Spring was off to a slow start in May, but then “bang” the weather changed for the better and we have been experiencing
temperatures that feel more like July or August. Covid is still accompanying us into Summer, however events and social
gatherings are opening up. I subscribe to “Old Autos” newspaper and for the past two years their publication has been
reduced to “one section”. The last two issues have had two sections with “section 2” mainly filled with cruise nights and
calendar car show events. My prediction is that with co-operation from the weather, these car show events will have a very
high attendance this year.
After two years, Tech Day was held on Sunday, May 15th. This event has been held for 26 years. The weather certainly co-
operated with sunny skies and pleasant temperatures. It was great to see many familiar faces after such a long period of time.
Several SOTC members experienced their first Tech Day and judging by the comments they found the presentations by
Martin Brugmans and Mort White to be helpful and every informative. Special thanks to Dave and Helen Sawchuck for holding
this event. SOTC events are an opportunity to share technical advice and information on Thunderbirds. Here is an example,
at Tech Day, SOTC member Garnet Ross informed me that he owned a 1965 “Special Edition” Thunderbird in emberglo. Both
Garnet and I knew that the “Special Edition” was also produced in a limited number of white. Garnet then mentioned an
emberglo “Special Edition” that was now owned by a gentleman in Tillsonburg. I knew this particular Thunderbird. It was
purchased in the USA and delivered to an owner in Birr about 2 kilometers north of London. It was then sold to a gentleman in
Bayfield, who was a retired OPP officer who I knew. The owner passed away and the Bird was sold to a gentleman in Meaford,
Ontario. By chance, I met the elderly owner at a swap meet in Dundalk, Ontario, who had done an excellent restoration. The
Thunderbird was then sold to the gentleman in Tillsonburg, who I met at a cruise night in London. That was 5 owners that I
knew. It was really amazing.
Our next event hosted by Northern Region Co-ordinator, Steve Taylor, will be held on Saturday, June 25th. Thunderbird
“Get Together” will take place in downtown Coldwater, Ontario. This is the first Thunderbird event that we have had in
this area of Ontario. Steve is hoping for a good turn-out of Thunderbirds, so let’s not disappoint him. This is a wonderful
opportunity for our northern SOTC members to attend an SOTC event close to their area.
Hard to believe that the June issue of “Thunder News” is our last newsletter leading up to our main SOTC event, “ All
Thunderbird Show” , Sunday, July 17th . After an absence of two years, the event will be held once again at the Lambeth
Canadian Legion, an excellent location on a grass field, great facilities, DJ music, door prizes and a fabulous time to socialize
with other Thunderbird owners, what else could you possibly ask for. This event always draws the largest gathering of
Thunderbirds, so dust off those Thunderbirds, fill up the gas tank at $209.09 (regular) and travel on down to our Thunderbird
show. Let’s try to set another record for Thunderbirds at our main event.
Oil Museum of Canada: (see my article on the oil museum in this newsletter). Saturday, August 20th. Please do not miss
this event, Brett Kahler is hosting this event and is hoping for a great turn-out. It is his first event in this area. A barbeque will
follow at Brett’s, nearby residence. You will find this event very informative. There will be more to follow in the August issue of
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