Hello Club Members,
Happy Summer! It looks like our monsoon season is finally over and we are having some decent car show type weather for a change. Now we have to put up with the heat, but we can deal with that for the most part.
On June 1st we attended The Dream Makers Car Show with five of our Thunderbirds on display. It was not without incident, with one car needing a jump start, and another over heating due to a water pump going out.
This is not my month for good luck with Thunderbirds. While driving home from the Dream Cars Show, on crazy busy W. Washington Center road, I lost my brakes on the 66. I managed to get off on a side street and coast to a stop. A call to AAA brought a flat bed to get me home. Long story short, all have been repaired including new struts and bushings on the front end, and a new rear axle bearing. Now if I can get those tight fitting spinner hubcaps back on without them falling off, I should be good to go, although I am thinking of opening a 'Go Fund Me' account.
On June 8th, we were invited to a Cruise-In at the Conservation Club at Pretty Lake by club members Ken and Di Hensch. It was the first time the group hosted a Cruise-In and they hope to be able to expand it in the future. The club served up hot dogs and brats, hence, the name of the event was 'Wheels and Wieners'.
There were a varied assortment of cars there from a few Thunderbirds to a 55 Bel Air, a newer Corvette, a BMW Z3, a MG Midget, a couple of hot rods, old pickup trucks, and a Jeep, plus more. Greg Minnich and his friend Kristen were there with his 55 Thunderbird, Ken and Di displayed their 57, and I drove my 2004 Merlot. Our thanks to Ken and Di for inviting us, I hope that more of you will be able to attend next year.
On the way home, driving with my top down, cruise control engaged, I ran over something in the road that flipped up and hit the side of the Merlot. I didn't even see what it was, but I am guessing that it must have been a piece of metal that flipped up and hit the real quarter, just behind the drivers door and below the C pillar (where it would be on a convertible.) It kind of made me sick, seeing the first damage on a car that I am so careful with. It left two small dents and four scratches down to bare metal. It will be going in to the body shop next week. I have full coverage with no deductible, but the repair bill will be $1100,00. I shutter to think what could have happened if I had been going just a little slower and it came up a little higher, it could have hit me right in the head. With the cruise on, well who knows what could have happened.
On June 22 was The Freedom Fest Car Show in Avilla. Once again, a beautiful day where most of us probably ended up with a little sun burn. We had a nice turnout from the club, those attending included, Lowell Lepper, 1955 Thunderbird, Jim McCann, 1957 Thunderbird, Darrell Will, 1963 Thunderbird Hardtop, Keith Landis, 2002 Retro, Larry and Helen Kwolek, 2003 007 James Bond Edition, Larry Sneary 1964 Thunderbird Convertible with friend of the club Bob Berger, Bud and Freda Gibson, 1964 Mercury Monterey Convertible, Bob Tucker, 1960 Thunderbird Hardtop, and myself in my slightly damaged 2004 Merlot. It was one of those shows that didn't hold our Thunderbird in as high of esteem and we do, with no Thunderbirds winning any awards. There is no accounting for good taste. No Thunderbirds were injured at this show.
July 20th is our next scheduled event, The Lawton Park Car Show at 1900 North Clinton Street in the Fort. 8:00 Am to 2:00 PM, Awards at 1:30. Silent Auction, Food venders. Top 50 1999 and older trophies, and Top 15 2000 and newer. This event is historically one of our best attended shows, so let's get the flock out. New members, we would love to see you there too! Let's meet at 8:00 AM at the Burger King at the point of Spy Run and North Clinton Streets just North of State Street.
We have some time between now and July 20th, so we could add another event in between time. If you have any suggestions, let me know, OK?
That is all the news from Hoosierland, COME FLY WITH US!
Roger Noll, President