Brian Hall # 10723
P.O. Box 383
Cleveland Qld. 4163
To view a copy of our April 2013 newsletter click here.
May 22-26, 2014, ROA Australia Meet will be held in Bathurst, New South Wales. So as not to clash with the 2014 Buick Nationals in Western Australia,
We have some interesting and hopefully enjoyable things to do and places to see so put these dates in your diary now.
Our host motel will be the Bathurst Motor Inn. They have very kindly given us 2013 rates for next year and have a range of rooms and prices from $85 to $155 plus 2 bedroom units and a 3 bedroom cottage up to $215. They will hold these prices for our group until 2nd April 2014. When you contact them to book you MUST SAY YOU ARE WITH THE ROA GROUP and a deposit equivalent to 1 night’s accommodation is required. Contact for Bathurst Motor Inn is 02 6331 2222 Email: email@example.com
We will let you know details of all activities when these are finalized. It is shaping up to be a great weekend and we look forward to seeing you all in Bathurst.
|Australia Event Recap
ROA Australia Region Meet
September 6-9, 2012
Brian & Linda Hall, Coordinators
Tuesday, 4th September Linda and I set off for the two day drive (800 miles) to Griffith in New South Wales for the 2nd ROA Australia Region Meet. With all the gear required for the Meet, my ’78 Silver Anniversary and Linda’s ’64 were well packed, especially as we had invited two friends to join us on the run.
Other Rivieras on their way to Griffith met us along the way - John and Laurene Forster in their ’65, Kay and Doug Hawkins in their ’72, Ian and Nola Woodward in their ’71 and Geof and Lynn Walker in their ’68. A convoy of 6 very nice Rivieras drove into Coonabarabran for an overnight stop.
All through this country area we were treated to some fantastic rural scenery with seemingly never ending fields of flowering canola and young wheat - a spectacular patchwork carpet of bright yellow and green.
Next morning we all headed off for the day’s drive to Griffith. Unfortunately strong winds and dust storms made driving less than pleasant. But we all arrived safely and the boys were up early to clean down the cars next morning.
Thursday saw most of the ROA entrants arrive at our host hotel, the Kidman Wayside Inn. After checking in and collecting their goodie bag, everyone enjoyed some beers, pizzas and lots of chatting and yarning - catching up with old friends. A great night was had by all.
Griffith is a town in the centre of the area known as the Riverina. The Riverina is noted for its agricultural industries and its unique system of canals which were built in the 1920’s to provide a reliable supply of water for the farms. Friday was the first day of our rally and we headed out of Griffith for the 1 hour drive to Leeton, another small Riverina town. Here we enjoyed a tour of a local fruit packing facility, a fascinating tour of the Roxy theatre - an art deco theatre built in the 1930’s and still operating, and lunch at the historic Hydro Inn the former home of the construction workers who built the canals. One of Australia’s most famous wine makers, McWilliams, were great supporters of our event and we all enjoyed a visit to their cellar door. Many boxes of wine were carried out to the Rivs parked in the grounds.
Saturday’s run took us to a gourmet food manufacturer, Riverina Grove - home of the ‘bum hummers’ (a particularly hot chilli style of pickled onions). Then on to morning tea at a lavender farm where there was also a display of vintage tractors and some sports cars. A visit to a small winery completed our morning activities before we headed to the very small village of Rankins Springs for a real country style bar-b-q lunch.
Our evening meal was a very nice buffet at the Griffith Leagues Club and several members of the local Griffith Custom & Classic Car Club joined us for the evening.
Our Show and Shine was held on Sunday morning and 27 great looking Rivieras lined up on the oval next to the Leagues Club. The local Griffith Car Club also joined in with more than 25 classic cars also on show. The club also very generously provided morning tea for everyone - really great country hospitality.
Sunday lunch was a home style lunch at the Pioneer Village - a fascinating example of life in bygone days.
Our Presentation Dinner on Sunday night was celebrated with an excellent meal at the Leagues Club. There was much amusement at the ‘novelty’ awards and much discussion trying to get the answers to some tricky competitions. Trophies were awarded to the People’s Choice winners in various categories. Winners were -
1963 - 1965 Rob and Lyndal Croxford - in their very nice 1965
1966 - 1970 Phil and Mary Green - in their beautiful 1966
1971 - 1973 Colin and Dawn Castle - in Tony and Barbara Gentilcore’s immaculate 1971
1974 - 1985 Bob and Jan Caleo - in their as new 1979.
The perpetual trophy (donated by Tim Harper) for People’s Choice of the Show went to Bob and Jan Caleo - 1979.
The perpetual John Padgett Encouragement Award (donated by Phil Green) went to Tony and Barbara Gentilcore.
Congratulations to all the worthy winners.
Monday morning saw most of us up early and packing ready for the trip home - for us, another 2 day drive.
It was a great weekend of driving Rivieras, looking at interesting places and enjoying the wonderful fellowship that is what makes the ROA people such a great group of people. We’re looking forward to the next ROA Australia Meet in 2014.
It would be great if some of our fellow USA ROA members could come to Australia and share ride in our Rivieras at the 2014 Meet.
Mike Vogt, Coordinator
Every Saturday starting at 9 AM at Park Meadows Mall. The location is still viable (it's a Sears Outlet now rather than a Great Indoors), though the coffee place closed down. It is very informal and includes anybody who shows up
Every Saturday in Lafayette, There is a cars and coffee meet-up that is getting bigger and better. This is another very informal meet-up of anybody who shows up.
First Saturday of the month, Golden Super Cruise, May through October. An informal cruise through historic Golden.
|Colorado Event Recap
June 1, 2013, Several members of the ROA and TOA showed up for the Rocky Mountain Olds Club Show and Shine. It was a judged car show at the Sheplers at I25 and Orchard. This show welcomed cars from many makes, including Buick and Oldsmobile and was a great time. Two Rivieras and four Toronados were on display. We hope to see more ROA & TOA members at the next event later this month.
May 26, A few members of the ROA and TOA members showed up at the Great Indoors store in Park Meadows to enjoy cars & coffee with other collectors. On this Saturday we had more Toronados than Rivieras. Where were you ROA members? This is your opportunity to enjoy our beautiful Spring weather and meet other owners. Hope to see you on June 9th. Let's Share the Pride and enjoy our cars.
Vic Cionetti's beautiful Midnight Blue 1964 Riviera
May 19, Cars & Tunes, We had another great chance to get our cars out for a nice show put on at the El Jebel Event Center. Unfortunately it rained for most of the event. Despite the rain we had two Rivieras; Ron Faleide's '66 and Roger Deiterman's '65 GS along with my ( Mike Vogt's) '68Toronado. Overall we had a great time and look forward to clear skies and more cars at our next gathering.
CENTRAL FLORIDA REGION
Bob Wannall ROA# 3069
3699 SE 54th Ct.
Ocala, FL 34480
| Central Florida Event Recap
October 6, 2012, A baker’s dozen of Rivieras from all around Florida turned out for the region’s annual gathering at the 2012 NPD All-GM Oktoberfest, in Silver Springs Park near Ocala, FL.
Jim and Carol Kilroy won the award for best large car 1949-1969 with their 67 Riviera. Ray Copeland's 1971 was announced as winner of the Best Large Car 1970-1979, but he'd had to leave a few minutes before the awards and so the prize went to the next highest scorer. Nevertheless, two ROA members’ Rivieras got nods this year, and that coming on the heels of Steve Brisbois' ’68 winning the Best Buick Award at the last year’s Oktoberfest.
The weather was warm and we had a brief afternoon shower that caught a couple of our members with their power windows down! Artie Smith unfurled a couple of umbrellas over his windows until Linda returned with the car keys. Dick and Irene Morin were on a glass-bottom boat ride, but a few folks found beach towels to cover the openings against the shower. We mostly agreed it was helpful for clearning the dust off the cars, got out the microfiber towels, and had the paint sparkling again.
ROA members' cars are definitely crowd pleasers at this annual event. Thanks again to Rick Schmidt of National Parts Depot for positioning the ROA in a great spot with lots of spectator traffic, nearby shade trees on green lawns, and the hamburger stand just a few steps away. Mark your calendar for the first Saturday in October in Silver Springs and join us next year:
Southeastern Regional is a
Driving success in Central Florida
April 19-22, 2012, ROA members from throughout the Southeastern United States converged on Ocala, Florida for the Third ROA Southeastern Regional Meet. The Regional was hosted by the regional coordinators in Florida, Georgia, Tennessee and North Carolina. This year the event scored a hit with more than 50 participants.
The meet included scenic drives down two-lane rural roads through rolling Central Florida horse country. After our cruise on Friday, we had lunch at The Yearling, a top-ranked restaurant featuring “cracker” cuisine and such, and then a stop at the quaint town of Micanopy, located between Ocala and Gainesville.
The big surprise was the Friday tour of Jim and Rick Schmidt’s, amazing 190-car collection. The Schmidts own National Parts Depot (NPD), which is headquartered in Ocala. Rick gave ROA members a personalized two-hour tour of the collection, including a ’67 and a ‘71 Riviera (the latter was away at a show), a showroom fresh 1987 GNX, and three 1956 Continental Mark IIs, originally driven by members of the Ford family, that have appeared on the “My Classic Car” television show. Most of the collection are low-mileage, all original cars, plus several one-offs and prototypes. It was a jaw-dropping tour!!
Some 33 Rivieras were registered, and 27 were on the show field when we toured the Don Garlits’ Museum. Big Daddy has collections of both drag racing and classic cars, which were enjoyed by many of the meet participants. Although there were no Rivieras in the museum, one of the high points for some, was the 1964 425 engine that had been modified by Smokey Yunick, advertised as “the most powerful unblown Nailhead in the world.” The sign said it was rated at 600 hp! ROA members were drooling at the idea of getting their hands on that Nailhead!
With few mechanical problems and rain that stayed away during the cruises and judging, it was an ideal spring weekend for our Rivieras and us. We look forward to the next one being in N. Carolina in 2014.
The cars honored at the Saturday evening Awards Banquet were:
1963 – 1965
1st Place … Lyndon Milek … Arctic White 1964
2nd Place … Bob Wannall … Marlin Blue 1964
1966 – 1970
1st Place … Doug Van Kalker … Champagne 1966
2nd Place … John Cover … Arctic White 1966 GS
1971 – 1978
1st Place … Dick Morin … Firemist Red 1977
2nd Place … Bob Brumbaugh … Poly Willow Green 1973
1979 – 1985
1st Place … Chriss Mazzarella … White 1982 Conv.
1986 – 1993
1st Place … Randall Crain … Diamond White 1993
1995 – 1999
1st Place … David Messenger … Bordeaux Red Pearl 1997
1st Place … Steve Brisbois … Atomic Orange Sunburst 1968
2nd Place … Larry Lovell … Black/Cream 1965
Jack Jones … 1983 Anniversary Edition … 925 miles
Ben Dunbar … Silver Cloud 1964
Best of Show
Jim Kilroy … Green Mist Iris 1967
FLORIDA SOUTH ATLANTIC
Bob Brumbaugh # 12549
8116 7th Pl S
West Palm Beach, FL 33411-5434
561 795 4054
For a summary of the 2012 South East Regional click here!
November 2, 2013, Saturday, Noon to 4 PM at Kobosko Crossing,9100 Forest Hill Blvd. in Wellington. There are several small shops there selling pizza, ice cream and sandwich wraps and my wife's Banana Nut Bread. This is east of State Road 7 and West of Florida Turnpike. If coming from the south get off at Lake Worth Rd. and from the north, Southern Blvd. From the Interstate go west on Forest Hill Blvd. For additional information, contact Coordinator Bob Brumbaugh at 561-602-1518.
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
April 6, 2013, A group of us meet at Kobosko Crossing in Wellington to discuss Rivieras and renew friendships. We hope to see you in November at our next gathering.
November 3, 2012, The “ROA Gathering” at Kobosko's Crossing, in Wellington was a success. We had 6 cars including my 73, which included; Bob Bishop’s ‘63 Steele Cooper’s ’63,,Ben and Wanda Dunbar’s ‘64, David Froehlich’s ’72 and Mac Goldberg’s ’77.
Keith Felderman # 9918
5485 Taylor Road
Johns Creek, GA 30022
For a summary of the 2012 South East Regional click here!
October 12, Saturday will be held in West Bank Park on the south side of Lake Lanier. Details will be announced later.
Both of these meets will be our usual potluck affair. Everyone should bring a side dish and I’ll bring the meats. Check you emails for updates on both of these meets and PLEASE update your email addresses with me so that you can receive any updates. Thanks!
|Georgia Event Recap
April 20, 2013- The ROA members from Georgia met at Red Top Mountain State Park on the shore of Lake Allatoona. It was a beautiful setting for all to enjoy however the weather was brisk and cool. We had a total of eight Rivieras and thirteen members. We all enjoyed a pot luck lunch with hamburgers and hot dogs made by my wife Susan. Thanks to all whom attended and I look forward to seeing all of you at our fall meet at West End Park on the south side of Lake Lanier on October 12th.
October 13, 2012, Fall ROA Picnic, at Lake Lanier. It was another beautiful day for our annual picnic. We had nine Rivieras and about 18 members attended our meet at West Bank Park. Everyone brought a side dish and we cooked hamburgers and enjoyed each other’s company and conversation. Russ Norris’s had his ’72, Adam Decker and his son brought their ’85 convertible, John Link came with his ’69, Carl Fuller had his ’71, Ken Domm brought his ’73, Neil Winawer had his ’64, John Shrapper brought his white convertible, Don McClair brought his ’66 GS and I brought my ’67, and Other members in attendance were, Ron Coopwood and Bob Lear. We are hoping to put together and spring meet for 2013 and we look forward to seeing many of you at the ROA meet in Lexington, KY.
Mark Bristol # 12152
19110 Shale Creek Dr.
Tomball, TX. 77375
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 of the Toronado owners have open invitation to attend any ROA function. We are sister clubs and our National meets are joint club functions. Here in the Houston Region it is the same!!! So if your on my email list and have been getting ROA announcements, this is why. Bring those Toronados out!!!
|Houton Event Recap
March 10, 2013 – Fourth Annual Spring Picnic. The front pushing through and rain prior to start time suppressed the attendance but for those who attended there was a plethora of food. Chili, meat balls, sloppy Joe's, corn, potato salad, cake, cookies. 7 members with 2 Riviera's 69, 92 my 66 Toronado and a new acquisition by member 63 Electra 225 with low low miles. The prime subject of discussion was Lexington plans, I believe Houston will field 5 cars from results of discussion. We also planned which shows we would attend in the next month and touched on the type of meet for the next event. We welcomed a new TOA member with a 81. He was experiencing sunroof challenges so the threat of rain kept it protected. Great bunch with warm conversation today.
October 7, 2012 Fall ROA Reunion / Picnic was held at Spring Lake Park. We had a good turnout and enjoyed a welcomed cool 70F. The coolest day yet this fall, leaves where fluttering and nailheads rumbling. Our friends at Cadillac LaSalle Club were special guest in appreciation for an invite to a previous event. Sixteen Cars were on display, including 7 Riveras, years 64-67,69,72, a 66 Toronado and for CLC a 38,67,58,95 We also had some 2nd cars from ROA members and CLC members rounding it out 63 LeSabre, 63 Wildcat, 86 Grand National.
Close to 50 people attended. Table fare was Brisket, potato salad, baked beans, blueberry muffins, pear pie, etc. It was a well supported close to a busy year. We are already looking at 2013's calendar for events planning. We hope to open 2013 with a big season opener similar to Vintage Park. We hope to see many of you at the remaining fall car shows.
May 19th, ROA/TOA Spring Fling at Niftee 50ees, We had a wonderful meet with 5 Rivieras and 3 Toronados. 8 ROA Members attended and we had 2 guests, prospective members. We also learned Ron Norquist of Houston Buick Club is trading his gorgeous 64 Wildcat for a 64 Riviera and will be joining ROA soon. He picks up the car in few weeks and will be attending the Atlantic meet with it and EJ Howe in North Carolina. It was very warm 89 and sunny. The members viewed the new cars they haven't seen before. Niftee 50ees is a popular venue for the club and are very gracious and respectful of ROA and TOA. We look forward to a museum trip in the upcoming months.
1965 Gran Sport, owned by EJ Howe, which won a Class Award at the 2011 Autorama held at the convention center in Houston from November 25-27th.
Ed & Sherry Pentico #6952
1531 N.E. 88th St
Altoona, IA 50009-8860
LOS ANGELES, CA REGION
Darwin Falk # 2077
1904 Morgan Ln.
Anaheim, CA 92802
23, 2013, 8 am, Sunday, ALL GM Car Show, Woodley Park, Van Nuys. One of the largest car shows for SoCal. I am not currently planning to attend (at least not with a car) since I’ll be flying out in the early morning to the ROA International Meet in Lexington. This link will connect you to a flyer for printing if you wish to enter your car. http://socalcarculture.com/Images/062313AllGMShow.pdf
Future Events, Given the summer heat and activities, I will take a break from ROA/TOA activities until somewhere closer to September; nothing is planned for July/August. If you have some suggestions for future events, please send them to me at my email or mailing address (1904 S Morgan Ln, Anaheim, 92802)
Darwin Falk, LA/OC Regional Coordinator for ROA & TOA
firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com 714.740.0101 www.toasocal.org or www.roasocal.org.
|Los Angeles Event Recap
The June 2nd Swap Meet of Riviera and Toronado parts held at my house in Anaheim was generally a success. There were a total of 5 sellers participating and an unofficial tally of about 15 shoppers; I was especially pleased to see some Toronado activity at this event. The weather cooperated (not too hot) so it was a pleasant morning and early.
April 27, 2013, A total of fifteen people showed on for our “Rise & Dine” breakfast at the Katella Deli in Los Alamitos. Twelve were from the ROA, two from TOA and myself with dual membership. New ROA member Bob Winger # 14013 drove 140 miles from Tehachapi in his newly purchased Riviera and turned the weekend into a family visit.
April 7th, 2013, OPGI Show, We had superb attendance at the OPGI show with 14 Rivieras on display! There were a particularly large number of 1st generation Rivieras, by my count 10 of the 14. I am hopeful that 3 new members to ROA will result from the show. Unfortunately the cars were scattered so we were unable to get a group shot. Pictured are a few of the cars on display.
Sept 23, Sunday Breakfast at Ruby's Diner on Balboa Beach Pier was quite a success with 13 members and guests and 9 Rivieras. ROA members attending were: George & Carole Nix, Kenn & Irene Foster, Bob & Rob Balandran, Martin Smith, Ken& Dawna Lund, Sheryl McCabe, Al Babel, Pete Van Der Kraan, and Darwin Falk. Unfortunately I was the person who is also a member of the TOA. Five generations of Rivieras were represented, from '64 to '93. The food was terrific, the view amazing, the weather picture-perfect and even on a busy weekend, we managed to park all 9 Rivieras together for a photo-op.
Ken & Dawna Lund with 'new member' Peggy Pelican.
John Hare #11011
17900 Mill Creek Dr.
Derwood, MD 20855-1021
May 25, Saturday with rain date of May 26. Tentative. Rockville/Germantown area.
Details to follow. Perhaps a gathering at Lake Needwood, Seneca Creek State Park or
Black Hill Regional Park depending on group size. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with interest.
Plenty to do in the Maryland region. For a list of local events go to http://www.capitalcruisin.com/shows.html.
Other Local Events
Jan. 18 – 20, Automania, Allentown PA, http://www.carsatcarlisle.com/ce/events/automania/
Feb. 1 – 10 Washington Auto Show, Washington, DC
Apr. 6, Saturday, Car Truck Hot Rod Show, Dundalk, MD
Apr. 7, Sunday, 3rd Annual Joe Johnson Truck Car and Bike Show, Sudlersville, MD
Apr. 13, Saturday VFW Spring Car Show, Port Deposit, MD
PortDepositVFW@aol.com or Bruceqmstr@aol.com
Apr. 24 – 28,Spring Carlisle Collector Car Swap Meet & Corral, Carlisle PA
May 11, Saturday 11th Annual Maryland BBQ car show, Jessup, MD
May 25, Saturday, 3rd First Baptist Church Car Truck and Bike Show, Salisbury, MD
James Taylor 443-735-6631
Jun. 1, Saturday, St Andrews 2nd Annual Car Truck and Bike Show, Edgewater, MD
Steven Plummer 443-995-4762
Jun. 6, Thursday, Mother Catherine Spalding School 2nAnnual Car Show, Helen, MD
Mark Muir 240-925-1438
Jun. 8, Saturday, Lincoln College of Technology Annual Car Show, Columbia, MD
Jun. 9, Sunday, Country Cruizn 2013, Taneytown, MD
Jun. 21 – 23, Carlisle GM Nationals, Carlisle PA
July. 6, Saturday, 3rd Annual Blessing of the Cars and Carnival, Waldorf, MD
JR West 301 843-1955
Oct. 2 – 6, Fall Carlisle Collector Car Swap Meet & Corral, Carlisle PA
Dec. 7, Saturday, East Coast Indoor Nationals, Timonium, MD
John Root # 5011
6256 W. Carpenter
Flushing, MI 48433
August 10, Saturday, 9th annual Concours d'Elegance of Southwest MI. to be held at Lake Bluff Park, St Joseph, MI. The featured guest is retired GM designer William (Bill) Porter. During Bills 39-year tenure at GM, he was responsible for the creation of a number of fabulous cars including the 1995 – ’99 Riviera. See attached flyer for details (PDF - 3.24MB).
|Buick Exterior I Studio Chief Bill Porter (on left) with Paul Tatseos (Buick Interior Studio Chief) with the fibreglass model of the '95 Rivira, c. 1993. The car was intended to be a '93 model but was delayed two years due to GM's financial difficulties.
|Michigan Event Recap
July 30th, Pot Luck, Ten ROA members gathered for an enjoyable afternoon with good food and conversation. In attendance were; John & Mary Root, Gil & Pam Moorman, John & Anne Pierce, Jim & Jackie Booth, Albert & Kathie Anderson.
Sept 10th, Buick Bash, ROA members met for a good time at the Buick Bash, including new member John &Linda Valmassoi with their 69, which John bought new in 1969.
Ed Gunyo #101
5243 15th Ave So,
Minneapolis, MN 55417
Date to be determined, A midsummer, driving tour through southern MN including a restaurant stop and historical sites.
|Minnesota Event Recap
September 23, 2012, ROA Apple Orchard Tour. Members of the ROA toured out to the Apple Jacks Orchard for a cool fall drive. We joined three other local car clubs for a fun time. The weather was crisp, clear and the apples were numerous. There were rides for the kids, Apples, Apple Pie; Apple Crisp anything related to apples was to be purchased. Our group had ten hardy people and some very nice Rivieras. The car show included about twenty cars. After the tour we drove to the Choo Choo restaurant and bar in Loretto, a small farming town for a great lunch.
June 12, Annual ROA Tour. A total of 14 people joined us for our Summer Tour. We stopped at Crystal Cave, which goes down over 150 feet. For lunch we stopped at Lake Pepin, where we had great service. It helped that I know the owner. From there we went to the Nelson Cheese Factory for ice cream and cheese. We went across the river to Wabasha and then down a historic country road to the main highway and back home again. Overall it was a fun day with good friends.
(South Jersey, PA & DE)
Marty Pinder #13619 Coordinator
May 25, Saturday, 8am – 11am. (rain date June 8) Join us and others at the Saturday Morning Cruise held at the Starbucks/Houlihans lot, 2100 Rt. 70 W. in Cherry Hills. Let’s arrive at 7:30 and get acquainted. No fees or trophies, just fun. Visit www.saturdaymorningcars.com
NORTHERN CA / NV REGION
Jim Day #2613
5493 Granite Dell Ct.
Loomis, CA 95650
July 6th or 13th, National Collector Car Day. We will join with other clubs in the North area to make a showing of collector cars. Details will follow.
NORTH CAROLINA REGION
Randall D. Crain #5360
2493 Banner Whitehead Rd.
Sophia, NC 27350
For a summary of the 2012 South East Regional click here!
September 14, Saturday, 10am-2pm, Eighth Annual “Rivieras in the Park” to be held at Creekside Park in Archdale. Lunch will be served between noon and 12:30, but join us anytime to meet and socialize with fellow ROA members and Riviera owners. Just bring yourself/spouse and your Riviera! If you know of any Riviera owners that might be interested in coming and/or joining the ROA please pass this along. Additional details will be announced, as we get closer to the date.
|North Carolina Event Recap
September 15, 2012, the Seventh Annual “Rivieras at the Park” was a success! Great people, great cars, and great weather, we couldn’t have asked for a better day! 19 members and guests came out with 13 of their beautiful Rivieras for a day of camaraderie and discussion about the Riviera by Buick.
There were four of the eight generations in attendance once again this year, several from the first and third, and some from the last two generations. Jerry and Joan Bodden, and Mike Fortin brought their ‘63s; Richard Joy brought his ’64; Butch Leonard and Edith Talley brought his ‘65; Travis Holcomb and his wife and kids came with his ’71; Charles Paschal, a prospective ROA member, brought his ’72, I brought my newly acquired ‘72GS; I also took my ’93; Dan Gunter and his friend Luther Killian and I each brought our ‘95s; Pat Curran and his wife brought their ’97; and last but not least Gwyn and I had our ’99 Silver Arrows there. Glen and Sandra Roberts came again this year from 275 miles away but decided to come in alternate transportation and save the gas money they would have spent bringing their ’63 for the trip to Lexington next year. I can’t blame them; it was good to have their participation either way.
One of this year’s discussion topics was about who might be going to next year’s ROA International Meet in Lexington, KY. Several members believed they were going as of now, as far away as it is at this time one can never tell for certain. I did mention the possibility of a convoy and that my plans are to make the trip on Sunday. We’ll just have to see how our plans work out when the meet gets closer.
Once again Gwyn and I would like to thank those that attended; we feel it was a very successful get together that would not have been if it were not for the participation of the great members of the ROA.
I am planning on keeping the “Rivieras at the Park” the third Saturday of September in the future so mark your calendars, and as always we “Hope to see you next year.”
NORTH ILLINOIS REGION
Warren Ramsey #2328
211 S. Pecatonica St.
Winnebago, IL 61088
September 22, Sunday, Noon - ?, Annual Brown Bag Picnic at Starved Rock State Park, Utica, IL Rain date will be September 29th. For details and directions contact Warren at 815-335-2423.
N.E. OHIO REGION
John Farlin #13173
NYC/LONG ISLAND REGION
Harold MecCabe ROA # 2569
74-25 64th St.
Glendale, NY 11385
May 26, Sunday, 9am-4pm, All Buick Show, hosted by the Long Island BCA and held at Unqua Rd & Merrick Rd, Massapequa. Registration is $18 by April 30 or $21 after. For additional information, contact Tony Gatta ROA #317, 718-812-4999 or Dave 516-380-5751. www.freewebs.com/longislandbuickclub
September 15, Sunday, 9am- 4 pm , ROA Friendship Meet, Car Show and Street Fair, at Fresh Pond Road & Myrtle Ave in Glendale, Queens. Click here for details and registration form (Word docx 14k).
|Long Island Event Recap
September 16, 2012, Sunday, What a day for a street fair and a car display! The weather was great, it was sunny and not that hot, the music was good and so was the food, all kinds of it. There were lots of smiles as the people stopped too see the cars most of them were not even born when these cars were made and yet there were a lot of people who remembered when their dad owned one. We had two 63's, a white one owned by Darrell Ingold, a tan 63 by Howard Attanasio, a red 65 Gran Sport owned by Kenny Vasti and my 79. We had two buses from the M.T.A. one from the TV show the Honeymooners that Jackie Gleason used and the other one was the first N.Y.C. bus that had A/C and was used on 5th Ave in New York City.
Richard Smith #2082
7539 Lakeside Dr. N.E.
Salem, OR 97305
July 21, Sunday The Concourse d'Elegance in Forest Grove, OR is held on the Pacific University Campus. This event features over 300 classic cars, trucks and , motorcycles from the Pacific Northwest and beyond, as well as musical stage acts and tasty summer treats that make it fun for the whole family. Proceeds from the event help local charities. For more http://www.forestgroveconcours.org/
August 4, Sunday, The BOP (Buick, Olds, Pontiac) Show will be held at Roster Rock State Park. Details to follow..
August 17,Saturday 9am – 3pm, All Buick Show, sponsored by the Portland BCA Chapter will be on Main Street in Old Town Troutdale. The street will be closed for traffic , so that Buicks can be parked adjacent to the shops and restaurants in Old Town. Peer judging from 10 am to noon. All cars must have fire extinguishers displayed. Hotels are available for overnight guests. Early registration is $15.00, $20.00 after Aug. 1. A late afternoon After Tour will be planned for those interested. For registration and after tour information, contact Duke Carpenter at 360-693-4993 or email@example.com
SAN DIEGO, CA REGION
Lee Carroll #433
P. 0. Box 87923
San Diego, CA 92138
May Tour Cancelled – We discovered that the drive to the Motor Transport Museum in Campo was just too far for many to travel.
June 9, Sunday, 10am-3pm. Gathering on the Green Car Show is a revival of an annual event sponsored by the Deer Park Winery in Escondido. What had been one of the north counties most prominent meeting places is seeking to return to its former glory of being the best place to stage car shows.
Founded by the late Robert Knapp as a place to store his vast collection of convertibles of almost every make, the 15-acre property gradually grew into a gift shop, winery, delicatessen and auto museum. The property has a shaded picnic area & three large buildings filled with the convertibles including many Buicks. Their collection includes antique bicycles, home appliances & old time radio & TV sets. There is a $10 fee for admission to the display areas. Their wine tasting room features some award winning Napa reds. Food items to go with the wine will be available. For more information on deer Park call 760-749-1666.
Deer Park is located just north of Escondido off I-15, bordered on the South by the Lawrence Welk Resort. There is no entry fee for pre-1976 cars. Entrants who want to compete for trophies & dash plaques pay a modest $10 fee.
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February 22-24, 2013, The Annual Big 3 Swap meet, held at Qualcomn Stadium was attended by thousands, including several ROA members. What began as a parking lot car show almost 50 years ago has grown into one of the largest Automotive Swap meets on the West Coast.
Three generations of Rivieras represented the ROA and their owners were on hand to explain the history of the series & offer guidance for people looking for parts or restoration tips. Ken Lund drove his 1971 boattail from Yucaipa, 150 plus miles to represent the 3rd generation. For the 2nd generation, James Kelso drove his highly modified 1969. Robert Starkey brought his one owner 1967 with photo details of his restoration posted in front of his car. Lee Carroll’s one owner 1963 represented the 1st generation. The cars were displayed close to the main hospitality tent that housed seats for the weary. Our display table was filled with old copies of the Riview & related Automotive Literature that was handed out to interested parties.
September 30, 2012, Tour of Leo Carrillo’s Ranch. Nineteen members of the ROA & BCA took a break from the hustle & bustle of modern life and got a taste of the romance & history of old California. The group gathered at the entrance to the one time sprawling ranch owned by the late actor Leo Carrillo in Carlsbad, California at 11 am. Now a 27 acre public park managed by the City of Carlsbad, the Leo Carrillo ranch is a registered National Historic Site.
Carrillo had roots going back to the very early days in San Diego, all the way back to 1749. His great grandfather was the Governor of Alta, California in 1837. His parents were very prominent in Old Town San Diego and they maintained a fine residence & raised a large family there. The Carrillo’s moved from San Diego to Los Angeles where Leopoldo Antonio Carrillo was born in 1881. Leo Carrillo became a very successful entertainer, appearing in 15 major stage plays and in more than 90 motion pictures. His greatest fame came from his role as Pancho, the mischievous sidekick to Duncan Reynaldo’s Cisco Kid in a 1950’s television series that ran for 6 years, 156 action packed episodes.
In 1937, Leo Carrillo wanted to recreate an old Californio-style working ranch and bought 840 acres in what is now southeast Carlsbad. Carrillo gradually added more land until his Flying LC ranch grew to more than 2700 acres. The ranch buildings were made of adobe and whatever forms of wood they could find on the property. The ranch at one time had over 600 head of cattle and a half dozen vaqueros overseeing them. The Flying LC ranch became a popular getaway place for Hollywood stars from the movies golden age and for many prominent people in all walks of life who wanted to experience the simple life. Leo Carrillo was a most generous host providing his guests with barbeques, calf roping exhibitions & horseback rides on his extensive property that offered ocean views from a few of its higher elevations.
Our group watched a 20 minute video tape in the visitors center that provided a detailed background on the history of the ranch and Leo Carrillo’s career from cartoonist to actor to a Conservationist who played a major role in preserving many historic landmarks in the Golden State. The 90 minute guided tour that followed led us through the buildings that have been restored to their original condition and are available to visitors Tuesday through Saturday from 11am to 5pm and on Sunday from 11am til 5pm. Admissions & tours are free. For more details go to firstname.lastname@example.org
The pleasant day for our group ended at Casa De Bandini, a large nearby Mexican restaurant that features early California food with a décor matching the ambience of our previous visit to the Flying LC Ranch.
SOUTH AFRICA REGION
Chris Palk ROA#10373
PO Box 1333
Krugersdorp 1740 South Africa
Regional Coordinator Chris Palk, writes about his trip to the US this past summer with highlights on our meet in Branson, as well as other interesting meets and museums. Click here to view.
November 5, Annual Western Cape members meet on the Welgemoed Wine Estate, close to the historic town of Stellenbosch, world renowned for its fine wines. Here we expect to see at least 4 Riviera’s and an assortment of fine Buicks and Cadillac’s.
If any Riviera Owners are visiting South Africa at these times, be sure to contact Chris Palk on mobile +27 82 808 3360. He and fellow Riviera, Buick and Cadillac owners would be pleased to meet you and make you feel welcome in sunny South Africa.
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June 3, 2012, Our recent Buick Cadillac Concours at the Country Club Johannesburg was a great success. 27 pristine Buicks and Cadillac’s took part. Best on show was a beautiful 1949 Cadillac Sedanette. There were 3 Riviera’s on show 1968 GS, 1970 and 1971 Boattail. Next year we plan to organise an all GM Concours by invitation and expect to have 100 cars on show, of which at least 5 will be Riviera’s.(there are only 18 Riviera’s in South Africa.
Larry Lovell #11001
2155 Pewter Drive
Knoxville, TN 37909
For a summary of the 2012 South East Regional click here!
June 6, Thursday, 3 pm, The Hot Rod Power Tour will be cruising through Tennessee that week and we will have an opportunity to see this incredible event. The event is sponsored by Corky's Tire in Chattanooga. We will meet at the Chattanooga Community College at 3PM. The address is 4501 Amnicola Highway 37406. Then the following morning June 7, we will cruise from Chattanooga to Knoxville and have lunch at Calhoun's. The Hot Rod Power Tour will have thousands of cars participating. If you want to be part of either the meet up in Chattanooga or the cruise to Calhoun's or both let me know. email@example.com, 865- 690-7421.
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September 8th, the TN ROA contingent met at the Touch of Gold Car Show in Franklin. The morning rain affected the attendance but for those of us who showed up we had a great time. The sun came out about noon and the cars were shined up and ready to go. Eddie and Donna Gray braved the elements to drive down from Paducah, KY in their 65 Riv. Daniel Yawn brought his beautiful 73 boat tail. My wife Marie and I had our 65 there. The Corvette Club and the staff at O'More College of Design embraced us. The show was very well organized and we had a blast. All three cars won awards. In addition, the TN ROA received a $100 award for attending. We will use that money to invest in a better tent cover for future shows. All in all it was a great day in spite of the weather. Thanks go to Ed and Donna Gray and Daniel Yawn for attending.
Ventura / Santa Barbara Counties
Lee Pickett # 10039
900 Calle Plano unit E.
Camarillo, CA. 93012.
July 19, 2013, Friday, 3:00pm, Tour the Wilwood Brake Shop as a group. Let’s meet at 2:30-2:45pm at my place, 900 Calle Plano unit E Camarillo, and we’ll drive over as a group. Please email me if you plan to attend.
Cruise Nites, First Saturday of the Month, 4pm- 7pm at the Islands Restaurant 935 Broadbeck Drive, Newbury Park. Hope to see you there!
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January 26 2013, We held our first Car Clinic hosted by senior mechanic James Coda. The topics started with AC upgrades and it turned into a question and answer session. Robert Valenzuela drove his nice all original 65, and long time member Steve Steuer was able to attend.
Special thanks to our guest and speaker James Cota he was awesome. I will be holding another clinic in the spring. Hope you can join us.
Oct 29, 2011, "Fallin for the Classics" was held in Conejo Valley with over 150 cars including our Rivieras. Our ROA Region sponsored the "Best in Buick" award which was won by this modified Buick Century. We look forward to more Rivieras at next year’s event.
John Andreassen # 1781
5442-A Schoth Rd. S. W.
Turnwater, WA 98512
June 22, Saturday, The 20th Annual Buick Open, sponsored by the Puget Sound Chapter of the BCA., held at 115 2nd Ave SE, Puyallup. As always this event coincides with the Meeker Days Festival. It’s a great event for all! Riviera’s will be parked together. For registration information or any other questions, you can contact Lee Davis at 253-815-1094, firstname.lastname@example.org or John Andreassen, 360-754-3745. email@example.com
September 7, Saturday, 13th Annual ROA Fall Potluck held at Brian & Ellen O’Neil’s on Whidbey Island. This has always been such a great way to close summer events. No registrations fees. Bring a dish to share & enjoy the closing awards. All makes & models are welcome. We will have deep fried turkeys, fresh steamed oysters & an assortment of beverages.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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September 8, 2012, The 12th Annual ROA Pot Luck, was again held at the beautiful home of Brian & Ellen O'Neil on Whidbey Island. We had 18 classic cars in attendance, 9 of which were Rivieras. We had a few couples who came to enjoy the festivities - only they had to leave their Riv's behind as they were being worked on. Nice to know they were able to enjoy the Riv camaraderie and great food. As you can see it was gorgeous day & everyone really enjoyed themselves. Lots of car chatter & everyone shared some great dishes. A BIG thank you to the O'Neil's for hosting this event for 12 straight years. Thanks to everyone for their participation & contribution to making this another successful year end event for the Washington ROA.
Other Buick Events
Arthritis Foundation Classic Auto Show
July 11-13, 2013, The 31st Annual Arthritis Foundation Classic Auto Show and Cruise In honoring Len Immke will be held at the Metro Center in Dublin, Ohio. On Thursday, attendees will be taking a “Legends Tour” to the Mid- Ohio Raceway for a Tour and a loop around the track; Friday, we host a Cruise In with 100 six foot tall trophies and end the day with The Van Dells Concert; Saturday, the Classic Auto Show with traditional Judging and over 300 trophies and a Phil Dirt and the Dozers concert. Our featured Marques this year will be 110 years of Buick and 50 years of Riviera. Our site: www.ArthritisAutoShow.com
The Buick Heritage Alliance will be sponsoring a Buick Display in honor of this event and would like to invite members of the ROA to not only attend the Buick Show Within a Show and enter their car but also to submit their car for this special display and recognition in our Tent Display area. This will be limited to 15 Buick’s and all will receive a special recognition award for joining us. For details contact: Jeffrey R. Brashares, Jeff1952@tts-us.
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South Bend, IN
July 17-20, 2013, Celebrate the 110th Anniversary of the Buick with the Buick Club of America at their National meet. For additional information and details go to http:buickclub.org/2013
September 7th & 8th, “All or Nothing” car show, sponsored by Animosity, a local club, held at Sommer Park, 6329 N. Koerner Rd, Edwards. This event will feature custom, antique, classic and muscle cars, hot rods and other specialty vehicles. Admission and parking are free for spectators. Show information can be found at Animosity Car Club- Peoria, IL. | Facebook Recommended by Sammie Hoskins, ROA # 10007
All Buick Show
September 29, Sunday , 9AM The Buick Owners of Maryland invite you to their 27th Annual All Buick Show. The location is Boyle Buick-GMC Truck 3015 Emmorton Road, Abingdon. All Rivieras, including custom and modified, are welcome. Pre-registration is $12/car until September 1, $15/car thereafter. The gates will open at 9:30AM, judging begins at noon, and awards will be presented at 2:30 PM. For information and registration forms please contact Raymond Price, (410) 666-3905, email@example.com, or Hank Reus Jr. (410)-377-8331, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bowling Green. KY
Oct. 16 – 19, 2013 The GS Club of America hosts its annual meet at the Beech Bend Raceway Park. For a weekend of drag racing and fellowship visit.gsnationals.com.
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