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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 July 2019 issue of the informative Australian version of the Riview with stories on local Rivieras and much more. (PDF 3 MB).

2019 ROA National Australian Meet

October 17-20, 2019, Thursday—Sunday, 2019 ROA Australian National Meet in Adelaide, SA. Details and a Schedule of Events are included in the attached Australian Riview  newsletter on page 12.


Australia Event Recap

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.

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

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

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

October 5,, 2019, Saturday 10:30 am - 1:30 pm – Annual Pot Luck to be held at  West Bank Park off the southern end of Lake Lanier (near the dam).  We will start around 10:30 am and have our group photo around noon and then we will go our separate ways around 1:30 pm. Please bring a side dish and contact Keith your coordinator  if you plan to attend.

Georgia Event Recap

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





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.

September 28, 2019, Saturday,7:30 am. A return breakfast on the Old Courthouse Square in Downtown McKinney. I will have the parking area secured so we can park together like last time. Even though it rained  last time  we still had  ten brave souls show up. Everybody had a great time and we agreed to try again with better weather. So let’s hope for the best.  So let's give it another try! Contact me , Winston McCollum, at 972-7628391 or if you plan to attend.

Nort Texas Event Recap

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

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


September 6-8, 2019, consider attending the Frankenmuth Auto Fest, held annually in Frankenmuth, MI. For details and registration  visit or call 989-652-6964

If you are interested in joining us at either event, please let me know at .

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


October 5, 2019, Saturday, 10:00 am Join us on our Fall Tour. We will meet at the Holiday Gas Station on Hi 55 and Co Rd 92 just East of Rockford MN. We will head west to the Millner Heritage Winery Kimball MN, Knause Sausage House established in 1912, a fabulous 200+ farm vehicle collection, lunch at Mom's famous restaurant in South Haven where all the meat and produce comes from local farmers. If you plan to attend or have questions, contact Ed at 612-619-3983 or

San Francisco Bay Area
Steve Tangney 473
Pleasanton, CA

August 24, 2019,  Saturday, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm. ROA Potluck Picnic at Ken Mercer Sports Park, 5800 Parkside Drive in Pleasanton. The park is well equipped with tables, shade trees, BBQ's, restrooms, etc.  Parking will be reserved alongside the picnic area. I will furnish briquettes for the BBQ's and BBQ utensils, paper plates etc.  It’s a potluck so bring a meat and/or something to share if you can.  A grocery store is just a block away if you need one. If you did not receive an email announcement, than we need to update your email

Click here for a Flyer

Please RSVP or send questions to Steve Tangney #473 so I have a sense of the size of the group. 

The park is about three miles into town from the I-580 / 680 interchange.  From 580, exit on Hopyard Rd go South on Hopyard until you see the park on the left.   From 680 exit at Stoneridge Drive, go east on Stoneridge to Hopyard Rd, turn Right on Hopyard until you see the park on the left.  There will be ROA signs at the Park to lead you to our spot.  

August 24th is also the same day as the Goodguys West Coast Nationals hot rod show at the Alameda County Fairgrounds which is just a mile away from the park so you may want to take in the hot rod show either before or after the picnic.  The Goodguys show is a major event with some 3,000 rods,  special interest cars along with vendor booths, swap meet booths and cars for sale.   Show hours are 8:00-5:00 on Saturday.   You can park for free at the picnic area and we can arrange shuttles over to the fairgrounds if you are interested.   Here is a write up and photos from last year's Goodguys event:  which gives you a good overview of the show.  Here is a link to information about this year's Goodguys show: including presale tickets which are $5 less online than at the door. 

The Goodguys Car show is the same weekend and just a mile away at the fairgrounds. You may want to do both

San Francisco Bay Area Event Recap

May 20, 2018, Twelve members gathered at the Slow Hand BBQ, in Pleasant Hill for our “Rivs & Ribs”. Photos and details will appear on the website and in the next Riview

If you did not receive an announcement by email, then Craig needs your correct email address. Future gatherings are planned to the Blackhawk and California Auto Museums.


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

(336) 431-3854

September 14, 2019, Saturday, Join us for the Fourteenth Annual “Rivieras at the Park” in Creekside Park, Archdale. Lunch will be provided from noon – 1:00 pm. If you plan to attend, please contact your coordinator Randall Crain at 336-431-3854 or Click here for a flyer and directions.


North Carolina Event Recap

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

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

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




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

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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