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PRESIDENTS MESSAGE

JUNE 2020

 
Hello Club Members,
 
Just when you think that nothing could have topped last year's lousy Spring weather, along comes 2020 and the Covid 19 Pandemic.  The good news is that so far, everyone that I know of in the club is doing well and we hope that the end of this nightmare is coming soon.
 
With most of our early events cancelled, we did get together for Thunderbird Appreciation Day.  Thanks to our Events Coordinator Keith Landis, we managed to pull off a nice cruise through the NE Indiana and NW Ohio country side.  Our 50-mile cruise went through the towns of Leo, Spencerville, Hicksville, OH. and ended up at a Root Beer Stand in Antwerp, OH.  where we all enjoyed lunch in the out of doors.  We made quite an impression along the way with our caravan of eight Thunderbirds, one 1964 Mercury Monterey Convertible, and one 1957 Ford Fairlane Skyliner.  With heavy rain promised for May 17th, we decided to advance the schedule one day and it was the right decision as we had warm temperatures and bright blue skies.
 
Joining us were Keith and Deb Landis, 2002 Thunderbird, Greg Minnich and Kristen, 1955 Thunderbird, Eugene Serwatka, 1955 Thunderbird, Bill Crowley and Kathy, 1965 Thunderbird Hardtop, Gene and Beth Kline, 2004 Merlot, Larry Sneary, 1958 Thunderbird Hardtop, Larry and Helen Kwolek, 2003 007 James Bond Edition Thunderbird, Roger Noll and Carol Coffield, 2004 Merlot, Bud Gibson, 1964 Mercury Monterey Convertible, and new comer Blake Reed, 1957 Skyliner.
 
Blake has joined our Facebook page and we hope that he decides to join our club. He and his grandfather restored the Skyliner and he has many fond memories of them working together.  Since his grandfather's passing, Blake has inherited the 57.  Nice ride Blake!
 
Sorry to say that we are losing two members this month.  They are Mike and Donna Goff from Wabash.  Mike says that he has sold his 2003 Thunderbird.  Also leaving the club is Leo and Marilyn Mann from Otterbein.  Leo states that he is selling his flock of Thunderbirds and that failing health for them both is the reason for not renewing.  Best of luck to each of you and we will miss you.  
 
They say that when one door closes, another opens.   Please welcome new members Gary and Christine Nordman from Auburn.  They are the owners of a 2002 Thunderbird.  Also, welcome John Vincent from Gary, IN.  Gary is without a Thunderbird now, but is looking to purchase a 'driver quality' Bullet Bird Convertible that he can restore.  If anyone knows of one for sale, let us know. 
 
Since car shows haven't really made a big come back as of yet, here is an event you may like.  Gary Nordman tells us that there will be a Cars and Coffee event in Auburn at the ACD Museum  on May 30th 9:00 am to 11:00 am.  Those wanting to caravan there, so that we can park together, meet at the Marathon station at Dupont /Leo Roads and Tonkel Road at 8:30 am.  Let's get the flock out!
 
Since the trip to The Gilmore Museum in Hickory Corners, MI.  has been canceled, The Early Birds of Hoosierland are inviting us to a car show on Father's Day, June 21st.  The show is held at Highland Park in Kokomo, registration is from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.   If you are planning to go, we need to know ahead of time, as The Early Bird Club will save us parking with them if they know in advance of how many spaces they will need.
 
We have an event scheduled on our website for June 27th, The Shine and Show in Markle.  I am informed that this has been canceled.  
 
We look forward to The ITC Convention Sept. 17th-20th in Dearborn, MI.  hosted by The WaterWonderland Club.  As far as I know, this is still a GO, so make plans to attend.  
 
I wish that I had better news to report concerning the Covid 19 virous, but with the death toll in the U.S. now reaching over 100,000 it kind of makes our car shows and activities that are being canceled seem a lot less significant.  Everyone stay safe out there!
 
That's all the news from Hoosierland,  COME FLY WITH US!
 
Best regards,
 
Roger Noll, President
HVTC

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THUNDERBIRD APPRECIATION DAY

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THUNDERBIRD RENDEZVOUS

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

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HOLIDAY DINNER 

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OSSIAN CAR SHOW                                        WINNERS: ROGER NOLL & LARRY KWOLEK !!!

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ROCK THE FORT CAR SHOW

WINNERS: BILL CROWLEY, GENE KLINE, LARRY KWOLEK, LOWELL LEPPER, GENE SERWATKA, DARRELL WILL !!!!!

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INDIANA TECH

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AVILLA FREEDOM FESTIVAL

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AUBURN MUSEUM

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