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VTCI 2016 SE Regional Chattanoga TN April 27-May 1, 2016

Plans are in full swing for an outstanding Regional Event to be held in Chattanooga, Tennessee! The city is on the banks of the Tennessee River and our host hotel is the Chattanoogan Hotel, 1201 South Broad Street. The room rate is $129.00 including all taxes! We are a half a block from the free shuttle that stop at all the downtown restaurants and attractions!

We will walk a block to the Coker Tire Company and Museum for a private tour. If you want to order tires and/or wheels, you could pick them up there .

You will also want to experience the Tennessee Aquarium, just minutes away. It features both fresh and salt water fish and wildlife and is the most popular attraction in Chattanooga.

There will also be an opportunity to visit Lookout Mountain and ride the incline railway, the world’s steepest passenger railway In operation since 1895, the railway is a National Historic Site and Mechanical Engineering Landmark. Arrangements have also been made to visit the wheelhouse! Also available at Lookout Mountain is Ruby Falls, America’s tallest and deepest underground waterfall at 1120 feet underground! Don’t worry, you will descend by elevator!

Another excursion offered will be a ride on the River Gorge Explorer. The two hour adventure is led by a naturalist who points out wildlife and historic points of interest on the scenic cruise.

Complete details will appear in the next issue of the Scoop. Mark these dates on your calendar now! You won’t want to miss this Southeast Regional Convention! 


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“Sooner Thunder”

VTCI South Central Regional Convention Norman, Oklahoma

June 2-5, 2016

The Sooner Thunderbird Car Club cordially invites you to join us at the Hilton Garden Inn in Norman, Oklahoma on June 2-5, 2016, for the 2016 VTCI South Central Regional Convention, Sooner Thunder. We have lined up a myriad of  entertaining and interesting events for your stay in Norman, and we can assure you that you will enjoy spending your week-end with us. Upon your arrival at the Hilton, you will be greeted in the lobby of the hotel by our registration team, and after checking in with them and the hotel, you and your registered Thunderbird will be escorted to our private, independent, gated show field to complete your operations check and then shown to your own personal secure parking spot.


Thursday afternoon -You will be taken on a tour of the National Weather Center where over 550 scientists, meteorologists, climatologists, engineers, students and staff from the University of Oklahoma, and multiple other agencies work together  to improve the understanding of the Earth’s atmosphere and severe weather events.  You will be offered a behind the scenes look into NOAA’s storm prediction center, the Norman National Weather Service Forecast Office and the National Severe Storms Laboratory.  There will also be a stop at the Flying Cow Cafe named after the flying cow in the movie, “Twister”.  This is a tour that has been touted as “fantastic” and “one not to miss”. Transportation will the leave hotel at 12:30 p.m. for the 1:00 p.m. tour, so plan accordingly.

Thursday evening - A “dutch treat” dinner will be held  in the party room across the street from the hotel at Ted’s Cafe Escondido, our concours field sponsor.  Ted’s has consistently been voted as OKC”s best Mexican Restaurant and you will taste the reason why.  Afterwards, back at the hotel,  you will be treated to a delicious old -fashioned ice cream social hosted by the Sooner Thunderbird Car Club members.  This will be a perfect time to meet and greet those great VTCI friends that you haven't seen in awhile, and who knows what else might happen. 


Friday morning    - After a cooked to order breakfast provided by the hotel, our resident Chief Judge, Jim McNew, will hold an informative judges training explaining the parts of the Concours program that are not always fully clarified in the VTCI OFS courses. Also included in the training will be  a thorough “hands-on” practice session for all who have signed up to judge on Saturday morning.

Friday afternoon  -  We are offering for your entertainment the “Bricktown Experience”.  You will be shuttled to to our exciting Bricktown entertainment district in downtown Oklahoma City where you will be able to have lunch at one of the many fine restaurants, explore the unique shops and ride the canal boats along the Bricktown canal. This experience is available with or without the canal boat ride, but If enough people sign up, we will be able to reserve a canal boat exclusively for our VTCI Thunderbird group.

Friday evening  - “Casino Night”  A private casino shuttle has been reserved to transport you to the outstanding Riverwind Casino for an evening of fun, food and perhaps a rendezvous with Lady Luck. The Willows Buffet sports a Friday night fish buffet that will fill the bill and the belly. If that’s too much, Chips ’n Ales is an authentic English Pub featuring many delicious dishes. Not in the mood for a large meal?  No Problem!  The food court houses a Taco Bueno, Rick’s Cafe, Panda Express, and Burger King. If you want to try your luck in the Casino, its 219,000 square foot floor features over 2700 electronic games, 28 table games, a poker room open 24/7 and a high limits room.


Saturday morning-  Saturday starts bright and early with a final prep of the Thunderbirds before the 9:00 a.m. “rags down” call. A mandatory 8:00 a.m. owners and judges meeting will give everyone time to enjoy breakfast before the judging begins.

10:00 a.m. - For those not involved with the judging, an exclusive shuttle will arrive to whisk you off to The Outlet Shoppes of OKC, our newest outlet mall, for a unique shopping experience in over 90 different stores.  Spend your morning moseying through outlets like: Chicos, Coach, Bonwits, Jones New York, Michael Kors, Talbots, Clarks, Tommy Hilfiger, and Naturalizer, just to name a few.  Enjoy lunch in the food court, do a little more shopping and then board the shuttle for a return trip to the hotel arriving around 3:00 p.m.

Saturday afternoon-   Saturday afternoon is reserved for you to do whatever your little heart desires during our “on your own” time. Take this opportunity to check out the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History, or the renowned Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. Explore “Campus Corner” adjacent to the beautiful campus of the University of Oklahoma or just relax around the Hilton’s refreshing courtyard pool and hot tub. Enjoy a couple of cool drinks in the hotel’s comfortable lobby area while you talk Thunderbirds with your old and new VTCI friends.  Maps and suggestions for “on your own” trips will be provided in your goodie bag.

Saturday evening -  The evening begins at 6:00 p.m. for the traditional “CarTails” hour with a cash bar before the Awards Banquet at 7:00 p.m.  After an appetizing banquet  meal, all of your hard efforts will be rewarded as the awards for Saturday’s judging are handed out.     


Sunday morning - After another delectable breakfast at the hotel, be sure to stop by the hospitality room for good-byes with old and new VTCI friends until you meet again at the next convention.

Our host hotel is Hilton Garden Inn Norman, 700 Copperfield Dr., Norman, OK.  73072.  Phone:  405-579-0100.   Each room is equipped with a refrigerator, microwave, Keurig coffee maker, and self adjusting Garden Sleep System beds.  A full cooked to order breakfast is included each day with the room.  Room rate for the convention is $119.00 + tax per night.  CALL NOW and be sure to mention the Sooner Thunderbird Club to lock in that rate.  You may also book with the hotel on line using this


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Sorry no refunds for convention registration cancellation after May 1, 2016

Make checks payable to :

Sooner Thunderbird Car Club and mail to:  Tino Mendez, 2229 N.W. 56th, Oklahoma City, OK  73112


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 – Registration opens and Welcome Reception

Thursday – Goin’ To Kansas City Coach Tour

Friday – During the day, a choice of a stadium tour of the Royals or the Chiefs, followed by a stop at the County Club Plaza. That night enjoy KC BBQ at the National Airline History Museum

Saturday – Owner’s and judge’s meeting followed by Judging. That evening is the Awards Banquet.


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