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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


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


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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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