The EarlyBird Magazine

Nov-Dec 2021 Issue
Volume 59, Number 6

Front Cover

Back Cover

3 President’s Column
Brian Carron
4 HQ Highlights
5 Election Results for 2022 CTCI Board of Directors
6 CTCI Convention 2022
7 CTCI Strategy/Operating Plan Development
8 Summary of CTCI Board Meeting Minutes
9 The Early Bird Wins Golden Quill Awards
10 The 46th Pageant of the Thunderbird
Bill Somsak
14 The T-Bird Fuel System and Modern Gasoline
Ron Trella
17 Scanning the 1955 Invoices
David Tulowitzky
20 A Life-Long Project
Merle Goodall
24 Welcome New CTCI Members
CTCI Office
25 Looking for History
David Tulowitzky
26 Tom and Sue Mirro Win AACA Zenith Award
27 Correct Gasket for Unobstructed Coolant Flow
Chris Ames
28 On the T-Bird Trail
32 A 1956 Thunderbird Turns 65
Dennis LaRocque
36 CAR-es-pondence Clinic
42 Around The Aviary
CTCI Chapters
54 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 – Mitch Reed
’56 – Rich Martin
’57 – Don Hyde

Authenticity – Gil Baumgartner

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