Hello Club Members,
July and August were busy months for our club. On July 20th was The Lawton Park Show in the Fort. (It also was my 70th Birthday, how the heck did that happen??) This was during a heat wave with the temperature in the high 90's. With the help of a shady tree and a gentle breeze, we made it through the day. Attending were Keith Landis, 2002 Retro Bird, Jim McCann, 1957 Thunderbird, Lowell Lepper, 1955 Thunderbird, Dan Higgins driving my 1966 Thunderbird and myself driving my 2004 Merlot. Congratulations to Jim and Lowell, winning awards in the top 50. Our club also won 2nd place, $50.00 for best club attendance that we donated back to the Shriners Hospital.
August 25th was an All Ford Show in Columbia City. Attending were Greg Minnich, 1955 Thunderbird, Eugene Serwatka, 1949 Mercury Coupe, Lowell Lepper, 1955 Thunderbird, Darrell Will, 1963 Thunderbird Hardtop, Brian and Sara Provines, 1958 Thunderbird Hardtop and Bill Crowley, 1965 Thunderbird Hardtop. We also gained a new member, Gina Rodriguez driving her newly aquired 2002 Desert Sky Blue Thunderbird. Welcome Gina! Also congratulations to Lowell Lepper for winning THE BEST OF SHOW!
Sept. 7th was The Kendallville Car Show in Kendallville. This was a huge show with over 300 cars sweezed into downtown. Those attending were Bud and Freda Gibson, 1964 Mercury Monterey Convertible, Larry Sneary, 1964 Thunderbird Convertible, Darrell Will, 1963 Thunderbird Hardtop, Greg Minnich, 1955 Thunderbird Convertible, and myself in my 2004 Merlot. Congratulations to Greg Minnich winning in the top 60 and to Darrell Will winning THE BEST OF SHOW with his 1963 Thunderbird Hardtop. This is quite an honor considering that there were over 300 cars there! I think that no one was more surprised than Darrell as he was heading back to his car when they made the announcement of one more award to be given, The Best of Show. It is about time that our Thunderbirds are given the recognition that they deserve.
This Saturday, Sept 14th is the car show at Mike Anderson Chevrolet in Ossian. We have always done well at this show. For those wanting to caravan there, we will meet at 8:00 AM at the Waynewood Inn on Bluffton Road. Keith Landis informs me that Indiana State Road 1 is closed due to new blacktop being applied. He can get us there using an alternet route. I hope to see you there.
I am thrilled to see that we now have 5 of our Thunderbirds making the trip to The Bloomington Rendezvous (Illionis) on Oct. 4-6th. They are Gene and Beth Kline, Darrell and Sue Will, Wayne Settlemyer, Kevin and Diane Mark and myself. I hope that we have good travel weather.
We also have The Red Hot Chili Cook Off and Car Show on Oct 12th in Rochester, and I am hoping that we can get in a tour of a private car Collection in Huntington, and maybe a Fall Cruise before we end our season of 'Thunderbirding Across the Land.'
That's all the news from Hoosierland.
COME FLY WITH US!
Roger Noll, President