Hello Club Members,
Happy Fall! Time is running down for our car show season, but we have at least one more event for October. More on that later.
Our last club event was the annual car show at The Mike Anderson Chevy Dealership in Ossian, Indiana. Those in attendance in included new members Walter and Sylvia Hartley from Albion in their Torch Red 2002 Thunderbird. Also, Lowell Lepper -1955 Thunderbird, Bob Steffan and son -1965 Landau, Bud and Freda Gibson -1964 Mercury Monterey Convertible, Larry and Helen Kwolek -2003, 007 James Bond Edition, Keith Landis -2002 Thunderbird Convertible, and myself in my 1966 Thunderbird Convertible. Congratulations to Lowell and Larry and Helen winning trophies for the top 40.
Sorry for the late response to the newsletter. I have been a little busy lately, having returned from vacation last week, then attended The Bloomington Rendezvous in Normal, Ill. on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and came home Monday.
For those that have never been to the Rendezvous, it is a weekend show packed with fun things to do. It is sponsored by The Land of Lincoln Thunderbird Club and this is their 37th year of putting it on. It is similar to a convention, but without all of the tension and fuss. It starts on Friday evening with a salad and pizza party, on Saturday they bus you to fun events, each year different. This year we visited a restored gas station on Old Route 66. Then to a business that restores Ford Broncos. If you go to our face book page, you can see pictures. Their work is simply amazing, doing custom work or mild to wild restorations. Some of their Broncos have sold in the $200.000 range. They sell them to customers from all over the world. Our next stop is hard to describe, but someone has a lot of time on their hands. It is a house with metal figures, stone animals, all sorts of craziness. You just had to be there. Saturday night is dinner at a local Steak House. On Sunday is the car show using 'People's Choice' ballots. It is so relaxed an atmosphere that they don't even care if you wash your car or not. Club members attending included Kevin and Diane Mark (ask Kevin about his broccoli), Wayne Settlemeyer, our club member from Missouri, and myself. Gina and Carlos Rodrigeuz were planning to attend, but after working all day and checking the weather forecast for the Bloomington area, they decided not to make the trip. Members from the Indianapolis Club included Elaine Anderson and Mike Sercer. There were members from as far as Kansas, Missouri, Minnesota and Chicago. Most of the predicted rain held off until the very end of the show. I hope that some of you would consider attending next year, the 2nd weekend of October. It is very easy to get there, just take US 24 West to I-55 South and you are there. It is also very inexpensive with reduced room rates and low registration fees. Think about it, OK?
The man with the plan, club VP Keith Landis has been busy planning our Fall Color Cruise. The date is Sunday, October 17th. We will meet at the original Hall's Drive-In at 1502 Bluffton Road at 10:00 AM for brunch or meet at 11:00 AM if you just want to do the cruise. We will cruise thru Allen, Wells, and Huntington counties and then end at Two EE's Winery . As this may be the last club event until the snow flies, we hope that you can join us.
We regret to inform you of the passing of Harold Secrest, a longtime member of The Vintage Thunderbird Club of Indiana. Our condolences to wife Margaret and family.
That's all the news from Hoosierland, COME FLY WITH US!
Roger Noll, President