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The EarlyBird Magazine

May-June 2023 Issue
Volume 60, Number 6

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3 President’s Column
Brian Carron
4 Highlights Of CTCI Video Board Meeting
6 HQ Highlights
8 CTCI Financials for June 2023
10 Letter from Board of Directors
13 2023 CTCI Concours & Touring Convention
21 2023 CTCI Newsletter Contest
22 Proposed Bylaw
24 CAR-es-pondence Clinic
25 Bylaw Election Results
26 On the T-Bird Trail
28 GG’s Grand Adventure By Donna Jessie
32 My Thunderbird Story By Gary Coe
36 A Look Back at the Forming of the First Thunderbird Club By Skip Riggs 
42 Around The Aviary
CTCI Chapters
54 Welcome New CTCI Members
CTCI Office
55 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

Two-passenger Ford Thunderbird Automobile – Roger Fuller

Two-passenger Ford Thunderbird Automobile – Ron Trella

Authenticity – Gil Baumgartner