an affordable $112.00 (plus taxes) per night, with fine dining available on site. The DoubleTree offers a superb setting to exhibit your Thunderbird in this VTCI approved and judged event. The hotel address and website are listed below.
743 Horizon Drive
Grand Junction, Colorado 81506-3906
1 + (970) 241-8888
To browse hotel amenities, go to www.doubletreegrandjunction.com
To reserve your discounted room online, go to http://rmtbirds.com Click on VTCI SW Regional 2015
To register for the event, please print the enclosed form
For a full sized form, go to http://rmtbirds.com Click on VTCI SW Regional 2015
Thunder on the Grand Mesa will feature a dramatic cruise approximately one hour southwest of Grand Junction, Colorado, along Scenic Byway 141, a true driver’s road with its scenic canyon taking you from desert to alpine settings and into red rock country, but also with its sweeping curves, climbs and descents. There we’ll view one of the finest collections of American automobiles in existence today. With more than fifty vehicles from the privately owned Hendricks Collection on display at any given time – the Gateway Colorado Automobile Museum tells a story…the story of how the automobile impacted society.
Our schedule of events includes:
Thursday, July 23, 2015
· Registration, Hospitality Room, Silent Auction Room, and Country Store opens
· Welcome Reception with a cash bar
Friday, July 24, 2015
· Registration, Hospitality Room, Silent Auction Room, and Country Store open
· Judges Training
· Cruise in T-birds through the Colorado National Monument
· Lunch BBQ buffet, near Mesa Mall
· Scenic drive in T-birds to/from tour at Gateway Auto Museum, Gateway, CO
· Dinner on your own, explore Grand Junction!
· Cards or games in the Hospitality Room
Saturday, July 25, 2015
· Hospitality Room, Silent Auction Room, and Country Store open
· Judges Meeting, Judging, & Tallying
· Bingo (w/prizes) and Continental Breakfast
· Cash bar & Awards Banquet
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