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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.

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 black 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!!




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
Watch this space for all the latest convention news!

and of course, a visit to Niagara Falls!

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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