SOTC President Ron McLennan speaks to current events
that would be of interest to all club members and vintage
Thunderbird enthusiasts. Ron's message can also be found
in our Thunder News.
Presidents Message

August 2019

Summer is rolling along nicely and the days are getting SHORTER. I hope many of you have had your Birds
out to the various activities and cruise nights in your area. People viewing the cars are very interested in
Thunderbirds and their uniqueness. So brag about them. We here in London tend to brag about how great the
Thunderbird is to the Chevrolet guys. Good fun.
SOTC’s Annual All Thunderbird Show was held in Lambeth on July 14 and you can read about it in this edition
of Thunder News. Thank you to Ken & Anne Campbell, Al Yull, Paul & Sally Royka, Barry Carson, Donna
McLennan, Dan & Gayle Johnston, Cass Simons for pulling off this fabulous show.
Maybe some of you (maybe not) have wondered where I get the tidbits of information for the section Bird
Bits. I am not alone in this. I have our past president Cass Simons to thank because he feeds me those
interesting tid bits. Thank you Cass.
Our website continues to be a good resource for information especially the section on TBirds For Sale. I
talked to one member who has his car advertised and he stated that a person who was interested in buying
his car saw the ad on our website. If you are thinking of selling your car and want it on the website, there is
a downloadable form you fill out and then forward to me along with up to 5 pictures. If you have problems
with it, then contact me directly and I will help you out. Also, if you want to advertise your car in Thunder
News do not use the form from the website. Simply write your information about the car using Word program
or some other suitable program, save it to your documents and forward it along with the saved attachment to
our editor Bob Ranick. If you have trouble with that part then write your ad in an email message to Bob and
he will be glad to type it up in a format for Thunder News.
Sadly I must inform the members of the passing of Harry Hutt. He has been a member since 2011 and came
from Eastern Canada to find a home in Chatham along with his wife Tena. Harry first owned a 2004 Merlot
TBird and recently he purchased and sold his 1956 Bird. Someone told me that Harry was a wealth of
information about Thunderbirds. Harry moved to Burlington Area and had been in failing health. His wife
passed away, recently in June.
                                 Bird Bits
There is a restoration shop in Milton ON specializing in restoration and sale of the DeLorean. Produced from 1981-
2, it was featured in the movie Back To The Future. For buyers, the shop will not complete a car until the buyer puts
down a deposit. The hardest part to find is the left front quarter panel. Before going out of business, the factory
made a double run of the right panel but not the left. A British panel beater, specializing in the DeLorean, travels
the world as needed. The shop owner says that this is his passion. “We left logic behind a long time ago.” (source:
Globe and Mail)
At the April auction in Toronto, a 1955 Shay car was offered. This is a kit car copying a 1955 T-bird. From a distance it
looked genuine but seemed different close up. Has anyone seen one before? 
Best Regards, Ron
SOTC’s 40th Anniversary Year is fast coming to an end. I hope many of you got a chance to attend the various shows this
past season. Weather wise, July and August seemed ideal for getting those beautiful Birds out and about. Did any of you
organize a small gathering of fellow TBird owners during the summer? If so, did you send in a report to our editor of Thunder
SOTC’s Annual Meeting is coming up on Sunday Oct. 27. Anyone in the club is welcome to attend to give your input.
Elections of officers of the Executive will take place and if you would like to become a member of this great team, indicate
your interest to me or Cass Simons. We will be planning  for events in 2020 and if you are hosting an event or would like to
promote an event, let us know. We will be holding our meeting at a new location. Instructions on getting to the new location
are found in this edition of TN. Thanks to Bob Ranick for looking into this venue.
At the meeting, I will be giving an update on the website and an update on the usage of the website. A few more entries have
been added to the section Tbirds For Sale. If you are interested in another Tbird, check out the ones for sale.
Thank you to all members who were involved in planning, organizing, and working to make the 6 special shows successful.
                            Bird Bits
In the May-June VTCI magazine, a 1972 Thunderbird Special Edition is for sale. It is the 1,000,000th built.  Listed as 460 V8,
one off gold paint, 55,000 miles, original condition, no rust. Price: $250,000 US. Yikes!!
An Aston Martin used in the James Bond movie “Thunderball” was sold in August. A few years ago, another was shown at
the Plunkett Cruize-In. All gadgets had been restored except the revolving licence plates, dashboard radar screen and seat
ejector. It sold for $3 million US. The August car had ALL the gadgets restored and sold for  $6.4 million US.
The Mustang from the Movie Bullitt will be auctioned in Jan. 2020. No idea what it will go for!!
There was a “bidding boondoggle “ that happened recently in California. Under the hammer, at a standing room only auction
in Monterey Calif., was a 1939 Type 6X “Nazi” Porsche expected to sell for US $20 million----before a massive mistake by
RM Sotheby’s. Bidding was to open at ‘$30 million,” the emcee said. After bidding to “$70 million” with the crowd on its feet,
iPhones raised and cheering, the auctioneer announced that he said “$17 million” rather than “$70 milion” Boos and shouts
ensued and people left. “It was an unfortunate misunderstanding amplified by excitement in the room,” the company said.
The car remains unsold. No word on the future employment of the auctioneer!     
Best Regards, Ron
September 2019