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April 23, 2017 -

Buffalo Thunderbird Club to Host the 2018 ITC Convention!

The International Thunderbird Club (ITC) is one of the parent organizations that we are affiliated with and they hold a five-day convention each season. The 2016 convention was held in Harrisburg PA and this year’s convention will be in Fort Wayne Indiana—click here for more info.  ITC President Bart Bartasavich and his wife Vera attended our club meeting on April 15 and announced that the ITC Board of Directors has designated the Buffalo Thunderbird Club as host chapter for the 25th Annual ITC Convention, to be held here in the Buffalo region from August 7 through 12, 2018! Read all about it in the April 2017 Newsletter.

Vera and Bart (3rd and 4th from left) joined a few club members for an impromptu, post-meeting visit to the Buffalo Transportation—Pierce Arrow Museum. As luck would have it museum founder and curator Jim Sandoro (3rd from right) was in the house and graciously took a few minutes to talk with us about our plans for including the museum as one the venues for the 2018 ITC Convention. In 1977, Mr. Sandoro was a founding member of the Buffalo Birds Thunderbird Club, a predecessor to the present Buffalo Thunderbird Club.

March 20, 2017 -
Once again the Buffalo Thunderbird Club was well represented at a big, annual indoor show, as five of our member's cars were entered in the 24th Annual Cavalcade of Cars on March 3 - 5 . Three of our members received top honors. Read all about it in our  March 2017 Newsletter.

Joe D - Outstanding in Class - Stock for his beautiful 1960 Square Bird

Andy Maraszek Best Detailing - Stock for his blank 1968 Glamour Bird
Hank Levan Best Undercarriage - Stock 2004 Merlot Retro Bird
February 20 2017 -
We're looking forward to the upcoming 24th Annual Cavalcade of Cars on March 3 - 5 when we'll have a 5 car club entry on display all weekend. This show has EVERYTHING that a cooped-up car buff needs to get his or her mind off winter!
We're also pleased to announce that Magruders Restaurant and Pub will host this year's 32nd Annual All Thunderbird Show on Sunday August 6 2017. Its never too early to register, so here's a link to the  2017 Show Flyer and Registration Form 
See all the latest club news in our February Newsletter and check out the entire library of past newsletters HERE
January 16 2017 -
With the holidays behind us, we're already looking ahead to the 2017 season! We've got some great outings planned and the first one is just around the corner on Saturday February 4 when we'll be touring the George Eastman House in Rochester NY, and will follow-up with a business meeting and early dinner at the nearby Winfield Grill. Hoping to see many of our Rochester, Finger Lakes and Syracuse members in attendance.
Check out our  January 2017 Newsletter for all the details!
December 12 2016 -




In spring of 1973, a 20-something Jim Trautman rolled up to his family home in Tonawanda, New York, towing what can best be described, in classic car lingo, as a   basket case.  Jim’s father George couldn’t believe his eyes. “Where did you get that piece of junk?” he asked. “We towed it over from Grand Island,” came the reply.

“This is a 1955 Thunderbird!”
Check out our  December Newsletter  for the rest of the story along with all the latest club news!
Club members George and Jim Trautman out for a ride!
November 14 2016 -
We had our annual holiday party a little early this year, and a splendid time was had by all! Read all about it it in our  November Newsletter - - lots of pictures too!
Coming in next month's newsletter, as told by WWII Navy Veteran George Trautman and his son Jim, "The Rebirth of a 1955 Thunderbird". Stay Tuned!!
October 10 2016 -
At the monthly business meeting held on October 8, the current executive officers all confirmed that they will continue to serve in 2017 and work together with our members and parent organizations to make the Buffalo Thunderbird Club the best it can be!
(L-R) Don Vincent - Secretary, Gregg Zimmerman - VTCI & ITC Chapter Representative, Gerard (Bart) Bartasavich - ITC President, Tom Hueston - Vice President, Geoff Klass - Treasurer, Todd Ruth - President.
Check out our  October Newsletter for details about our annual Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanza, Harvest, Pagan Holiday Festivus that will be held on Saturday November 5 at 6PM before snow bird members head south and west for the winter.  But In the meantime....

September 26 2016 -
We had a great turnout for our annual picnic on Saturday September 24!  Club President Todd Ruth was pleased to present Secretary Don Vincent with the Silver Award from the VTCI Chapter Newsletter Contest.
This is the show field at the ITC Convention, which was held September 6-11 in Harrisburg PA. Read all about it in our latest Club Newsletter!

August 15 2016 -

Our annual Thunderbird car show event for 2016 is now history! We had a great turnout of cars and spectators once again, and a perfect day weather-wise for our car show.  We were pleased to be able to host ITC President "Bart" Bartasavich and his wife Vera, who joined us from Cleveland Ohio along with their red Retro Bird. 

Don't forget to check out our August Newsletter which has all the details on our upcoming Pot Luck Picnic on Sunday September 18 and all our scheduled events for the rest of the year.  
There are dozens of photos from the 2016 show available to view on our club Facebook page (Thanks Tom Hueston, Brian Iten, Todd Ruth, etal!) and there are more included in the August Newsletter. Here are a couple more from the weekend.
Retro Bird Row
 Left to right - ITC President Bart Bartasavich, 2016 Best In Show Award Winner Joe Dudek, BTC President Todd Ruth and BTC Vice President Tom Hueston.
July 15 2016 -
Our big annual event is just around the corner! The Buffalo Thunderbird Club's 31st Annual All Thunderbird Show is Sunday August 7th from 9-4PM at the West Herr Used Car Outlet at 5535 Transit Road in Williamsville NY 14221. There is still time to preregister and save $5 - deadline for preregistration is August 1st. Click  RIGHT HERE to view and download a copy of the show flyer and registration form!
We are happy to announce that for the first time this year, our food and refreshments will be supplied by none other than  Lloyd Taco Trucks, a 21st century food truck legend here in Western New York!
Meanwhile, our   July Newsletter  has all the details on the show weekend events and coverage of our July outing at the Lockport Erie Canal Cruise and Shamus Restaurant.
Below are a couple of photos from last year's show. Click on this Photo Gallery link to see more! Hope to see you at the show!
2015 Dealer's Choice Award Winner, with his super 1961 Thunderbird Hardtop!

June 11 2016 -
Mark your calendar now for our next club outing, Saturday July 9  at 9:30AM when we'll all enjoy a  Lockport Erie Canal Cruise followed by lunch and a business meeting at the nearby  Shamus Restaurant.

Many thanks to the fine folks at the Holland Motorsports Complex  for hosting our club event on June 4th! Everyone had a great time and we especially enjoyed taking those parade laps in our TBirds -woohoo!
The Buffalo Thunderbird Club's Annual All Thunderbird Show is only 2 months away - - and it's not to early to preregister!   CLICK RIGHT HERE to download and print a copy of the 2016 registration form and mail it in TODAY!
Don't forget to check out our  June 2016 Newsletter for all the latest club news!
May 19 2016 -

Our next club event is Saturday June 4 at 4PM at the  Holland Motorsports Complex. This is a great event that the whole family can enjoy, so read all about it in our  May Newsletter .

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 here for our 2017 Season Calendar!
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

- International Thunderbird Club (ITC): January 10, 2016

 Click the  Join Us  link on the left for membership information.

32nd Annual All Thunderbird Car Show
Our 32nd Annual All Thunderbird Show will be held on Sunday August 6 2017 at a BRAND NEW LOCATION THIS YEAR!  Magruders Restaurant and Pub 4995 Broadway Depew, NY 14043 will play host this year and we're looking forward to a bigger and better than ever affair! 
As always admission is free and open to the public and everyone is invited to attend! Partial proceeds of our 50/50 split raffle benefit will benefit Wings Flights Of Hope 

Photo Gallery
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Club Newsletters
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Vintage Car Quiz
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