President's Message

  • August, 2017


Hello Club Members,


Our last July event was The Rolling Into Roanoke Car Show on July 22nd .  Mother Nature had her own agenda that day and it wasn’t sunshine and blue skies.  The radar showed a huge mass of green all over Northern Indiana and Illinois that day.  We are talking buckets of rain…not a little downpour, but a non- stop drenching.   Our little Birds which were supposed to be in a display downtown decided, this was not a day to get wet.  The exception was Greg and Amy Minnich who drove there in the rain, then even put a tarp over their car in an effort to keep it dry.  With the non-stop rain, even they gave up and called it a day.


I waited until the rain ended around 10:00 AM and found Bob and Carole Tucker there with their 1960 Thunderbird Hardtop and also Larry and Helen Kwolek in their 2003 James Bond Edition Retro.  A little later, Keith and Deb Landis brought in the 63 Convertible and the 2002 Bumblebee.  It turned out to be a pleasant day, but the rain had encouraged a lot of people to stay home.  And so it goes….



Our August 12th event was a car show sponsored by our friends at SweetCars.  This was a free event with SweetCars providing lunch, door prizes, and awards.  The featured cars were Mustangs and THUNDERBIRDS!  Well now I know the secret to getting members out to an event, free admission and free food!  It seemed to work, as we had a record setting, unheard of in the history of HVTC, 25 Thunderbirds there and one ‘Thunderboat,’  that being Bud and Freda’s 1964 Mercury Monterey Convertible.  The little Birds ruled in the awards department, with Ken and Di Hensch winning 3rd place with their 1957 Thunderbird, Craig and Diane Heavenridge, 2nd Place, 1956 Thunderbird, and Lowell and Carroll Lepper taking 1st Place with their 1955 Thunderbird.  We also gained two, and possibly three new members to our club.  It was a perfect day with lots of sunshine, good food, and a whole lot of fine classic cars to drool over.  Our thanks to SweetCars for being so very supportive of the car club community.


Please welcome Dick Daring from Leo, Indiana.  Dick and his wife April are the proud owners of a beautiful red and white 1955 Thunderbird.  Welcome to the club!

Also, we would like to welcome back former club member Jeff Evans who had moved away to Tucson, AZ. eight long years ago.  He is back because of a job offer too good to refuse, and has re-joined our merry band of Thunderbirders.  Jeff was always an active member in the club and we look forward to him getting his 1967 Landau back on the road again!   


Our next club event will be on August 19th, the Kunkel Car Show in Wabash, Indiana.  We will need an early start as we have some distance to get there.  Let’s meet at the gas station in Roanoke, at 8:00 AM and plan on departing at 8:15.  This is a huge show, so we need to arrive there early.  It is at the Honeywell Center and I am told that it is a wonderful show.  Make plans to be there. 


Also that evening, head up to Pretty Lake to Ken and Di Hensch’s annual Hog Roast.  You should have received information on this in an earlier email.  Thanks Ken and Di for the invite!


New club shirts-  Two years in the making, our club shirts have arrived.  Some were passed out at the SweetCars event.  If you ordered yours and haven’t received it yet, see club VP Darrell Will.  We may need to send in a second order if more of you want them.  Darrell will notify you as to what you owe, and you will need to send a check to club Treasurer, Ric Echler. 


Our Fall Color Tour to Connersville and the train ride to Metamora is filling up fast.  We have to get reservations in early, as this is prime Fall Color time at that location.  You should have received information on this in an earlier email.  We now have around 18 members signed up to participate.  Don’t miss out, get your reservations in soon. 


The ITC Convention will soon be upon us.  While we did not agree to be the hosts of this event, we did agree to support and participate in it.  The dates are August 28 thru Sept. 3rd.  It isn’t often that a Thunderbird Convention comes to us, so I am hoping that all of you can book out some time to participate.  I know that most of you have been to the events that they have planned, but to show support, I am asking you to at least be in the caravan to Auburn on Thursday, August 31st departing from the Ramada at 9:00 AM.  You don’t have to go to the museums if you don’t want too.   We have agreed to help with registration and help host in the Hospitality Suite during the convention.  Anything you would want to contribute to the hospitality suite or with registration would be appreciated.  We do have some members having their cars judged, so if you are interested in that, you need to register now.  Some of our members are willing to be judges, so your help in that would be appreciated too.  You don’t have to be an expert to be a judge.   Go to our website for all of the information.  If you haven’t heard from me, you may expect a phone call.     


That’s all the news from Hoosierland.  COME FLY WITH US!


Best regards,


Roger Noll, President








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