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
  • Ken Smizinski, Technical
  • Madeline Zambon, Membership
  • Liz Werth, Publicity
  • Bob Wenderski, Librarian
  • Joel Greenberg, Web Admin


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The Annual CTCC Holiday Party

Riverview Presentation and March Meeting

Posted on 04/19/2014 by jlgrnbrg


Over fifty members and friends gathered early to enjoy lunch and fellowship at Fuddruckers before the start of the March meeting.

A short business meeting began at 2:15. The members approved the 2014 budget and elected three Directors- Joel Greenberg, Lloyd Schelling and Len Vinyard. We then heard about upcoming events and tours, including the CTCC "Spring Fling" weekend tour to Springfield, IL. being organized by Len and Mary Keil, an outing to White Fence Farm being arrainged by Laura and Mike Cielenski and the Annual Tech-Session at the home of Bob and Sue Wenderski. Those who wished to win one of the raffle prizes donated by Madeline Zambon dropped their names into the appropriate bags.

The business meeting ended and we were treated to a presentation about Riverview Amusement Park by Ralph Lopez, who worked at Riverview from 1957 until its closing. He is currently a caretaker of its history. Following the presentation, Ralph answered questions and offered Riverview memorablilia for sale.

Article and Photos by Liz Werth.


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