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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!

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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 ˝ 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.

The VTCI 50th Anniversary International Itinerary

Date: July 11 – 14, 2018

Marriott Tulsa Southern Hills, Tulsa, OK


The planning for the VTCI 50th Anniversary International Convention is well underway.  Thank you to all of the people who have volunteered their time, services, and things to help promote the 50th Anniversary of the Vintage Thunderbird Club International.  The registration form is included in this issue of the Thunderbird Scoop.  The plans so far are as follows:


Wednesday, July 11, 2018 early attendees will come and register at the registration desk in the lobby.  The meals for this day will be on your own.


Thursday, July 12, 2018 there will be a Board Meeting starting at 8:00 AM to about 9:45 AM.  The first portion of the meeting will be Board Members only discussion and the second portion will be the open session for anyone.  At 10:00 AM the first tour departs.  We will depart the hotel on a motor coach bus to experience the Heart of Route 66 Auto Museum in Sapulpa, OK.  This museum is housed in an old decommissioned armory and is the home of the world’s tallest gas pump.  The auto display is on the drill room floor with a section dedicated to the military use of the building as well as a space dedicated to the Mother Road, Route 66.

Next, we will cruise downtown Tulsa for lunch at the intersection of Main and Brady in the Brady Arts District where there are at least seven restaurants to choose from.  Lunch will be on your own.  After lunch we will walk two blocks to the Center of the Universe where the experience echoes as you speak.

Then we will board the bus, drive by the Cyrus Avery Plaza which highlights Route 66, and head for the fairgrounds where the Golden Driller Statue stands watch.  After taking pictures, we will drive to the Philbrook Museum of Art, which is rated the number one attraction in Tulsa.  The Philbrook is housed in a historic mansion built by the Phillips Petroleum Philanthropist, Waite Phillips.  He donated the 72 room mansion to the city of Tulsa in 1938, and the rest is history you won’t want to miss.  After touring the museum and gardens, we will return to the hotel.

There will be a Welcome Reception in the Hospitality Room.  Pizza and salads will be furnished by the VTCI.  Time will be determined later.


Friday, July 13, 2018 there will be a judges and owners’ meeting held at 7:45 AM to 8:45 AM.  Then at 9:00 AM we will start our next tour.  This can be a driving tour on Route 66. Plan to drive your Thunderbird on the Mother Road, Route 66, but if you didn’t bring a car or would rather ride, limited bus transportation is an option.  Before we drive on the Mother Road, we will drive one and a half hours Northeast of Tulsa to the Darryl Starbird National Rod and Custom Hall of Fame Museum in Afton, OK.  This is a must see auto museum with over 50 custom cars including a few Thunderbirds.

After the museum tour, we will drive to Vinita, OK for lunch at a Route 66 venue, which again, will be on your own.  When lunch is finished we will hop on Route 66 for a nice 50 plus mile cruise down the Mother Road.  We will stop at Totem Pole Park in Foyil, the Nut House in Verdigris and the famous Blue Whale in Catoosa.  At the end of the afternoon, we will arrive back at the hotel, about 4:00 PM.

In the evening a Backyard BBQ Buffet will be held.  The time will be determined later. 


Saturday, July 14, 2018 there will be a brief judges and owners’ meeting starting at 8:00 AM to 8:45 AM.  The judging of the cars will start promptly at 9:00 AM.  All rags are down and no further cleanup of cars after the horn blows at 9:00 AM.

At 10:00 AM there will be a shopping trip scheduled to the Woodland Hills Mall about 5-1/2 miles away.  The hotel shuttle will take us but we will have to work around the shuttle’s schedule if they have a call to pick up people at the airport.  The shuttle will come and pick up people at 1:00 PM from the mall.

At 6:00 PM we will have the open bar and social hour before the awards banquet.  Then at 7:00 PM we will have the awards banquet.


Sunday, July 15, 2018 say goodbyes to one another and be on our way back to home or where ever we are going.  Have safe travels.  Thank you for supporting the 50th Anniversary Vintage Thunderbird Club International Convention.


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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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