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     Celebrating the original Ford Thunderbird   

      from 1955, 1956, and 1957

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Recent Events                         

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In Memoriam                                 

Barb Sroka

It is with a heavy heart that we inform you of the death of Barb Sroka. As many of you know, Barb valiantly battled health issues for years with a cheerful outlook and disposition. The officers and directors join the members in sending our deepest condolences to Bob.


CTTC will advise you of Bob's plans for Barb's memorial service via E-blast.

Barb Sroka

Illinois Railway Museum Show

A few CTCC members went to the Vintage Transport Extravaganza at the Illinois Railway Museum. Those members were Ken Smizinski and his son Josh, Len & Mary Keil, Tom & Judy Bruin, Jerry & Doreen Michna and Lloyd & Joan Schellin. We enjoyed the day on the Museum grounds with all the train collections and free rides. 



We had a terrific turnout at the Mt. Prospect cruise night. Members from Colorado and Florida came in. For some members, it was their first club function - welcome! We had Thunderbirds, other show cars and people who parked their cars and walked in. The weather was ideal, the drinks and pizza plentiful, and the fellowship remarkable.

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ANNUAL TECH SESSION    – by Laura Cielenski



Twenty-six CTCC members came out to Double Clutch Brewery in Evanston. It was a chilly cloudy day but that didn’t stop 4 baby birds from flying into the Brewery. The day started with coffee, donuts, and muffins as everyone mingled about the Brewery looking at the collection of vehicles on display. Ken Smizinski started the Tech Session off by talking about how finding good quality parts for our baby birds is very hard. He doesn’t recommend going through the tbird vendors for many parts since they don’t seem to work in the cars. He gave suggestions of where to find parts or rebuild parts. He spoke about the Ignition points, condensers and rotors along with places to send fuel pumps and wiper motors to be rebuilt. After the tech session everyone headed across the parking lot to two warehouses which housed the private collection of even more vehicles of the owner of the Brewery Dennis Chooksaszian. Members then headed back to the Brewery to have lunch and try some of the beers. Those CTCC members in attendance were Dan Anderson, Dennis Basler & his son Hill, Mike & Laura Cielenski, Kirk Forgue, Charles Freund, Gordon Gluff, Art Hahl, Peter & Katie Hauser, Len and Mary Keil, Karen Kelly, Barry Konigsford, Sandy Kraatz & her daughter Carrie, Jerry Peterson, Lloyd & Joan Schellin, Ken Smizinski, Len Vinyard, Bob Wenderski, Liz Werth, Kami Woody and Madeline Zambon.