Celebrating the original Ford Thunderbird   

      from 1955, 1956, and 1957

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Recent Events                         

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Summer Drive

It was a little warm, but we still had a great day on June 16.  The group met at the Pritchetts’ house in the morning for coffee and donuts where Dan got to show off his new 1939 Hudson, before heading out to Randy Yockeys’ house.  Randy owns Friendly Ford in Roselle, and he has collected automobile artifacts for most of his life.  His collection includes an exact model of a Sinclair Gas Station, numerous antique cars, a soda fountain (where we enjoyed glasses of root beer served up by our own Kathy Smizinski) and much more!


We left the Yockeys’ house and for 15 miles meandered along country roads before arriving at our destination - the Open Range Southwest Grill.  Thanks to Randy for hosting us.  Thanks to our attendees - Gordon Gluff & Mary Ziemba, Art Hahl, Gail Hascek & Mike Detty, Larry & Karen Kelly, Len & Mary Keil, Sandy Kraatz, Jerry & Doreen Michna, Dan & Melinda Pritchett, Ken & Kathy Smizinski, Len & Irene Vinyard, Liz Werth, Jim & Jane Wilson and Madeline Zambon.

by Melinda Pritchett

2022 CTCC Tech Session

Our annual CTCC Tech Session was held on May 14, 2022, at Chicago Parts & Sound in Elk Grove Village, IL. Bob Lederer, the owner of this high-end restoration shop was our host, assisted by David Hansen and David Phillips.

We had free reign of the shops to view Packard’s and other classics in various stages of restoration. Parts for orphan antiques have to be fabricated from blocks of steel based on computer simulations. Areas of restoration from welding, engine rebuilding, upholstery, and paintings are done on site. Bob had several of his own cars among the works in process including Chrysler 300 Letter cars.

After we finished coffee and donuts, Ken began his presentation, which stressed yearly maintenance on our cars, notably when we get them out to begin driving in the spring.

Members in attendance included Dan Anderson, Sean Bickerton, Laura and Mike Cielenski, Joe Esdale, Tim Fossa, Joe and Melinda Fox, Charles Freund, Gordon Gluff, Art Hahl, Roger Huber, Len Keil, Larry Kelly, Barry Konigsford, Sandy Kraatz, Jerry Michna, Dan Mrozek, Len Vinyard  Lloyd Schellin, Ken Smizinski, Bob Sroka, Bob Wenderski, Liz Werth, Jim Wilson, Tom Wolfe, and Kami Woody. John Arpan joined us from the Model A Club, Ken Rudolphy joined us as a guest of Liz Werth and Bob Markert and Jim Sikora joined us from the Illinois Region of AACA.

By Jim Wilson