We are the International Thunderbird Club, and we accept ALL Thunderbirds. We are a family-oriented club that has an international meet once a year and many local chapter events throughout the year. We publish a 60-page magazine that is full of technical tips, restoration articles, and light-hearted reading for our members.
Yes, the ITC does have formal (for Senior cars and Concours) judging, entailing a 350 point system. However, we also have other classes of judging, such as: Touring (aka "Informal" - driven cars), Touring Modified, Showcase (ballot voting), Senior Display (cars that have previously attained Senior status, but are no longer judged)
No, your car does not have to be judged. Owners who do not wish their cars to be judged can place their cars in the No Judge Class. This class allows owners that don't want their cars judged to still be included in the show, as his/her car will be on the showfield.
Our conventions are not merely one day events. They span several days, and include tours to local points of interest, Bar-B-Ques, pizza parties, a hospitality room (where members go to talk and have fun), mall excursions, and finally, on Show Day, the actual judging of the cars takes place. Then, that night, there is an Awards' Banquet, where the awards are presented.
The best thing to do would be to look in the ITC Script magazine or right here on the website and call the president of the chapter that is closest to you. All chapters have many organized meets, meetings, and gatherings during the year.
Members of the ITC are mailed our 60 page Script Magazine, containing many color and other technical photographs. Members also receive access to a full knowledgebase of technical advice from our many experienced tech advisors. Members also receive a static cling windshield decal, a membership card, and access to our club-related merchandise. However, the greatest advantage is to meet with other people who have the same interests.
The main concerns of the ITC are not winning first place and Best of Show every time, or having a magazine that only features articles on how to restore a car. We are proud of the club's family feeling, and we strive to include all members of a family in the magazine and at conventions.
The ITC prides itself in having activities and products that will appeal to ALL members of the family. We do this through the articles in the Script,which are wide-ranging, and also through the different activities at the conventions.