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  • Volume 24 Number 5 March / April 2015

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    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: 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

    Join the TOQinc Facebook Group

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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.

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    March 1st




     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 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.

    April 12th


     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 McCammon

     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

    May 1st



     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 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.

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    March  6th - 8th - High Altitude Rod Run, Toowoomba Showgrounds. Visit for details. ASRF QLD SA 104-01- 2015

     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

     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

     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:

    Get those rides out on the road and have some fun...

    Friday Nights

    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.

    Saturday Nights

    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… 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