Welcome to the website of the Classic Thunderbird Club of Chicagoland (CTCC). We are dedicated to the preservation of the 1955, 1956 and 1957 Ford Thunderbird.

The Classic Thunderbird Club of Chicagoland was formed in 1961 to bring together owners of this unique automobile and to provide a forum for the exchanging of ideas, technical information, social activity and fellowship. Whether your classic Thunderbird is a driver or show car, members have found CTCC an invaluable support group of spirited enthusiasts.


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  • Ken Smizinski, President
  • Ed Levin, Vice President
  • Liz Werth, Secretary
  • Tom Bruin, Treasurer
  • Joel Greenberg, Director
  • Lloyd Schellin, Director
  • Len Vinyard, Director
  • Bert Eisenhour, Bird-News
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  • Madeline Zambon, Membership
  • Liz Werth, Publicity
  • Bob Wenderski, Librarian
  • Joel Greenberg, Web Admin


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Day At The Hangar- 2014

Posted on 08/20/2014 by jlgrnbrg

Day at the Hangar

Ken Kresmery and Sons welcomed several hundred guests to Ken's hangars at the Poplar Grove Airport on Sunday, August 17. The day was overcast, but warm, so very nice. The guests who drove their antique cars parked them across the drive from Ken's Hangars so that all could admire them. Among those attending were twenty-four CTCC members, families and friends: Dan Anderson and Karen Anderson, Lloyd Schellin, Jim and Jane Wilson, Joe and Barb Esdale, Dan Mrozek & Arlene Figlia and Dan's family members, Len & Mary Keil and their family members, Bob and Helen Hoge and their friend from Florida, Gordon Gluff and Bill & Liz Werth. Ken's brats, hot dogs, sweet corn and ice cream from a freezer cart were seemingly unlimited as were the numerous side dishes and abundant desserts contributed by the attendees. Water, pop and beer on tap kept everyone hydrated. Quite a few people drove Ken's cars and enjoyed flights in one of his airplanes. This was Ken's 19th Annual Day at the Hangar and the seventh one CTCCers have been invited to attend. Thank you, Ken, for your generous and gracious hospitality! 


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