ROA Regional News

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


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

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.

 


AUSTRALIA


National / Queensland
Linda Hall #10723

Brisbane
07 3829 2222
brianlindahall@optusnet.com.au

Victoria / Tasmania
Tom Kunek # 3845

Melbourne
03 9877 3718
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 2017 issue of the informative Australian version of the Riview with stories on local Rivieras and much more. (PDF 2 MB).

 


Queensland Region
Linda Hall, Co-ordinator

Queensland Australia Event Recap

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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CENTRAL 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.

Sixth ROA Southeastern Regional Meet
May 18-20, 2017
Regional Coordinators Randall Crain, North Carolina & Bob Wannall, Central Florida

The Sixth ROA Southeastern Regional Meet is in the history books, with 30 members and their spouses and guests arriving in 19 classic Rivieras for the weekend of May 18-20.

Click here for photos and the rest of the recap!

 


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

Georgia Event Recap

October 7, 2017, Unfortunately only a few members showed up for our Annual  Pot Luck  at  Lake Lanier. Although the forecast called for rain, It never happened. Those of us who attended discussed having an event next spring in hopes of getting more support. I have also spoken with Don McClair, ROA member and Director of the BCA Dixie Chapter about having  a joint ROA/BCA event next year. An announcement will be sent by email, so if you are interested be sure I have your correct address.



NEW 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 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
Mark Bristol # 12152
19110 Shale Creek Dr.
Tomball, TX. 77375
832-643-8161 6-10pm
markb.roa@comcast.net

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.

TOA MEMBERS:   
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

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.


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

269-673-3124
georgebabcock55@gmail.com



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

(612) 824-9339

 

Minnesota Event Recap

October 14, 2017. Members of the ROA along with others from the Buick and Cadillac clubs went on their fall overnight tour. The tour included two car museums, a winery and plenty of good eating.

This year fourteen members driving eight cars participated in the tour. We traveled down the Minnesota River among the beautiful fall leaves to the Spomer Museum in Worthington. Mr. Spomer guided the tour of his many restored Buicks, Cadillacs and other models, along with his extensive Neon sign collection. After lunch we went to the Round Lake Winery that has been in business for several generations and enjoyed tasting their fine wines.

After a night’s stay at the local Comfort Inn we drove to Okoboji Classic Car Sales and Museum in West Okoboji Iowa. The showroom was fantastic with many classic cars for sale in a historic setting from the 60s. After lunch at a local Mexican restaurant we headed back to Minneapolis.

This region holds several tours during the year and if interested be sure to send Ed your email for future announcements.

May 20, 2017, we went on a Wine and Cheese tour in Wisconsin to six wineries and cheese factories. Despite the rain we had twenty people from the Riviera, Buick, Cadillac clubs come out and do the tour. We had  lunch  at a famous steakhouse and finished up the tour along the Mississippi River in Lake City.

August 19, 2017, we held our mid-summer tour west through the countryside to a private 60 car collection about 60 miles from Minneapolis. Then down to the famous French Lake Junkyard and on to the Mullner Heritage Vineyard & Winery. From there  back on country roads to Buffalo MN to the Wilds Golf Course where we will have lunch at the club house overlooking the course. Our last stop was at  a large antique mall in Buffalo.

 


SACRAMENTO
Craig Oleson #9484
Antioch, CA.

510-910-8261
riv652001@gmail.com


 


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

(336) 431-3854
ROA5360@aol.com

 

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.

Sixth ROA Southeastern Regional Meet
May 18-20, 2017
Regional Coordinators Randall Crain, North Carolina & Bob Wannall, Central Florida

The Sixth ROA Southeastern Regional Meet is in the history books, with 30 members and their spouses and guests arriving in 19 classic Rivieras for the weekend of May 18-20.

Click here for photos and the rest of the recap!

 

 

 


 


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

NYC Event Recap

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

May 28, 2017, Seventeen ROA members attended the 38th Annual All Buick Show in Wantagh, Long Island. The show is hosted by the Long Island Chapter of the BCA and ROA members were invited. Of the 102 Buicks on display 19 were Rivieras. Several ROA invitations were handed out and we hope they will soon join.

Congratulations to Richard Harvey whose Surf Green ’64 won Best of Show (pictured).Unfortunately, while driving to the show David Kemler’s ’72  was in an accident. David’s ‘72 was featured in the July/Aug 2016 Riview.  Fortunately, no one was injured.


Pictured in the group (from left to right):
Richard Harvey, Kenneth Vasti, Carmen Vasti, Anthony Gatta, Howard Attanasio, Frankie D'Amore, Vincent Tomassetti, Tom Poole, Jeff Glazer, Bill Girimonti Vinnie Lipari, Darrell Ingold  son Zachary. Others not pictured had left early.

If anyone would be interested in a “Riviera Cruise” in late summer/early fall contact Darrell Ingold, 631- 220-3239 or ingolddj@optonline.net. Suggestions for local events are encouraged.

 

 


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

March 18, 2017, We held our initial Meet & Greet at the Americas Packard Museum in Dayton. Nine members and their guests from throughout Ohio and Kentucky attended.

After we took some time to get to know each other, we discussed future events. Although those who attended are close to SW Ohio we will continue to email others within a 175 mile radius. If you are out of that range and wish to be included, please let me know. We will try to move the gathering around to be more convenient to all.  A special thanks to Bob Signom who has very graciously offered us the use of the Americas Packard Museum as a home base.

I will start working on our Show & Shine for Early May. I would love to have many suggestions as to where & when.   One suggestion was Big Bone Lick State Park in Northern KY,  http://parks.ky.gov/parks/historicsites/big-bone-lick/




 

 


 

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

San Diego Event Recap

April 23, 2017, ROA members spent a pleasant afternoon at the Cooley Auto Museum that ended with a visit to one of this areas premier Italian  restaurants.  The Cooley Museum features dozens of early automobiles ranging in age from from an 1886 3 wheeled Benz with a 3/4 Horsepower engine up to an XP  2000 Buick concept car. Parked nearby them is an 1885 4 wheeled Benz Velo considered one of the 1st mass produced cars in the world. Cooley's Museum also displays 25 separate categories of antiques including a 1900 Wurlitzer organ, 1 of the 1st Edison Victrolas & a vast  collection of model trains & exotic early American gadgets.

The outing ended with a late lunch at De MIlles Italian restaurant, one of San Diego's foremost family Pizza Parlors.

February 25-26, 2017, ROA members hosted a tent at the 51st Annual 3 day Big 3 Swap Meet at Qualcomm Stadium. As always, the event drew crowds in the tens of thousands with 2,000 vendors who sold automotive parts and literature.

The ROA Hospitality tent was manned by members Lee & Reid Carroll, Fred Young & Ken Lund, who handed out over a dozen ROA applications. They also helped Riviera owners find parts & shops capable of working on their cars.

An Australian selling Didgeridoo's stopped by to play Amazing Grace on the aboriginal musical instrument



 

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

 


Ventura / Santa Barbara Counties
Lee Pickett # 10039

900 Calle Plano unit E.
Camarillo, CA. 93012.
805- 807-9592
leroy1492@gmail.com

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

 


COLORADO
Mike McCoy #30

Broomfield, CO
303-775-8118
mcriv301@gmail.com

 

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 Meadows.in 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 mcriv301@gmail.com .

May 6, 2017, Saturday, Four members met at Great Scotts Eatery, just off the Denver / Boulder Turnpike for our first regional Meet & Greet. Pictured are Jeffrey Davis, Roger Dieterman and Ron Faleide. We discussed future gatherings, some of which may include  tours of local auto related businesses, flowed by lunch. If interested contact coordinator Mike McCoy to be sure he has your correct email.

 


 

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

September 9 2017, Saturday – CANCELLED due to health issues  

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)

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. 

 

 

 


 


Other Buick Events


Denver, CO BCA Nationals

June 19-23, 2018, National Meet hosted by the Buick Club of America.
For additional information visit www.milehighbuickclub.com


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

 

 

 

 

 

 


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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