Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Johnsburg Parade

-Village of-


Settled 1841 - Incorporated 1956


Edwin P. Hettermann, Village President

Claudette E. Peters, Village Administrator

1515 Channel Beach Avenue

Johnsburg IL 60051

Village Hall 815-385-6023

Fax 815-385-6054

www. Johnsburg ,org


October 3,2012

Mr. Pete Kramer
 560 West 58th St.
 Hinsdale, IL 60521

Dear President Kramer:

 On behalf of the residents and the Johnsburg Village Board, I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank the Classic Thunderbird Club of Chicagoland for generously volunteering to drive our village officials in your classic thunderbirds in our Saufen und Spiel Parade. I especially want to thank the drivers Dan Anderson, Tom Bruin, Gordon Gluff, Joel Greenberg, Art Hahl, Bob Hoge, Pete Kramer, Doug Rodgers, Lloyd Schellin, Ken Smizinski and a special thank you to one of our residents, Len Keil, who not only drove but also organized your participation. I can't help but think our parade was extra special this year because of your organization.

The comments from our residents have been overwhelming! I had a chance to visit with the members of your group after the parade, and believe they enjoyed taking part in our event. It was a very busy weekend for me and I would like to apologize for not being able to spend more time visiting with them.

I cannot say thank you enough to the drivers who generously gave us the use of their cars and time in being the highlight in this year’s event.


 Ed Hettermann
Village President

cc: Village Board
      Mr. Len Keil

Village Trustees

John Huemann     Mary Lou Hutchinson   Rich Janusz     Kevin McEvoy     Janice Sisk     Ron Zanko 

A  Hometown   with  Spirit

Rudy Budach

                                                          IN M E M O R I A M

                                                                    Rudy Budach
                                                             Sept. 6, 1927 - Oct. 8, 2012

It is with sadness and a deep sense of personal loss that I record the passing of longtime member, Rudy Budach.

Rudy and Janet joined CTCC in February of 1970, and they became active members, attending club events, car shows, and par­ades in their 1956 Buckskin Tan T-Bird.

Rudy's early involvement led him to serve CTCC on committees and in offices, including Vice-President for the 1973-1974 term. He was always a willing helper in club projects and events.

As one example of his mischievous nature, Rudy once used his ever-present cigar to orchestrate what I kindly refer to as an "illusion." The scene unfolded at a local car show, where Rudy knew his cigarette lighter was inoperative! As the interior judging team arrived to check his '56, Rudy started his magic act by refraining from puffing on his lighted stogie. He depressed the lighter, and with exquisite timing, waited a few seconds before placing the lighter in contact with his cigar. The sight of several puffs of smoke proved convincing, as the judges didn't record any point deductions!

Perhaps one of Rudy's proudest moments was when Monogram chose his stock '56 as the design T-Bird for their project to produce a 1956 Thunderbird model kit! Monogram personnel gathered literally hundreds of photos of the Buckskin Tan 'Bird. These photos were used to create a series of wooden forms, representing the sections to be scaled for use in the kit. The resultant wooden T-Bird model was in of itself a tribute to the skilled Monogram designers. Rudy and I were in the plant on several occasions to observe the project progress, and our last visit allowed us to see the assembly line of workers involved in the final stages of packaging the kits.

As an example of Rudy's resourcefulness, he negotiated with the Oakbrook Polo organization in order to arrange for the CTCC members to drive their 'Birds around the field after the 1st 'chucker.' I accompanied Rudy on his first meeting with Jorie Butler, and the dream soon became a reality. As each 'Bird circled the Polo Field, the announcer described the model year, etc., from a script pre­pared by each driver. If memory serves, there were several appearances following the very successful initial event. It was apparent that the Polo crowd appreciated the sight of our "classics!"

It was in 1974 when Rudy became a willing accomplice in what I termed The Great Ford License-Plate Heist. A small group of CTCC members planned a visit to the Chicago Auto Show - on the closing day of the exhibit. The premeditated action found us armed with pliers and screwdrivers, as we stealthily removed a number of the Ford " Better Idea" plates from the Ford display cars. Our raid was deemed a success, with little or no interference from Ford. MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

Eventually, Rudy decided to part with his '56, converting to a (Red) '02 Retro model. Next, a Smart Car appeared in the Budach garage! (The above photo was taken (by Liz Werth) at the Kresmery Poplar Grove Hangar Event in 2009.) Rudy made a large, black "key" for the car!

Rudy's joie de vivre was always in evidence. The CTCC Officers, Directors and membership express their deepest sympathy to Janet and her family as we share in their loss.
- Editor

                                  CLASSIC THUNDERBIRD CLUB OFCHICAGOLAND

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Photo Caption- Rudy Budach's Buckskin Tan '56.