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Active Regional Coordinators Needed!

Do you have the interest and enthusiasm to be a regional representative for ROA? If your area is not represented here, we need your help. As a RC you would be expected to keep local members advised of local activities and host at least one exclusive ROA event a year, such as a picnic or tour. The ROA will support you with updated members lists, mailing labels and pay for postage. The RC program is vital to ROA, lets keep it alive. For more information contact Ray Knott #1 at

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

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

August 10-12, 2017, Thursday—Saturday. Let’s meet at 8:00 am on the 12th for a day of fellowship at the 41st Annual Watermelon Festival.  The event will be held in Fair Park, 800 South Mockingbird in Hope. There will be arts & crafts, food vendors and ice-cold watermelon. A car show will be on the 12th from 8:00 am – 2:00 pm. The cost is $25 to enter your car for judging. At 8:30 pm country singer Joe Diffie will be performing.  Please contact me at  if you plan to attend. For more details visit



National / Queensland
Linda Hall #10723

07 3829 2222

Victoria / Tasmania
Tom Kunek # 3845

03 9877 3718
New South Wales/ South Australia
Tony Gentilcore #10107

02 9453 9199

Click here to read the July 2017 issue of the informative Australian version of the Riview with stories on local Rivieras and much more. (PDF 4 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.

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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Victoria / Tasmania
Tom Kunek

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

(352) 690-7729


Central Florida Event Recap

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!


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

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

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

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





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



Winston McCollum #13242
Plano, TX

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.

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

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

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

Houton Event Recap

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.

October15, 2016, The 2nd Annual “Rivieras on the Ranch” was once again hosted by ROA member Hardy Rawls. A special thanks to Hardy for opening up his home and providing a catered meal consisting of BBQ, peach cobbler and sweet tea, the national drink of Texas. The temperature topped out at 89 degrees making it an unseasonably warm breezy day with sparse cloud cover.  

There were 315 attendees, who brought 140 cars ranging from Model T’s to modern super cars.  Fifteen ROA members, including a member from Des Moines Iowa, brought eight Rivieras and two Toronados. Commemorative T-shirts were designed and available for purchase. 

There are plans for a 3rd Annual “Rivieras on the Ranch” next fall.  The invitation is open to all ROA & TOA members regardless of where you live.



Robert (Bob) Valenzuela
Northridge, CA

818- 391-3126

Bob is the new coordinator for the LA Region and hopes to hear from you with your suggestions for future events. Watch this page and the Riview for announcements.


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


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

(612) 824-9339

July 11, 2017, Tuesday 6:00pm. Join us for a Drive-in tour at the Minnetonka Drive Inn, 4658 Shoreline Dr. Minnetonka. Contact Ed for details

Annual Fall tour, details to follow.


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


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

(336) 431-3854

September 16, 2017, Saturday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Join us for our 12th Annual “Rivieras at the Park” in Creekside Park, Archdale. Lunch, compliments of your coordinators Randall & Gwyn will be served from 12-12:30. No need to bring anything but yourself, your spouse and hopefully your Riviera. Please respond to if you plan to attend. Check here for a flyer with details and directions.

North Carolina Event Recap

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!


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

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

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

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




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


NYC/Long Island Event Recap

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 Suggestions for local events are encouraged.


Don Walter #14287
Franklin, Ohio


Other Events of Interest
July 13-15, Classic Auto Show & Cruise-In located in Dublin, Oh,

August (date to be announced) City of Franklin Car Show

September ( date to be announced) , Cincinnati Fire Museum,

September (date to be announced) Beavercreek Ohio Popcorn Festival Car show i,

Other local events are announced in Show & Shine Calendar and Country Cruisers at (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,




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

(503) 393-2187

July 16, 2017, Sunday, 45th annual Forest Grove Concourse d’Elegance held at Pacific University Campus. No entry fee to register a vehicle and each person will receive two Pit Passes for admission. We normally have a few Rivieras entered, you can choose whether to have your car judged or just for show. For information go online to

August 5, 2017, Saturday 9am-3pm, All Buick Show at The Museum, 1015 NE 78th St. Vancouver, WA. At least 12 trophies will be awarded in multiple classes assigned at the show. Peer judging with awards at 2:30. Entry is $20 and all cars must display a fire extinguisher. Questions contact Coordinator Richard Smith or Duke Charpertier  at or 360-696-0516

Oregon Event Recap

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


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

San Diego Event Recap

April 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

November 12, 2016, twenty-two San Diego R.O.A. members met at the San Diego Automotive Museum to reminisce over the current display showing the evolution from the 1st Station wagons once called Depot Hacks to today’s more spacious & modern SUV's. The 17-vehicle display started with a 1929 Model A Ford Station Wagon that would hold 5 people and ended with a 7 passenger 2004 GMC Envoy SUV.

The Automotive Museum located in Balboa Park was opened in 1988 after 9 years of public hearings on the proposed year-round public use of the building that had only occasional use after 1945 & the end of WWII. The Automotive Museum has become another destination stop for visitors & San Diego local car clubs.

As a sign of our changing times, a pre-planned late lunch in the park for our club members at an open garden cafe was canceled due to the influx of more than 600 anti-Trump protestors that blocked the movement of the already heavy week end traffic in the park for several hours. 

Members gathered at the side of the museum by an unrestored 1938 Buick Special coupe


Chris Palk ROA#10373
PO Box 1333
Krugersdorp 1740 South Africa
2711-660-1322 (office)
2782-808-3360 (cell)


Ventura / Santa Barbara Counties
Lee Pickett # 10039

900 Calle Plano unit E.
Camarillo, CA. 93012.
805- 807-9592

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

Ventura Event Recap

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

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

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


Mike McCoy #30

Broomfield, CO

September 10, 2017, Sunday 10am – 2 pm -The Mile-High Chapter of BCA will host its 5th Annual All-Buick Car Show at AutoNation Buick GMC Park Meadows located at 8101 E. Parkway Drive, Lone Tree.  The show will feature free food and drinks, music, door prize drawings for participating car owners, and popular vote award categories.  Show car parking starts at 8 AM.  NO REGISTRATION FEE and all Buicks are welcome, regardless of year, model, or condition.  Contact Dave Wojahn at or 303-929-7753. Click here for a flyer and registration form.

Colorado Event Recap

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 .

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.



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

September 9 2017, Saturday – 16th 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.  2026 Briarwood Dr, Oak Harbor, WA 98277 Brian & Ellen O’Neil can be reached @ 360-240-1274 or by email

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



August 12, 2017, 3rd Annual Marysville Charity Car Show hosted by Honda Marysville in Marysville. or call 937-642-9618,

August 26, 2017, Delaware Classic Auto Show presented by Performance Chrysler Jeep in Delaware. or call Dennis Friermood 614-406-6852.

Bowling Green, KY
GSCA Nationals
September 13-16, 2017

The GS Club of America will hold their annual event at the Beech Bens Raceway in Bowling Green. For details visit

Hemmings Motor News Concours d’Elegance
NEW DATE September 15-17, 2017

The 1963-73 Riviera will be celebrated at the 11th annual Hemmings Motor News Concours d’ Elegance to be held at a new location and date. The event has been changed to September 15-17, 2017 in Charles R Wood Park, located at the southern shore of Lake George, in Lake George, New York.

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

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

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

ROA Secretary Darrell Ingold, will be our contact person for the event. Darrell will work with the members and the Hemmings staff to see that the ROA is well represented. Darrell can be reached at 631-220-3239, or

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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