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Salisbury resident's Thunderbird thunders

  • Paul Willistein/TIMES NEWS Tom Hollenbach of Salisbury Township with his 1962 Thunderbird, which will be at the 47th annual Das Awkscht Fescht, Aug. 6, 7, 8, Macungie Memorial Park, Macungie.
    Paul Willistein/TIMES NEWS Tom Hollenbach of Salisbury Township with his 1962 Thunderbird, which will be at the 47th annual Das Awkscht Fescht, Aug. 6, 7, 8, Macungie Memorial Park, Macungie.
Published July 29. 2010 05:00PM

When Tom Hollenbach starts his 1962 Thunderbird, it really thunders.

The four-seat hardtop owned by Hollenbach and his wife, Claudia, of Salisbury Township, will be under the featured car tent at the 47th annual Das Awkscht Fescht, Aug. 6, 7, 8 in Macungie Memorial Park, Macungie.

The Hollenbachs' Thunderbird was the cover story for an issue of Thunderbird Script magazine, published by the International Thunderbird Club.

" We've had it (the Thunderbird) all over the place," Hollenbach says. "We've had it to many international shows."

The car has received first place in its division in many shows. "I'm very proud of the car."

He and his wife have owned the car for 10 years.

"It just caught my eye," he says. "The whole design of the car the taillights and everything. It looked like a rocket."

The 1961-'63 Thunderbird is known as the "Bullet Bird" for its rocket-shape design.

The Hollenbachs' car was a rescue 'Bird.

"My wife and I always go in September down to Wildwood to the car show on the boardwalk. Before we went to that show, the first year, I had noticed this car (The 1962 Thunderbird) up in Shimerville.

"This car sat on a triangle there and it looked ratty, it really did. I met a guy in Wildwood and he talked about his 62 T-Bird for two hours. And I was on pins and needles the whole weekend to see if the car was there [back in Shimerville], and it was, and we bought it."

The Hollenbachs have shown their car for eight years at Das Awkscht Fescht. Tom Hollenbach in in charge of the Lehigh Valley Thunderbird Club newsletter

After a complete restoration, which included a new interior by Jack's Auto Trim, South Whitehall Township, disaster struck. Hollenbach, while backing the Thunderbird out of the garage at his house, hit the front end on the right front fender of his Ford Explorer.

This time, PSI Motorsports, New Tripoli, rebuilt the 390-cubic-inch engine, including a new cam, intake and exhaust manifold.

As a result, the Hollenbachs' Thunderbird really thunders.

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