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Current Issue

The EarlyBird Magazine

May-June 2022 Issue
Volume 60, Number 3

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3 President’s Column
Brian Carron
5 HQ Highlights
6 Accounting Report
7 Ford Johnson Memorial Trophy
8 Summary of CTCI Board Meeting Minutes
10 CTCI Convention 2022

The Restoration Of My Old Car – By Ken Herb


Getting There – By Laura Z. Sowers


Ready To Cure Overheating – By Ken Tamblyn

21 Convention Merchandise

Towanda’s Travels – By Russ Hanson

24 The Mysterious 1956 “Betty Boops” – By Tom and Pat Siddon
26 On the T-Bird Trail

My 1955 Yellow Bird …no more envy – By Nick & Judy Verhoek

 37 Welcome New CTCI Members – CTCI Office
 38 CAR-es-pondence Clinic
42 Happy with Two Babes – By Stuart Kiehl
44 Around The Aviary – CTCI Chapters
55 CTCI Chapters Marketplace
64 Calendar of Events


15-Time Winner of the Golden Quill Award

For many years, Krause Publications’ Old Cars Weekly has brought recognition to numerous publications in the old car hobby. Clubs enter their magazines and newsletters for consideration and are honored by the selection with a certificate and recognition in Old Cars Weekly. The annual Golden Quill Award continues to be a source of pride for their Editors. Members are pleased they belong to a “winning” club.

The EarlyBird magazine of the Classic Thunderbird Club International has been awarded this honor 15 times for the years 1996, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017.


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It is not easy to win this recognition each year as the publication must show continuous improvement. Story selection and content is another factor that needs attention, since competition between club publications seems to become stiffer each year. According to Gerald Perschbacher, Golden Quill Judge, a winning publication must fulfill the following:

  • Meets the needs of club members
  • Is consistently high quality in design and content
  • Offers a balance in content (news, features, technical, etc.)
  • Presents fresh and creative material that advances the hobby
  • Is a good-will ambassador for the club
  • Is visually attractive and interesting

If your chapter would like to submit your publication for consideration of this award, please see the instructions and tips at the Old Cars Weekly web site.

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Find Technical Articles in past issues of the EarlyBird in the Technical Article Index

EarlyBird Magazine Staff




Editor-in-Chief – Garrett Shropshire

Technical Editors

’55 – Roger Fuller

’56 – Ron Trella

’57 – Don Hyde

Authenticity – Gil Baumgartner