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Current Issue

The EarlyBird Magazine

Sept-Oct 2022 Issue
Volume 60, Number 5

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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
16 CTCI Director Election: Status Update
19 CTCI New Benefit
20 CTCI Region One Convention (Reprint)
22  My Special Black T-Bird By Bob Witt
24 T-Birds Hit It Out Of The Park
26 Correct Gasket for Unobstructed Coolant Flow By Chris Ames
27 Thunderbird Trailer Hitch By Roger Fuller, Tech Editor
32 1957 Thunderbird – “Dad’s Toy” By Jeff Emptage
 37 Welcome New CTCI Members – CTCI Office
 38 CAR-es-pondence Clinic
 40 Happy 60th Birthday — Earlybirds of Southern California
41 Around The Aviary – CTCI Chapters
54 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-’56-’57 – Roger Fuller

’55-’56-’57 – Ron Trella

Authenticity – Gil Baumgartner