Volume 24 Number 5 March / April 2015
Thunderbirds of Queensland Inc.
PO Box 505 Mt Gravatt QLD 4122
Membership dues are $65.00 per annum which includes a hardcopy magazine or
$35 per annum for electronically distributed magazine. Fees payable on April 1 each year.
Club magazine “SOUNDS OF THUNDER” is published bi-monthly. Contributions are encour-
aged and should be emailed to the Editor: email@example.com or posted to address above.
The Thunderbirds of Queensland Inc. is a non profit organization
dedicated to the restoration, preservation and enjoyment
of Thunderbird passenger vehicles built by the Ford Motor Company.
A Chapter of the International Thunderbird Club
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4 President’s Report
5 Club Calendar
6 Events Calendar
7 Editor’s Report
9 ‘T’ is for a Terrific Early Ford Collection
11 BVRC Australia Day Rally
13 Cross Australia Adventure
20 Cruise In to Bayer Smash Repairs
21 Billy’s Breaky Bash
23 Parts and Service
24 International Thunderbird Club
25 Web Links
On the cover..
In 2014 TOQ members Gavin and Karen Pocock along with friends Don and Gaye Hill embarked on a
5090km coast to coast journey across Australia in their Model Ts Read all about their adventure inside..
Rick Lowe - 1964 Mercury Comet Caliante & 1957 Ford Fairlane 500 Club Victoria
David Downe - 1977 Mk V Lincoln Graham Luxford - 1962 XL Falcon Wagon
Our President Barry Ralph is presently working away on Lizard Island
in Far North Queensland on a building project. I bet he planned that
just so he could get out of writing a Presidents report..
I’m sure he would like to have me pass on to you that our Annual General meeting is
being held on Sunday 29th March. We would appreciate a strong turnout of mem-
bers to elect a new committee. All positions are open and we would love to have
some fresh faces get involved in the running of the club. As the saying goes you only
get out of it what you are prepared to put into it…. We hope to see you there.
CLUB RUN: Logan PCYC Car Show Lot 7 Jacaranda Avenue, Lo-
gan Central. 9am - 2pm Entrants $5 Spectators $5 Meet Logan
City Tavern car park 104 Wembley Rd Logan Central 7.30am to
arrive at show as a group. Run Coordinator Doug McCammon
Club Committee Meeting & Social Night: Bill and Lyn Flana-
gan’s place Heritage Park 7.30pm Bring a plate.
CLUB RUN: Hot Rod’s Diner Gatton (McGrath’s Takeaway)
86 Railway St Gatton. Meet BP Truck Stop Boundary Rd Rock-
lea 9.30am for 10.00am departure. Second meeting place
west bound layby on Warrego Hwy http://goo.gl/noIoQ7 Run
Coordinator David Cosgrove
TOQ Annual General Meeting: Dennis and Merron’s Place
Belmont. 10.00am BYO BBQ lunch Monthly committee meet-
ing will be held after AGM.
CLUB RUN: Fort Lytton Tour and BBQ lunch. Meet Cannon Hill
Shopping Centre car park on Wynnum Rd outside Autobarn
10.00am for 10.30am departure. Run Coordinator Doug
CLUB RUN: Woolloongabba Antique Centre 22 Wellington Rd
Woolloongabba for coffee in their retro style café then a look
around the market. Tons of eye candy in here mostly mid cen-
tury. Meet Palmdale Shopping Centre Car Park Logan Rd Upper
Mt Gravatt 8.15am for 8.35am Departure. Or meet at venue
9.00am Run Coordinator Johnny Carlisle
Club Committee Meeting & Social Night: Max and Carol Her-
bert’s place Kuraby 7.30pm Bring a plate.
CLUB RUN: Fassifern Fifties Festival. Bigger and better this year
with 7 acres just for the car and bike show, over 3 acres of
markets and trade stalls, bands and dancing all day. Gates
open from 7.30am $2 entry www.facebook.com/fassifernfiftiesfestival
Meet BP Truck Stop Boundary Rd Rocklea 7.30am for depar-
ture soon after. Run coordinator Barry Ralph
CLUB RUN: Morning Tea Cruise Venue to be decided upon.
June 5th -7th
CLUB RUN: Cooly Rocks On Nostalgia Festival and coffee catch
up Saturday morning at Breezes Café Twin Towns Services Club
9.30am Meet there. Contact Kieran
Club Committee Meeting & Social Night: Tony Lake’s place
Shorncliffe 7.30pm Bring a plate.
March 6th - 8th - High Altitude Rod Run, Toowoomba Showgrounds. Visit
www.toowoombahotrodders.blogspot.com.au for details. ASRF QLD SA 104-01-
22nd - 17th Annual Gold Cost Super Swap Meet, Country Paradise Parklands,
Nerang & Beaudesert Roads, open to all vintage and classic cars and parts, an-
tiques , collectables, model cars, motoring books etc. Ph: 0449 997 149
28th - Kustoms of Australia Drive n Jive, Yatala Drive In, gates open at 4pm,
adults $21, children $16, double feature KOA sanction 2015/0328, visit
April 19th - Shannons 2015 Queensland Auto Spectacular, Willowbank Raceway.
Queensland’s biggest combined auto show and swap meet. All information at:
May 3rd - David Hack Meet Toowoomba City Airport (Spitfire St) 8am - 2.30pm $15
entry, $45 families, $10 for exhibitors max $20 per car more info 0417 630774
17th - Maclean’s Bridge Sports and Classic Car Festival at Logan Campus of Grif-
fith University. University Drive (off Loganlea Rd) info www.macleansbridge.com
23rd - 24th - Queensland Hot Rod Show, Convention Centre, Southbank.
24th - Classic Speedway Ass. Car, Bike Show and Swap, Rocklea Showground,
gates open at 5am for swap $10 per car/site, show opens at 8am with adults at
$5, under 16 free. Call Tony 0407 125986 or www.classicspeedway.com
31st - Brisbane Swap Meet. New location Carina State School Cnr Creek Rd and
Cuthred St. Enter via Cuthred St. Gates open for swappers 6.30am public 7.00am
Admission $5 $10 Swap sites More details: www.qvva.org
Get those rides out on the road and have some fun...
Munchies @ Elizabeth Street Shops, Acacia Ridge.
Harry’s Diner Old School Night every Friday
Village Rock Diner 1st Friday of the month
512 Warwick Rd Yamanto
Petrie Country Markets Historic Village.
Luv My Fish, Browns Plains Rd, Opp Grand Plaza.
Yank Tank Display/Cruise In 2nd Saturday of the month
Masters Old Coach Rd Upper Coomera
Ol Skool Cars n Muscle Machines 1st Saturday of the month.
Supa Centre 314-344 Morayfield Rd, Morayfield.
Welcome to another edition of your club magazine Sounds of Thunder. We’re only 2
months into 2015 and we’ve already had a number of great get togethers with fantastic
member participation. Our first run for the year to
Fish on Flinders at Sandgate was a great evening
out. It had been one of those really hot days but
that didn’t seem to deter the numbers. We easily
packed the inside seating area of the Cafe.
Driving across Australia is a long journey even in a
modern car with all the creature comforts, mod
cons and safety they have to offer. Imagine doing
that trip in a one hundred year old Vintage Ford
Model T. Well club members Gavin and Karen
Pocock along with close friends in their model T
telescoping camper did just that in 2014. This issue
features their amazing day by day account of an
epic journey that culminated at Kalgoorlie for a
Veteran Automobile Rally that around 89 vintage
cars and motorcycles attended. I’m sure you will enjoy reading their story as much as I did.
Well its that time of the year again. Our financial year ends 31st of March 2015 so member-
ship fees are now due. Please find enclosed for your convenience a membership renewal
form. It has been mentioned a number of times already over the past few months that a
new fee structure has been put in place for 2015/16 financial year onwards. Two levels of
membership are now available. The difference being that you now have the option of pay-
ing a reduced rate of $35 per annum for an electronic version of your club magazine. This
will be supplied as a web link where you can view and download a full version of the maga-
zine to your computer or tablet. The other option is of course a hard copy of the magazine
like the one you are reading right now. From this point on it will be published in full colour.
The extra cost of printing the magazine in colour along with postage increases has made it
necessary to raise the fees to $65. I’m sure you will agree that it’s money well spent consid-
ering the dramatic difference in quality over black and white.
It is very important at this time year that you complete and return the membership renewal
form with your subs so we can keep our records up to date. Please follow the instructions
on the form by mailing it along with your cheque or money order likewise if you are paying
via EFT scan and email the form to the club Treasurer Bill McGregor… firstname.lastname@example.org
Finally I would like to take this opportunity to welcome our new members Rick Lowe Gra-
ham Luxford and David Downe. Rick has joined the c