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    • 21 Feb 2018
    • 24 Feb 2018
    • http://www.floridaflywheelers.org/

    Florida Flywheeler's 2018
    February 21st-24th

    Flywheeler's is a 300 plus acre outdoor event focusing on the mechanization of Florida over the last century. Lots to see and do for men and women, boys and girls of all age's 

    It is a dry camping event so come with full water and empty dookie tanks. Golf carts will be available for rent but bring your own powered contraption if possible. Anything goes up to 5' wide, really!


    Last picture quantifies the previous picture, har!

    More info to come...

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    Ryan and Michelle Saari

    Just a note to remind those attending Flywheelers that once you get in here during the day during the show hours of 9am 4pm, you cannot go back out during those hours unless it is an emergency, so I would suggest that you stop somewhere and get your supplies before you get here it saves a little frustration, otherwise you can go back out after 4pm to shop. 


    Featuring Implements, Stationary Engines & Ferguson Tractors 

    Our 7th annual semi-organized Bluebird rally. We have worked with the Flywheelers staff and have again been graciously provided with our own dedicated Bluebird area. We had a good attendance in 2017. If you like old engines, tractors, cars, motorcycles, parts, bric-a-brac, flea markets, food, stuff, displays, period villages etc., come on down. A great time to do as little or as much as you would like. 240 acres of fun! Lots of things for the ladies to do to and you don't need a 'Bird to attend!

    We would like to have a head count of those that plan on attending.

    Contact Ryan Saari at: ryansaari@tampabay.rr.com.

    Here are few maps to help you find the Florida Flywheelers site and camping area, also a map to the Wal Mart Supercenter and Murphy Gas (Diesel) in Avon Park. (We can no longer park overnight at the Avon Park Wal Mart)


    West Frostproof to Flywheelers and Avon Park Wal Mart



    Fort Meade to Flywheelers



    Flywheelers Check In and Campsite













    When this engine is running and you are standing anywhere near the building you can feel each compression stroke under your feet.

    This Snow engine is 400hp @ 120rpm. It has double acting 4 cylinder 4 stroke with a 20" bore X 36" stroke that is over 40,000ci displacement. It runs on natural gas and was used to pump natural gas from wells to gas supply businesses. It's flywheel is 12' in diameter and weighs approximately 12 tons. This one was in use until 1977.


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    • 6 Apr 2018
    • 8 Apr 2018
    • Burro Creek, AZ

    AZ Hot Birds Burro Creek, AZ Hike - Apr 6-8

    The Burro Creek Recreation Site is situated along Burro Creek within a very scenic Sonoran desert canyon at an elevation of 1,960 feet. This peaceful area has long been a favorite stop of travelers on nearby Highway 93. Visitors here are often interested in the contrast between the deep blue pools and tree-lined banks of Burro Creek, and the saguaro-studded hills and cliffs of its desert setting.

    - Located 60 miles NW of Wickenburg & 70 miles SE of Kingman you may have noticed its beautiful bridge as you passed by? Elevation is 1960 feet there.

    - Camp out with us Friday & Saturday night and explore the trails, river, and wildlife there. There's RV camping, tent camping, and car camping, or even just for the day will work.

    - There is a Ramada with shade, plenty of tables, water and dump site available, and flushing bathrooms if needed. 

    RSVP please - limited space on this one

    Signed up to Attend; (Updated 11/8/17 @ 06:50)


    Michael & Tami Putz 78FC35 - w/Dan Dominey Kevin & Cheri Vetter SOB - w/Randy & Jan Larry Dill & Barbara Ribar 95BMC37 - w/Jasmine Ken & Tammy Morgan 80FC35 Van & Toni Bentley 04M380 John & Pat Forbes 89WB40 Mike & Jackie Williams 88PT40 NOTE – I’ve already reserved the Group Camping site so just show up, park along the perimeter (keep the center open), and donate $15 to Michael to offset the cost for the weekend.

    Friday Night – Crock Pot Lasagna Supplied! …. Just bring a side dish…
    Saturday – Hiking and Exploring
    Saturday Night – Bring a STEAK! – I’ll bring a big grill. J (Or anything you want to cook up yourself)

    Basic Amenities
    Drinking Water, Dumping Facilities, Flush Toilets, RV Sites

    Special Features
    Cooking Grills, Picnic Tables, Pavilion

    Additional Conveniences
    Group Sites Available, Pets Allowed on leash

    Basic Directions
    The Burro Creek Recreation Site is located 60 miles northwest of Wickenburg on Highway 93. From Kingman, travel east 17 miles on Interstate 40, then south 53 miles on Highway 93. The recreation site turnoff is one mile south of Burro Creek Bridge. From the signed turnoff, continue 1.5 miles to the recreation site via the paved access road. 

    Burro Creek Bridge

    Coaches Arrive;

    It's Burger Time!

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    Michael & Tami Putz

    eMail=Mike.Putz@cox.net - Web=http://mikeputz.com/
    Solar = https://www.solarpenny.com/SearchResults.asp?Cat=257

    76FC35SB Wanderlodge - "Gutted/Conversion -sold-"

    78FC35SB Wanderlodge - "Putz'n Around"

    '90 GL1500 Goldwing, '67 VW Rail, & '82 CJ5 Jeep

    FMCA #236459, Good Sam #17270530, Vintage Birds #1509

    • 18 Apr 2018
    • 22 Apr 2018
    • Ocean Lakes Family Campground, 6001 South Kings Hwy., Myrtle Beach, SC 29575

    Call Ocean Lakes as soon as possible and make your reservations, 877-510-1413 and remember to tell them "Birds at the Beach". If you are planning on coming early and staying after the rally you will have a better chance of the site being open for the extra days if you reserve early. We will be in the same area, HH section, but again all sites are not available so another reason the call early. 

    The rally dates are Wednesday April 18 to Sunday April 22, 2018. We have sites reserved for that entire week, April 15 through the 22, 2018. 

    Bryan and Karen Altier


    • 29 Apr 2018
    • 6 May 2018
    • Cross Creek RV Maggie Valley, NC

    Cross Creek RV Maggie Valley, NC

    Rally in Maggie Valley 

    Sunday April 29 – Sunday May 6, 2018

    Rally details are in processhowever there is a group arriving 4/22, after Birds at the Beach, so we are opening early, and everyone is welcome. 

    Cross Creek RV Park


    • 16 May 2018
    • 19 May 2018



     MAY 16 – 19, 2018 

    Join us at 370 Lakeside Park and RV Campground for four days of friendship and fun! 


     Old St. Charles, MO – first capitol of Missouri Beginning of the Lewis & Clark adventure west Shopping in buildings that are original from the 1800s


    City Museum, unique only to St. Louis, MO. www.Citymuseum.org An architectural and manufacturing marvel


    Eat at O’Connell’s Irish Pub and indulge in our famous Ted Drewes Custard on Rte 66 We’ll end our visit, on Sat, with Sugarfire Bar-B-Que and Accapella Music, Barbershop Style


    Rally Hosts: Ann & Larry Kehler. 

    For more information annkehler@gmail.com or 314-378-5759

     RALLY FEE: - $100.00 (for two) Single: - $50.00

     Rally Fee and campground reservation due by: MARCH 15, 2018. 

    We have 25 sites: back-in $37, pull-thru’s $42, pull-thru premium sites @ $47. 

    Call Stephanie Bailey, Campground Host, to make your CAMPGROUND RESERVATION. 636-387-5253 Mention Wanderlodge Bluebird Rally Receive $5.00/night discount

    370 Lakeside Park and RV Campground 1000 Lakeside Park Dr St. Peters, MO 63376 www.stpetersmo.net


    Name(s): _____________________________________ 

    VB/FMCA#: __________________________________ 

    Address: ____________________________________ 

    E-Mail: ____________________________________ 

    Phone #: _________________________

    Send payment & form to: 

    Ann Kehler

     478 Boardwalk Springs Pl 

    Ofallon, MO 63368 

    (make checks payable to Ann)




    THE ARCH (downtown St. Louis) ($10.00/Tram Ride to Top of the Arch) 

    ST. LOUIS ZOO – Voted #1 in the country (FREE) 

    MISSOURI WINE COUNTRY – An hours drive outside the St. Louis Area 

    ANHEUSER BUSCH BREWERY – Complimentary tickets – first come first served

     BUTTERFLY HOUSE – Seniors 65 & over $5 (General Admission $8) 

    ART MUSEUM IN FOREST PARK – Museum FREE – Special Exhibits $

     DRIVE THRU’ FOREST PARK, Site of 1902 Worlds Fair

     LEWIS & CLARK STATE HISTORIC SITE, Hartford, Illinois


    Coffee and donuts each morning – 8:00 AM

     Wed – 1:00 – 4:00 Registration; 6:00 Social – Bring hors d’oevers and own drink Dinner on your own 

    Thurs – Old St Charles – Time TBD 

    Fri – 9:00 City Museum, Lunch O’Connell’s Irish Pub, Dessert Ted Drewe’s Famous Custard Dinner on your own

     Sat – Free Day, Dinner - Catered Sugarfire Bar-B-Q, Entertainment


    Sun AM - Goodbyes and attend next rally in Shipshewana, IN 

    • 26 May 2018
    • 29 May 2018
    • Kaibab Lake Located just outside Williams, AZ

    Kaibab Lake - May 26-29, 2018

    7th Annual AZ Hot Birds Kaibab Lake Rally

    - Located just outside Williams, AZ up in the cool country, perfect time of year.
    - Bring your bike! Great place to ride.
    - Make reservations RIGHT NOW!! These go fast!
    - Over Memorial Day Weekend
    - We want to make sure we’re all in Loop-A & B if possible.

    If you cannot get into A or B loops then look for C, D, & E. You may play with the dates to see if the spot is available. Also, make SURE you check the site length! Also, note there is a list of sites and a map on the website for clarity.


    *Updated Jan 29th @ 0645
    Tami & I won't be attending this year due to family commitments but you know you'll have fun! 


    Sites available right now for May 25-28;

    A010 - 35' backin
    A027 - 35' backin
    A028 - 35' backin
    B017 - 30' backin
    B020 - 35' backin
    B022 - 40' backin
    B025 - 30' backin
    Other sites available in C, D, E

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    Michael & Tami Putz

    eMail=Mike.Putz@cox.net - Web=http://mikeputz.com/
    Solar = https://www.solarpenny.com/SearchResults.asp?Cat=257

    76FC35SB Wanderlodge - "Gutted/Conversion -sold-"

    78FC35SB Wanderlodge - "Putz'n Around"

    '90 GL1500 Goldwing, '67 VW Rail, & '82 CJ5 Jeep

    FMCA #236459, Good Sam #17270530, Vintage Birds #1509

    • 6 Jun 2018
    • 10 Jun 2018
    • Shipshewana North Campground, Shipshewana, Indiana

    We are planning another Shipshewana mini Rally beginning Wednesday June 6, 2018 until Sunday June 10, 2018 in Shipshewana Indiana. The Rally Location will once again be the Shipshewana North Campground and Cabins (wanabees note, there are a few cabins available here). The website for the campground is 


    (check out the cool Drone video of the campground full of Bluebirds on this website), and the phone number is (260) 768-7770. Ask for Uma or Sam and tell them you are with the Bluebird Group. You can also drop my name if need be. 


    This is an older campground with mostly 30 amp sites, but a few 50 Amp pull through sites are available. Hopefully we have planned it early enough that we won’t need much air conditioning. We really like this campground as it is quiet and has an ice cream store right on the site. They really like us too.

    What do we do at this rally you ask? We plan nothing except one event that will likely involve a carry in dinner. Once again there will be a night at Rowland and Joanne’s Arcade, and maybe a dinner or 2 out. We don’t have awards, and we don’t plan tech sessions. We plan nothing because this is the Rally where the Boys go shopping. You read it right, there are several, many, a bunch of surplus stores within striking distance, and we come back with car fulls of RV trinkets. Some spend thousands, others spend some. The girls, if they trust us to be alone with credit cards, go to town with their own credit cards and shop in all of the quaint little Amish shops. 

    Shipshewana also has a huge flea market every week on Tuesday and Wednesday. You can google that to get the details if you are interested. You may have to come early to go there, but don’t spend all of your money there because there are other, better things to buy. 

    This location offers other services. 
    National RV Refrigeration. Many ‘Bird owners can’t say enough about Leon. Each year Leon works on several Bluebirds. He’s the go to guy for refrigerator problems as several Woggers can attest. His price is more than fair, he does a really good job, and he’s right next door to the campground. His website is http://www.fixyourfridge.com. If you have a need here, call Leon for an appointment and to make sure he has enough time to get what you need.

    Stuarts Service in Elkhart is an authorized HWH repair facility. The website is http://www.rvleveling.com. You really need to call ahead here for an appointment as it seems they have limited hours. The phone number is on the website.

    Ramco Mirrors is close by in Elkhart, and bird mirrors have been rebuilt here.

    Mr. Wrench Service and Repair 260-768-4216 is a Powertech Service Center

    There are also lots of other RV related manufacturers around the Elkhart area and this is only a half hour away. Lambright’s for furniture is a popular spot, and Bradd and Hall is also nearby. Check the display ad section of your FMCA magazine for information.

    Looking forward to seeing you there !!!

    David Styf

    • 5 Jul 2018
    • 8 Jul 2018
    • Hood River County Fairgrounds

    Hood River Rally in July

    Kathie and I are going to try again! We booked the Hood River County Fairgrounds for a:3-4 day Rally July 5th thru the 8th.

    There will be more about it later but the dates are solid. THERE HAS NEVER BEEN A TIME THE FAIRGROUNDS HAS CLOSED IN JULY .

    1) $20.00 a night with 30 and 50 amp. Hookups. Great water at every site. Dumpsite on the grounds.
    Kathie and I collect the $ for the time yiu are there. That way you don't have to pay in advance. HOWEVER, please let us know if you are coming OR if you can't make it. That way we know how much food to cook and what size van or bus we will need for a tour .

    We look forward to actually having one this year! 
    !YES Larry Dill and Barb , we will have fresh brats!

    John Alley
    Hood River, Oregon


    • 15 Jul 2018
    • 22 Jul 2018
    • Detriot, MI

    Alan and Debi Darson will be hosting the “Motor City Shakedown”. Alright, alright, we’ve all heard about the bad places in Detroit so let’s see the good. You know there ain’t no town like Motown. Let’s visit the Henry Ford Museum, Greenfield Village, Ford’s F-150 assembly plant and possibly Detroit Diesel assembly, Dossin Great Lakes Museum, Belle Isle, Detroit Aquarium (the oldest in the nation) Detroit Conservatory, take a few laps on the Michigan International Speedway, Downtown Detroit (The Belly of the Beast), and Ann Arbor just for starters.
    • Wayne County Fairgrounds
    • 10871 Quirk Road
    • Belleville, MI 48111
    • 734-697-7002

    • 20 Premium Sites – Full 50 amp hookup - $35.10/day

    • 20 Sites with water and 50 amp electric - $24.10/day (Dump station in the middle of fairgrounds is very user friendly).
    When making reservations tell them that you are part of the Vintage Birds Rally.

    *** There will be an additional nominal rally fee. I’ll work on that after the New Year.



    • 23 Sep 2018
    • 29 Sep 2018
    • Cape Cod Campground North Truro, MA

    You’re Gonna Fall in Love with Old Cape Cod

    Crit Bliss is already making plans for a clam bake and lobster boil. 

    We’ll visit Nantucket, Provincetown, Whale Watching, JF Kennedy Museum, kayaking on freshwater ponds, miles and miles of Cape beaches, bike trails and much, much more.

    We have reserved 30 spaces. Two campgrounds are involved within a couple of hundred yards from each other walking distance and about I mile apart driving. Perhaps a little inconvenient but I don’t know anywhere else on Cape where we could park 30+ Blue Bird coaches all near one another  They are the North Truro campground and Horton’s campground. (Google Earth them to see how close they are). 

    The campground manager will make site assignments based upon your coach’s length. The sites are sand/gravel with a mixed bag of some with 50 amp, some with 30 amp only, some with and without sewer hookup. As far as the 50 or 30 amp electricity this is late September so you won’t need all three air conditioners running all day long. It’s usually becoming cool and we will be lucky if the AquaHot’s aren’t coming on during the night. For those without a sewer connection the campground will proved you with free pump out service. Sites will be provided on a first come basis @ $50.00/day for a 50 amp site and $40.00/day for a 30 amp site. They will ask you to pay half now and half March 1st. 

    Our contact’s name is Mike. Inform him that you are part of the Cape Cod Vintage Bird group. Remember to tell him the length of your coach so he can assign a proper spot. 

    There will also be a nominal rally fee. We will have a few catered dinners and breakfasts and depending on weather perhaps rent a tent. I’ll determine those costs when I return home to the Cape in May. 

    Cape Cod Campground (North Truro Campground) Sites are 30 Amp full hookup. (Hey, it’s September on Cape Cod, you’re on the ocean, and won’t need air conditioning).

    46 Highland Road

    North Truro, MA 02652


    www.abcamping.com Click on “Cape Cod”.

    Rally Host 

    Alan Darson


    • 1 Oct 2018
    • 6 Oct 2018
    • American Heritage RV Park Williamsburg, VA

    Annual Vintage Birds Meeting Rally

    Jan Moher and Ken Doyle will show us around the magnificent Williamsburg, VA. Area. 

    We’ll be staying at the American Heritage RV Park, a 10/10/10 rated park. 

    This is a great historical area with Jamestown and Yorktown nearby, the Mariners Museum in Newport where you can view parts of the Monitor and Merrimack.

     Richmond is only an hour away with several Museums and water activities at Hampton Roads. For the real adventurous head to Virginia Beach or Nags Head, North Carolina or 4 mast sailing in Yorktown. 

    And let’s not forget about all those great local restaurants.

    American Heritage RV Park

    146 Maxton Lane,

    Williamsburg, VA 23188

    888-530-2267 or 757-566-2133



    • 17 Oct 2018
    • 21 Oct 2018
    • Pine Mountain,GA

     WOG Pine Mountain rally Oct 2018

    It's time to start planning for our annual WOG 2018 rally in Pine Mountain,GA
    The dates for the 2018 rally are October 17th-21st
    Pine Mountain RVC will honor the WOG rally rates before and after the official rally dates. More information to follow***Be advised that PM is having a vintage rally the week before our rally so early arrivals may not be available.
    PM also has yurts and there are hotels in the area for visitors without coaches.
    There are no rally fees or sign up other than your campsite fees. Mark your calendars and join us for this growing event.
    If you haven't made camping reservations you must CALL Pine Mountain Resort and tell them your with the WOG rally...trust me they will know!

    Pine Mountain RV Resort
    8804 Hamilton Road, Highway 27
    Pine Mountain, GA 31822
    Phone: (706) 663-4329

    Kip Henry
    95 WB42 S-60
    88 WB40 2010/14
    Brooks, GA
    Kip Cindy & Cody

    • 1 Jan 2019
    • 2 Jan 2019

    No Clearwater Rally in 2018 But New Ownership/Rally For 2019

    I have been investigating options for relocating the Clearwater/Parliament/Coachworx Rally that we normally hold each year. Since Parliament finally closed their doors (and the property) a couple of weeks ago I have also been in touch with the new owners of their property.

    My understanding is that their lease includes the old Coachworx Body Shop and the building that became the Metal Shop (where we held our last Rally prior to the Parliament merger. I'm not sure about the campsites but I assume they are part of their new lease also.

    It's just too late to try and get something going for this year, and quite frankly I don't want to go to a lot of hassle to relocate just for one year. With more time to prepare we can bring the Rally back next January.

    The property has been broken into different parcels and now has different ownership. I've also spoken to the new owner of the front/retail part of the property and he hopes to have some type of RV facility on the premises also, but imho that's an expensive piece of property that could support several shops, restaurants, etc. (or even a car dealership) and bring a better return. He was trying to be helpful but it's just too early to try and use that part of the property while it is still locked up and in limbo while he makes his own plans.

    So plan on January 2019 to resume our annual Clearwater rally. In the meantime, the new company plans to reopen next week:

    USA Luxury Coach
    727 812-0721

    Ben Cummings, a long-time Parliament Employee, is the General Manager of USA Luxury Coaches, and several prior Parliament employees are Techs and support personnel. As I understand it, the USA Luxury Coach leased property includes the previous Coachworx footprint. They have the Coachworx/Prevost shop in the back of the property, as well as the adjoining campsites. I'm currently parked where NHBill, Michael Campbell, and I (the original "Three Amigos") parked seven years ago. Plus the Body Shop that was originally part of Coachworx. 

    Dave Sullivan, who is one of the best techs I have met, has also joined the team so even though they have a smaller and less expensive payroll, they have a lot of depth and capabilities in the new company.

    I will try and update as I have further news, perhaps in a separate thread. In the meantime we are still planning to hold our 2019 rally at the same location(s) as before.. Stay tuned for updates....

    Jim Nichols

    • 19 Jan 2019
    • 27 Jan 2019
    • GPS 33°36'43.3"N 114°12'01.3"W http://goo.gl/maps/6Grhe

    Birds of a Feather (BoF) Annual Q Rally 

    This is the second largest yearly gathering of Blue Bird Wanderlodge coaches, and the largest yearly gathering of Blue Birds west of Pine Mountain, GA. 

    “Birds of a Feather” 2019 Quartzsite Blue Bird Rally information is available for viewing. Click on https://birdsofafeather1.shutterfly.com/ the password is flocktogether. The documents are fluid in that they will be revised some as time moves forward. (Just to wet your Whistle as of Feburary 9th, 2018 )

    Come to the Blue Bird Quartzsite Rally to Enjoy Yourself. Participation is strictly voluntary. No one is expected to attend all the events. However, we like volunteers. As you read through the Event Details and you wish to volunteer to lead an event(s), send an email to your BoF organizers at birds.of.a.feather.bof@gmail.com. 

    Sign Up: There is no need to sign up for the BoF Annual Quartzsite Rally. There are no Reservations and the rally dates are the same dates as the Quartzsite Big White Tent RV Show. The norm is 80 plus coaches joining the rally. Just come on out, spend the days you can, enjoy yourself, meet old and new friends, and enjoy the desert sun. Or you can send birds.of.a.feather.bof@gmail.com your name and planned Q arrival date and you will be recorded on the Q Participant list. As we get closer to the event dates the Participant list will be noted on WOG and published on the BoF site http://birdsofafeather1.shutterfly.com/ password is flocktogether. Many have said they plan to return and are already on next year’s Q Participation list. 

    Time: The rally events are on Arizona time. Set your clocks. 

    Fluid Documents: The Calendar and Event Descriptions are fluid meaning they will change as time moves forward. Check back often. The documents are in PDF format and located on the BoF website http://birdsofafeather1.shutterfly.com/ the password is "flocktogether" one word, no quotes. Due to weather conditions, specific event dates may need to be changed, you will be kept informed while at Q, with updates to our daily information White Board. 

    Print the Calendar and the Event Details: Just before you depart for the Q rally please print a copy of this document and the Calendar document and bring them with you. The Calendar and Event Details can change and will change as things happen. 

    Rally Dates: The official rally dates are January 19 - 27, 2019. Many coaches arrive before, some arrive weeks before. The Calendar covers 16 days, the relaxed week before the rally and the actual rally. 

    Rally Location: The rally location is on BLM land in the La Posa South Long Term Visitor Area. We’ll plan to be camped (parked) in a circle and in the same location as prior years. La Posa South is about three miles south of Quartzsite on the east side of Hwy 95 between mile markers 102 and 103. Drive in past the kiosk and park in the area to your right. Write down your license plate number(s). Go inside the kiosk and pay your $40.00 for up to a 14 day stay. You will need $40.00 cash. Go back in the morning and pay your fee if the kiosk is closed. Then drive on the black top road to about its end. Look to your left for Blue Bird coaches. 

    Google Maps: http://goo.gl/maps/6Grhe Takes a few seconds to load. Instructions are on the left. GPS 33°36'43.3"N 114°12'01.3"W 

    Open Evenings: Every other evening is an OPEN evening (nothing scheduled but the camp fire), allowing you to do what you want, go to town to eat, etc. But please join us at the evening campfire. 

    Some suggested places for lunch or dinner. 

    Q Yacht Club – A great place. It’s located at 1090 Main Street, Quartzsite, AZ 85346. From the BoF Nest go out to hwy 95, north to the first light after crossing over I-10, turn left on Main Street, it’s on your right on Main Street. 

    Silly Al's Pizza – Great Pizza. It’s located at 175 W Main Street, Quartzsite, AZ 85346. From the BoF Nest go out to hwy 95, north to the first light after crossing over I-10, turn left on Main Street, it’s on your left just a short distance on Main Street, just before the BBQ place. 

    Lacasa Del Rancho, Mexican/American Food – North of business 10 on the east side of hwy 95. 

    Fire Wood: Bring a bunch of good firewood. A bunch means A LOT! All you can! A giant pile! Good hardwood, the junk wood in a plastic wrapper from the grocery store usually burns up in 5 minutes. Our morning fires to warm up by and our evening bonfires are what make Q so much fun. But we need your help in bringing lots of good wood. Green wood or those bundles from the grocery store are not very good. Old rotted giant firewood pieces end up making more smoke than heat. Fred is very picky about his firewood's quality! Drop your fire wood near the camp fire circle. 


    Quartzsite offers some unique shopping opportunities. There is lots of RV equipment usually represented at booths, such as Demco, Blue Ox, Dometic and others. The Tent and Surrounding Area – Shop for RV Stuff, Rocks (Gems), Flag Poles and Flags, tools, craft items, all sort of miscellaneous stuff. Food Stores – Big Market west of 95 on the south side of Main Street. Road Runner, Quartzsite General Store, and Family Dollar Store, all three are east of 95 on the north side of Main Street. Produce Stand on Main Street just west of 95. Blythe – Blythe, CA is approximately 25 miles from the Birds Nest. Good stores. Most everything one would need. 

    Holding Tank Dump Service: We will be parked within a half mile of two BLM dump stations and eight fresh water stations. Going there early morning or late afternoon will help to avoid lines. Holding tank dump service is available. Let one of the organizers know if you need the service, we will probably have them come to our group. 

    Water Fill Service: No water delivery service available at this time. But again fresh water is available within one half mile. 

    Name Tags: If you have name tags from any function, bring them with you to wear. Or make one yourself. 

    Event Details 

    First Arrivals 

    Locate/Secure the Q Area – The first unit(s) to arrive at Q will hopefully locate the same Q nest or nearby, and follow on with the items below. Keep in mind that a large area (circle) is needed to park 80+ coaches. The bigger the circle the better. Do not unpack everything until a final area is secured. See Help Secure Parking Area PDF. 

    Communicate with units in the area – There may be units already parked in the Q nest. Inform the folks that a large group of very large diesel powered coaches with large noisy generators will be parked around them according to the BLM rules (15 feet between units). Let them know that you are making them aware and they might want to move, or invite them to join the party. 

    Mark (X) out coach parking – or a small stack of rocks. Make as large a circle (or close to a circle) best you can. Leave room behind coaches for others to drive behind them. Use a scratch tool to mark an X, or rocks, where each coach left front bumper is to park. Leave 25 feet between the Xs/rocks. 

    Build the Fire Ring – In the center of the camp, build a 12’ diameter circle using rocks from the area. Rocks that are 6” to 8” work best. Hopefully the fire ring from previous years is still there. Please save 9 consecutive spaces for the BoF Organizers/Cooks/Staff. Thank you. 

    Campfires - All are welcome to gather at the morning campfire and enjoy conversation and the latest stories. Each day near sundown the evening campfire will be going for all to enjoy until the last “good nights” are exchanged. We hope everyone will participate in the campfires. So come out with your favorite camp chair and refreshment, and enjoy the warmth of the blazing fire and the Arizona night with the desert sky filled with stars or a full moon as bright as daylight. 

    Information Board - A White Board will be updated each day with the day’s activities. Schedule changes will also be noted on the board. Also near the board will be the Lost and Found area. 

    Medical and First Aid 

    Medical & First Aid Trained Attendees – If you have medical or first aid training, and can be available for emergencies that may occur in the Birds’ Nest, please let the BoF hosts know. Send an email birds.of.a.feather.bof@gmail.com briefly describing your training or certification and we’ll list it here. Defibrillator – Volunteer if you have a Defibrillator in your coach. 

    Nurses/Medics/EMT – Volunteer if you are willing to provide assistance. 

    Robert Britton - Firefighter/EMT - (831) 801-9229 

    Quartzsite Facilities – 

    La Paz Medical Services, 150 E Tyson Road, 928- 927-5067 Blythe (Palo Verde) Hospital - Palo Verde Hospital, 250 N 1st St, Blythe, CA 92225, (760) 922-4115 

    The Big Tent 

    1.1 - Tent & outside area Gem Show – The Big Tent in Quartzsite usually has The Gem Show during the first week of our 16 day Calendar. 

    1.2 - Tent & Outside Area RV Show – The Big Tent in Quartzsite hosts the annual RV Show during the official (last) week of the BoF Q rally. More RV stuff is outside of the tent area. 

    Q Hill, Group Photo 

    2.0 - Drive to Q Hill and take a group picture. Short 4 mile drive to the base of Q Hill, 5 to 15 minute walk to the top. This has a spectacular view of all the RV’s, all the sales areas, and the beautiful mountain scenery.

    Kite Flying 

    3.0 Kite Flying Day(s) – Bring one with you, and please fly them at Q during the mild breezy days.

    Spare Parts and Stuff Sale (Swap Meet) – Guys & Gals 

    4.0 - Sell your spare parts and stuff…Every day, All day, or Anytime. Put them out front of your rig. Put a price tag on your items. Sell them, swap them, and make another owner happy. 

    Walks – Drives – Etc. 

    5.0 - Morning / Afternoon Walks – Many of the gals get together for morning and afternoon walks. 

    5.1 – 5.3 - Other Activities – See Calendar. Need leaders. 

    5.5 – Felicity, CA http://www.felicity.us/center.html. When it opens hit “remembrance” to browse around. About 180 miles round trip. Need leader. 

    6.0 Game Time – Bring your games (horseshoes, scrabble, card games etc.) and start up a game anytime. That’s what we’re here for. 

    7.0 – Shooting at Q Rally in the Desert 

    Birds of a Feather Shooting Events Announcement and Introduction 

    Tommy Two Shoes, Host

    It is time again to prepare for the Q shooting sessions. First, the number one goal of these sessions is safety. Handling a weapon is a serious matter and learning or practicing to do so in a very safe manner makes for a safe environment for you and those around you. Second goal is to improve skills through repetitive practice of effective weapon handing. If you are ever presented with a situation that threatens harm to you or family/friends, you need the advantage of the best skills you can muster. Lastly, we want to have fun. You get to shoot in different conditions and scenarios that you might not have had a previous opportunity to experience. You can compare what selected weapon you own with the others and maybe even try a weapon you do not own. Safety, skills, and fun. What could be more rewarding? 

    Here are some basic “must haves” for any shooting session: 

    1. Weapons must be made safe (unloaded) until Rick Paterson, our instructor, or his range assistants tell you to load your guns. 

    2. Everyone must have a holster for pistols and revolvers (this indicates a stiff leather or web type belt). 

    3. Everyone must have eye protection. Prescription glasses that are hardened are acceptable. 

    4. Ear muffs or ear plugs are required to protect hearing. 

    5. Bring sufficient quantities of ammo for your weapon unless otherwise indicated in the session description. 

    Now, here is some advice from my personal experience: 

    1. Wear sturdy shoes. The malpais is unforgiving. Also, you will be standing for some time while participating. 

    2. Bring a hat. There is very little cover from the sun at our shooting sites. 

    3. Pack a thermos or bottles of water to keep hydrated. These sessions span several hours and water is refreshing. 

    4. A folding chair or stool will be your best friend. 

    5. There are no facilities at any of our shooting venues. Need I say more. 

    6. If you are participating in a M1 Garand rifle event, a pad for your shooting shoulder and a glove for your non-trigger hand is suggested but not required. 

    Change format over previous years: 

    This year, we are scheduling only one event (#7.2) in advance. This will allow attendees to work with Rick on their shooting interests and form your own groups and times for other sessions. Rick will also consider one-on-one sessions if you prefer full attention to your skill honing. 

    7.1 - On Monday, Rick will be in front of my coach “GoneAway,” a 2006 M450, cleaning and inspectioning any equipment you wish, particularly those you intend to use during the week. A pistol or rifle cleaned by a professional is a learning experience and might avoid any problems with your weapons. You may also bring by you belt, holster, eye and ears protection for us to see that they are adequate. If you do not have the essential safety and holstering setup when you arrive at the session, you will become a spectator. Rick also sells ammo in most calibers if you need to stock up for range practice. Scheduled events (Tuesday the 24th at 10:00 at the range; please be on time or follow the caravan leaving at 9:00 AM): 

    7.2 - Handgun Safety and Skills (semi-automatics and revolvers) open to beginners through experienced shooters. If you do not own a firearm and want to try shooting to see if you would be comfortable, many of us have multiple weapons that are willing to let you use during this session including matching holsters. You must provide protective eyewear and ear plugs or muffs and wear a sturdy belt. The fee for this event is $25 per person plus voluntary tips. Optional Other Events: 

    7.3 - Close Quarters Battle (CQB) at The Bird House in Bouse, AZ, a shoot house where you individually go with Rick from room to room taking out threats possibly requiring differentiating threats from friendlies. This is as close to real situations that most people ever get. Did I say “adrenalin?” 

    7.4 - M1 Garand Rifle Shooting (rifles and ammo provided). The M1 was standard issue for US Armed Forces from 1936 through 1957, used during World War II and the Korean War and some of Viet Nam. This should be a fun session shooting these historic weapons. 

    7.5 - AR-15 Rifles are one of the most popular rifles with interest soaring in recent years. It is an easy to shoot weapon with low caliber rounds that result in a very light kick. It might have a smaller caliber shell than other rifles such as the M1 Garand, but rest assured, it is a deadly weapon that has seen a lot of combat use. Use your own or ask Rick to prove one but enjoy this popular rifle. 

    Your choice if we can accommodate it. If you have any other shooting scenario not on our optional list, let us know. 

    ON and Off-Road Runs 

    8.1 - Castle Dome Mountain – 54 miles, moderate trail, time 5 hrs, bring lunch and fluids. 

    8.2 - Dripping Springs - 12.6 miles, moderate trail, time 3-4 hrs, bring lunch and fluids 

    8.3 - OFF-Road Run (Need volunteer(s). 

    8.4 - The Desert Bar (aka Nellie-E-Saloon) – CASH ONLY event. Parker AZ. Click on links for information about this unique, one of a kind, location. http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-desert-bar-parker-2 and http://www.rvshortstops.com/2012/01/nellie-e-saloon-aka-desert-bar-near.html. 

    Hwy 95 North, turn east on Cienega Springs Rd, travel less than 5 miles. Open Saturday & Sunday noon to 6. Drinks and food available. Cash only. One or multiple trips. Easy to locate. Need volunteer(s) to lead the group. 


    During GROUP THERAPY on January 21, Sunday 

    1. Sign up volunteer players for the GAMES 

    2. Sign up volunteers for JUDGES 

    3. Choose the teams and Captains 

    4. Pass out the COLORS, FLAGS and General rules for the FRIDAY GAMES on January 26. 


    10.0- Geocache Hunt – Drive out in the desert for Geocache hunting. 

    Need Leader(s) - have a short orientation meeting of about half an hour, and then head out to find at least a few caches, returning by 3 p.m. If you would like to participate, a suggested prerequisite is to register at geocaching.com (free registration is fine, paid registration not required). This will establish your geocaching "handle" that will be used to record finds in the log books of caches we find, and also allow them to be logged online if you wish. Handheld GPS units are necessary for caching, but in a group event like this there is no need for everybody to have one. As long as we have at least a few we will be fine. 4-wheel drive vehicles are recommended, and again I expect there will be sharing. There will be some walking, but nothing strenuous. All experience levels are invited; in fact it would be great to have some other experienced folk to help the novices.

    Men’s Coach Technical Sessions 

    11.0 - Men’s Tech. Seminars – Two two hours sessions in the PM. Rick Archie will lead this. This too has always been a favorite for the men. Bring your chair to the center of the circle to listen, learn and participate in ‘Bird topics of all kinds. Make your list of things you’d like to discuss with the group. 

    11.1 - Coach Walk Around Tech. Sessions –Two two hour sessions in the AM. This has always been a favorite for the guys. You get to see firsthand the upgrades, modifications, etc. others have done during this walk-around technical session. 

    Coach Tours 

    12.0 - Coach Tours – If weather permits, secure your door OPEN if you want to participate. If you do not want to participate CLOSE your door. Open up your coach for others to tour. Explain changes, upgrades, etc. that have been done, or leave a write up on the dash for others to read, telling about what you have done with your coach interior. Please don't open any closets or drawers in any coaches and no pets.

    13.0 - Craft Time or Craft Projects 

    Prior Q experience tells us that at any given day or time the ladies get together for different types of crafts. Sometimes making jewelry, painting rocks and making many other neat craft things. We will post notice of these craft events on the information board if we get notice in advance. Note: Ladies with good craft project ideas send us an emailed description so we can include it in our final printout. 

    13.1 - Knitting Grannie's Favorite Dishcloth – Thinking about Grannie's favorite dishcloth. Birds of a feather might enjoy making some, too. It would be nice to hear from you if you think you would like to spend a knitting afternoon at our Quartzsite gathering. I will bring everything you need, just need to know how many would like to join me! Contact Janet Ufheil at Zanu714@aol.com. 

    14.5 - MAI TAI FINE Happy Hour- Jim & Denise Benson will host a MAI TAI FINE Happy Hour 3:30 to 5:00, Saturday January 28th at their bus. They will be serving (and possibly introducing many) to a traditional MAI TAI, from Trader Vic's Original 1944. This ain't no fruit juice mixer and some rum, this will be the real thing and they welcome everyone to enjoy some old fashion Hawaii style living, right there in the desert. 

    Food Gatherings While our pot luck dinners being a huge part of the Q experience and attended by many, we have divided up side dishes, salads and desserts by last name. This is not mandatory. You fix/bring what you want of course. It’s just an attempt to get a good variety. Please bring enough to feed 8 to 10 people. 

    15.0 - Many evenings include pot luck gatherings where we ALL contribute something per the suggested theme. 

    15.1- Open Evenings – Usually every other evening is open so folks can do whatever they want. The Calendar shows the Open Dates. Remember to join us at the evening fire. 

    15.2 - Hors d'oeuvres to Share Evening – Bring your own bottle (BYOB) and your favorite hors d'oeuvres to share. Bring lots, we like to eat! 

    15.3 - Chili Evening, not a Cook-Off – Cook up your favorite batch of chili to share, or bring the “goes with it” items such as salads, corn bread, deserts, etc. and gather in the camp center and enjoy the food and the evening. Note: If you are not cooking chili, last name beginning with A thru D: bring Side Dish or Corn Bread (bring one), E thru L: Salads, M thru Z: Deserts. 

    15.4 - Italian Food Evening – Always a favorite. Note: Last name beginning with: A thru D: bring Deserts, E thru L: Main Dishes, M thru Z: Salads/Sides (bring one or the other). 

    15.5 - Sunday Brunch Potluck Morning– The Sunday Brunch potluck continues to be a big hit. Betty with others assisting will provide pancakes, and syrup. Everyone else that would like to participate, please bring the breakfast meat, eggs or anything else that compliments pancakes. 

    15.55 – Group Therapy – GROUP THERAPY will be in session during the SUNDAY BRUNCH POTLUCK MORNING. This was a hit previous years so Derek & Frank will be your Bar Keeps during the breakfast. They will serve Mimosa’s, Bloody Mary’s, Poinsettia’s, Champagne and other assorted juices. Donations from you all of champagne and other assorted beverages helped last year and would appreciate this to continue.

    There will be an Extra charge for requests of Psychiatric or Psychological Evaluation and Consultation. 

    15.6 - Stew/Soup/Stoup/Choup/Chowder Potluck – Your choice, will be enjoyed by all. This was a big hit at previous Q rallies. 

    15.7 - S'mores Night at the Fire - Bring some chocolate/graham crackers/marshmallows to the center fire ring and share. Yum, Yum. This event runs every evening, assuming someone brings the goodies. Volunteer. 

    15.8 - Prime Rib Roast Dinner – Ray & Leslie Thomas will prepare their wonderful Prime Rib Roast. $10.00/person. This will be pot luck style. Ray will let you know (via email) a side to bring, either a side dish or a desert. The dinner will be weather dependent. Please bring enough to feed 8 to 10 people. 

    We have the facilities to cook for 150 people. The expected attendance for this rally is more than 200 people, and growing. 

    Please send your sign up email now to duckmanr@att.net with your answers to the following questions. It’s best to reply even if you do not plan to eat the prime rib. 

    Copy the following and paste it in your email with your answers. 

    1 - Do you plan to eat Ray’s prime rib roast? (Yes or No): 

    2 - If yes, how many people? 

    3 – How cooked - # rare, # medium, # more well done? 

    4 - You agree you will pay the per person $10.00 fee? (Yes or No): 

    The last day to sign up for the dinner is January 15. Please pay Ray & Leslie at their coach before the dinner date. 

    15.9 - Margaritas– Bring your favorite Margarita mix to share at the Center of the rally area. 

    15.95 - Mexican Food Evening– Bring a dish and/or the “goes with the theme”, bring more Margaritas if you can, and enjoy good food and great company at the Center of the rally area. Note: Last name beginning with A thru D: bring Salads/Sides, E thru L: Desserts, M thru Z: Main Dishes. 

    15.10 - Smokn' BBQ – Brisket, Pork Butts Evening – Ray Thomas and Curt Sprenger will prepare the Smokn’ BBQ. $5.00 per person for the BBQ’d meat. Everyone Page 13 of 13 bring the “goes with it” fixings. Deposit the $5.00 in the Red container located near the end of the food line. 

    16.0 - Wine Tasting is cancelled--A new twist--come and drink a glass of wine and play Bunco. A fun game--very easy to learn--fast moving. No worries if you have never played before. $10.00 buy in and win prizes--both male and female can play. 

    16.1 – 1:00 Sign up with Betty at the MacAttack coach. 

    16.2 – 1:30 – 3:30 Play Bunco.

    Vendors & Presentations 

    17.0 - If you would like a presentation(s) held at our Q rally, please feel free to make contact with the vendor(s) and invite them. Coordinate vendor date/time with the BoF organizers before committing with vendor(s). It is your responsibility to set the area, tables/chairs, etc. for the presentation. 

    Q Event Ends 

    The BoF organizers thank you for your participation. Drive safe. See you next year at the BoF Q Rally, or sooner. Do not hesitate to send in your ideas for improving this year or next year’s Q rally to your BoF organizers birds.of.a.feather.bof@gmail.com . 

    Please forward your rally photos to Rick Archie at Gardendoc.Rick@gmail.com. Rick will load them to the website for all of us to see. 

    Thank you for your participation and making this a wonderful, enjoyable, exciting event. 

    Your BoF organizers: Fred, John, Rick, Curt birds.of.a.feather.bof@gmail.com


    Participants - BoF Quartzsite 2019 Rally 


    Ailinger Bruce & Wilma WA 1986 PT38 

    Allen Bill & Marilyn NM 1991 WB40 

    Alley John & Kathie OR 1992 SP36 Song Bird 

    Anderson Steve & Cathy WA 1979 FC35 It's "The Journey" 

    Angelino Terry & Marilee NV 2000 Prevost 

    Apodaca Sal & Linda CA SOB 

    Archie Rick & Rosie TX 2000 LXi43 Fort R #5 

    Bailey Tim & Donna CA 1999 LXi41 

    Barnes Jody & Marjorie NV 2005 M450LXI 

    Bellows Fred & Wendy AZ SOB 

    Benson Jim & Denise CA 1974 FC31 Mai Tai Fine

     Bentley Van & Toni AZ 2004 M380 

    Borden Donn & Julie MT 1991 WB40 

    Bradford Craig & Sharon CA 1990 PT40 

    Bradner Don & Joy Langle CA 2004 M380 

    Burdyshaw Gerry & Kate WA 2001 LX40 

    Burt Bim TX 2000 Prevost 

    Cartwright Dwayne & Patti TX 2000 LXi43 Miss Doozie 

    Chauncey Bo & Lynne OR 2005 M45Lxi 

    Coffelt Dao & Pattie CA SOB 

    Colley Chuck & Melissa MA 2003 LXi43 

    Cook Daryl & Janet AZ SOB 

    Creed Steve & Kay TX 1995 Prevost 

    Cummings Ray & Mikel MT 2000 LX40 

    Darson Alan & Debi MA 1998 Lxi41 

    Dill Larry & Barbara FL 1995 BMC37 Pura Vida 

    Donahue Mark & Laura CA 1978 FC33 Iron Bird 

    Ellsworth John & Aleda UT 1985 FC35 Color Us Gone 

    Forbes John & Pat AK 1989 WB40 

    Foxcroft Pete & Carole BC 2000 LX40 

    Fuentes Jose & Rose CA 1995 WB42 

    Garner Joe & Pat AZ 1993 WB40 Alligator II 

    Gibler Brian & Rhonda OR 1991 WB40 

    Gregg Marty & Tooter WA 1995 BMC37 

    Haberman Derek & Frank Peredo CA SOB 

    Hack Rodney KY 1980FC35RB 

    Haggins Peter & Sue BC 1986 WB42 "R" B&B 

    Hendrickson Mark & Eileen OR 1983 FC35 

    Herta Greg & Lois BC 1999 Lxi43 

    Hokanson Larry & Gina TX 1989 FC Perkee Bird 

    Hulse Fred & Jeanne AZ 1997 WB41 Desert Wind 

    Hunt Dan & Judy FL 2004 M380 

    Kurlonko Jo MI SOB 

    Kehler Larry & Ann MO 1994 WB40 BAM 

    Kern John & Diane CA SOB 

    Knipe Craig & Richard Quati OR 1990 SP36 Birtha B

     Lauss Mark & Ginger AZ 1991 WB40 Love Shack 

    Lehman Jim & Barbara SD 1995 WB42 Pretty Penny 

    Losh Joe & Kay TX SOB 

    Marsh Jim & Linda CA SOB 

    McCarthy Tom & Carolyn Steiert NV 2006 M450LXI GoneAway 

    McGinnis John & Fran Evola IN 1995 WB40

     McGinnis Jim & Lois AZ 2004 M380 

    Meyer John & Rhonda OR 2000 LX40 

    Monroe Jack & Pam CA SOB 

    Morgan Ken & Tammy AZ 1980 FC35SB Good Ole Bird 

    Normandin Andre F/T SOB 

    O'Connor Greg & Tim Vasquez CA 2001 Lxi 43 

    Perna Al & Erika FL 2001 LXi43 Gota Hava Dream 

    Perplies Eric & Suzie NV 1996 WB42 Scherazade 

    Pierce Melvin & Charlene ND 1990 WB40 Smoke N Mirrors Pitts Billy & Patsy GA 2000 LX 

    Putz Michael & Tami AZ 1978 FC35 Putz'n Around 

    Ramsey Richard & Sue FL 2004 M380 

    Rees Tim & Dawn OH 1995 BMC37 

    Reganold Mike & Ginny WA 1993 WB40 Island Bird 

    Rice Jeff & Linda CA SOB 

    Ridley Kevin & Arla WA 1986 PT40 Amazing Grace 

    Sheridan Dan & Mary CA 2000 LXi43 

    Shilson Randy & Piyiada 1994 Prevost 

    Snyder Bill & Pat CA 2000 LXi43 

    Spencer Larry & Doris MO 1985 PT36 The Dirty Bird 

    Sprenger Curt & Betty CA 1987 PT38 McAttack Racing 

    Styf Dave & Tina IN 1989 SP36 Way To Go 

    Sunderland Dan & Cindy CA 2005 M450LXI 

    Thomas Ray & Leslie CA 1996 WB42 Wanderlust 

    Tippets Rod & Diane CA SOB 

    Tortora Joe & Pam CA SOB 

    Ufheil Steve & Janet NV SOB 

    Willemse Lucas & Linda CA 1995 WB42 Glit"Z"y Bird 

    Williams Doc & Linda FT 2004 M380 

    Williams Mike & Jackie UT 1988 PT40 Ssilver Shadow 

    Winter Brad & Pam CA 1997 BMC37 

    Winters Don OR 2000 Prevost Final Approach

    The Calendar and Event Descriptions are fluid meaning they will change as time moves forward. Check back often. The documents are in PDF format and located on the BoF website http://birdsofafeather1.shutterfly.com/ the password is "flocktogether" one word, no quotes.

    • 1 Oct 2019
    • 2 Oct 2019
    • Red River, New Mexico

    Red River Rally, New Mexico

    Early October 2019: Yes 2019! 

    Mike Sparkman will host a rally in Red River, New Mexico 25 miles south of Colorado. 

    A great chance for that special “Western” species of the Vintage Birds to have a nearby rally. This will be the week before the Albuquerque Balloon Festival so perhaps we can do both.

    Hope all can come to this little bit of mountain country paradise. Elevation 8,500’!!

    Rally Host: Mike Sparkman

    e-mail: mikesparkman@aol.com

This web site is sponsored by the Members of the Vintage Birds Chapter of Family Motor Coach Association,Inc.  All information is believed to be correct, however, all questions concerning rally information presented on this web site should be addressed to the Rally Host.

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