Hello Club Members,
Well it looks like we are done for another year of 'Thunderbirding Across the Land.'
And what a strange year it was....Mother Nature was not on our side.
March 30th was our annual planning meeting. We had a room full of enthusiastic club members and was a great way to start the year.
April 20th was The Living Faith Car Show in Yoder. It was rained out, as you will see, that happened a lot this year.
April 27th, The Rivers Edge Car Show in Bluffton, rained out.
May 19th, City of Lakes Car Show in Warsaw, rained out. And Thunderbird Appreciation Day didn't happen.
May 25th, Great American Car Show in Marion, rained out.
June 1st, Dream Makers Car Show in Ft. Wayne, rained out.
June 8th, Pretty Lake Cruise-In, beautiful day, only 3 Thunderbirds showed up. Go figure.
June 22, Avilla Freedom Days, we finally had a good turnout for this one.
July 20th, Lawton Park Car Show in Ft. Wayne, so we are now done with the Monsoon Season and go right into a heat wave. It was 98 degrees but we still managed to have six cars show up. Our club wins 2nd place in club participation, winning $50.00 that we promptly returned, money going to the Shriner's Hospital.
July 26th was a Rockin' Cars Show at SweetWater Sound. I am not sure if anyone made this event.
August 3rd, Rock the Fort Car Show at SweetWater Cars. We did have a nice turnout from the club and also did very well in the awards department. It was the first time that Bill Crowley had his 65 Thunderbird judged and he came in the top 40! WTG Bill.
August 6th - 11th ITC Convention in Cleveland, OH. I thought that we might have some members go to this since we are only about 3 hours away. We did have club member, Wayne Settlemyer attend, where his beautiful 1966 Thunderbird convertible won 1st place, winning Senior Car Status! Congratulations Wayne. I had planned to go, but unfortunately I had a death in the family that prevented that. From the pictures, it looked like they had a great convention.
August 8th - 11th, VTCI Convention in Princeton, N.J. That is a little farther than most of us wanted to drive. No one from the club made the trip.
August 16 - 17, The Kunkle Show in Wabash. Looks like Mike Goff was the only club member to attend. At least he had his car featured inside the Honeywell Center.
August 17th, The Hensch's annual hog roast at Pretty Lake. We had several members attend, it was a fun day and included a leisurely boat ride, a band playing, lots of friends and family and wonderful food!
August 23rd, Summit City Chevrolet Car Show in Ft. Wayne. As far as I know, we only had one club member attend.
August 25th, All Ford Show in Columbia City, nice turnout from the club. We met new member Gina and Carlos Rodriguez. Lowell Lepper wins 'Best of Show' with his 1955 Thunderbird!
September 14th, The Mike Anderson Car Show in Ossian. We had 4 members attend, winning in the top 10 newer model cars was Larry Kwolek, 2003 007 James Bond Edition and Roger Noll, 2004 Merlot.
October 4th - 6th, The annual Bloomington Rendezvous in Normal, Ill. For the first time, we had members follow me over to our sister club The Land of Lincoln Thunderbird Club. We all had a great time an it is one of the most reasonably priced events in all of Thunderbird Land! I asked VP Darrell to do a write up on this event that you will see in this newsletter.
October 12th, The Red Hot Car Show in Rochester, the only members attending were Larry and Helen Kwolek. They are members of the hosting club.
So as you can see, it has been a very strange year. Sometimes good attendance, sometimes little attendance, and sometimes no attendance. I am not sure what gives, maybe it is a sign of the times. We are all getting older, most have grand kids events to attend and of course family comes first. I do know that we are not the only club that also have the same issues. I hate to end this on a negative note, so I won't.
I would like to welcome our newest member, Michael Bennington from Leo, Indiana. Mike is the proud owner of a 1965 Thunderbird Convertible. He says that he is excited to join us, and looks forward to meeting you all.
That's all the news from Hoosierland. COME FLY WITH US!
Roger Noll, President
36th Annual Thunderbird Rendezvous
Our travels began on Friday, October 4th at 9am, following the scenic U.S. 24 route across Indiana and Illinois. The club members attending were Roger Noll and friend Pat, Wayne Settlemeyer, Darrell and Susan Will, Kevin and Diane Mark, and Carlos and Gina Rodrigue We arrived around 1pm at the Hampton Inn and Suites in Normal, Illinois and we were quickly greeted by our hosts, Terry and Dusty Fletcher of the Land of Lincoln club. The hospitality room was set up early allowing us to relax, enjoy refreshments and snacks, and meet all new arrivals. Later that evening there was a pizza party with refreshments. During that time there was a drawing of door prizes. Our own Wayne Settlemeyer, won the top prize of one night free during the show.
Saturday morning started early with a bus trip to nearby Pekin Ill. to view a private car collection at a custom paint and body shop. After our first tour, it was off to a nearby old school that was converted to a privately owned lifetime collection of memorabilia that covered every square inch of anything imaginable. Both spots were very fun and enjoyable. We finished Saturday evening with a short trip to Alexander's Steak House for dinner and camaraderie.
Sunday 8:30am -time to get our vehicles cleaned up and registered for the voting. The peoples choice voting was from 11:30 to 1:30 for the best in twelve different categories. The awards presentation followed at 3 pm. The winners from our club were as follows: Wayne Settlemeyer, 64-66 open first place, Darrell and Susan Will, 61-63 closed second place, Kevin and Diane Mark, retro third place, Roger Noll, modified third place. We then departed for a late arrival at home
In a short follow up, I would like to say that our hosts did everything they could to keep the trip short, enjoyable, fun, and inexpensive. Our costs were pizza party with beer, wine and soft drinks $5.00 each, Steak house cost depended on your selections, Bus trip $15.00 each, and family registration $15.00 each. The hotel was booked at $99.00 each night. Add your gas costs and you will see what was probably the least expensive show this year and just as fun.
Submitted by Darrell Will