November 2021


Hello Club Members,

Our latest event was the Fall Color Tour, planned by club vice-president Keith Landis.  Our tour started on October 17th with brunch at Hall's Original Drive-In on Bluffton Road.  Our trip wound its way through parts of Allen, Wells, and Huntington Counties.  The color GREEN stood out as the predominate color as our warmer than usual October failed to bring out the usual gold and red colors.  If we had waited a week, we would have had torrential rain and cold temperatures.  It looks like we made the right call.


Joining us were Keith and Brenda Murphy, Larry Sneary and guest, Kevin and Diane Mark, Gene and Beth Kline, Ruth Darnstein, Gina and Carlos Rodriguez, Gerold and Dorothy Germann, Phil Walter, Keith Landis, and myself.  Also joining us were potential new club members, Brian Gatzemeyer and his daughter Jane.  They were driving a pristine 1963 Thunderbird Hardtop in Fieldstone Tan.  It was great to meet them and we hope that they will decide to join our Thunderbird family.


We ended the tour back in the Fort, touring The Fort Wayne Museum of Art.  Our thanks to Keith Landis for planning our day.  It was nice to see our club within a club, the three nearly identical Merlot's in our group. 


For those of us who are on Facebook, we now have 411 members from all over the world.  Check us out by doing a search for Hoosier Vintage Thunderbirds.  We share pictures of our events and announcements or anything pertaining to The Car That Is Unique In All The World, The Ford Thunderbird.

Our Events from this last season included:

March 6th, was our planning meeting.


March 20 was a joint event with our sister club, The Vintage Thunderbird Club of Indiana.  We headed to Indy to tour a private owner's massive collection of collector cars including many Thunderbirds.  We ended the day with lunch at Sero's Restaurant. 


April 17 was The Spring Fling Car Show in Garrett.


May 16 was Thunderbird Appreciation Day with lunch at Arcos Mexican Restaurant and then a tour of The Auburn, Cord, Duesenberg Museum in Auburn.

June Was to be our Lily Pad tour, thunderstorms in the area cancelled this event.

July was the Annual Car Show in Lawton Park.  Also on July 31st was Rock The Fort Car Show at SweetCars.


August 7 was The Wheels and Weiners Cruise-In at The Conservation Club at Pretty Lake, hosted by Club Members Ken and Di Hensch.  Early morning rain kept many members away. 


August 22 was our tour of beautiful Lake Wawasee aboard The SS Lily Pad.  It included a wonderful lunch on board.  We set a new club record with around 60 members and friends joining us!  Our thanks to club member Larry Sneary for setting up our day and leading the caravan.


October 1-3 was The 37th Annual Bloomington Rendezvous hosted by another sister club, The Land of Lincoln Thunderbird Club.  Those attending included Kevin and Diane Mark, Wayne Settlemeyer, and myself.  Make plans to join in next year!


October 17, we ended our year of Thunderbirding Across The Land with the above mentioned Fall Color tour.  Stay tuned for our annual 'After the Holidays' club party, the date to be determined.


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

Best regards,

Roger Noll, President





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