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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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