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November 18, 2018

Our Annual Pre-Holiday Party was a huge success once again and a great time was had by all! Check out our  November 2018 Newsletter for more photos and a special year-end update from club president, Todd Ruth. 

From our house to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!
 
October 22, 2018
We had a great turnout for our Fall Picnic, despite the rather unseasonable weather! But hey its Buffalo!! Meanwhile, everyone's looking forward to our final club event for the year, our annual Pre-Holiday party on Saturday November 10 at 6:00PM Want to know more?  Read all about it in the October newsletter.
 
 
September 17, 2018

Our next club get-together is our Annual Fall Picnic, this year at the beautiful Como Park Lake in Lancaster. Read all about it in the  September Newsletter. See you there!


 
August 20, 2018
The 2018 ITC Silver Anniversary convention was a huge success! Thank you to everyone who participated to help make it a fun week for our visitors!
 
Pictured above are Convention Co-Chairmen Tom Hueston (left) and Todd Ruth, with Visit Buffalo Niagara's Dionne Williamson, at Tuesday evening's opening night Welcome Reception. Click here for a  PHOTO GALLERY  of over 80 pictures from the convention. Our  August Newsletter  has some of those, along with some great stories and photo captions and a special message from club president Todd Ruth. 
 
July 23, 2018
After more than 16 months of planning, the ITC Silver Anniversary Convention is finally, almost, here!  Club members and the whole convention committee remain hard at work with the final details, but rest assured we have a fun-filled week of activities on tap!

Tuesday 8/7 7PM Welcome Reception “Taste of Buffalo” buffet   Special guest, Lauren Fix - “The Car Coach”.

Wednesday 8/8 9AM Motor coach The Buffalo Transportation Pierce Arrow Museum for a personal tour of the collection, hosted by museum co-founder Jim Sandoro. Lunch at Pearl Street Grill & Brewery, followed by a tour of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House complex in the Parkside neighborhood.

Wednesday 8/8 6PM Thunderbird Olympics

Thursday, 8/9 9AM - Motor coach tour to Niagara Falls, NY for a boat ride on the Maid of the Mist.  Lunch will be served at Top of the Falls Restaurant famous for its panoramic waterfall views.  After, there will be time to explore Terrapin Point and other Falls attractions.  

Friday 8/10 9AM Judges / Car Owners / General Concours Meeting, 10AM Annual ITC Membership Meeting, 1PM  FREE Seminar by Steve Legel, Ford Expert and Author.

Friday 8/10 3:30PM Motor coach to private charter cruise on the Harbor Queen for a historical tour of the Buffalo River and waterfront, followed by a shipboard dinner aboard the historic WWII Navy ship USS Little Rock.

Saturday 8/11 9AM All T-Bird Concours Show with judging to commence at 10:30AM at the Hyatt Place Amherst/Buffalo.

Saturday 8/11 6PM Awards Banquet at the Protocol Restaurant. For those requiring transportation  motor coach will depart the hotel at 5:45PM. 

Sunday 8/12 will be breakfast and farewells. Feel free to stop by and wish our guests safe travels home.

Read all about it in our July Newsletter.
 
June 17, 2018
We are coming down the home stretch with final arrangements for the Silver Anniversary ITC convention, now just right around the corner. We do have some non-convention activities planned, starting with the Rally with the Racers car show in Fairport NY on Saturday June 23, the first over-night stop on this year's Great Race. If you are in the area, look for our club canopy and stop by and say "Hi"! 
 
 

Our next club meeting will be held Saturday July 7 at our old standby, Bills Gray's Clarence 8214 Main St just east of Transit Rd. This will be our last meeting prior to the convention so we hope to have a big turnout.

 
 
May 17, 2018
 
Our May newsletter has a terrific day-by-day run down of our ITC Silver Anniversary Convention venues written by club president Todd Ruth, so be sure to check it out.  Read about all the planned events, including an excursion to Niagara Falls, a tour of the Frank Lloyd Wright Martin House complex, and the Friday evening Buffalo River boat tour!
 
 
 
 
And mark your calendar now for our next club meeting, Saturday June 2. We’ll meet up at 12noon in Medina NY at Fitzgibbons Public House 429 Main Street for lunch and business meeting, then we’ll head over to the  Medina Railroad Museum  located at 530 West Avenue just 3 blocks from the restaurant. Details and maps are in the newsletter. Hope to see you then!
 
April 21, 2018
Our April 7 club meeting at the Hyatt Place hotel was well attended at we're all looking forward to the next meeting at the Braemar Country Club in Spencerport on May 5. Read all about it and about our upcoming outings planned for the "585" region in our April Newsletter


 
March 18, 2018

Happy St Paddy's Day To All! Spring is right around the corner and some club members got a chance to take in one of our area's best indoor shows last week at the Cavalcade of Cars at the Hamburg Fairgrounds Event Center. This custom 1955 T'Bird greeted all attendees at the front entrance!

 
And don't forget to check this month's  Newsletter  for all the latest news about the ITC convention and also an interesting article about the differences between our local car show judging and ITC standards for the Concours show at the convention. It's a must read for anyone planning to enter a car in the show so take a look! 
 
February 18, 2018

Check out our  February 2018 Newsletter for all the club news, including all the latest on the ITC Convention!

Here are some of the special guests we have lined up for the convention:
 
 
 
The Car Coach, Lauren Fix, will be our guest speaker at the Welcome Reception on Tuesday August 7th. Ms Fix is an award-winning author, educator and TV personality as well as a certified ASE technician.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dr. Steve Legel, the "Still Plays With Cars" author and T-Bird expert, will provide attendees with his unique insights and views on the car collecting hobby, served up with lots of laughs!
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hemmings Motor News is sending representative Richard Lentinello to interview convention attendees and take photographs for a possible future article.
 
 
 
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 
Brent Money, owner of Larry's Thunderbird and Mustang Parts, will be joining convention activities while visiting the area from Corona, California.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Buffalo Music Hall of Fame honoree, Theresa Quinn and her band will entertain at the Awards Banquet on Saturday August 11 at the Protocol banquet hall.

 
 
 
 
 

 Send in your Convention Registration TODAY!! 
January 22, 2018
Thanks to the efforts of 2018 ITC Convention Co-Chairmen Tom Hueston and Todd Ruth, and the entire convention committee, the venue agenda for the Silver Anniversary Convention has been finalized! From the Tuesday evening Welcome Reception, through the Saturday evening Awards Banquet to the Sunday morning Farewells, the week is chock full of activities that will be enjoyed by all conventioneers, especially those visiting from out-of-town.
 
Links for hotel reservation and the convention registration form can be found in the right - hand column, just below the convention logo. 
 
Club President Todd Ruth has a message for all club members in the January 2018 Newsletter so be sure to check it out for all the latest club news.

 
December 23 2017 -
 

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!

SEASON’S GREETINGS TO ALL
AND GOOD CHEER!
 
The Buffalo Thunderbird Club members of the 2018 ITC Convention Committee - Convention Co-Chairmen Tom Hueston and Todd Ruth, and members Gail Hueston, Gregg Zimmerman, Nancy & Bill Crane and Don Vincent - have been meeting every two weeks throughout the fall season to work through the tremendous variety of touring options available in the Buffalo / Niagara region, with a deadline of December 31st to have all the details finalized. Special thanks to Tom and Gail Hueston, who together have chased down nearly every detail, many more than once, as the BTC committee and the ITC executives have fine-tuned the schedule and agenda. With the help of our Visit Buffalo Niagara representatives, as of this update we are putting the finishing touches on a 5-day calendar of events filled with some of the best attractions that our area has to offer! Our only regret is that we couldn’t include more!
 
Check out our December 2017 Newsletter for more info about the convention agenda and don't forget to mark your calendar for our next club meeting, Saturday January 6, 2018 12:00 noon at Bill Gray's 8214 Main Street Clarence NY
 

Welcome To Our Club!
Serving Western New York, Southern Ontario and Northwestern Pennsylvania, the Buffalo Thunderbird Club - - BTC for short - - is a family oriented organization with the goal of enjoying and preserving our Thunderbirds among friends. We are dedicated to Thunderbird enthusiasts, but ownership of a Thunderbird is not required to become a member of our club.
 
Click the  Join Us  link on the left for membership information.
 
We are a recognized Chapter of the following. All of which elevate interest in this beautiful car to a worldwide level:

- Classic Thunderbird Club International (CTCI): #71 - January 22, 1977

- Vintage Thunderbird Club International (VTCI): 1991

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
We appreciate the generous support of 
 
 
 
 

Partial proceeds of our 50/50 split raffle benefit


 
 
Thanks to the folks at
 
 
4995 Broadway Depew, NY 14043
for hosting the
33rd Annual
All Thunderbird Show
on Sunday August 4 2019
and for their continued support of club activities throughout the year! 
 
  
 
 

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