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President’s Message

Hello to all!! Have you enjoyed the first half of 2019? The RMTC has had 10 events already this year! How many have you attended? The last event for April was Mystery Cruise #61 on the 27th , hosted by Barb Herbel Hendricks & Bob Oursler. The cruise started at the Lookin Good Restaurant and wound itself through the streets of metro Denver finally arriving at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal Wildlife Reserve. The caravan of 14 T-Birds parked in the Visitor’s Center parking lot where the 24 members made their way inside. There were many historical displays and information about the early days of the Arsenal and how it became an animal reserve. After about 45 minutes in the center we went back to the cars and drove the 11-mile route through the Arsenal where we saw Buffalo, Elk and Deer. Barb gave us a paper with things to look for as we traveled the distance. Afterwards, we went to the Bass Pro Shop Restaurant for lunch and gave away door prizes. Thanks to Barb & Bob for hosting this Mystery Cruise.
The dates for our May events were determined by outside sources so we could not be very flexible. This meant that our May events fell back-to-back on the same weekend! Mystery Cruise #62 to the Canon City Abbey Car show was on May 18. The forecast was for rain and rain it did!! 14 RMTC T-Birds drove the 125-mile route to the show carrying 24 members. There were about 200 cars at the show this year, down from previous years but the weather forecast probably did not help. Around 2:00pm more storms moving in help us decide to leave. Next stop was dinner at Rosie’s Diner in Monument where door prizes were given to the lucky ticket holders. After dinner, everyone headed home by the way of their choice. The following morning, May 19th  was THUNDERBIRD APPRECIATION DAY which is an International Day to celebrate the Thunderbird by driving, showing or parading our beautiful cars so the general public can remember the iconic, historical and collectible Thunderbird. This event was scheduled by the three large International TBird Clubs (CTCI, VTCI, ITC). This year 18 T-Birds were involved in the celebration which included a caravan through west Metro Denver by way of Kipling Blvd from Bowles to 6th Ave to the Jefferson County Courthouse to do a group photo shoot of the T-Birds. After the photo shoot, the caravan left for a short parade to the grasses of the Brass Armadillo. Here we had the Thunderbirds on display till around 2:30pm. The Brass Armadillo provided each T-Bird owner a free hot dog, chips and drink. Both local T-Bird Clubs (CCTC & RMTC) had cars on display and we had many people enjoying our pride and joys!! Thanks to Greg Akiyama for putting the route together and for taking the group photos of our Thunderbirds (see photos in this newsletter or on our website). He also designed the dash plaque that each driver received for displaying their Thunderbird!!
Upcoming events include: The TUCC car show on JUNE 2nd from 10:30am till 3pm, all participants and spectators can enjoy a free BBQ lunch.

June 8th is the Havana Cruise where our T-Birds will be on display and event T-Shirts will be sold. Location is 2822 S. Havana Street just south of Parker Rd. JUNE 15th will be the day before Father’s Day Car Show at Auto Restoration Masters of Colo. RMTC member, Pete Lansing, will have the doors open so you can enjoy his fabulous collection of cars. The RMTC will provide sandwiches, chips and drinks for all participants. Hemmings Motor News is providing decals, window cards, magnets to all car owners.

JUNE 23rd is the FOMOCO All Ford Picnic and a registration form was in the Thunderword. JUNE 29th is Mystery Cruise #63 to who know where?? More detailed information about these June events can be found elsewhere in this newsletter or call me at 303-589-2232.

Start making your travel plans and mark your calendars for this year’s “BIRD BATH” to Cheyenne, Wyoming, September 13th– 16th. Laurie Sarno has finished all the final details and has put together a very exciting series of events for us!! So, make your hotel reservation now and be part of this year’s BIRD BATH. More information can be found elsewhere in this newsletter. As you can see, most of the various events for this year have been planned!! The RMTC Officers and Directors have worked very hard providing the membership with a variety of different activities that will hopefully get you excited and out to join other members. The ONLY way we will know that all of our planning and work is paying off is by your participation!! PLEASE plan to attend as many RMTC functions as you can. Last year 60% of the membership attended at least one scheduled event. I am hoping that we can raise the participation to 75%?? Currently, we are at 36.1% for 2019, up 9.6% from last month!! AWESOME!!

Don Reinke II RMTC President 2003 -2020