It’s All About the Thunderbird!

International Thunderbird Convention comes to Central PA

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Hershey, PA (August 31, 2016) It’s all about the Thunderbird! Original, modified, and custom Thunderbirds as The AACA Museum welcomes The International Thunderbird Club (ITC) to Central Pennsylvania for their 23rd annual convention.

Events will begin Tuesday, September 6th and run through Saturday evening, September 10th with festivities in Hershey and Harrisburg, PA. The AACA Museum and ITC have paired up together for this fun filled week of events. A special highlight during the week includes activities at the AACA Museum on Thursday, September 8th. It is a day packed with happenings including a museum tour, a special behind the scenes tour, lunch, and an all Thunderbird car show in front of the museum from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM where visitors will have an opportunity to view these fabulous vehicles from all over the country.

See owner Richard Stuck’s hand built reproduction of the Ford Thunderbird Battlebird. A 1957 super charged engine race car built to compete with the 1957 Chevy Corvette at Daytona Beach, Florida. Also, the rare ’67 Thunderbird, Abercrombie & Fitch, Apollo, owned by Gene Martini.  Five Apollo’s were commissioned to be displayed in their NYC, San Francisco, Chicago, Miami, and Palm Beach stores. The Apollo was way ahead of its time which included many unique features such as a TV and telephone.

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A Ford Thunderbird limited edition signed print given by Ford Motor Company will be presented by Hank Hallowell, AACA Museum Board President, as a gift to the International Thunderbird Club. ITC President, Gerard (Bart) Bartasavich, will accept the print on behalf of ITC. Other presentations include an engraved ITC logo commemorative brick to be permanently placed at the entrance of the AACA Museum. AACA-ITC Commemorative Brick 2016

The ITC host hotel is the Best Western Premier, 800 East Park Drive, Harrisburg, PA (717) 735-9397. Events are scheduled throughout the week starting with a Welcome Party at the Best Western on Tuesday, September 6th and a guided tour to the Gettysburg Museum and the Battlefields on Wednesday, September 7th. Members from as far away as Texas, Idaho, and Alabama will be joining the car events.

The finale during the Thunderbird week is in Harrisburg, PA at the Thunderbird Concours show at the Best Western Hotel grounds Saturday, September 10th from 9 AM to 3 PM. All makes and models (1955-2005) are welcomed to the show. If you have a T-Bird or you are a T-Bird enthusiast come join the ITC show. International Thunderbird Club is excited to be the only T-Bird club recognized by the Ford Motor Company. This year Ford has invited Thunderbird author John Katz to attend the convention and the AACA Museum visit to report on the ITC event.

Sponsors for the International Thunderbird Club week include Hill’s Automotive; National Parts Depot (NPD); Thunderbird Concepts; Larry’s Thunderbird & Mustang Parts; Bird Nest; Carlisle Events; J.C. Taylor Insurance; Hagerty Insurance, and many more. For information regarding ITC or convention, please call 216-375-2808, email or visit

About the International Thunderbird Club
The International Thunderbird Club, the ONLY club in the world whose common goal is to preserve and enjoy all model years of the Ford Thunderbird through family fellowship, local club shows and tours, convention seminars, specific model year help, parts location through endorsed vendors, annual meetings and an award winning bi-monthly magazine: The Thunderbird Script.

About the AACA Museum
The AACA Museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate, displays beautifully restored automobiles, buses and motorcycles in unique life-like scenes representing the 1890s – 1980s in a cross-country journey from New York to San Francisco. This Museum, a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, is known to be one of the largest automotive museums. Special exhibits change several times a year and focus on a variety of eras and types of vehicles. The Museum is in South Hanover Township, located just off Route 39, one mile west of Hersheypark Drive, Hershey, Pennsylvania. Regular admission $12, seniors age 61 and older $11, juniors age 4-12 $9, children age 3 and under and AACA Members are FREE. The Museum is open daily from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. For further information, please call 717-566-7100 or visit