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VTCI 2016 International Convention Kansas City MO
 August 10-14, 2016

‘Goin’ To Kansas City’ Hosted by VTKC Host Hotel – Embassy Suites Kansas City –International Airport Vintage Thunderbirds of Kansas City invite all Thunderbird club members throughout the world to meet in the center of the United States of America, Kansas City, Missouri, for the 2016 Vintage Thunderbird Club International’s Convention. Festivities begin Wednesday, August 10, and continue for the next three days and nights, as you greet past friends and welcome new ones to the greatest VTCI event of the year. Here is what you can expect to experience in a snapshot.

Wednesday – After you’ve checked into the Convention Hotel, Embassy Suites Kansas City – International Airport, registered at the special Registration Area and picked up your goody bag, then making sure your favorite Thunderbird has found its rightful place in the hotel’s north parking lot, join us for a Welcome Reception in the lobby. Here you can imbibe in your favorite adult beverage and chow down on heavy hor dourves. But if you’ve still got a hunger on, catch the complimentary hotel shuttle for the short drive to Zona Rosa, which features over 20 local and national restaurants. Or get on over to the K (Kauffman Stadium) and catch the Kansas City Royals vs. the White Sox.

Thursday – After filling up on the complimentary cooked to order breakfast adjacent to the hotel lobby, today get an up close look at Kansas City. Board your motor coach and sit back while seeing the sites out your window, while listening to on-board commentary, before being dropped off at either River Market, or Union Station. These two destinations are the termination points for the new RideKC Streetcar, a free way to get up and down Main Street, while stopping at points of most interest to you. Some places to consider, beginning north at River Market and working your way south, the Arabia Steamboat Museum, River Market Antique Mall, Planters Seed Feed Spices, College Basketball Experience at the Power & Light District, Crossroads Art District, the special exhibit at the Union Station, Science City, Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium, Money Museum at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, National World War One Museum at the Liberty Memorial (the only WWI museum in the world), Hallmark Visitors Center, Legoland, or the Sea Life Aquarium. This is an all-day event with convenient pick-up at the end of the day for a motor coach return to the hotel by 4pm. Full details can be found on our website at, and in your registration goody bag.

This evening you may join in the hotel manager’s complimentary evening reception with dinner on your own. 

Friday – Again enjoy a complimentary breakfast, and then board your motor coach to head out to the Truman Sports Complex where you have a choice of taking a 90-minute tour of either The “K”, Kauffman Stadium, home of the World Champions Kansas City Royals baseball team, or Arrowhead Stadium, home of the not-so-World Champions Kansas City Chiefs. If you are a party of two or more, each participant can individually select the venue to visit. There is no requirement that all persons in your group visit the same stadium. And after your tour, you again have a choice to either board a coach back to the Embassy Suites, or travel to the first shopping center in the world to accommodate drive up shoppers, the world famous Country Club Plaza. Relax with lunch on your own, do some browsing through the shops found in this fifteen block area, marvel at the unique architecture and wonderful fountains, and do some people watching. Return in the afternoon to arrive at the Embassy Suites around 3:30pm. 

Friday evening brings KC Bar-b-que to Hangar 9 at the National Aviation History Museum, where we have guided tours through the working hangar of a restored Lockheed Constellation (Connie), three NAHM aircraft, DC-3, TWA Moonliner II, American Eaglet, and one of only a handful of Martin 404s still in existence. There is also a unique collection of memorabilia including stewardess uniforms, real china and silverware and playing cards for airline travel in the past. Did we say you also get to indulge yourself with KC BBQ, a treat not to be missed, no matter which part of the world you reside. Never hurts to repeat such a treat.

Saturday – After breakfast, the Owner’s and Judge’s meeting takes place, followed by the judging of your Thunderbird, or roaming through the cars on display. The remainder of the day is a relaxing one where there will be talk of cars, or you may wish to opt for a free shuttle ride to Zona Rosa to do shopping and eating. 

This year’s VTCI International Convention culminates Saturday evening with the Awards Banquet. After the traditional Cartales Hour, enjoy a sit-down dinner with your choice of chicken, pig or fish. Lou Paliani will also be performing his superb guitar and vocals during the evening. After dinner, the one-of-a-kind awards will be distributed with the “Best of Show” closing out the evening.

Sunday – A day to pack up and head home, after saying your farewells to those who have traveled to share a few days of memories that will stay with you forever. You’ll also be able to recall much that took place when you put on your event T-shirt or baseball hat, as well as looking again at the pictures that captured moments from the Convention. 

More information can be found on the website. Check there often for updates as we move closer to August 10, 2016. We hope you are Goin’ To Kansas City in August, and don’t forget the Early Registration bonus shown on the Registration Form. A link to the Registration Form is found below. 


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Below are CTCI Event Activities please see their website for all info concerning registration.

September 13-18, 2016 - CTCI International Convention

San Diego, CA

The Earlybirds of Southern California and the Classic Thunderbirds of San Diego invite you to have "Fun, Fun, Fun in the California Sun" at our 2016 CTCI International Convention. To be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 2270 Hotel Circle North, San Diego, CA 92108; phone number  1-800-2-CROWNE or 619-297-1101.

Planned events are: Welcome Party Pool Side, Polynesian style; Tour on the USS Midway aircraft carrier with lunch on the bow; Corvette Challenge at the Corvette Diner; Scenic Coastal Cruise drive to the San Diego Botanic Garden; Outing to Viejas Casino and Outlet Center; Concours d'Elegance and Awards Banquet.

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