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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Mark Jackson, stows the convertible top to his 1964 "World's Fair" Ford Thunderbird. The car body and chassis, without an engine or transmission, was used on the Magic Skyway for people attending the fair to ride in. After the World's Fair ended the car was returned to a local Ford dealer where the engine and other parts were reinstalled to complete the vehicle. Jackson gave the car to his wife Dr. Allison Jackson upon the completion of her doctorate. The couple has named the car "Margaret" for Margaret Thatcher. The International Thunderbird Club held their 21st annual convention at the University Hilton, Tuesday through Sunday in Charlotte. On Saturday August 16, 2014, many of the almost 50 Thunderbirds ranging from 1955 to 1997 were judged. The International Thunderbird Club has about 1,000 members worldwide. The 1955 Thunderbird by Ford was made to compete with the Chevrolet Corvette.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Mark Jackson, stows the convertible top to his 1964 "World's Fair" Ford Thunderbird. The car body and chassis, without an engine or transmission, was used on the Magic Skyway for people attending the fair to ride in. After the World's Fair ended the car was returned to a local Ford dealer where the engine and other parts were reinstalled to complete the vehicle. Jackson gave the car to his wife Dr. Allison Jackson upon the completion of her doctorate. The couple has named the car "Margaret" for Margaret Thatcher. The International Thunderbird Club held their 21st annual convention at the University Hilton, Tuesday through Sunday in Charlotte. On Saturday August 16, 2014, many of the almost 50 Thunderbirds ranging from 1955 to 1997 were judged. The International Thunderbird Club has about 1,000 members worldwide. The 1955 Thunderbird by Ford was made to compete with the Chevrolet Corvette.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Dwight Dixon, of New Jersey, went from car to car judging the merits of the Ford Thunderbirds Saturday. The International Thunderbird Club held their 21st annual convention at the University Hilton, Tuesday through Sunday in Charlotte. On Saturday August 16, 2014, many of the almost 50 Thunderbirds ranging from 1955 to 1997 were judged. The International Thunderbird Club has about 1,000 members worldwide. The 1955 Thunderbird by Ford was made to compete with the Chevrolet Corvette.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Gene Martini, of Reading, Pa., stands by his 1967 Thunderbird Apollo, a one of a kind vehicle, originally part of a five car order by Abercrombie & Fitch. The International Thunderbird Club held their 21st annual convention at the University Hilton, Tuesday through Sunday in Charlotte. On Saturday August 16, 2014, many of the almost 50 Thunderbirds ranging from 1955 to 1997 were judged. The International Thunderbird Club has about 1,000 members worldwide. The 1955 Thunderbird by Ford was made to compete with the Chevrolet Corvette.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Gene Martini's 1967 Thunderbird Apollo, a one of a kind vehicle, even has a rotary phone with a transmitter in the trunk. The Ford was originally part of a five car order by Abercrombie & Fitch. The International Thunderbird Club held their 21st annual convention at the University Hilton, Tuesday through Sunday in Charlotte. On Saturday August 16, 2014, many of the almost 50 Thunderbirds ranging from 1955 to 1997 were judged. The International Thunderbird Club has about 1,000 members worldwide. The 1955 Thunderbird by Ford was made to compete with the Chevrolet Corvette.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Jerone Bibb (CQ Jerone not Jerome), a Ford Thunderbird judge, looks over the 1967 Thunderbird Apollo Saturday. The International Thunderbird Club held their 21st annual convention at the University Hilton, Tuesday through Sunday in Charlotte. On Saturday August 16, 2014, many of the almost 50 Thunderbirds ranging from 1955 to 1997 were judged. The International Thunderbird Club has about 1,000 members worldwide. The 1955 Thunderbird by Ford was made to compete with the Chevrolet Corvette.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Sandra and Kevin Grant, of Charlotte, check out the 1964 "World's Fair" Ford Thunderbird Saturday. The International Thunderbird Club held their 21st annual convention at the University Hilton, Tuesday through Sunday in Charlotte. On Saturday August 16, 2014, many of the almost 50 Thunderbirds ranging from 1955 to 1997 were judged. The International Thunderbird Club has about 1,000 members worldwide. The 1955 Thunderbird by Ford was made to compete with the Chevrolet Corvette.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    The Ford Thunderbird insignia sits proudly on a 1957 Thunderbird owned and completely restored by John Rowe. "It's my baby", he said. The International Thunderbird Club held their 21st annual convention at the University Hilton, Tuesday through Sunday in Charlotte. On Saturday August 16, 2014, many of the almost 50 Thunderbirds ranging from 1955 to 1997 were judged. The International Thunderbird Club has about 1,000 members worldwide. The 1955 Thunderbird by Ford was made to compete with the Chevrolet Corvette.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    John Rowe shows off the interior of his 1957 Ford Thunderbird he completely restored. "It's my baby", he said. The International Thunderbird Club held their 21st annual convention at the University Hilton, Tuesday through Sunday in Charlotte. On Saturday August 16, 2014, many of the almost 50 Thunderbirds ranging from 1955 to 1997 were judged. The International Thunderbird Club has about 1,000 members worldwide. The 1955 Thunderbird by Ford was made to compete with the Chevrolet Corvette.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Mike Flynn, of Fayetteville, Ga. installs floor mats in his 1997 Limited Edition Ford Thunderbird. The International Thunderbird Club held their 21st annual convention at the University Hilton, Tuesday through Sunday in Charlotte. On Saturday August 16, 2014, many of the almost 50 Thunderbirds ranging from 1955 to 1997 were judged. The International Thunderbird Club has about 1,000 members worldwide. The 1955 Thunderbird by Ford was made to compete with the Chevrolet Corvette.
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