Hello Club Members,


We just finished our last event of the year, our Fall Color Tour.  We cruised through the towns of Decatur, Berne, Bluffton, Huntington, and ended with a delicious lunch at 'The Pickle' in Markle.  The day started a little cool, but as the day progressed, the sun warmed us up enough that some of the convertibles had their tops down.  All considered, we had a good turnout from the club that included, Keith and Deb Landis, Bill Crowley and Kathy, Bud and Freda Gibson, Gene and Beth Kline, Gerald and Dorothy Germann, Bob Tucker, Carol Coffield and friend Nancy Beer, Larry Sneary, Gina Rodriguez and myself.  


The Fall Colors weren't quite at their peak, but close enough that they were quite spectacular.  The only mishap of the day was in Bluffton, where we were at a busy intersection where the last two cars got separated from the group and missed a turn.  OK, my bad, but we all eventually ended up at the restaurant at the same time.  It was good to see everyone and it was a nice way to end our year of 'Thunderbirding Across the Land.'  Thanks to event coordinator Keith Landis who planned our day.


So with Covid 19 still not under control, we have had a very different year to say the least.  As with most of all of you, the conventions and nearly all car shows in the area were cancelled.  


We did get a late start in May, for Thunderbird Appreciation Day we took a tour of NE Indiana, then venturing over into NW Ohio ending up having lunch outdoors at a Root Beer Stand in Antwerp, Ohio.  I think that we had nine cars in our caravan.  It was a simple thing to do, but we all enjoyed our drive and fellowship at lunch.


On June 27th, we toured The Early Ford V-8 Museum in Auburn and The Byerly Lane Winery.  The museum has expanded greatly since the last time we were there.  There is now a permanent display of 1936 Fords of each model made that year.  We were also excited to see a newly acquired 1957 black Thunderbird that had been donated to the museum.  We ended the day at the Winery, each having a frozen wine slushy that went down too easy.  


July 18th was finally a car show that we could attend, The annual Lawton Park Show just North of downtown Fort Wayne.  We had a nice attendance from the club, and our Thunderbirds took home five awards.  Our club also won 2nd place in club attendance, a $50.00 prize that we promptly donated back to the Shriners Hospital because 'that's the way we roll.'


On July 26th, thanks to club member Larry Sneary, we once again cruised the waters of beautiful Lake Wawasee aboard the S.S. Lilypad II.  It was a beautiful day to be out on the water.  Our nearly two-hour tour included a nice lunch aboard the boat.  We had the 70-foot-long double decker boat entirely to ourselves, so it wasn't a problem being able to social distance from each other.  


August 8th included The Wheels and Weiners Car Show hosted by The Pretty Lake Conservation Club.  We had some issues with a couple of contrary club cars not wanting to start, sending them home of the back of a tow truck.  After the show, we enjoyed a nice carry-in dinner at Ken and Di Hensch's home on Pretty Lake.  Our thanks Ken & Di for hosting our club picnic. 


September 19th was the annual Mike Anderson Car Show at the Chevy dealership in Ossian.  Our club always does well at this show, with five of our cars taking home awards in the top 40.   It was another nice warm day and was good to be outside.


September 26th was Cruise-In at the covered bridge in Spencerville.  It was another beautiful sunshiny day and the sponsors were a little overwhelmed with all of the cars that showed up.  This wasn't an official club event, but we had a very good representation from HVTC.  


So this ends another year of fun, fun, fun, in our Thunderbirds.  The cars that are "Unique in all the World."  Tuck them away for their Winter slumber.  We will meet again for our "After the Holidays' Club dinner in January, the where abouts to be announced.  Stay safe out there everyone and let's hope that the virus will soon be gone and we will have a much better year in 2021. 


That's all the news from Hoosierland, COME FLY WITH US!


Best regards,


Roger Noll, President


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