The Arizona Classic Thunderbird Club (ACTC) was founded as Chapter 35 of Classic Thunderbird Club International (CTCI) on October 11, 1970, by John C. “Jack” Jordan and five other charter members. The purpose of the club was to promote admiration, ownership, care and maintenance of the two-passenger 1955, 1956 and 1957 Thunderbird. The objective was to meet, socialize, maintain the spirit of good fellowship and participate in activities including their classic Thunderbirds.
On March 30, 1978, the ACTC Bola Tie with an “Eagle Dancer Thunderbird” was trademarked with the State of Arizona for the club’s exclusive use. It was especially designed for, and available only from, ACTC. The “Eagle Dancer Thunderbird” was adopted as the club logo in the mid-1970s. An outline of our state with the Thunderbird emblem is used as the club logo.
Our club has grown from six charter members to more than 200 members with approximately 90 Classic Thunderbirds. Cars in our club range from everyday drivers to national show winners. Membership is open to all those who share our interest in classic cars and related activities. Recently, we have added the “Retro Birds” from 2002-2005 into our nest. While Thunderbirds are the focus of our group, members own a variety of classic and special interest vehicles.
Meetings are usually held on the second Sunday of each month at various locations throughout the Valley. Activities include car shows, parade participation, economy runs, weekend trips, theme parties and a holiday gala. We also participate in events sponsored by other car enthusiasts in our area, such as the Route 66 Fun Run, Midnight at the Oasis, Run to the Pines, and the Tubac car show. We encourage active participation and involvement in all activities by our members. Check the “events” tab for upcoming events. We are an open club and welcome participation with non-members as well as ACTC members.