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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

NEW Arkansas
Kevin Ketelsen
30 Geraldine St.
Ward, Arkansas, 72176
501- 606-1224, Cell

Kevin is interested in hosting events for members throughout the state. He will be contacting members directly with dates and locations. If you do not have your email listed correctly on our roster, please contact Kevin.


Arkansas Event Recap

March 19, 2016 – ROA members from Arkansas and Oklahoma brought three generations of Riviera to the Fort Smith Historical Museum. We spent the afternoon touring the grounds where we saw the gallows and a horse drawn paddy wagon. Inside the museum we saw Judge Parker's "the Hanging Judge" court room, the jail cells and all kinds of artifacts from the old west and civil war days. We finished the day dining at the Western Sizzlin and making plans for future events and possible picnic, everyone agreed to exchange email addresses so we can all stay in touch.



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 September 2016 issue of the informative Australian version of the Riview with stories on local Rivieras and much more. (PDF 3.8 MB).


Queensland Region
Linda Hall, Co-ordinator

Queensland Australia Event Recap

August 21-27, 2016, The week-long Australian Buick National Meet was held south of Sydney on the East Coast.  Some made the long drive from across Australia, a distance of 3,900 kilometres (2,496 miles) each way.

The week’s activities included a scenic drive through Bulli Pass and across the spectacular Sea Cliff Bridge at Stanwell Park, visits to a Motor Museum, a Historic Air Museum and the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Centre. 

Our Show and Shine day was held in the picturesque little town of Kiama.  Unfortunately, the weather had turned cold and wet but 60 beautiful Buicks graced the lawns of the beachside park.  Twelve Rivieras were on show including two 1978’s and three 1965’s.  Our Show and Shine judging was People’s Choice and I was both pleased and surprised to pick up the award for the category for the 1970’s with my “78 LXXV Anniversary Edition.

Now we look forward to our next Australian ROA National Meet to be held in May 2017.

Three Aussie Coordinators and Australian Riview editor, John Forster.
L-R Tom Kunek, Linda Hall, John Forster & Tony Gentincore.

On May 1, 2016 under cloudy skies and light rain, an enthusiastic group of ROA and Buick members gathered at Cameron Park, Booval for our combined ROA/Buick Club Run in the country.  27 members, guests and families braved the wet conditions which at that point, looked like continuing.  We were very pleased to see some of our new members come along and join us for the day - Terry and  Barbara Searle and team, Adam and Sharon Woodley with Jake and Chevy - welcome to the Buick family of friends.

After much chatting and morning tea, we headed off for our run, following our run notes provided.  Thankfully the rain stopped as we drove through Ipswich and out through Peak Crossing and on to the town of Boonah.  Our destination was Mt. Alford, some 15 kl. past Boonah.  The road was good, not much traffic and the rain had stopped - hooray!  We all made it safely to the Mt. Alford Hotel (although some arrived a little late after missing a turn). 

The Mt. Alford Hotel is a great little country pub with friendly owners (Dave and Dad) and the meals were terrific.  ROA members were invited to take part in a competition for some special Riviera prizes.  The answers to the questions on the competition sheet were contained in previous Australian Riviews - so if you read your Riview you would have had a great shot at the answers.  Whilst no one got all the questions right, the competition was won by Adrian Dearling with runners up, Paul and Christine Dearling and Terry Searle.

Rivieras on the meet included John and Laurene’s lovely ’65, Peter and Sandra’s ’68, Terry Searle’s ’66 (a new one for the boys to look at), and my Wedgewood blue ’64.   Unfortunately John Barker’s Riviera was temporarily off the road and Adrian could not bring his ’65 due to having another commitment following our run.  It was also great to see the other Buicks on the run including Dave and Colleen Wilson’s 1934 and Adam and Sharon’s Wildcat (another new one for the boys to look at).

Despite a cloudy and wet start to the day, everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and there was lots of chatting over lunch at the pub. Thanks to everyone who came along.  It was especially nice to meet our new members and see their cars.


Victoria / Tasmania
Tom Kunek

Victoria / Tasmania Australia Event Recap

March 13, 2016 ROA members met at Ralph Plarre’s residence in Essendon to view his private collection. We were greeted by our hosts Ralph and Marg, as we walked up his driveway and into his marvellous man cave.

Even though most of us have seen the photos of Ralph’s space and collection it was still breathtaking to see it in actually reality.  We were happy to make donations to one of Ralph’s charities which provides scholarships to gifted young musicians.

Probably the rarest car in the collection was his 1957 Eldorado Brougham (only 400 made) which is the only RHD 1957 Brougham known in the world. This car was considered the ultimate in automobile luxury of the 50’s. The Eldorado Brougham was the answer to the Continental Mark II and was most expensive than a Rolls Royce of the day.  It has centre-opening doors and brushed stainless steel roof.

Next we saw the Ferrari 599 GTB which is the fastest ever road going Ferrari. At the other end of the spectrum we saw Ralph’s Rolls-Royce Phantom which also has centre-opening doors and state of the art everything in luxury.

During the afternoon member Jade Offer played on Ralph’s grand piano which was just magic. Afternoon tea was served with a delicious spread of cakes from Ferguson Plarre Bakehouse which has been baking for well over a 100 years.

Our thanks to Ralph for being so generous with his time and his kind hearted hospitality. Ralph has been the past president of the Cadillac and the Rolls Royce club so you can see that this man loves to contribute. Special thanks to member Norm Bradford for being the focal point with Ralph to make this event happen.

Photos by John Coogam and Rachel Kunek

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

(352) 690-7729


Central Florida Event Recap

October 1, 2016, The ROA was out in force at the 10th Annual NPD All-GM Oktoberfest in Ocala’s Silver Springs State Park. Cars owned by two members drove away with top prizes -- among the more than 600 GM cars on display. Best Buick went to Steve Brisbois’ modified ’68, while Tim Collins’ black ’71 took Best Large Car.

A total 15 Rivieras with 23 members and guests enjoyed the clear, blue central Florida skies for our “ROA show within a show,” along with four “guest” cars: a 1932 Chevy street rod, 1990 El Dorado, and a’69 Skylark GS400 convertible. We also gave ROA brochures to several other Rivieras owners at the show.

In addition, several members gathered on Friday evening before the show for open-house coffee and dessert at the home of Bob and Cindy Wannall. Steve Brisbois drove NPD’s Friday cruise to Cedar Key on the Gulf coast.

Coming up: a cruise-in and picnic in the first quarter of 2017, and Southeastern Regional Meet in Ocala on May 19-20, 2017. Watch for more info.

ROA International Meet, June 27-30, 2016
I just returned from the ROA International Meet in Williamsburg, and it was sensational. Yes, all the meets are terrific, but I enjoy American history and we were gathered in a centerpiece of our nation’s story: Williamsburg, the cornerstone of the movement that became America; Jamestown, the first permanent English colony in North America, and Yorktown, site of the final major battle of the Revolutionary War. Plus, there are more pancake houses than Smuckers could visit in a lifetime.

Several of our Florida members made some history, too, by winning awards for excellence in their categories: Ralph and Barbara Dunn for their mildly modified blue 1977, and David Messinger’s stunning garnet red 1985. Richard and Irene Morin’s 1977 was parked in the Winner’s Circle, so they weren’t eligible for judging, but received a Winner’s Circle Award for bringing the car. Cindy and I were there, but our 1964 was parked in our garage in Ocala. (I’m more than a bit hesitant to drive a 52-year-old car with 140K on the original engine 1,600 miles without a sag wagon equipped with mechanics and parts. And a couple of hundred gallons of ethanol-free fuel.)

I’ve also attached a group photo, plus a shot of all of us gathered in front of the amazing Villa Riviera, which was on display in the hospitality room for the entire weeks.

The Villa Riviera is the 1963 Riv that George Barris customized for film stardom, where it co-starred with James Darren and Nancy Sinatra in the movie For Those Who Think Young. ROA members Jeff and Ginnie Goldstein of Warwick, RI, told the history of the car, how various owners had modified it. Jeff acquired the car in 2015 and has been carefully returning it to the way George Barris “kustomized” it, complete with Munz four-track tape player and Sony TV as Barris built it.

The key was even in the ignition, attached to a ROA key fob. Very cool.

Okay, what’s next for us in Central Florida. I got some good ideas at the Regional Coordinators’ Meeting in Williamsburg, and I’ll be doing some legwork in the coming weeks to explore some possibilities for when the weather cools a bit. A cruise to Mount Dora for lunch and browsing through the antique shops? A visit to a winery? St. Augustine to stroll the old town and eat some Spanish cuisine at the Columbia? A cookout in your driveway? Give me some feedback, and your ideas, too.

It’s not too early to mark your calendar for next year’s National Meet in Reno-Tahoe, June 26-29, 2017.

Meanwhile, have a great summer with friends, families, and Rivieras. Happy Motoring.

February 7, 2016, ROA members dusted off their Rivieras and met at the home of Richard and Irene Morin in Brooksville for our ROA Picnic Get-Together.

Dick and Irene provided the hot dogs and hamburgers, and the rest of us brought lots of delectable covered dishes, including a one-of-a-kind cake ordered up by Steve Brisbois. We swapped tech talk, shared maintenance tips, told Riviera tales and caught up on family news. With a total of eight Rivieras – five of them veterans of Showcase articles in the Riview – we enjoyed a beautiful Central Florida winter day – blue sky, puffy white clouds and temps in the high 60’s.

Thanks, Dick and Irene, for hosting us again for 2016.




Bob Brumbaugh # 12549

8116 7th Pl S
West Palm Beach, FL 33411-5434
561 795 4054

Weekly Events

Monday, 5-8pm, Southeast Rods & Customs Pirate's Well Restaurant and Bar 9477 Hwy Alt. A1A Lake Park, for more info Call 561-629-7020

Tuesday 5-8 pm, PBC Classic Car Shows, Grand Tavern 710 Linton Blvd. Delray Beach. for more info. Call Jean @ (561-704-0669

Wednesday 4:30-8pm, PBC Classic Car Shows, at the City Pub 956 South Federal Hwy. Deerfield Beach, for more Info. Call Jean @ (561-704-0669

Wednesday 5-9 PM, at Big Al's Pizza, Highland Park Plaza, Belvedere and Sansbury SW corner for information contact Bud 758-7144 or Rick 882-1330.

Friday nights -Fosters Cruise Night at Costco's on Southern Blvd. West of 441

Second Saturday 4:30-8 pm, Free show sponsored by PBC Classic Car Shows, Gander MTN 100 Gander Way Palm Beach Gardens.

Florida South Atlantic Event Recap

November 7, 2015, An exclusive ROA Show & Shine was held at the Southern Palms Crossing in West Palm Beach. David Pressler and Wife Millie brought two ‘99s and left the other two at home. Rick and Bonnie Richtmyer came in their ‘66 GS. Rodger Goldman arrived in his newly painted ’64 with new interior. Allen Marcovitch came without his Riviera, but joined the group. Charlie and Sherry Ulrich brought their original yellow & white ’65 and stayed for a visit to the Car of Dreams Museum. We discussed getting together more often now since we enjoy great weather for months to come.

Keith Felderman # 9918
5485 Taylor Road
Johns Creek, GA 30022


October 15, 2016, Saturday 10:30 am - 1:30 Join with us for our annual Potluck at West Bank Park on the south side of Lake Lanier (near the dam).  Lunch will include a potluck lunch with hamburgers and hot dogs supplied by your Coordinator.   A date and time will be sent to regional members and posted on the ROA website.


Georgia Event Recap

October 17, 2015, The Georgia ROA members gathered at West Bend Park on the south side of Lake Lanier. It was a beautiful day with 26 members in attendance who brought ten Rivieras. Several new members attended this year along with some "seasoned members" showing up for the first time under my tenure as the regional coordinator. We had one Riviera fresh out of the restoration shop - Chris Miller's '84 white convertible – she was a beauty. We all enjoyed burgers and hot dogs along with a lot of homemade side dishes that were awesome! The scenery of the deep blue water lake only added to the fellowship and great conversations. A fantastic time was had by all attendees.


El Paso, TX
Coordinator Ryan Pope
915-497- 5869



Mark Bristol # 12152
19110 Shale Creek Dr.
Tomball, TX. 77375
832-643-8161 6-10pm

If you have a local meet or function in the Houston Galveston Area that you feel would be great for ROA members to attend contact me, Mark Bristol RC with details.

All Toronado owners have an open invitation to attend any of our local ROA functions. We are sister clubs and encourage you to join us. So if you are a TOA member receiving my ROA email announcements this is why. Bring those Toronados out!!!

Houton Event Recap

October 17, 2015, the 1st annual Rivieras on the Ranch was hosted by Hardy Rawls #12537 at his ranch in Montgomery. Nine Rivieras and a Toronado made this delightful drive north of Houston to join with over 100 other collector cars. Four of the Rivieras were award winners from previous ROA Nationals. A total of 16 ROA members joined with 166 others who enjoyed the catered Barbeque. It was such a success we have decided already to repeat the event next fall.

Fall had come very late in the Houston area this year and we enjoyed temperatures in the 70's. The first day in months that had not been in the 90's. The quality and caliber of the guest's cars were over the top. We thanks Hardy Rawls for his hospitality, time and dedication.



Coordinator Position Open

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


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

(612) 824-9339


Minnesota Event Recap

October 10, 2015, The Riviera, Buick, Cadillac Fall Tour was a success. We had 21 cars, including six Rivieras and 46 people who toured 120 miles through the country side.

We met at the Park & Ride on the beautiful St. Croix River. We drove through Hudson to a beautiful trout Stream and back roads full of Maple, Oak, Elm and Ash trees in full color. We traveled through back roads to the St. Croix Winery a gorgeous building that looks like a mid-15th century home. We sampled the wine... bought a few bottles and then proceeded down the country lanes past lakes, small towns and on to Cumberland. There we ate at the historical Tower House mansion. The combination of Italian and American food was wonderful. This is a five star restaurant with a one star price. Very unusual. After lunch we headed stopped at the Comstock Cheese Factory in Comstock, where we tasted their cheese and ice cream. Finally after six hours on the road everyone headed for home.

Fall tours through the country are best with tree leaves at their peak and a beautiful 73 degree day, what more could we ask? I want to thank Tom Ryan in the Fireball Chapter BCA for his hard work and his GPS. Winter is now upon us but we look forward to spring and more events.


Jim Day #2613
4804 Granite Drive, F-3,#151
Rocklin, CA 95677


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

(336) 431-3854


North Carolina Event Recap

September 17, 2016, Eighteen ROA members and guests from North and South Carolina met at Creekside Park in Archdale, NC for the Eleventh Annual “Rivieras at the Park”. Again this year the weather cooperated and we had a nice sunny low 80’s day.

We had four of the eight generations in attendance, including a ’63, two ‘65s, a ‘66 GS, a ’93, two ‘95s, and a ’97, eight Rivieras in all.

Some members were not able to stay for lunch, but of those that stayed were included in our group picture while standing in front of Wayne Updike's '66 GS.

Gwyn and I would like to thank those that attended. It is the members’ attendance that make it worth the effort. We hope to see you again next year on the second or third Saturday in September, if all goes as planned.




Warren Ramsey #2328
211 S. Pecatonica St.
Winnebago, IL 61088
(815) 335-2423



Harold MecCabe ROA # 2569
74-25 64th St.
Glendale, NY
(718) 366-3628


NYC/Long Island Event Recap

May 29, 2016, I want to thank everyone for making this the most successful event we have ever had in the New York / Long Island Regfion. Of the 103 Buicks at the 37th All Buick Show in Wantagh Long Island there were 17 Rivieras. Of those, eleven were ROA members and the others were given applications. Three of those said they would join.

Those members pictured, starting with Darrell, in the green ROA shirt, on the left are: Vinny Ieraci, Howard Attanasio, Charles F Connell, Bill Rappell, Kenneth Vasti, Anthony Gatta, Jeff Glazer, Eric Sporrer, Don Ringhauser,  and Tom Poole.

We are planning another get together towards the end of the summer and considering several suggestions.  If you are interested in joining with us contact Darrell Ingold at, who is assisting coordinator Harold MeCabe  




Richard Smith #2082
7539 Lakeside Dr. N.E.
Salem, OR 97305

(503) 393-2187

Oregon Event Recap

August 20, 2016, Turnout wasn’t great due to the hot weather, but 27 Buicks showed for the All Buick Show at the Northwest Vintage Car and Motorcycle Museum in Brooks. Of these, seven were Rivieras which turned out to be the largest group attending.


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


San Diego Event Recap

April 16, 2016, Eighteen ROA members visited Alan Taylor’s workshop in Escondido and learned more than most people will ever know about leather. Alan is a leather craftsman who learned his trade working beside his father. Alan Taylor now has international clients who will pay up to $40,000 for one of his custom made Ostrich skin briefcases.

We were treated to a two-hour lesson on the treatment and preservation of leather. Alan also spoke of the different quality of leather on the market. Of the 9,500 available they vary in thickness and application. Automotive leather thicknesses range from 1/16th of an inch to 1/4 of an inch and their applications & uses vary in a car. A certain thickness is used for high use exposure areas, thinner for the minor use areas such as sun visors.

While domestic leather suppliers are generally adequate, higher end cars require costlier European leathers with some of the best ones coming from the United Kingdom & Italy. Alan's Escondido workshop has achieved worldwide attention for his many First Place awards in the Pebble Beach & Amelia Islands Concours d Elegance.  If interested Google “Alan Taylor Company” to view some of his achievements.

Attendees also enjoyed viewing the collection of multi-million dollar cars that were being worked on for his clients and Alan’s collection of 1920's Seagrave fire trucks.  A very pleasant day for all that ended with a late lunch at the nearby Appleby's restaurant.

February 26-28, 2016, The 50th Annual Big 3 Swap Meet held at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego drew thousands of spectators. There were over 2,000 vendors of automotive related items at the event.  The ROA table was well represented with Rivieras from 1963-71 on display.

San Diego Coordinator Lee Carroll handed out over two- dozen ROA membership applications and San Diego local members Ken Lund, James Kelso & Reid Carroll answered questions about maintenance & repairs for their model year cars. There was an International perspective on some of those questions. One of the inquiring attendees was a man from Czechoslovakia who had just bought a 1963 Riviera was & another who owned a 72 Boat tail was from France.

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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!

Ventura Event Recap

August 28, 2016, Members met at the home of Robert Valenzuela in Northridge. Robert talked to us about the restoration project of his 1965 Riviera. We also talked about getting our cars ready for the 2017 ROA International meet in Reno this coming June.

Sunday June 26, 2016, Members met at the home of Robert Valenzuela for a discussion on taking on a frame-off restoration. Robert provided a lunch and discussed the restoration of his two ‘65s, one of which is a Gran Sport. The presentation was very informative. Attending were members Andy Wiegert, Don Miller, Steve Steuer, Marvin Berson, David Contreras and Coordinator Lee Pickett.

May 22, 2016, There were eight Riviera's at the show along with 200 other cars at the All GM Show, held in Woodliand Hills.  Of those members Chris Pipkin brought his '65, Don Miller his '66 GS, Martin Smith's '64 and Lee Pickett's '78 LXXV.


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


Washington Event Recap

September 10, 2016 15th Annual ROA Fall Potluck was held at Brian & Ellen O’Neil’s on Whidbey Island.  Out of 19 cars ten were Rivieras. This has always been such a great way to close summer events.  All makes & models were welcomed.  We had deep fried turkeys, fresh steamed oysters & an assortment of beverages. 

June 18, 2016, Ninety-six Buicks were on display at the 23rd Annual Buick Open, in Puyallup, held in conjunction with the Meeker Days Festival. Of those, twenty were Rivieras, parked side by side. The Riviera presence was really felt.


Other Buick Events

Hemmings Motor News Concours d’Elegance
September 22-24, 2017

The 1963-73 Riviera will be celebrated at the 11th annual Hemmings Motor News Concours d’Elegance next September in Saratoga Springs, New York.

The announcement was made by the event staff at this year’s event. presented by Gullwing Motor Cars. The Riviera class will be accompanied by five other special classes: Chevrolet Camaro/Pontiac Firebird (in celebration of the GM F-body’s introduction) through 1981; Studebaker; MG; Wood-bodied Station Wagons; and Professional Vehicles (limousines, flower cars, hearses and ambulances) through 1980.

These six featured marques will be accompanied by the traditional classes, headlined by Full Classics (as recognized by the Classic Car Club of America), along with American Pre- and Postwar cars, American Muscle cars, European cars, Vintage Trucks and Preservation Cars.

Vehicles are now under consideration for each of the 2017 Concours classes. To submit a vehicle, please send full contact information, photos and a brief write-up about it to Hemmings Motor News Concours, Attn: Matthew Litwin, 222 Main Street, Bennington, Vermont, 05201, or by email at For more information about the 11th annual Hemmings Motor News Concours d’Elegance presented by Gullwing Motor Cars, visit


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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