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Footnote:  President's Message page is a "throw-back" to the original T-Bird Times newsletter.


Trophy Award History

                  The idea for a ”most miles driven” trophy began back  in 2006. Then VCTC President, Fred Schmoyer thought it would be fun to have a friendly competition to promote driving of our classics. Our trophy was designed and crafted by club members George Lake and Fred Schmoyer.

                  Mileage is tracked for Classic Tbirds driven to club events simply by noting the mileage from member’s home to the club meeting location using Google Maps.  The noted mileage is doubled to create a round-trip total and then tabulated.  The club member who travels the most miles for the year has their name placed on the trophy and is awarded The Trophy for a year.


  1.      Usually, plan for guests to arrive by 1130 with things kicking off at 1200. It’s best if there is a dedicated/designated parking area for those driving classic and retro Tbirds. If meeting at a restaurant, the business management can often help identify and reserve a suitable area. When weather cooperates, we can have 10 or more classics at the event. Hosts should plan to arrive a bit early to confirm plans with the restaurant and direct parking.
  2.      For planning, usually 20-40 members attend our monthly events. If a head count is desired in advance, email notices can be sent requesting RSVP from those planning to attend. (Club officers will help with that.) Ideally, the meeting would be held in a room large enough to seat everyone comfortably. If in a restaurant, it’s best (though not required) if the area is separated in some way from other customers to facilitate group discussion and business.
  3.      Options for lunch can vary depending on the venue. Regardless of choice, hosts should talk to restaurant management to inform them of the overall plan and coordinate necessary details. Ordering and paying individually from the standard menu is one option. If going this route, it’s best to coordinate with restaurant management to make ordering and serving go smoothly without excessive delay. Selecting menu items in advance or catering a buffet line is another possibility. Another option depending on the venue is to determine/provide the main course and have attendees contribute to the meal by bringing a dish to share. Generally, try to keep costs for lunch around $25 per person. Meeting hosts can collect lunch fees from guests as they arrive, or guests can pay checks individually after lunch depending on which option was used.
  4.      At the meeting site, you can expect the club President to discuss the plan and manage timing to briefly conduct VCTC business and make any pertinent announcements prior to serving lunch. This business generally takes less than 15 minutes. When complete, lunch is served and expect the rest of the day to go smoothly as the servers do their thing and attendees can continue mixing, meeting and eating.
  5.      As an after-lunch option, consider if there are additional activities available at, or near the meeting location which can be visited following lunch. While not required, this can provide opportunities for attendees to visit places they otherwise would not have known about.


** Tips for Hosting **

See Below President's Message


Classic Thunderbird Club International Chapter #36








Bill Brown

J. Brown

Eric Best




Stan Hostetler

Lynn Hillman

Brenda Morrison / Carrie Hillman


Bill Brown & Stan Hostetler

Bill is a multiple winner (4 times)

and has the highest mileage total!

**     If you are interested in hosting a monthly club meeting, contact     **  Activities Coordinator: Lynn Hillman @ lm_hillman@mac.com


November 19th:  Hosted by George Seicko  (Toano area)

Presidents Report                                                                               September 2022

What a beautiful day for our September meeting at the Chesterfield County Airport. We had 27 members, 5 Classics and 4 Retro Birds in attendance. The venue and the food were great and Linda and I want to thank all of you who attended. We had new members Paul Gori and Julie Castonguay join us. They are from West Point and have a triple colonial white 56 bird.

We will meet at the Pickle Barrel for our next meeting. It will be hosted by Tom and Brenda Morrison on Saturday, October 15th beginning at 11:30. This year we will be stuffing “Santa Boxes” so bring an unwrapped toy. The details for the meeting are included in Stan’s email dated Sept 25. Send RSVPs to pinktbird57@embarqmail.com no later than October 7th.

Nov 19th will be our officer elections meeting and will be hosted by George Siecko.

Dec 3rd will be hosted by Lyn and Ron Padrick.

Sunday, the 4th of December, will be the Williamsburg Christmas Parade. This will be a little different from years past in that it will be in conjunction with the Grand Illumination with a start time of 5pm. If you are interested in participating in the parade, please contact me at whbllb082069@gmail.com.  I need a firm head count by 15 October.

Our annual Business Meeting will be in Jan 2023.This meeting will be hosted by Bill and Linda Brown. The meeting will be held at Cesare’s Restaurante Italiano, 13301 River Bend Blvd, Chester, VA 23836.

It is never too early to start planning the 2023 schedule. Just ask anyone who has hosted, it is fun and easy. We have a “How To” checklist on the webpage if you need assistance. We have many members who have hosted in the past that you might consider teaming up to make it even easier. If you are interested in hosting, please contact Lynn Hillman, Activities Coordinator, at: Im_hillman@mac.com.

Since our venue for our September meeting was at the Chesterfield Airport, I thought I would give a brief overview of Henry Ford’s connection to aviation. The following is a brief summary of key events in chronological order of Ford Aviation and the Ford Trimotor aka “Tin Goose” or “Flying Washboard”.

1922     -Henry and Edsel interests piqued in airplanes and air travel. As with the model T, Henry wanted to bring air travel to the masses.

1925 -Henry purchases Stout Metal Airplane Co and makes it a subsidiary, Ford Aircraft Division.

Ford Aircraft Division would build 199 Ford Trimotors between 1926-33 which became the airplane of choice by the airlines such as TWA/PAN AM. The Ford Trimotor could carry 12 Passengers and crew of 3 and cruise at 130 mph.

Ford set aside 260 acres for an airport in Dearborn, which opened on 15 January 1925. This was one of the first airports to offer passenger and freight travel to the public. As an aside, today this is the Ford Dearborn Proving Grounds. On our visit to Ford World Headquarters (2015) we were invited to drive our Retro around this course.

1926     -Ford Aviation was awarded the very first USPS license to carry US Air Mail by an airline.

1927     - After Charles Lindbergh’s historic Transatlantic flight, he met Henry and gave Henry his first airplane ride in the Spirit of St Louis over the city of Detroit.

- Henry and Charles would have a life-long relationship which led to Henry hiring Charles Lindberg as a B-24 test pilot at the Willow Run Plant during WWII.  Other Famous people to fly or pilot a Trimotor were FDR during his 1932 campaign; Charles Lindbergh, Amilia Earhart; Neil Armstrong, as a passenger, when he was 8 years old, and Richard Byrd, the first to fly over the South Pole (was in a Ford Trimotor)

1933 – The Demise: With The Depression at its peak, Ford Aviation lost $6 million in 1933. Stiff competition from the introduction of the new Boeing 247 and Douglas DC-2, which were advanced airplanes compared to the Ford Trimotor, was too great for Ford Aviation Division.  The final nail in the coffin was the death of Henry’s personal pilot in a plane crash. This ended the ventures of Ford Aviation.

Here a few tidbits for the month of September concerning the history of the Ford Thunderbirds:

9/9/1954- First 55 Thunderbird rolls off the assembly line VIN # P5FH 100005 (George Watts’ Tbird)

9/16/1955- Last 55 Thunderbird rolls off the assembly line (total number of 55s was 16,155)

9/25/2000- Neiman Marcus Special Edition Retro Birds made available. A total of 200 were sold out in just under 2 hours.

9/19-23/2001- last of the Retro Bird Mystery Drives completed in Miami Florida.        




Saturday October 15 


     Tom and Brenda Morrison will be hosting the monthly VCTC meeting at the Pickle Barrel Restaurant, 12912 Plaza Drive, Henrico, Va. 23233.  The fun begins at 11:30 am. We will have a buffet meal for an all-inclusive cost of $25 which will consist of;

          Pork tenderloin / with stuffing

          Chicken either baked or fried
          Green beans
          Scalloped potatoes
          Baked apples
          Water/ tea
     And a cash bar for anyone wanting drinks

     In previous years we have met at the Pickle Barrel in November and brought toys as part of the Marine Corp “Toys for Tots” program.  Brenda has found another organization doing the same worthy work. So, bring an unwrapped toy on the 15th and we will contribute them via “Santa Boxes”.

     The restaurant management is donating a Christmas Wreath to be raffled off, tickets can be purchased at the event.

     Please respond to Brenda and Tom at    pinktbird57@embarqmail.com  no later than October 7 as to your availability.  

Williamsburg Christmas Parade 2022

Hear Ye Hear Ye! 

     The 2022 Williamsburg Christmas Parade has been announced. The parade has changed from previous years and now will be in conjunction with the Williamsburg Grand Illumination.

     The start time will be 5pm, Sunday, 4 December. This is a great way to enjoy the parade and see the grand Illumination.

     I need a head count of any members that would be interested in participating. Just ask anyone who has been in the parade about how much fun it is.

     Please RSVP Bill Brown at whbllb082069@gmail.com by 20 September.


The Davidson's  April 2009

The Most Tbirds at a Club Event  20 Classics & 4 Retros

Thunderbird Appreciation Day 2019


November 2020

1st Award Winner

Russ Dolbear & Fred Schmoyer

"Trophy Love"

Nancy Schmoyer

George Lake

October 25-30:  CTCI International Convention in San Antonio, Texas

Photo taken at Graves Mt. Lodge  Syria, VA  2008



2007     Alice & Russ Dolbear

2008     Alice & Russ Dolbear

2009     Linda & Bill Brown

2010     Linda & Bill Brown

2011     Peg & Gene Marianetti

2012     Sue & Steve Patterson

2013     Nancy & Fred Schmoyer

2014     Carrie & Lynn Hillman

2015     Nancy & Fred Schmoyer

2016     Linda & Bill Brown

2017     Peg & Gene Marianetti

2018     Paula & Eric Best

2019     Lee & Stan Hostetler

2020     Defered - pandemic2021     Linda & Bill Brown                  510

Dedicated to the enjoyment, restoration, and preservation of the Classic Thunderbirds 1955,1956, and 1957



















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December 3rd :  hosted by Lyn & Ron Padrick  (date & location TBD)

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