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.


Come and enjoy the fun, the cars and the friendships that you will find in the Classic Thunderbird Club of Chicagoland. Don't wait, Join Today!

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  • Ken Smizinski, President
  • Len Keil, Vice President
  • Liz Werth, Secretary
  • Jim Wilson, Treasurer
  • Ed Levin, Director
  • Lloyd Schellin, Director
  • Len Vinyard, Director
  • Bert Eisenhour, Bird-News
  • Ken Smizinski, Technical
  • Madeline Zambon, Membership
  • Liz Werth, Publicity
  • Bob Wenderski, Librarian
  • Mike Cielenski, Web Admin


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Grill Medallions

Posted on 08/12/2017 by CTCC Webmaster


On Sunday, August 6, Joan and Lloyd Schellin once again welcomed CTCC picnickers to their beautiful Garden Prairie farm.  The weather was ideal. Two members drove their little 'birds while others came in everyday cars as it had been pointed out that it was a picnic not a car show and that the Sunday night traffic going home might be unpleasant.

All were delighted to see Paul and Urszula Mounts and Lee and Gina Bakakos who were in town from their homes in Florida!. We also welcomed new member Sean Bickerton who brought armloads of diapers and who fried up the most delicious homemade spring rolls for us to enjoy. Thank you Sean!

Dan Mrozek, Jr. served again as chief pork chop and hamburger griller while Ken Smizinski and Bob Sroka shucked the recently picked corn. The buffet tables held beans, salads, rolls and melons. There were many dessert choices including Mary Keil's delicious coconut cake of which Paul approved!

There was a short business meeting during which Ken Smizinski thanked Lloyd and Joan for their gracious hospitality, discussed upcoming events and introduced Sean. Pete Kramer talked briefly about the Fall Tour that he and Marylu are planning. The group sang to those celebrating birthdays in August.

Some of the almost fifty attendees stayed a little later and enjoyed a fireworks display. Lots of ooohs and aaahs. Thank you, Lloyd, that was fun!

Members generously donated diapers and pull-ups for the People's Resource Center foodpantry. When they are repackaged, the diapers and pull-ups will benefit over 100 families. Thank you all for your thoughtfulness.

Many pitched in to help clean up. Thank you to Joan and Lloyd for hosting another wonderful picnic.




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