The club shares our deep condolences to Skip, our founder and friend, who lost his wife Jane recently.



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Saturday Sept 23rd – Ironstone, Murphys, CA

Rooms fill up quickly at Angels Camp / Cedar Inn, Best Western in Angels Camp! Book ASAP – You might also try Travelodge Angels Camp

Tentative: Leave Friday morning. Meet for breakfast at 10:00 at the Black Bear Diner in Tracy.  Caravan (about an hour and a half) to an old cowboy bar in Copperopolis for cocktails and fun.  Drive the last 15 minutes to the Angels Camp / Cedar Inn, Best Western in Angels Camp.    Though it may be sold out right now, rooms generally start to free up as it gets closer and people drop their reservations.  There is generally a little party gathering around the pool Friday night and we go somewhere for dinner. The Concours is Saturday Morning and finishes around 3:00 PM.  We then go to Jack & Sue Matheison’s time share in Angels Camp for BBQ dinner, etc.  We have breakfast Sunday morning at a car themed diner in Angels Camp and then caravan home around 12:00.


Saturday Sept 30th – Birds on the Wharf – Santa Cruz

***Anyone interested in joining a caravan to Santa Cruz Friday afternoon please contact Dave ASAP so we can settle on a time and place. 
Monterey Bay Classic Thunderbird Club invites all Classic (’55-’57), Vintage (’58-’66) and Retro (’02-’05) Thunderbirds to the 20th annual Thunderbirds on the Wharf  Saturday Sept 30th 9:00AM to 3:00PM Rain or Shine

Members supporting the event, please be onsite at 7:30 AM

Other members attending, please bring a basket or raffle item.


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For years now our local weathermen have insisted that the weather for the past decade has been normal. Well, all that tells me is that they are not native Californians. The reality is that THIS is normal summer weather. Growing up here meant 90-100 degree weather everyday…all summer long…like it has been this year and I love it – even if I did sell my boat one year too soon. But I have digressed.
The point is – It is time to take the top off and enjoy our fabulous summer. Even if it is too hot during the day, eve-ning cruises with the top down with your sweetie by your side are magical and guaranteed to put the “kid” back in your soul. Cruise to a local drive-in for burgers and shakes…who’s with me?
Moving on – At this writing our 3rd Route 66 planning meeting is scheduled for Saturday 8/4 at the Guthrie’s and all are welcome. We hope to pin down our route and our primary stops and overnight stays. We will also have plans in place for shipping our cars to Amarillo as our starting point. This is also a group that is planning to drive both ways and you are, of course, welcome to join either group and hook up with the main group for the drive west.
In other news – Remember, there is no regular meeting at the Buttercup on Saturday, 8/12 since that is our Old Town Sacramento tour. Albeit a fairly small group at this point, we will have a great time and a fabulous cruise through the delta back roads which is a perfect place to drive that car. See the flyer inside and join us…even at the last minute.
More news – Our best “Get Well” wishes go out to John Villanueva who is recovering from unexpected heart by-pass surgery 2 weeks ago. All is well and we look forward to seeing John and Alice very soon.
Also – Our best “Good Luck” wishes to Tony & Kathy Lloyd as they have embarked on yet another “Lap Around America” in their amazing 1955. Tony knows how to build ‘em and they know how to enjoy it. Way to go guys.
And finally – Get signed up for any one (or all) of our amazing upcoming activities. The next 3 months are FULL of fun and adventure. In that regard, I need your immediate RSVP’s for Thursday’s (8/10) Hot Summer Nights in Dan-ville. You all know the routine and we need all the cars we can get. I’d like to see 10 – 14 cars…classics and retro’s are welcome. Join the afternoon cocktails at Elliot’s and sidewalk picnic. It is always fun. Call me to RSVP or to ask questions.
With all that said – Have a great week and I look forward to see everyone soon.
Happy T-Birding


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