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VTCI 2015 South Central Regional Convention Arlington Texas May 14-16th, 2015
Pack your cowboy boots and bring your Birds to the VTCI South Central Regional Convention in Arlington, TX, the heart of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex on May 14-16, 2015 for Boots and Birds! Due to hotel conflicts, this new date is the only possible date for the 2015.
The Steering Committee of the North Texas Vintage Thunderbirds is hard at work planning all kinds of fun events for the weekend. We will have the opportunity to take pictures of our beautiful birds in front of AT&T Stadium (where the Cowboys play) and we hope to have a tour of that magnificent facility as well. We are working at providing other fun options in the DFW area, including watching real cowboys drive the Longhorn Herd through the Fort Worth Stockyards on Friday afternoon before enjoying a Bar-B-Que dinner and fun shopping there in the evening. Convention attendees may also schedule a tour of the Frontiers of Flight Museum in Dallas, take a Trolley tour of the route JFK followed on that fateful November day in 1963, or possibly visit Globe Life Stadium, home of the Texas Rangers.
Of course, all of these fun activities will be in addition to the main event going on Saturday on the show field. The hotel has generous parking allotted exclusively for our show cars, and there will be room to park your trailers on hotel property nearby.
The Sheraton at Arlington Hotel offers an elegant, convenient, and comfortable venue for our stay. You will want to book your rooms early, and you may want to extend your stay so you can go to the nearby Six Flags Over TX Amusement Park or Hurricane Harbor on Sunday after the convention ends. More details on registration, tour costs, and room pricing will follow in the next edition of The Scoop.
So mark your calendars now for May 14 - 16, 2015. From the Welcome Reception, highlighted by an interactive automotive history lesson (called Winners, Losers, and Lugnuts: Things You Auto Know About Car History) from our own Professor of All Things Automotive, Mr. Dan Sublette, to the exciting closing awards banquet which will feature some truly Texas-sized entertainment that will have you boot-scootin’ on the dance floor, the 2015 South Central Regional Convention of the VTCI will be the most fun you can have and still stay legal!
VTCI 2015 International Convention
Kelowna, Canada BC
"An invitation from the Okanagan Classic Thunderbird Club for you to join us, May 20 – 24, 2015 and participate in the ‘First VTCI International Convention’ to be held in Western Canada. This will be our 23rd Annual Show & Shine, which will include Three Daily Cruise activities incorporated into this event." "The Okanagan Classic Thunderbird Club, located in the magnificent Okanagan Valley of beautiful British Columbia, Canada, is pleased to be the host club for this International Convention to be held at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel in Kelowna, BC." This website, provides a very good 3 minute video Tour of Kelowna.
VTCI NC Regional Mid-Kansas Vintage
Wings of Thunder,
The 2015 year promises to be an exciting one for VTCI. The Mid Kansas club’s North Central Regional Convention at Wichita, entitled "Wings of Thunder, sixty years strong" will be celebrating sixty years of Thunderbirds! Our convention will be held June 11, 12, and 13th, with a bonus event for the 14th!
The Doubletree by Hilton at the Airport offers special Convention rates of $94.00. Registration begins on Thursday, June 11 and upon arrival our folks will find reserved, guarded and permanently marked parking spots for the ‘Birds. The Control Tower Room will serve as our hospitality room for the entire Convention, with an additional room housing silent auction items and exhibits. Thursday evening opens with a light dinner party at 6:00 PM followed by our first event, a luxury coach ride to Wichita’s iconic "Keeper of the Plains" statue, Veterans Memorials and River Park. Great place to visit, with an experience at 9:00PM at the Keeper of the Plains that you will never forget.
Friday opens with our "Shop Hop" to some unique shops we guarantee you do not have back home. On to Old Town with its own shops, restaurants, a brewery, and more attractions. A world class privately owned, "Museum of World Treasures" is available (on your own) in addition to shopping. As an additional event, same trip, we offer a guided tour of the fabulous Allen-Lambe house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Our coach will take us back to our hotel in late afternoon.
Our big Friday Evening event is the, "Mosley Street Buffet and Melodrama" a great informal dining experience followed by a hilarious, original stage show and musical revue!
Saturday begins with the Owners and Judges Meeting, and Judging beginning at 9:00. For those who are not into the judging feature of our conventions we offer a Saturday morning trip to Botanical, a world famous botanical garden and park. There you will see 25 different gardens with plantings, exotic foliage, a Butterfly Garden, and a brand new Children’s Garden. We guarantee the adults will appreciate the artistry and originality as much as children will. Be sure to bring your camera.
The balance of the afternoon will be spent visiting and showing off the Thunderbirds to other friends and owners plus the appreciative onlookers who cannot help but spot our cars! The Saturday Awards Banquet will begin with a Cartales Hour, followed by a fabulous beef and chicken Buffet Dinner with three salads, side dishes, Pretzel bread and multiple mini desserts. The Awards Presentation where you will receive your one-of-a-kind trophy or other award promises to be outstanding, with VTCI Directors officiating.
Now, our big, free, bonus Finale happens on Sunday, June 14! For those who can stay another day—or even part of the day—we will leave the hotel at 9:00 AM and caravan west over 14 miles of smoothly paved and scenic Kansas countryside to the Lake Afton All Wheels Rally; advertised as the biggest FREE open car show in the world. There, 1200 to 1500 Classics, Rods, and Customs will share the rolling meadow show field with our Thunderbirds, EXCEPT our Thunderbirds are hosting this year’s show which means the VTCI and our friends from CTCI will occupy a special, restricted parking area for all Thunderbirds! This rain or shine event is an open show, and you and your Thunderbird can leave at your own convenience to fit your travel plans.
Wichita, Kansas does not have a sea shore, mountains, or skyscrapers. What we do offer is friendly small town atmosphere with fair prices, no traffic problems, and a great group of Thunderbird owners! The Registration form in this and later issues of THE SCOOP details the events and prices we have carefully selected. This description of our Regional is abbreviated; if you want a more detailed description feel free to Email B.A.Wake@cox.net. Make your plans now to join us in Wichita!
Water Wonderland Thunderbirds Thunderbird 60th Anniversary show. June 25-28
As all of you know the Ford Thunderbird will be celebrating a special milestone in 2015 with its 60th Anniversary. The Water Wonderland Thunderbird Club of S.E. Michigan would like you to join us as we host a special celebration to honor these iconic Ford vehicles.
Although there is still a lot of work and planning to be done I suggest that you mark your calendar and save the date for this special anniversary event. Below is some of the important logistic information for you to know.
- Date: June 25-28, 2015
- Location: Dearborn / Detroit Michigan
- Host Hotel: DoubleTree by Hilton, Dearborn / Detroit
- Web address:www.Dearborn.DoubleTree.com
- Room Reservations: 313-336-3340
- Event Registration & Events: TBD
- WWTC Web-site:www.MichiganTbirds.org
We are looking forward to hosting this very special event in 2015 so please plan to join us and have some T-Bird FUN…FUN…FUN! One of the special events will be an all Thunderbird Show & Shine to be held at the Ford World Headquarters on June 27, 2015.
Please feel free to share this initial information with your Thunderbird Club members and help us get the word out. There will be much more information to follow.
We look forward to seeing you in Dearborn Michigan on June 25-28, 2015
For further information please e-mail Merle Morton, WWTC Vice President firstname.lastname@example.org.
VTCISW Regional Rocky Mountain Thunderbird Club
July 23-25, 2015
Come to Grand Junction, Colorado and experience Thunder on the Grand Mesa, the premiere 2015 VTCI SW Regional event hosted by the Rocky Mountain Thunderbird Club. Grand Junction is the largest city on Colorado’s Western Slope. The name Grand Junction stems from the junction of the Colorado River (formerly known as the Grand River) and the Gunnison River. The nearby Grand Mesa is a spectacular flat-top mountain that plateaus near 10,000 feet.
Thunder on the Grand Mesa will take place on July 23 – 25, 2015, and will be held at the luxurious DoubleTree by Hilton Grand Junction. Room rates are set at an affordable $112.00 (plus taxes) per night, with fine dining available on site. The DoubleTree offers a superb setting to exhibit your Thunderbird in this VTCI approved and judged event.
Thunder on the Grand Mesa will feature a dramatic cruise approximately one hour southwest of Grand Junction, Colorado, along Scenic Byway 141, a true driver’s road with its scenic canyon taking you from desert to alpine settings and into red rock country, but also with its sweeping curves, climbs and descents. There we’ll view one of the finest collections of American automobiles in existence today. With more than fifty vehicles from the privately owned Hendricks Collection on display at any given time – the Gateway Colorado Automobile Museum tells a story…the story of how the automobile impacted society.
Come to Grand Junction next July – you’ll never forget the trip!
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