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REGIONAL NEWS and REGIONAL COORDINATORS

 

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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


 

AUSTRALIA


Queensland
Linda Hall #10723

Brisbane
07 3829 2222
brianlindahall@optusnet.com.au
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 November 2018 issue of the informative Australian version of the Riview with stories on local Rivieras and much more. (PDF 4 MB).

March 31, 2018 Sunday, 10 am – 1 pm. Join us for a gathering on Riviera Lane in Backburn. For details contact Tom at 0419-659-500.


Gathering on Riviera Lane in 2015

 


Australia Event Recap

Queensland, Australia
Linda Hall, Coordinator
November 4, 2018, Thirty people met for our Queensland Riviera Run. Since we do not have many Rivieras in Queensland, we invited Buick Club members to join us.  The route took us west of Brisbane and into some small country villages. Summer has arrived early in Queensland and temperatures reached 37 C (98 F), so we appreciated the shady trees in the park where we stopped for Morning Tea at the small village of Marburg.  Suitably refreshed, we continued on our country drive.  It was very nice to see the country looking green.  This area has been suffering severe drought in recent months.

After passing through the small towns of Rosewood and Grandchester, we arrived at Laidley, another small town. The Queensland National Hotel was our lunch venue in Laidley.  This is an old historic pub but the dining room was pleasantly air-conditioned much to the delight of everyone.  The food was great and the beer was cold - what more could you want on such a hot day.Everyone enjoyed the day.  All the cars performed well and as usual, there was a great deal of chatting and good fellowship amongst the members.  A good day was had by all.

Victoria / Tasmania Region
Tom Kunek, Coordinator

How Lucky Can You Be?
By Linda Hall, Australian Coordinator

The 2018 Australian Buick National Meet was recently held in the Queensland country town of Dalby, a town of around 13,000 people and located on the Darling Downs about 3 hours drive west of Brisbane.  The town of Dalby was selected as a means of supporting the rural community who are currently suffering the effects of ongoing severe drought. 

I drove my 1978 Riviera and following the Nationals, many of the participants stayed on for the Post Tour touring other parts of rural Southern Queensland.  During the Post Tour, our Buick group had a great day at Pete’s Hot Rod Shop at Cottonvale, near Stanthorpe.  My passenger, a Buick lady from Sydney, and I drove up to Cottonvale in the Riv and enjoyed the activities.

For the trip back to Warwick, a town 60 kl. from Stanthorpe and our overnight stop, the ‘chicks car’ headed off on a detour to the Cheese Factory.  Lots of yummy stuff there and after several tasty purchases, we continued on our way to Warwick.

On the way home the girls decided to take the Fruit Run home.  This is a road that runs adjacent to the highway but has lots of orchards and where there used to be many fruit stalls.  Unfortunately these fruit stalls no longer exist. It was a nice drive along this road and then  we rejoined the highway.

On arriving back at our motel in Warwick, I noticed I had lost the right front hub cap.  My first thoughts were ‘where on earth can I get another one of these?’  While pondering this thought, one of our Buick men walked up to me and said ‘have you lost a hubcap?’  He told me he had been waved down on this way back to Warwick by a chap who said his brother-in-law had just found an unusual hubcap.  He thought it could have been one of ours. 

I quickly contacted the chap, Dom.  As it turned out, his brother-in-law happened to see the hubcap come off my car.  He recognised it was an unusual one and took a photo of it and sent it to Dom.  It also just happened that Dom had just seen me drive into Warwick, he recognised the car was a Buick Riviera and had noticed that I was missing a hubcap.  He realised it must have come off my car so he waved down the next Buick he saw come along and gave him his phone number.  Wow, how good is that!

Dom very kindly called in to the motel at 6.30 a.m. next morning on his way to work and delivered the hubcap.  I thanked him profusely for his trouble and his thought to wave down another Buick and leave his number.  I was so appreciative that he took the time to bring the hubcap back to me.  He said ‘you must have come back along the Fruit Run and come over the grid.’  To which I said I had.  Dom said the grid had claimed quite a lot of hubcaps in the past.

There are some lovely people in the country areas and it is just amazing the sequence of events that led to my recovering the hubcap.  And to top it off, it was hardly damaged.  The boys tell me I should put my registration number and phone number inside each of the hubcaps as they are like hen’s teeth to get.  Sounds like a good idea.

The next time we needed to over a grid, I made sure I went very slowly and watched in case any more hubcaps came off.  Thankfully I still have all four.

 

Queensland Region
Linda Hall, Co-ordinator

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.

AWARDS PRESENTED
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

Click here to view a slideshow of photos

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

(352) 690-7729
bobwannall@gmail.com

 

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.


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

Georgia Event Recap

October 13, 2018- The attendance for our Pot-Luck was small, but we enjoyed the afternoon. Better than last year when we cancelled due to lack of support. We had a total of six members, including Larry Warner from South Carolina who was recognized for the Long Distance. The three Riviera that arrived were a ’69 owned by Larry, Russ Morri’s ’72 and my ’67.

 

 

 

 


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

September 29, 2019, Despite the fact that we rescheduled our event due to weather, we had a fantastic turnout for the  cookout at the Dallas home of member Pete Lambert.  Twelve enthusiasts brought eight Rivieras to enjoy an afternoon with  friendly people, great food and beautiful cars.
Stay turned for our next event!

July 7, 2018,  Ten members brought five Rivieras  at 7:30 am for the weekly Saturday breakfast hosted by the Rockfish restaurant in McKinney, TX. A great time was had by all and the food was delicious.

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 gtohurstjudge@gmail.com 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 gtohurstjudge@gmail.com

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

 

 

 

 

 


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

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
Position Open



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

(612) 824-9339

 


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

 

San Francisco Bay Area 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.

 


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

(336) 431-3854
ROA5360@aol.com

 

North Carolina Event Recap

October 6, 2018, Thirteenth Annual "Rivieras at the Park"
After several years of favorable weather, we weren’t so lucky this year. With hurricane Florence heading our way we decided to reschedule from our September date to October. Then, even the weather wasn’t looking good. The week started with a fair forecast for the weekend, then things started to change. Luckily it started clearing and the chance of rain went to 20% for Saturday morning. Although the day started out with a misting rain, it cleared up and we enjoyed sunny day.

This year we had 19 ROA members and guests attend the annual event There were five of the eight generations in attendance. Two ‘65s, quite a few of the second generation, a ’66, a ’66GS, a ’68, a ’69, and a ’70, an ’81, a ’93, a ’97 and a ’99 Silver Arrow. A total of eleven Rivieras. As always, we had a great afternoon with food and conversation. With so many generations represented there was much to discuss.

As always Gwyn and I would like to thank those that attended, it is the members’ attendance that make it worth the effort. And we hope to see you again next year on the second or third Saturday in September, weather permitting of course.

 

 


 


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

 

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

 

 


OHIO
Don Walter #14287
Franklin, Ohio

937-672-9005 walted@earthlink.net

Other Events of Interest

Other local events are announced in Show & Shine Calendar http://www.showandshinecalendar.com/ and Country Cruisers at http://www.countrycruisers.com/ (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  walted@earthlink.net  if you had not received an announcement of this event.

 

 


 

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

 

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.



 

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

 

 


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

 

Washington Event Recap

September 8, 2018,  The  Annual ROA Fall Potluck was once again held at the home of Brian & Ellen O’Neil on Whidbey Island. Our thanks to Brian & Ellen who have hosted this event for the past 11 years. This end of summer celebration featured plenty of food including the usual, fresh steamers & oysters, deep fried turkeys & an assortment of beverages.  All are welcome to bring their favorite cars, Riviera or not.

June 16, 2018, ROA members joined with many Buick owners at the 25th Annual Buick Open hosted by the Puget Sound Chapter of the BCA. This year 19 Rivieras were on display for the event which coincided with the Meeker Days Festival.

 


Other Buick Events


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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