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Active Regional Coordinators Needed!

Do you have the interest and enthusiasm to be a regional representative for ROA? If your area is not represented here, we need your help. As a RC you would be expected to keep local members advised of local activities and host at least one exclusive ROA event a year, such as a picnic or tour. The ROA will support you with updated members lists, mailing labels and pay for postage. The RC program is vital to ROA, lets keep it alive. For more information contact Ray Knott #1 at



National / Queensland
Linda Hall #10723

07 3829 2222

Victoria / Tasmania
Tom Kunek # 3845

03 9877 3718
New South Wales/ South Australia
Tony Gentilcore #10107

02 9453 9199

Click here to read the July 2018 issue of the informative Australian version of the Riview with stories on local Rivieras and much more. (PDF 2.5 MB).


Queensland Region
Linda Hall, Co-ordinator

Australia Event Recap

November 18-19, 2017, The Queensland group of the Australian ROA Region enjoyed a weekend of Riviera-ing on a warm summer day in November.  Setting off from our starting point at MacDonald’s at Yamanto (a town approximately 30 kilometres south west of Brisbane), we headed south west stopping at the small town of Aratula for a coffee.

From Aratula the highway took us across the Great Dividing Range and through the regional city of Warwick.  We continued on for another 50 kilometres to our lunch stop at Thulimbah -  the Jersey Girls Cafe - a small specialty cheese factory and cafe.  Many yummy cheeses and other delights to taste and buy here!!  We were very pleased to meet up with Tony Gentilcore and his friend Rod, who had made the drive up from Sydney to join the Queenslanders for the weekend.  Thanks Tony and Rod.

Our group of Rivieras now numbered seven - a 1964, two 1965’s, two 1968’s, a 1978, Tony’s boattail and also John Barker’s 1963 Electra (his Riviera being temporarily out of commission). 

After lunch we travelled another 20 kilometres to a small boutique brew house to sample a range of specialty beers - always a popular activity!   With several boxes of beer now in the boot (trunk) we headed to our motel for the night in the nearby town of Stanthorpe.  After checking in, there was time for lots of chatting, looking under bonnets (hoods) and enjoying a relaxing drink before we all walked a short distance to a local pub for dinner.

Sunday morning saw us departing our motel and visiting a Lavender Farm where we learnt a little about the production of lavender, enjoyed a scrumptious morning tea and the ladies had a wonderful gift shop to browse in. From here we said goodbye to Tony and Rod who were heading south towards Sydney and the rest of us headed north.

On our way homewards, we stopped to visit a very nice car Museum at the small town of Allora - a very nice collection of Cadillacs, Buicks, Pierce Arrow and other assorted early cars. 

We all enjoyed a weekend of visiting some interesting places, driving our Rivieras and of course the fellowship of Riviera people.  Thanks to all who came and made the weekend a great time.

May 4-7, 2017, Aussie ROA Nationals  This year our Nationals were held just over an hour  north of Sydney NSW on the Central Coast. We had 28 Registrations, including ROA members Gordon and Susan Wolfgang, who traveled down from the US. The event began on Thursday evening to register and enjoy a drink and meal  at our Meet and Greet.

Driving is a big part of our meets so Friday morning we drove 15 miles to the Gosford Classic Car Museum which has about 400 cars on display of various exotic marques and eras, including an interesting display of cars from communist countries. After a couple of hours there we drove 46 miles to a country pub called the Wollombi Tavern for lunch. It was a perfect opportunity for a group photo on te grass with the Rivs. At 6pm there was a casual dinner next to our accommodation at the Diggers Club.

On Saturday, we drove 10 minutes into The Entrance Town Centre for our car display and delegates voted for the favourite 3 Rivieras. There were lots of market stalls and cafes to enjoy the morning and the afternoon was free with an optional scenic ocean drive for those that wanted to drive some more. At 5pm we met for our first Tech Talk which was well attended and most found very interesting.

On Sunday morning we drove 42 miles to the “ Lost in the 50's Museum” which was more up our alley with all American cars of the 50's and 60's and 10,000 pieces of automobilia. After spending a couple of hours there we drove 25 miles to the Kevin Sobels Winery in the Hunter Valley for a BBQ lunch. Members of the NSW Buick club were also invited to join us on Sunday, hence the other model Buicks in some pictures. In the evening, we had the Presentation Dinner in a private function room.

Brian Hall Award for Best of Show - 1968 Greg & Geraldine Massey NSW
2nd - 1971 Richard Mintrom NSW
3rd - 1972 Claus & Wendy Gronau NSW
John Padgett Encouragement Award - Gordon & Susan Wolfgang USA

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Bob Wannall ROA# 3069
1101 SE 56th Court
Ocala, FL 34480

(352) 690-7729

October 6, 2018 - Mark your calendars for a day-long Regional meet in beautiful Winter Park. We’ll begin by taking the city’s Scenic Boat Tour through the city’s chain of lakes, and it’s free for the first 18 who sign up. ROA member Drew Smith will be our tour captain. Then we’ll take the two -block stroll to Park Avenue with its shops, boutiques, eateries and an amazing museum with the nation’s largest collect of Louis Comfort Tiffany stained glass. I’ll keep everyone in Florida posted by email and on the ROA website. Please contact me at if I don’t have your correct email.

Central Florida Event Recap

October 21, 2017, Regional Coordinator Bob Wannall was called out of state on family matters so members Ralph and Barbara Dunn took the lead for this gathering in St Augustine. Ten members brought five Rivieras to this historic oceanfront town and met at the oldest city in the US. After a few climbed the 219 stairs in the lighthouse they had lunch near the beach at Mango-Mangos.

Members were asked to wear Hawaiian shirts and Tim Collins won the "Bodacious Pineapple Award" for the most garish shirt. The cars pictured from left to right are a ‘’99 Silver Arrow, owned by Don and Mary Colston, a white ‘83 owned by Dennis Thulin, the black 71 owned by Tim Collins and the Dunn’s ‘77. Steve Brisbois, arrived later in his ‘68.

Keith Felderman # 9918
Johns Creek, GA

October 13, 2018, Saturday 10:30 am - 1:30 pm – Annual Pot Luck to be held at  West Bank Park off the southern end of Lake Lanier (near the dam).  We will start around 10:30 am and have our group photo around noon and then we will go our separate ways around 1:30 pm. Please bring a side dish and contact Keith your coordinator if you plan to attend.

Winston McCollum #13242
Plano, TX

Meet our new Coordinator for North Texas. If interested in being involved in local events, be sure Winston has your correct email. He will be sending out announcements soon. Don’t miss out.

 July 7, 2018, Saturday, 7:30 am,  Join us at the weekly gathering of other car enthusiasts at the Rockfish Seafood Grill, 2780 South Central Expressway in McKinney.  You can expect to see over 50 cars are on display, while their owners enjoy breakfast and  camaraderie.

I will arrive early to reserve spaces, so we can all park together. Please email me at and let me know if you plan to attend. We will be discussing our experience at the ROA meet in Overland Park KS.  

Nort Texas Event Recap

May 26, 2018, ROA members attended the 2nd Annual “Show Down” hosted by the Brazos Valley Muscle Cars & West Cruizzers in the town of West, TX. There was a day-long festival with great German food and live music. It was an amazing event with over 300 cars in attendance.

The drive down on the backroads through the corn fields was beautiful and we had a great time. Best of show was won by  a radically customized 1959 Buick Invicta, so Buick was well represented at this event!

Be sure to contact me, Winston McCollum your North Texas Coordinator at 972-762-8391 or and let me know if you are interested in getting emails on future events.

September 24, 2017, the inaugural gathering of the North Texas Region had a great turnout with eight members and seven Rivieras attending the American pride Car Show at the Cavanaugh Flight museum. Several folks had their Rivieras photographed next

to a P51 WWII fighter plane. Everyone had a great time and we will be planning another event soon.

If you live in North Texas make sure I have your e-mail. You can call me at 972-762-8391 or e-mail me at

Thanks to everyone who came out and I enjoyed meeting everyone.






Mike Glaz #9241
Humble, TX


If you know of a local meet or function in the Houston Galveston Area that would be great for ROA members to attend contact me, Mike Glaz, coordinator, with details.TOA MEMBERS are welcomed to attend any of our local ROA events. Take those Toronados out and join us!


Houton Event Recap

May 20, 2017, Seven ROA members joined with 14 BCA members at an All Buick Picnic in Bear Creek Park. Despite a humid and windy day we all enjoyed burgers, hot dogs and plenty  of side dishes. In addition to the many collectible Buicks there was a 2016 Cascada convertible.

George Babcock #4808
460 N. Main
St. Allegan, MI 49010


Ed Gunyo #101
5243 15th Ave So,
Minneapolis, MN 55417

(612) 824-9339


Craig Oleson #9484
Antioch, CA.



Sacramento Event Recap

May 20, 2018, Twelve members gathered at the Slow Hand BBQ, in Pleasant Hill for our “Rivs & Ribs”. Photos and details will appear on the website and in the next Riview

If you did not receive an announcement by email, then Craig needs your correct email address. Future gatherings are planned to the Blackhawk and California Auto Museums.


Randall D. Crain #5360
2493 Banner Whitehead Rd.
Sophia, NC 27350

(336) 431-3854

September 15, 2018, Saturday, Thirteen Annual Rivieras at the Park to be held at Randolph Community College Archdale Campus/Creekside Park”. Foods on us just bring yourself and a Riviera. The park is located  at 214 Park Dr., Archdale, NC 27263. Then follow the signs to the picnic shelter and look for Rivieras.   For more info contact, Randall Crain ROA#5360, 
NC Regional Coordinator at ROA5360@AOL.COM or 336- 431-3854  Click here for a flyer.

Every Thursday March – November, at 5:30 pm, North Carolina’s largest Cruise-in is “Let's Talk Cars”  held at Kagan's National Home Furnishings Center, 1628 South Main Street in High Point,  Local car buffs gather weekly to show off their favorite oldies and classics with refreshments and music. 

North Carolina Event Recap

September 16, 2017. Our Twelfth annual “Rivieras at the Park” event was greeted with weather that cooperated very agreeably: a cool morning to start that turned into a sunny mid 80’s day. We’ll take the nice weather, which has been mostly cooperative with us over the years.

To quote another Regional Coordinator, our get together is now “in the history books.” Fifteen ROA members and guests from North Carolina met at Creekside Park in Archdale, NC for the Twelfth Annual “Rivieras at the Park”. This year we had a record, for us, six of the eight generations in attendance! There was one ’63, one ‘65, one ‘69, one ’70GS, three ‘71s, one a GS, one ‘81, one ’93, one ‘95, one ’97, and a ’99, 12 Rivieras in all. All-in-all a great get together. Of those in attendance there were a couple, as explained by the owners, “rolling restorations”, and also a few very nice examples, one that was a previous Concours winning ‘71, and also a VERY nice ’71GS. No matter the condition, we are glad to see them all. With the number of generations in attendance there was lots to talk Riviera about.

It was suggested to get our group photo in front of the oldest Riv in attendance, so once again we used Jim Taylor’s modified ’63 Riviera as our backdrop.

Gwyn and I thank those who came out for the event. It is the members’ attendance that make it worth the effort. And, as usual, we hope to see you again next year on the second or third Saturday in September.


Left to Right: Front row: Charles Wood, Greg & Linda Pulling, Steve Vaglio, Jim Taylor, Debbie & Scott Morton, Sandra & Glenn Roberts, Gwyn Crain, and Ray Rapuano. Back row: Austin Jones, Brian, and Travis Holcomb.




Darrell Ingold #1237
8 Gerald Drive
Holbrook, NY 11741


NYC Event Recap

June 9, 2018 – There were 85 Buicks on display at the  annual Long Island meet, hosted by the local chapter of BCA. ROA members were welcomed, and they brought 19 Rivieras.

In the 1963-69 class a ’65 GS owned by Ken and Carmine Vasti won First Place and a ’68 owned by Richard Falantano took second.  In the 1970-78 Class Davis Kemler whose 72 was featured in the Mar/Apr 2018 Riview took first , Thomas Poole  placed second with his ’71, which was featured in Vol 22-3 of the Riview. Harold McCabe, took first in the 1979-99 class with his 1979, which was featured in Mar/Apr 2010 Riview and a ’90 owned by Steven Kay took second.

September 15-17, 2017 Hemmings Concours D’ Elegance, see “Other Buick Events” for details



Don Walter #14287
Franklin, Ohio


Other Events of Interest

Other local events are announced in Show & Shine Calendar and Country Cruisers at (2017 events yet to be posted). 


Ohio Event Recap

April 14th, 2018, Spring may have officially arrived, but not in time for our Spring Kick-off. We had scheduled a cook-off and pot luck gathering at my house in Franklin, unfortunately, the weather was terrible and so was the attendance. Less than half of those who planned to attend showed up, leaving more food for those who did. that Only three late model Rivieras journeyed out in the cold rain. We plan to try again next month, details will be announced by email, and through the ROA website. Send your current email address to Don at  if you had not received an announcement of this event.




Lee Carroll #433
P. 0. Box 87923
San Diego, CA 92138
(619) 226-6993

June 10, 2018, Sunday, Join us at the annual Deer Park show. The entry fee is $10 and the car owners have until 9:30 AM to place their cars on display. There is a deli on the premises that serves snacks & drinks.  People are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch & use their benches & tables. For more information call 760-749-1666. A flyer will be sent to all current members 30 days prior to that event.

San Diego Event Recap

June 10, 2018, A small but appreciative group spent a pleasant Sunday afternoon at the Deer Park Winery & Auto Museum located just North of Escondido. The 15-acre estate  has a large grassy area for car shows sheltered by huge trees that provide shaded areas for picnic tables. It was an ideal Picnic & Car Show site for San Diego Riviera Owners & some BCA Members who also attended. Thirteen R.O.A. members & their Guests along with four B.C.A. members enjoyed wine tasting & viewing the Deer Park Collection of Classic Cars.  The long-distance trip winner was Cheryl McCabe of Long Beach, who racked up 196 miles round trip in her ‘65 Riviera.

Deer Parks Auto Museums contain over 100 convertibles ranging from carriages dating back to the  late 1800's to classics from the 20's & 40's and 70s muscle cars.  The car collections are held in three separate buildings on several levels that also house a Museum of Americana items providing a trip down memory lane with Pre-war Radios, TVs, Bicycles, Barbie Dolls & dozens of  huge neon auto dealership signs representing over a century of progress.

February 23-25, 2018, The ROA was well represented at what might have been the Grand Finale with four cars from the first three generations of the Marque. Lee Carroll's 1963, Erik Durochers 1965, Bob Starkeys 1967 & Ken Lunds 1971 Boattail. Three of those cars were of the one owner category, Erik Durochers 1965 was a 2nd owner car.

In the spring of 1966 a group of San Diego "Gear Heads" decided to hold a car show on a local shopping center parking lot. Over the years growing attendance forced them to find larger places for their event. In 1980 The founders of the event, the Horseless Carriage Club of America, the Antique Car Club of America & the Early Ford V-8 club were able to convince City of San Diego Officials that they had a three-day event worthy of using the cities Jack Murphy Stadium parking lot. Over the past 38 years the Big 3 swap meet drew 10's of thousands of spectators enjoying all the many cars on display and looking for hard to find old car parts.

This year’s event was the last time the three car clubs will stage the event after selling their rights to hold one of the largest swap meets in California at the stadium. The new operator for the car show is Todd Harding & Son, a professional events organization operating out of Los Angeles and staging car shows in more than a dozen locations. The 1st noticeable change was more than doubling the entry fees for displaying collector cars & selling parts.  The San Diego Swap meets future location is rife with uncertainty. Since losing the San Diego Charger football team there are conflicting plans for redevelopment of the stadium site that do not include continued use of its parking lots for public events.     

Ken Lund & Erik Durocher are often pointed out as members who drive their cars to local meets, Lund drove his Boat Tail 145 miles from Yucaipa California to attend this event,  Durocher set the standard for distance drivers when he drove his 65 Riviera over more than 3,000 miles from Florida to San Diego in 2010 to attend the 2 day Southern California Regional Riviera meet that was held in National City, California.


Chris Palk ROA#10373
PO Box 1333
Krugersdorp 1740 South Africa
2711-660-1322 (office)
2782-808-3360 (cell)


Ventura / Santa Barbara Counties
Lee Pickett # 10039

900 Calle Plano unit E.
Camarillo, CA. 93012.
805- 807-9592

Cruise Nites, First Saturday of the Month, 4pm- 7pm at the  Islands Restaurant 935 Broadbeck Drive, Newbury Park. Hope to see you there!

June 23, 2018, Saturday, 9:00 am -11:00 am. Join us to hear a local friend speak on wheel restoration. At 900 Calle, Plano unit E, Camarillo, CA. I wil provide a light meal so it is important I know how many to expect. Please contact me at


Mike McCoy #30

Broomfield, CO

June 25-28, 2018, ROA International Meet in Overland Park, KS. Information and registration at Hope to see you all there!

August 4, 2018, 9 – 4 pm, Annual Swap Meet and show sponsored by the Car Council of Colorado (previously Old Car Council). Held at the Rocky Mountain Metro Airport (formally Jeff Co Airport) For details and go to “Events” or call 720-535-6097.

Colorado Event Recap

September 10, 2017, Six ROA members and their cars ranging from 1963-72 joined with members of the Mile-High Chapter of BCA at its 5th Annual All-Buick Car Show. The show was held at the AutoNation Buick GMC Park Lone Tree. The event included free food and drinks, music, door prize drawings for participating car owners, and popular vote award categories.

ROA# 652 Roger Dieterman-65 GS

ROA# 2481 Rex & Fran Buell-63

ROA# 7892 Vic Cionetti-64

Vic Cionetti

ROA# 10704 Frank Longo-72

Jeff Barris-72

June 17, 2017, Six Rivieras were on display at the Rocky Mountain Buick Show in Loveland, hosted by the local BCA chapter. If you failed to attend, you missed a fun afternoon.

We have more events planned for this year and emails will be sent to members. If you have not been receiving my emails let me know at .



John Andreassen # 1781
5442-A Schoth Rd. S. W.
Turnwater, WA 98512
360-754-3745 (Home)
360-481-3325 (Cell)

June 16, 2018, Saturday, join us at the 25th Annual Buick Open, hosted by the Puget Sound chapter of the BCA. The event coincides with The Meeker Days Festival. Last year there were 102 Buicks of which 20 were Rivieras. For details contact John at 360-481-3325.

September 8, 2018, Saturday – Annual ROA Fall Potluck.  Please join us for one last potluck at Brian & Ellen O’Neil’s on Whidbey Island for our end of summer picnic at their beautiful home.  They have been graciously hosting this event since 2000.  Please bring a dish to share.  We will prove the usual, fresh steamers & oysters, deep fried turkeys & an assortment of beverages.  No registration fees required.  All makes & models are welcome. Their address is  2026 Briarwood Dr, Oak Harbor, WA 98277. Specific directions are found on the ROA website. Brian & Ellen O’Neil can be reached @ 360-240-1274 or by email

ADDRESS:  2026 Briarwood Dr, Oak Harbor, WA 98277
DIRECTIONS:  Coming north from the ferry on Hwy 20 – drive past Coupeville to Zylstra Road.  Turn left onto Zylstra Rd, take a right onto Briarwood Drive.  Yellow house on left (sign will be out in front of driveway).  From Deception Pass, drive through Oak Harbor toward Coupeville.  Turn right onto Zystra Rd & follow above directions.  Brian & Ellen O’Neil can be reached @ 360-240-1274 or by email

Washington Event Recap

June 17 2017, Saturday – Of the 102 Buick’s at the 24rd Annual Buick Open, 20 were Rivieras The annual event was sponsored by the Puget Sound Chapter of the BCA and coincides with the Meeker Days Festival.  The winners in the Riviera classes were:
1963-65                1st Place               Les Rider (1963)                              
                             2nd Place              James & Anita Hansen (1963)                       
1966-70               1st Place               Glen Weller (1966)
                             2nd Place              Dean Eldridge (1968)                                                   
1971-99                1st Place               Cathy Meyer (1973)                                       
                             2nd Place              Lee Davis (1985)                             
Modified              1st Place               Anita & Jan Foss  (1970)


Other Buick Events

Hershey, PA
Annual Buick Show

June 30, 2018, the Mason-Dixon Chapter of BCA and Freysinger Buick/GMC will host their 10th annual Buick Show at the AACA Museum 161 Museum Drive Hershey, Pa. Peer judging with 6 Buick Classes, 3 classes for other makes modified and truck classes. Best of Show-Buick, Best of Show-other makes, Long Distance, Oldest Car. Dash plaques to the first 75 entries. Registration 8:30-10:30. Show 9-3. Registration $15. Registration includes 1 free admission to the AACA Museum. Contact, Larry DiBarry 717-263-3804, or Dick Beckley 717-395-7128.

Flint, MI
August 18, 2018

Flint MI August 18 2018 Buicktown


July 5 – 7, 2018 – Thursday – Saturday, 36th Annual Arthritis Foundation Classic Auto Show & Cruise-in  - MetroPlace Business Park, Franz Road and Highway RT161, Dublin Ohio 43017 - The largest Collector Car Auto Show - Concours Type Event - in the Midwest with over 1,200 vehicles, special displays, VIP component, food vendors. Cars, trucks and motorcycles will compete for 400 + trophy's. Friday and Saturday night concerts. For more details & event information contact - Liz Martin cell: 614-329-0650 | click here for flyer

Hemmings Event Recap

Hemmings Concours D'Elegance,
September 15-17, 2017
Celebrating the 1963-73 Rivieras.
By Darrell Ingold, NYC Metro Coordinator

This year marks the 11th year of the Concurs D'Elegance which was held at Charles R. Wood park in Lake George, NY.  Many classes of vehicles were present at the show, including: 1967-81 Chevrolet Camaro/Pontiac Firebird, MG, Studebaker, Wood-bodied station wagons, Pre-1980 professional vehicles, Full Classics, American Prewar, American Postwar, American Muscle Cars, European/Import, Preservation, Vintage Race Cars, and Vintage Trucks.  For the first time, the Riviera was also a highlighted class and Hemmings asked us for assistance to supply excellent examples from the period of 1963 to 73. 

The show is by invite only as the Hemmings staff scrutinizes each entry and decides which car best represents the year/class to be displayed.  Unlike other shows, they do not want all kinds of literature, trophies or other items to take away from the vehicle on display.  They ask each invitee to supply information regarding engine size, special options or even a personal story.  This information is then applied to a poster board and then is displayed in front of each vehicle.  Hemmings judges come around to each class to judge on condition and originality.  Winners are then asked to drive over to the "red carpet" to receive their award.  Three trophies were awarded for each class, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd.  There was a total of 136 vehicles at the show.

The Riviera class was well represented with 9 models displayed.  The judges paid many complements to our class, some of which told us they wished they didn't have to judge our classics due to the many fine examples on the show field.  Each one of them easily could have won a trophy, however only three could be selected.  They were:

First Place:                   Al and Cheryl Schmidt   1970
Second Place:              John and Lisa DiFrancesco        1965 GS
Third Place:                 Richard Harvey              1964

Congratulations to our award winners!  The other cars/members that were also invited to represent our class:

Darrell and Jennifer Ingold         1963
Jason and Rhonda Zerbini         1966 GS
David Chabot                            1969
Mike and Judy Hatcher  1971
Tom and Janet Derwin   1973 Stage 1
Jeffrey Goldstein                      "Villa Riviera" Special Display

Many thanks to all of our ROA members for bringing their cars to the show and representing our organization.  It is a well done show in a very picturesque location.  I would highly recommend that you put a Hemmings Concurs D'Elegance show on your bucket list of car shows to visit.
Click here to see a Gallery of Photos from the event







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