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Birds in the Hyatt

   Nestled comfortably between downtown Sarasota and the St. Armand's Circle with the bay front park just a good stretch of the leg will be our location. Piers into the bay offer scenic views and moderately priced lunch treats.

    St. Armand’s Circle is a gathering of varied shops, ice cream / confectionary and plenty of park benches under large shady trees in the inner park.

    Downtown Sarasota offers both cultural and educational opportunities along with all the purchasing pleasures you might expect.

Greetings Fellow Trail Birders,

Convention time is getting near, and I would like to thank everyone who has shown interest in working the event. The Convention Planning Team is currently preparing member work assignments for all of our volunteers and expect to announce these assignments within the next couple of weeks. We are planning for approximately 500 quests for the convention and nearly 240 of the 250 rooms blocked have been reserved. If you have been waiting to reserve a room, you better do it now. Also, please complete your registration forms and send to Betty Tulowitzky so she is not swamped at the last minute.


It was encouraging to see 55 members attend our recent outing to the Hyatt Regency Sarasota on January 14th. The club had a great opportunity to tour the convention facilities and get the lay of the land where all activities will be taking place during the week of May 4-9. After the tour we enjoyed a wonderful lunch in the hotel restaurant. Thanks to Mark Kenyon for scheduling this tour with the Hyatt staff.

Recently I have had several conversations with club members that are not planning on entering their Little Birds in the convention show for various reasons. I want to encourage everyone to register their car, no matter the condition you will find a class for your car. Just an FYI, if your car is in a judged class please note that your car is not judged against another car, each car is judged on its own merits, based on CTCI’s detailed judging guidelines (visit CTCI.org and click on Events, Concourse Procedures) and if you don’t want your car judged enter in the Display Class. For some members this may be the only opportunity to have your car judged by trained CTCI Judges. A benefit of having your car judged is you will receive the score sheet after the convention so you know what areas to work on if you choose to make improvements to your beloved little Bird. Club members who normally show their car at the Edison Ford event or at local car shows, why would you not show your car at your very own convention in Sarasota? If you have any questions concerning judging or the proper class to enter your car call Dave Tulowitzky.

Let’s make this convention a huge success and show CTCI all of the beautiful cars in our club. (Commercial break) If you prefer to have a professional detailer clean and polish your car, give Paul Amick a call and he can put you in touch with a detailer that will be on site at the convention or suggest a local detailer in the Sarasota County area.

Looking forward to seeing everyone on February 1st at the Edison-Ford show in Fort Myers. We will have a business meeting during the show at 11:00am. Also mark your calendar for February 29th for lunch and business meeting at the Olde World restaurant in North Port, FL. Thanks to Linda Amick for scheduling this luncheon.

Happy Motoring,

Jeff Barlow


   The Trail Birds of Southwest Florida was founded in 1994 by David and Betty Tulowitzky, Frank and Debby Hanson and Roy Ohmes. There were six people at the first meeting, but we did have enough phone calls of interested people that we decided to go ahead with establishing the club. 

   It has grown to over 80 members at present. We decided on the name of Trail Birds of Southwest Florida because our membership would be focused on 1955-1957 Thunderbird owners living along the Tamiami Trail between Sarasota and Naples.


   The purpose of the club was to unite owners and admirers of the 1955-1957 Ford Thunderbird. Membership in the Classic Thunderbird Club, International (CTCI) was a requirement, and we were thrilled to complete the process to become a chapter of CTCI and received our CTCI Chapter number 113 at the Bend, Oregon international convention in 1996.

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