Friday, March 8, 2013

TECH Session Update

The topic for the Tech Session will be: Head Light Wire Replacements and Wire Loom Repair. Make sure to contact Bob to register.

Effective Late 2011 all oils including Shell Rotella T and Delco diesel
oil no longer has ZINC. Some have been adding ZDDP zinc additive, to a
quality motor oil. The problem with this is: with the new motor oils
the ZDDP changes the chemical makeup ot the motor oil and changing the
lubrication properties.

Zinc must be used in all engines pre 1988. The API service category
must be SF if you don't want to damage your cam shaft, and have
premature wear on your engine. For this reason I am going to offer the
Accel 10W-40 motor oil again. (this oil contains the required amount of
zinc). I will be taking prepaid order until April 14,2013 from club
members. The prepaid price of the Accel oil is $35 per case of 12.

Send checks to: Ken's Classics Inc.
157 Oaksbury Lane
Palatine,IL 60067

All checks must be received by April 14, 2013

Oil will be ready for pickup
by the 23rd of April.

If you have any questions call Ken (847) 397-3747

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Bristol Renaissance Faire- 2013

Pick A Date:

For those who do not know - and a reminder for those who do -the Bristol Renaissance Faire takes place on the weekends from July 4th thru Labor Day. Each weekend has a particular theme to it. In the past, Annie and I have picked a weekend/theme we thought our members would enjoy. At this point, it seems the Faire organizers will not be publishing the list of themes until just before they open in July. In light of that, rather than waiting until the last minute, we want to just pick a date in July and go with that. The dates are July 6, 13, 20 and 27 with July 6th being their opening weekend. There are no other Club activities planned for July thus far, so this will not interfere with any other Club activity.

If you are considering going, please:
1- let Annie and Joel know. We only have 24 tickets left at $10.00 each. (Door price is $20.00.)
2- Let us know which date would be best for you. Depending on the response we get, we will set the date in May so people can plan accordingly.

Email us at

Thank you,
Joel & Annie

Judy Butler


The CTCC Officers, Directors and membership extend their deepest sympathy to the members of the Butler family, and Dan Mrozek, as we note the recent passing of Judy Butler.

Judy often submitted photos from CTCC events during recent years. She will be missed by all who came to know her.

CTCC History



The first organizational meeting of the Chicagoland group was held on August 28, 1961. The club was chartered as The Thunderbird Sports Car Club of Chicagoland (TSCCC) and the premier issue [Vol 1 No 1] of the Club newsletter BIRD-NEWS published in March of 1962.

In 1963 Chicagoland members caravanned to Dearborn, Michigan in 19 two-passenger Ford Thunderbirds. The Ford Motor Company extended the red-carpet for our visit, which turned out to be a truly magnificent Thunderbird Convention. This memorable event set the stage for the first International (CTCI) Convention, which was also held in Dearborn (1964).

In 1964 the Club name was revised to Classic Thunderbird Club of Chicagoland thus eliminating the Sports Car designation and placing emphasis on the "Classic" features inherent in the 1955 1956 and 1957 Ford Thunderbirds.

Over the years the Classic Thunderbird Club of Chicagoland has hosted four (4) Sanctioned Regional Meets and one (1) International Convention:

1973 Birds Run to Pheasant Run (Regional)       1989 Windy City Classic (Regional)
1976 Birds Run to Pheasant Run II                    1995 Classic T-Bird Thoroughbred Classic (Regional)
1979 Birds Run to Pheasant Run li! (Regional}  2000 Chicago 2000 (International Convention)
1982 Birds Run to Pheasant Run IV
1986 Birds Run to Pheasant Run V

FOUNDING MEMBERS:  J.Aabey, B. Eisenhour, G. Holubek, A. Lupescu, B. Rengel,
                                              J. Washburn

 C. T. C. C. Past Presidents

1962 Arne Aabey                  1975-1976 Dick Schmidt               1992-1996 Ken Smizinski (4 yrs)
1962-1963 Ray Drehoble      1976-1977 Greg Fohrman             1996-1997 Jim Peterson
1963-1964 Paul Gaskill         1977-1978 Burt Simon                  1997-2000 Steve Frano (3 yrs)
1964-1965 John Alogna        1978-1979 Greg Fohrman             2000-2004 Len Keil (4 yrs)
1965-1966 Bert Eisenhour    1979-1980 Dennis Valy                 2004-2008 Ken Smizinski (5 yrs)
1966-1967 Ray Keegan       1980-1981 Annette Christy             2008-2009 Len Keil
1967-1968 Jerry Scafa         1981-1982 Gino Dal Cerro             2009-2010 Len Keil
1968-1969 Dave Owen        1982-1983 Pat Giffin                      2010-2011 Len Keil
1969-1970 Ken Kielar         1983-1984 Bruce Lieberthal           2011-2012 Pete Kramer
1970-1971 Art Lupescu       1984-1985 Bernie Stadick              2012-2013 Pete Kramer
1971-1972 Cleon Statton     1985-1988 Pat Giffin (3 yrs)
1972-1973 Floyd Moore      1988-1989 Ray Ponstein
1973-1974 Ray Levy            1989-1991 Pat Giffin (2 yrs)
1974-1975 Rudy Budach      1991-1992 Dan Mrozek

February Meeting/ Pizza Party


Thirty-seven people gathered at Jake's Pizza on February 14 to socialize and enjoy the
Annual Pizza Party. Pete Kramer conducted a short meeting during which Tom Bruin
explained the 2013 Budget which will be voted upon at the March 14 Membership Meeting at
Fuddruckers. Ken Smizinski explained the reasons for withdrawing from hosting the 2014
CTCI International Convention. Ed Levin talked about the upcoming Spring Tour. Mike Cielinski
talked about the June Brunch and Top Golf outing. Pete and several others highlighted
events on the CTCC calendar. Madeline Zambon reminded people to send pictures of
their cars to Bert Eisenhour for inclusion in the Bird-News. Birthday wishes were extended to
all CTCC members, especially those with February birthdays. A delicious cake was cut
and everyone enjoyed a piece of it. Those present signed a get-well card for Perry
Anthony and a sympathy card for the family and friends of Judy Butler. The members
generously brought 100 personal care items and 10 food items as well as 75 travel sized
items for donation to the People's ResourceCenter Food Pantry.

- Liz Werth

Top Golf Outiong

Brunch, Car Show, Meeting & Top Golf

Sunday, June 9th 10am-?
Top Golf
699 W. Thorndale Road, Wood Dale, IL

Enjoy a Brunch buffet while mingling with fellow club members in a-golf like atmosphere. There will also be a Bloody Mary bar with your choice of 20 fixings. For an additional charge, servers will also take orders for Mimosas, Manmosas or any beverage not included with brunch. With brunch, everyone will receive a free round of miniature golf.

Those who would like to try Top Golf can also pre-purchase a two-game card that can be used that day or for 30 days after. Top Golf is an interactive driving range in which your golf balls are micro-chipped with your name, and when you hit your ball in any of the 11 target areas on the green, you earn points. Top Golf bays will be reserved for players. If you decide the day of the event to play Top Golf, games can be purchased at the regular price.

There will be a people's choice car show with prize. Cars will be parked on the west side of the parking lot - by the miniature golf area. Bring chairs. Explore the facility, which offers 3 bar areas, indoor and outdoor seating and Bags for anyone who would like to play. So come out and have a fun-filled day.

Pricing: (more details on payment to come in April Newsletter)

Brunch $19.25/person

Brunch/Bloody Mary Bar $28.85/person (2 BM's each)

Brunch/Top Golf $31.25/person (2 games each)

Brunch/Bloody Mary Bar/Top Golf $40.85/person (2 BM's/2games each)

For more information or to sign up, please contact Mike & Laura Cielenski: (630) 941-8812 or