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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
 
 
November, 2017
 
Happy Thanksgiving to All! Our annual Holiday Party was another fun time for everyone, and 'Ole St Nick paid us a surprise visit! Read all about it in our  November Newsletter 
 
 
Your Buffalo Thunderbird Club officers and 2018 International Thunderbird Club Convention Committee members have been meeting every two weeks to plan out the convention week activities, and the final schedule is almost complete! It is going to be a fun-filled convention schedule with something for everyone! For a little preview, here's club president Todd Ruth's Welcome Letter  which will appear in an upcoming ITC Script magazine.
 
October 16, 2017 -
 
Check out our  October Newsletter  for details about our annual Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Harvest, Pagan Holiday, Festivus that will be held on Saturday November 4 at 6PM at Magruders 4995 Broadway Depew NY 14043 before snow bird members head south and west for the winter.  But In the meantime....
 
  
We had a nice gathering of club members new and old and a great fall afternoon on Saturday October 7th when the Lorbeer's hosted our annual fall pot luck. As usual, Art entertained us with a new Thunderbird puzzler! 

 
 
September 19, 2017 -
 

Club members traveled to Ft Wayne Indiana for the 24th Annual International Thunderbird Convention August 29 - September 2. Read all about it the our  September Newsletter. Our club meeting on Sept 9 was great fun for all! 

 
Club Members: Don't forget that Meeting Minutes and the latest club roster are always available in the Members Only section. 
 
 
August 14, 2017 -
 
Our 32nd Annual All Thunderbird Show is in the books and we've got the pictures to prove it! The new location, great weather and 50 Thunderbirds on display - - who could ask for anything more. Read all about it in our  August Newsletter and check out the  2017 TBird Show Photo Gallery for tons of great pictures!
 
Our next club outing is Saturday September 9 when we'll have a two-part cruise. Part 1 is a meet up at Sonnenberg Gardens in Canandaigua at 12PM for a tour of the mansion and grounds. Following the tour we'll depart the grounds about 2:45 for the 1 hour cruise east for an early dinner and business meeting at 4PM at the Red Osier Restaurant Rt. 5 Stafford NY. See the newsletter for more details and contact info to reserve your spot for both!
 
Some photos from the show field on August 6.
 
 
 

 
 
July 17, 2017 -
 
Our big annual show is just 3 weeks away and we're putting the finishing touches on all the final preparations!  There are a couple of other local events that we'll be participating in prior to our big show, Thursday July 20 at the Blue Oval Night - FORD, Lincoln and Mercury  at the Akron Thursday Night Cruise on Main Street, and Sunday July 23 at the Annual Amherst Rotary Car Show at the Northtown Recreation Center (aka the "Pepsi" Center) across Millersport HWY from the UB North Campus. All the details in the  July Newsletter.
 
If you've been considering a vacation with your T-Bird, here's a set-up you might enjoy! 
 
 
 
June 18, 2017 -
 
We had a great club turnout at the Matt Urban VFW Cruise Night on Flag Day, June 14, and we're hoping for the same when the club meets up at the Variety Club Tuesday Night Cruise on July 11. Our June Newsletter has all the details!
 
Meanwhile, preparations are well underway for our 32nd Annual All Thunderbird Show on Sunday August 6, and we'll be making final arrangements on all the details at our next club meeting, Saturday July 8 at 12Noon at  Magruders Restaurant and Pub 4995 Broadway Depew, NY 14043.
 
 
May 22, 2017 - 
 
Although area weather put a damper on our club's participation in the International Thunderbird Appreciation Day on Sunday May 21, there were many around the world who were out enjoying their T-Birds! Here are some folks enjoying the day in Oregon!
 
 
 
Read more in our May Newsletter

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.



 

Welcome To Our Club!

The Buffalo Thunderbird Club is proud to be designated as the host chapter for the
2018 International Thunderbird Club
Silver Anniversary Convention
August 7 - 12, 2018
 


 
Make your hotel reservations TODAY!
Host hotel is the brand new Hyatt Place Buffalo / Amherst
 
 
 
 

and of course, a visit to Niagara Falls and a ride on the
 
 
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 32nd Annual
All Thunderbird Show on August 7 2017 and for their continued support of club activities throughout the year! 
 
  
 
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

 
 
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