Letter from the Chairman, Paul Thomas:

On behalf of a great group of event planners, it is my pleasure to invite new retro and classic  Thunderbird owners from North America and around the world to the city once known as the “Oil Capital of the World” along the banks of the Arkansas River – beautiful Tulsa, Oklahoma - for three and a half days of FUN, FUN, FUN.  This major Thunderbird event will begin Monday afternoon June 12, 2006 when you check into the Tulsa I-44 Embassy Suites Hotel and conclude very late Thursday evening June 15, 2006 (or early Friday morning) with a little boot scootin’ boogie! During that time you will only have a few hours each day to recharge your batteries as we showcase the sites and scenery of Northeast Oklahoma, one of the best kept secrets in this great country of ours. You will have a wonderful time experiencing our world class museums, Native American culture, Route 66, Art Deco architecture, riverboat dinner cruise, memorials to American heroes, and National Historic Sites. To top it all off, you will have a chance to drive your Thunderbird on Hallett Motor Racing Circuit, a 1.8-mile road course that can even challenge experienced race car drivers. Another unique feature of this event is that most of the venues will be made available “ala Carte” meaning you can choose to attend planned activities or strike out on your own to explore what Tulsa and the rest of Oklahoma has to offer. No matter how you accomplish it, we are hoping you’ll have one of the best times of your life while experiencing “Okie” hospitality at its finest. Another bonus - you will be pleasantly surprised at how reasonably priced the hotel and planned activities will be for the entire event.

Essentially equidistant from Los Angeles, CA, Miami, FL and Albany, NY, the city of Tulsa truly is in the Heartland of America; thus we get the first part of the event’s name. Of course Thunder is in reference to our cars, not the weather! All of the weather drama we are known for in Oklahoma wouldn’t dare rear its ugly head with so many beautiful vehicles driving around Green Country every day. But if we do happen to get a little precipitation along the way, our cars will have a specially designated “bird bath” station at the hotel to get them spruced back up. Also, for your peace of mind the birds will come home to roost in a special, security patrolled parking area every evening.

Is it a long drive from these areas of the country? You bet it is! Is it closer for our members in southern California than Johnson City, Tennessee (site of two great previous events)? Only by about a day and a half! Is it closer for folks in New York or Miami than Las Vegas (site of the fantastic Desert Thunder event)? About 2 days closer by my estimation! Guess that covers where the first part of the subtitle comes from – It’s time to form caravan’s from every corner of the continent and Drive! Oh yeah, once you get here we have some more driving to do, because the event is designed to be entertaining, educational and test/improve your ability to drive your car! Don’t bother bringing a lawn chair; you’ll be wasting valuable trunk space that you need for other things to make your week all it can be. If you are one of our members that worry about the number of miles you put on your car, please start saving them now so you’ll have plenty to spare when you get here. We promise that all the miles we have planned are designed to put a smile on your face that won’t go away for a long time.

So where does the last part of the event name come from? It has a couple of origins. First, we believe that Thunderbird owners are some of the most generous people anywhere. Members routinely donate money for  time and resources to events, help and pray for friends in need, and have even been known to transport a hardtop hundreds of miles without expectation of pay back from the seller or the buyer. At a previous event, $1600 was raised for charity in less than fifteen minutes by those willing to purchase some donated items on the spot. We are betting that with little more effort we can make a really serious donation to a worthy cause. Second, given the recent experiences of some of our members and their families and friends, it gives us great pleasure to announce that the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation has been chosen as our designated charity. The SGK Foundation’s 5K runs, known as the “Race for the Cure”, are held in cities throughout North America each year. So we appropriated “for the Cure” to complete our event name and our mission. Our goal is to raise at least $10,000 for this worthy cause, while having a wonderful time with friends and “family”. HEARTLAND THUNDER will be much more than a Thunderbird event, it will be a commitment to help others as well. Now you know why it is important to Think Pink!

How Will We Meet Our Goal for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation?

This will be easier than you might think, especially if we really do Think Pink. All we have to do is put in a little effort – if we only have 100 cars attend (we definitely think there will be more), we would only have to average a donation of $100 per car to meet the $10,000 minimum goal. That does not even take into account the fact that many of our generous members that are not able to attend may want to be part of this worthwhile project by donating also. As previously mentioned we will have a charity auction for donated items that range from pieces of art to car parts. TBN members, after-market suppliers, site advertisers and other friends will be asked to donate items of interest for the auction. Please be thinking of something that you might be willing to donate. The other way we will be taking donations is through YOUR drive for the cure. Many of you will drive hundreds of miles to get to Tulsa and after you are here you may drive 600 miles depending on which venues you decide to visit. Why not give your friends and family an opportunity to participate in your drive? If you plan to drive 2000 miles in association with Heartland Thunder ask your friends and family to donate at lease 1 cent per mile by writing a tax deductible check to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation for $20.00. For those of you that live closer to Tulsa, do a little math and come up with a number of cents per mile that will match or exceed that amount. If we all show up with several of these checks we could easily double our goal. It’s all for a great cause that will directly benefit many of our members or our extended families, so do your best to help raise the total. As a special incentive there will be a very nice prize for the car owner(s) that raises the most in donations through all sources during the week.

SOOO....that's enough to get you started dreaming and planning to joining us next summer.

Paul
 
 
 
 

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Itinerary - Event Information
Pre Event Activity June 10, 11
First Day June 12
2nd Day June 13
3rd Day June 14
4th Day June 15
Departure Day June 16
Letter from Event Chairman
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