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REGIONAL NEWS and REGIONAL COORDINATORS

 

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Do you have an upcoming Riviera event that we should know about?
E-mail us and we'll make note of it here, and in the next issue of "The Riview"!

 

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 . Click here to view details on our Regional Coordinator Program.


 

AUSTRALIA


Queensland
Linda Hall #10723

Brisbane
07 3829 2222
lindamh4@bigpond.com
National Coordinator
Victoria / Tasmania
Tom Kunek # 3845

Melbourne
0419 658 500
riv@netspace.net.au
New South Wales/ South Australia
Tony Gentilcore #10107

Sydney
02 9453 9199
Rivs@mako.com.au

Click here to read the January 2020 issue of the informative Australian version of the Riview with stories on local Rivieras and much more. (PDF 4 MB).

 


Australia Event Recap

October 17-12, 2019, ROA Australian National, held in Adelaide, SA was a huge success. There were 26 Rivieras on display ranging from 1963-1978. A total of 52 people attended, consisting of 21 members and guests.  Meet Planners Grahame & Terry Line organized three days of events and tours throughout the local countryside. Additional details and photos will appear in the January issue of their newsletter to be posted on the ROA website.

April 7, 2019, The Victorian Region of the ROA held a BBQ at the home of National Coordinator Tom Kunek in Riviera Lane, Blackburn.

14 beautiful Rivieras attended with about 40 attendees in brilliant sunshine. The star attraction of the day was a recently imported 1971 custom boattail fitted with full hydraulic suspension and high-power sound system. There also was a 1965 Riviera under restoration with plenty of advice by the owner on what to do, and what not to do during a restoration.



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

(352) 690-7729
bobwannall@gmail.com

January 18, 2020, Saturday 11 am: Paquette’s Historical Farmall Museum in Leesburg. Yes, tractors. It comes recommended by a Jaguar club member, who said their group loved this place. I checked it out: an eye-popping 45,000 square-foot collection in a beautiful country setting. Meet at 11 am at the museum, 615 S. Whitney Rd. in Leesburg. Admission is $15 if we have ten or more of us. We can get a barbecue lunch on the grounds for $12 if there are 20 of us, but I will have to have your lunch reservation by January 6. See more about Paquette’s at https://www.stewsihstuff.com.

March 7, 2020, Saturday 8 am: 7th Annual Habitat Ocala Strawberry Festival, McPherson Complex, 601 SE 25th St in Ocala. We had a great time at this show last year, so put this on your calendar and let’s do it again.  We’ll rendezvous nearby at 8 am and drive into the show and park together. Details to follow.  https://www.habitatocala.org/car-show.

Central Florida Event Recap

March 2, 2019 -The Central Florida Region ROA fielded a line of nine Rivieras, the most of any make, model or car club, at the Marion Country Habitat for Humanity Strawberry Festival. ROA members at the gathering included John Wheeler ('63), Ralph Dunn ('77), Jim Kilroy ('67), Charles Couture ('65), Frederick Ward ('65 GS), Nick LaBruno ('95), Steve Kouris ('95 convertible), and Bob Wannall ('64, '82 convertible). 

John Wheeler's immaculate silver '63 won the show's Best GM award. A big attention-getter was Steve Kouris' 1995 convertible, one of six fabricated by a shop here in Florida that's doing huge business these days chopping the tops off Dodge Challengers. ROA members drove in from all over the state, with Frederick and Rosie Ward taking the "long-distance award" for bringing their '65 dual quad GS up from Miami. Every one of our Rivieras were stunning cars that attracted a lot of attention from the thousands of festival-goers. Plus, there was plenty of tasty strawberry shortcake to enjoy. The Habitat folks have extended a warm invitation to us to come back next year.


Georgia
Keith Felderman # 9918
Johns Creek, GA
770-235-0406
kfelderman@comcast.net

 

Georgia Event Recap

October 5, 2019 – Annual ROA Potluck was held in West Bank Park next to Lake Lanier. This year the  weather was almost perfect.  Overcast and about 75 degrees.  The turnout was not-a-so-great. We had five members show up with three Riviera’s and one Buick Wildcat.  We grilled hamburgers and had a bunch of great side dishes and desserts.  We enjoyed good conversations about our Riviera’s and other automotive topics.

 


NORTH TEXAS
Winston McCollum #13242
Plano, TX
972-762-8391
gtohurstjudge@gmail.com

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.

 

Nort Texas Event Recap

October 26, 2019, A great time was had by all again this year at the Brats and Beer gathering at Pete Lamberts in Dallas. Over 40 cars were on display  including Rivieras brought by our ROA members.

September 28, 2019, Due to preparations for Octoberfest in downtown McKinney we moved our gathering a few blocks  to the weekly car breakfast gathering at the Rockfish restaurant. We had a great turnout with nine Rivieras and 12 enthusiasts, several of which were first-time attendees. I am so happy to see the interest and support for our local events. We look forward to our next gathering, which will be announced by email. If you have not received my emails that means yours is not current on the ROA website. If that happens send your new emails to me at gtohurstjudge@gmail.com.

March 30, 2019 – Despite the rain, ten members brought six Rivieras to the monthly show at Old Courthouse Square in downtown McKinney. We were able to park together, share stories and enjoy breakfast.

February 15-17, 2019, The ROA display at the Dallas Autorama, held at Market Hall was a great success.  On display were my ’65 and Pete Lempert’s ’63. We had enthusiastic crowds around the display all weekend and handed out five ROA membership applications to people interested in joining our group. We plan to get new stanchions built in order to have a bigger display with more cars next year. One former ROA member said he was going to rejoin ROA since we have an active local group. Overall it was a great event!

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HOUSTON
Mike Glaz #9241
Humble, TX
281-841-3163
mbglaz@gmail.com

March 2020, 1st annual Walden on Lake Houston Golf and Country Club car show in Humble TX.:  I'm working with the local Country Club to start an annual car show in March.  As this gets firmed up, I will send out more information and flyers.  If you have not received am email with this information, please contact Mike Glaz, mbglaz@gmail.com with your correct address.

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

September 9, 2018, despite a rainy-day ROA members gathered for a tour of Tony Gullo’s private museum. This museum houses several hundred of Tony's favorite vehicles on his  property in Montgomery. 

The museum has over 250 vehicles on display with another 70 that can be rotated in and out. There was a wide variety of makes and years ranging from the 1910's to a 2006 Ford GT,  still wrapped in the original plastics it came from the manufacture.  In addition to regular production cars, there was a Blues Brothers Dodge, a Roy Rodgers 1940's Nash, and a Batmobile replica on the original Lincoln frame. Tony advised us that all the donations he received  go towards giving Christmas gifts to local needy families.  Those who attended enjoyed an afternoon where they were able to enjoy many cars they had never seen.  


MICHIGAN WEST
Steve Playter # 4955
Grand Rapids, MI

616-456-7833
michiganchapterroa@gmail.com

 

Michigan West Event Recap

August 3, 2019, we had a great time at the Gilmore Auto Museum Show  in Kalamazoo. Attending were George and Emmi Babcock; Kevin Gartland; Chuck Anderson; Dave Jones; and Steve and Linda Playter.  We talked to several interested parties about ROA and hopefully new members.  

We are looking at getting together for either the Flint show on August 17th (see Other Buick Events) or maybe the Frankenmuth show September 6-8.  If interested contact me at michiganchapterroa@gmail.com and let me know your thoughts.  If you did not receive an email announcement, for the Gilmore show then your email is not correctly listed on our roster. To update your email, contact me and the office at office@rivowner.org.

June 4, 2019, Seven ROA Members gathered at Fricanos Pizza,  in Comstock for their collector car show. This is just the first of many local events to be planned by your new Coordinator Steve Playter. The seven cars on display ranged from a ‘63 to a ’99 Silver Arrow. The Long Distance award went to Kevin Gartlnd who drove 120 miles from Clio in his ‘63.



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

612-619-3983

 

Minnesota Event Recap

October 5, 2019, Annual Fall Tour, The Riviera, Buick, Cadillac clubs enjoyed a fall tour to Western Minnesota. Being fall it drizzled all day but that did not stop the hearty travelers. We had 23 members and 14 cars. The countryside was turning the gold of fall and the roads were re-paved and in great shape.

Our first stop was at a very serious John Deere equipment collector in Kingston. Over 100 items including pedal cars, full sized tractors and road-graters. We also visited his son’s place with over 40 snowmobiles and a very rare car made by John Deere, a 1923 Velie Four Door Sedan. The car is made like a tractor, over 6,000 pounds in weight.

Five miles later we went to Milner’s Winery, in business for the past 40 years and celebrated October Fest with some tasting.  A few miles further we stopped at Knauses Meat Market in Kimball, where the selections are endless. Knauses’ has been in one family for the past 100 years. We stopped for lunch at “Mom’s in South Haven, where the burgers are made from fresh meat and enjoyed delicious homemade pie. After getting stuffed we headed home.

 


San Francisco Bay Area
Steve Tangney 473
Pleasanton, CA
408-836-4543
stangney@wcselfstorage.com

 

San Francisco Bay Area Event Recap

August 24, 2019, Members met at Ken Mercer Sports Park, in Pleasanton for an ROA  BBQ Potluck Picnic. For our first event we had 19 adults who brought three children, and ten Rivieras. We provided the basics such as plates, napkins, condiments, ice chests with water bottles etc.   Our long-distance member was Bruce Fraser, who drove about three hours from the Sierra Foothills area.

I think we all enjoyed the opportunity to gather and make new friends to share a common interest.  There was a lot of interest in the cars and "tech talk" about maintenance, sourcing parts and services.  It was a great opportunity to meet fellow members to share thoughts and questions. It was apparent that all were passionate about their cars.  After the meal three of us cruised downtown to the Goodguys Hot Rod Show just a few blocks away.

We look forward to our next gathering when we will have the opportunity to meet even more of the members from this area. We will continue to send emails to announce future events. See you next time.

 


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

(336) 431-3854
ROA5360@aol.com

North Carolina Event Recap

September 14, 2019,  we held our Fourteenth Annual “Rivieras at the Park” in Creekside Park, Archdale. Twelve members brought nine cars to enjoy the provided lunch, conversation, sharing of tech information lunch and a great afternoon. For photos and details click here (PDF 1MB).

Group Photo

 

 


 


NYC METRO
Darrell Ingold #1237
8 Gerald Drive
Holbrook, NY 11741
631-220-3239
ingolddj@optonline.net

 


SAN DIEGO, CA
Lee Carroll #433
P. 0. Box 87923
San Diego, CA 92138
(619) 226-6993
reidcarroll1@gmail.com

 

 

San Diego Event Recap

October 26, 2019, A dozen ROA members from the San Diego area took a tour of the San Diego Air & Space Museum’s annex at Gillespie Field The museum has become a major feature in Balboa Park. We enjoyed hearing about   San Diego's “Aviation History in Progress” and enjoyed a pleasant lunch at the Gillespie Field Café.

We learned that in 1927 Ryan Aircraft built the plane for Charles Lindbergh’s non-stop flight from New York to Paris. During WWII Convair built the B-25 bomber & Rohr & Solar Aircraft built major airplane component parts.

The museum’s aircraft restoration and reproduction program is staffed mainly by volunteers. The 46 Aircrafts on display ranged from 1884 gliders to an ICBM Atlas Rocket.

While 90 percent of the 70 or so volunteers are retired aircraft workers, younger mechanics and engineers are beginning to find their way to the facility. Students from San Diego State University, construction workers and even some high school students come to learn what previous generations accomplished.

Air and Space Museum

February 14th, 2019 Twelve members of the ROA joined us for a tour of the San Diego Automobile Museum. Pictured are those who attended and a custom ’65 convertible owned by member Frank Dobbs.



 

SOUTH AFRICA
Chris Palk ROA#10373
PO Box 1333
Krugersdorp 1740 South Africa
2711-660-1322 (office)
2782-808-3360 (cell)
c_palk@uskonet.com

Click here for a copy of the Buick Nut published by the Buick Club of South Africa.
Chris and Helen Palk

 


COLORADO
Coordinator Position Open

 


 

WASHINGTON
John Andreassen # 1781
5442-A Schoth Rd. S. W.
Turnwater, WA 98512
360-754-3745 (Home)
360-481-3325 (Cell)
norseman63@comcast.net

 


Other Buick Events


Buick Charity Car Show
Gurnee. IL

June 7, 2020, 9am – 3 pm. ROA members are  welcomed to the event hosted by the  local BCA chapter at Anthony Buick GMC in Gurnee. Peer judging with thirteen classes of which two are for Rivieras 1963-70 and 1971-99. Registration $15. Contact Kevin Kauppi ROA #14307 at 224-623-1297 or kevinkauppi13@aol.com. Click here for additional information and registration.


Have you contacted your Regional coordinator recently? Now is a good time! They may need help or encouragement to get local activities planned.

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