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Dick Tschida of Apollo Beach has a thing for Thunderbirds.  His latest acquisition, a dazzling red 1955, is the March cruiser of the month for the Sun City Center Roamin’ Oldies.

A longtime collector car enthusiast, Tschida has owned four Thunderbirds. When a shoulder injury last year made manual shifting a painful chore, he said, “I called my friend Amos Minter down in Texas and told him I needed a nice T-Bird with an automatic.” Minter, a top-tier Thunderbird restorer, showed him the red ’55 with an automatic transmission, power steering and brakes, and a trade was made. “It’s a really nice car,” Tschida said. I think this one’s the keeper.”

The monthly Roamin’ Oldies cruise-in is held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month in the Apollo Beach Winn-Dixie Plaza on U.S. 41. The event is free to both entrants and spectators, and the public is welcome.

About 90 of the area’s finest antique and collectible cars and trucks are typically on display, accompanied by classic 1950s music played by DJ Joey Ferrante. The event is sponsored by Thompson’s Auto Parts and Mama Iguana’s Restaurant. For information, call Chet at (813) 842-1511.