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Ford Thunderbird Models Flock To Florida For CTCI Convention

Throughout its eleven generations, the Ford Thunderbird has always been a beloved model in the automotive world, though the early (and later) two-seat models are clearly the most popular of the bunch. In between the first and last generations it existed, the Ford Thunderbird grew into a larger vehicle with room for the whole family, though most remember it as a sportier offering that was originally conceived to do battle with Chevy’s Corvette. As such, a large number of two-seat Ford Thunderbird models recently descended upon The Villages, Florida for the most recent Regional Touring Convention of the Classic Thunderbird Club International (CTCI).

Regional Touring Convention of the Classic Ford Thunderbird Club International (CTCI) - Exterior 003 - Front Three Quarters

Hosted by the Central Florida Classic Thunderbird Club, this gathering took place across six days at the Brownwood Hotel, Spa & Convention Center in The Villages. It was certainly an action-packed few days, with a host of activities including judge training, seminar speakers, a guided trolley tour of town, a cruise to the Eisenhower Recreation Center, a “Welcome to The Villages” party, a tour of the Dezerland Classic Cars collection, a membership meet and greet, a tour of Warne Wubker’s Street of Dreams, a Premier Boat tour, a “Cruise The Town Square” night, swap meet, driving tour to National Parts Depot and the Don Garlits Museum, plus the formal CTCI show car judging and requisite awards banquet.

Regional Touring Convention of the Classic Ford Thunderbird Club International (CTCI) - Exterior 004 - Rear Three Quarters

This latest CTCI gathering was also the very first time the organization has ever allowed all two-seat Ford Thunderbird models – first-gens from the 1955-1957 model years, as well as the newer 2002-2005 T-Birds – to be displayed together, as well as be eligible for awards simultaneously.

Regional Touring Convention of the Classic Ford Thunderbird Club International (CTCI) - Exterior 002 - Front Three Quarters

As one might expect, the resulting turnout was quite impressive, with a very nice group of both the first- and last-gen Thunderbirds on display for fans to check out up close and personal – not to mention giving owners the chance to congregate, spend some time together, and celebrate their favorite cars.

We’ll have more Ford-related events like this to share soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Ford Thunderbird news and non-stop Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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