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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 . Click here to view details on our Regional Coordinator Program.



Linda Hall #10723

07 3829 2222
National Coordinator
Victoria / Tasmania
Tom Kunek # 3845

0419 658 500
New South Wales/ South Australia
Tony Gentilcore #10107

02 9453 9199

Click here to read the November 2019 issue of the informative Australian version of the Riview with stories on local Rivieras and much more. (PDF 2 MB).


Australia Event Recap

October 17-12, 2019, ROA Australian National, held in Adelaide, SA was a huge success. There were 26 Rivieras on display ranging from 1963-1978. A total of 52 people attended, consisting of 21 members and guests.  Meet Planners Grahame & Terry Line organized three days of events and tours throughout the local countryside. Additional details and photos will appear in the January issue of their newsletter to be posted on the ROA website.

April 7, 2019, The Victorian Region of the ROA held a BBQ at the home of National Coordinator Tom Kunek in Riviera Lane, Blackburn.

14 beautiful Rivieras attended with about 40 attendees in brilliant sunshine. The star attraction of the day was a recently imported 1971 custom boattail fitted with full hydraulic suspension and high-power sound system. There also was a 1965 Riviera under restoration with plenty of advice by the owner on what to do, and what not to do during a restoration.

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

(352) 690-7729

Future Event - We’re also looking into a possible one-day road trip to High Springs to visit DropTop Customs, which converted several last-generation Rivieras into convertibles. ROA member Steve Kouris has one, in fact.

What a fantastic ROA meet in Gettysburg last month! Steve and Emily Kouris received a Class Award for their 1996 Convertible, the same Riviera that was featured on the cover and in a Showcase article in the May/June Riview. Also attending were Charles and Vickie Couture, whose mild custom ’65 was the subject of a Showcase in the current July/August Riview. Also attending were Charlie Steffy, who was in the middle of an extensive road trip in his 1982 convertible, and John Wheeler, whose immaculate silver '63 won the Best GM award at the Habitat for Humanity Strawberry Festival back in March. Cindy and I were there too, but our 1982 convertible was fresh out of the shop and not ready for a major road trip. 

Meanwhile, back in Central Florida, we have several great one-day events on the docket.

October 19, 2019: meet at 11:15 am at Yalaha Bakery on Lake County Road 48 in Yalaha, FL for lunch. Known for its incredible baked goods, the bakery’s deli also serves amazing German food (best sauerkraut I’ve had this side of Stuttgart). This place is a favorite of numerous car clubs. There’s lots of space for parking and schmoozing, great food, amazing pastries and breads, and a nice patio for dining in Florida’s rolling hill country. Lakeridge Winery is close by, but you’re on your own for that! Check it out at

October 26, 2019, Saturday, 9:30 am – 2:30 pm, 41st Annual BOPC Car Show and Swap Meet with all years, makes, and models of Buicks, Oldsmobiles, Pontiacs, and Cadillacs will be held at Downtown City Park, 119 W. Park St. in
Auburndale. Free admission to spectators.  $25 fee for car exhibitors.  Go to  for registration form, click here for a flyer

January 18, 2020: Paquette’s Historical Farmall Museum, Leesburg. Paquette’s came recommended by a Jaguar club member, who said their group loved this place. I’ve learned it’s another car club favorite. Stewart Paquette began collecting International Harvester tractors, implements, signage, and memorabilia about 15 years ago, and he’s assembled an eye-popping 45,000 square-foot collection in a beautiful country setting. We’ll have a catered barbecue lunch while on the grounds. Admission is $10 if we have ten or more of us; lunch is $12.

Date to be determined: We’re on the waiting list for a tour of the Ma Barker House Museum in Oklawaha, on Lake Weir, south of Ocala. This is where the Alvin Karpis-Ma Barker gang were hiding when the FBI tracked them down and shot it out with them on January 16, 1935. Both Ma and her son Fred were were carried out feet first, but most of the furniture is still in place, some riddled with bullet holes. Several years ago the house’s property was sold, but not the house. The house was moved onto a barge and floated several miles along Lake Weir to Carney Island County Recreation and Preservation Park, where it’s being developed into a museum. Tours are limited, interest is big, but we’re on the list. We’re also down to reserve a pavilion where we can gather, visit, and have a potluck lunch. More on tickets, etc. later.
Let me know if you have questions for ideas for our regional gatherings.

Central Florida Event Recap

March 2, 2019 -The Central Florida Region ROA fielded a line of nine Rivieras, the most of any make, model or car club, at the Marion Country Habitat for Humanity Strawberry Festival. ROA members at the gathering included John Wheeler ('63), Ralph Dunn ('77), Jim Kilroy ('67), Charles Couture ('65), Frederick Ward ('65 GS), Nick LaBruno ('95), Steve Kouris ('95 convertible), and Bob Wannall ('64, '82 convertible). 

John Wheeler's immaculate silver '63 won the show's Best GM award. A big attention-getter was Steve Kouris' 1995 convertible, one of six fabricated by a shop here in Florida that's doing huge business these days chopping the tops off Dodge Challengers. ROA members drove in from all over the state, with Frederick and Rosie Ward taking the "long-distance award" for bringing their '65 dual quad GS up from Miami. Every one of our Rivieras were stunning cars that attracted a lot of attention from the thousands of festival-goers. Plus, there was plenty of tasty strawberry shortcake to enjoy. The Habitat folks have extended a warm invitation to us to come back next year.

October 6, 2018, Weather was clear and warm for our ROA Fall Gathering event in Winter Park. Beginning with a Scenic Boat Tour the city’s chain of lakes, each connected by lush, subtropical canals. Many thanks to ROA member Drew Smith, who was also our boat captain and who arranged for free admission. Then we strolled the trendy Park Avenue downtown, enjoyed lunch, and visited the Morse Museum, with the world’s most comprehensive collection of Louis Comfort Tiffany art and stained glass. A dozen adventurers representing six Rivieras and one Jaguar XK100 enjoyed the day.

Drew has offered to take us on a more extensive twilight cruise. Interested? Contact me at and let’s see if we can gather a group and work out a date.


Drew & Trayce Smith   '65
Toby & Lisa Schmeling  '68 GS
Mary and Don Colston  99 Silver Arrow 
Delores Scott  '71 GS
Jim Kilroy and Mary Sapp  '67
Ken Hubble  ’66; Jaguar xk100
Bob & Cindy Wannall  ’82 Convertible

Keith Felderman # 9918
Johns Creek, GA


Georgia Event Recap

October 5, 2019 – Annual ROA Potluck was held in West Bank Park next to Lake Lanier. This year the  weather was almost perfect.  Overcast and about 75 degrees.  The turnout was not-a-so-great. We had five members show up with three Riviera’s and one Buick Wildcat.  We grilled hamburgers and had a bunch of great side dishes and desserts.  We enjoyed good conversations about our Riviera’s and other automotive topics.


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.

October 26, 2019,  Saturday, 11am to 2 pm. Join us again at the home of Pete Lambert,  4006 University Blvd, Dallas. Brats  on the grille and a keg of beer will be provided. Over 60 cars are expected at this annual event. Please let me know at if you plan to attend

Nort Texas Event Recap

September 28, 2019, Due to preparations for Octoberfest in downtown McKinney we moved our gathering a few blocks  to the weekly car breakfast gathering at the Rockfish restaurant. We had a great turnout with nine Rivieras and 12 enthusiasts, several of which were first-time attendees. I am so happy to see the interest and support for our local events. We look forward to our next gathering, which will be announced by email. If you have not received my emails that means yours is not current on the ROA website. If that happens send your new emails to me at

March 30, 2019 – Despite the rain, ten members brought six Rivieras to the monthly show at Old Courthouse Square in downtown McKinney. We were able to park together, share stories and enjoy breakfast.

February 15-17, 2019, The ROA display at the Dallas Autorama, held at Market Hall was a great success.  On display were my ’65 and Pete Lempert’s ’63. We had enthusiastic crowds around the display all weekend and handed out five ROA membership applications to people interested in joining our group. We plan to get new stanchions built in order to have a bigger display with more cars next year. One former ROA member said he was going to rejoin ROA since we have an active local group. Overall it was a great event!


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!


Mike Glaz #9241
Humble, TX

October 26, 2019, Saturday, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Join us  again this year at the  12th annual Halloween Classic Car show, located at the National Museum of Funeral History:  415 Barren Springs Drive, Houston, TX (near airtex & 45 North). Please advise me if you plan to attend Mike Glaz, Click here to view flyer.

March 2020, 1st annual Walden on Lake Houston Golf and Country Club car show in Humble TX.:  I'm working with the local Country Club to start an annual car show in March.  As this gets firmed up, I will send out more information and flyers.  If you have not received am email with this information, please contact Mike Glaz, with your correct address.

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.  

Steve Playter # 4955
Grand Rapids, MI



Michigan West Event Recap

August 3, 2019, we had a great time at the Gilmore Auto Museum Show  in Kalamazoo. Attending were George and Emmi Babcock; Kevin Gartland; Chuck Anderson; Dave Jones; and Steve and Linda Playter.  We talked to several interested parties about ROA and hopefully new members.  

We are looking at getting together for either the Flint show on August 17th (see Other Buick Events) or maybe the Frankenmuth show September 6-8.  If interested contact me at and let me know your thoughts.  If you did not receive an email announcement, for the Gilmore show then your email is not correctly listed on our roster. To update your email, contact me and the office at

June 4, 2019, Seven ROA Members gathered at Fricanos Pizza,  in Comstock for their collector car show. This is just the first of many local events to be planned by your new Coordinator Steve Playter. The seven cars on display ranged from a ‘63 to a ’99 Silver Arrow. The Long Distance award went to Kevin Gartlnd who drove 120 miles from Clio in his ‘63.

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



San Francisco Bay Area
Steve Tangney 473
Pleasanton, CA


San Francisco Bay Area Event Recap

August 24, 2019, Members met at Ken Mercer Sports Park, in Pleasanton for an ROA  BBQ Potluck Picnic. For our first event we had 19 adults who brought three children, and ten Rivieras. We provided the basics such as plates, napkins, condiments, ice chests with water bottles etc.   Our long-distance member was Bruce Fraser, who drove about three hours from the Sierra Foothills area.

I think we all enjoyed the opportunity to gather and make new friends to share a common interest.  There was a lot of interest in the cars and "tech talk" about maintenance, sourcing parts and services.  It was a great opportunity to meet fellow members to share thoughts and questions. It was apparent that all were passionate about their cars.  After the meal three of us cruised downtown to the Goodguys Hot Rod Show just a few blocks away.

We look forward to our next gathering when we will have the opportunity to meet even more of the members from this area. We will continue to send emails to announce future events. See you next time.


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

(336) 431-3854

North Carolina Event Recap

September 14, 2019,  we held our Fourteenth Annual “Rivieras at the Park” in Creekside Park, Archdale. Twelve members brought nine cars to enjoy the provided lunch, conversation, sharing of tech information lunch and a great afternoon. For photos and details click here (PDF 1MB).

Group Photo




Darrell Ingold #1237
8 Gerald Drive
Holbrook, NY 11741


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



San Diego Event Recap

October 26, 2019, A dozen ROA members from the San Diego area took a tour of the San Diego Air & Space Museum’s annex at Gillespie Field The museum has become a major feature in Balboa Park. We enjoyed hearing about   San Diego's “Aviation History in Progress” and enjoyed a pleasant lunch at the Gillespie Field Café.

We learned that in 1927 Ryan Aircraft built the plane for Charles Lindbergh’s non-stop flight from New York to Paris. During WWII Convair built the B-25 bomber & Rohr & Solar Aircraft built major airplane component parts.

The museum’s aircraft restoration and reproduction program is staffed mainly by volunteers. The 46 Aircrafts on display ranged from 1884 gliders to an ICBM Atlas Rocket.

While 90 percent of the 70 or so volunteers are retired aircraft workers, younger mechanics and engineers are beginning to find their way to the facility. Students from San Diego State University, construction workers and even some high school students come to learn what previous generations accomplished.

Air and Space Museum

February 14th, 2019 Twelve members of the ROA joined us for a tour of the San Diego Automobile Museum. Pictured are those who attended and a custom ’65 convertible owned by member Frank Dobbs.


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

Click here for a copy of the Buick Nut published by the Buick Club of South Africa.
Chris and Helen Palk


Coordinator Position Open



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


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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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