ROA Regional News

REGIONAL NEWS and REGIONAL COORDINATORS

 

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Do you have an upcoming Riviera event that we should know about?
E-mail us and we'll make note of it here, and in the next issue of "The Riview"!

 

Active Regional Coordinators Needed!

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


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

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

May 7, 2016, Saturday,8am – 4 pm, We invite members from Missouri to join us at the 15th Annual Trout Festival in Cotter Arkansas.  There will be food, music, gifts, trophies and a charity car show. There is a $15 entry fee with proceeds going to the Loins Club, so bring the family for a day of fun and fellowship for more information you can contact me Kevin Ketelsen at 501- 606-1224 or rivingitup@gmail.com 

Date to be announced – We  invite members from Oklahoma to a meet & greet at the Fort Smith  Trolley Museum for a train ride on the A&M Rail Road, this is a four hour train ride through the Boston Mountains, I will be contacting members soon with more details on the date and time  you can also contact me Kevin Ketelsen at (501) 606-1224 or rivingitup@gmail.com

Arkansas Event Recap

September 26, 2015, What a beautiful fall day in Arkansas to have our first ROA Meet & Greet event which was held at Petti jean Mt. Car Museum. There was a car show / swap meet that day, Tom Tierney brought his 66 and I had my 93 but the star of our get together and I believe the car show (which none of us entered ) was Don Williams 63 Riviera Pick Up truck, We had allot of folks stop by to look and inquire about Don's creation. We toured the Museum and viewed all different cars, We also saw cars once belonging to JFK, Winthrop Rockefeller and a 67 Ranchero owned by Elvis. We finished the afternoon with lunch at a local Mexican Restaurant, we talked, shared pictures of previous cars owned and made plans for future events.

If you live in Arkansas let Kevin know if you are interested in joining these local events.

 


AUSTRALIA


National / Queensland
Linda Hall #10723

Brisbane
07 3829 2222
brianlindahall@optusnet.com.au

Victoria / Tasmania
Tom Kunek # 3845

Melbourne
03 9877 3718
riv@netspace.net.au
New South Wales/ South Australia
Tony Gentilcore #10107

Sydney
02 9453 9199
Rivs@mako.com.au

Click here to read the January 2016 issue of the informative Australian version of the Riview with stories on local Rivieras and much more. (PDF 2.6 MB).


Victorian – Tasmanian Region
Tom Kunel, Cooordinator

March 13, 2016, Sunday ,1:30 pm ROA Members are invited to Ralph Plarre’s collection of automobiles located at his awesome subterranean garage complete with grand piano. Ralph’s garage is located at 14 Riverview Street, Essendon. This is a rare opportunity to see this amazing private collection. For details contact Tom Kunek at riv@netspace.net.au


Aug 21-27, 2016, ROA members are invited to attend the Australia Buick Car Club’s weeklong national event to be held in Illawarra, Australia. For details visit www.buickclub.org.au/nationals.

Australia Event Recap

4th ROA Australia National
Waga Waga, New South Wales
August 27-30, 2015

The 4th Australian ROA Regional was held at the county town of Wagga Wagga in a region called "The Riverina" region of New South Wales. There were 33 beautiful Rivieras on display and 66 happy enthusiastic owners. They came from Tasmania, Victoria, South Australia, New South Wales and Queensland to enjoy three fun filled days of country hospitality and rallies in the lovely green countryside. We broke our record with ten '65s, which is the most we've ever had at our regionals. The focus was on Trains, Planes, Automobiles (Rivieras) and chocolate! Yes, visits to the Train Roundhouse Museum, War birds Aviation Museum and a chocolate Factory. Fellow ROA member and farmer Chris Wilson also showed us round his tiny village community of Wantabadgery. We had the host motel fully booked out so we were in Riviera heaven every time we stepped out of our rooms.

Click here for more details on the Meet.

Click here to read a Special Edition of the Australian newsletter covering their National Meet.

Queensland Event Recap

May 1-3, 2015, ROA members across South East Queensland met to celebrate > the 40th Anniversary of the Queensland branch of the Buick Car Club of Australia. Six Rivieras made the trip ranging from Linda Hall's baby blue 1964 to Jeff and Marilyn Bidstrup's immaculate, low mileage bronze 1973 boattail. The variety of generations gave the locals a good showing of the earlier Riviera that survive here in Australia. Jeff's '73 received the award for the best classic Buick at the event.

The event was a great opportunity for local Riviera owners to get some practice miles in preparation for the Australian Regional Event to be held in Wagga Wagga, NSW on 27-30th August this year.

Third ROA Australia National
Bathurst, New South Wales.
May 22-26, 2014

For a summary & photos of the meet, click here

Read all about the regional meet as written in a local newspaper click here



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

(352) 690-7729
bobwannall@gmail.com

February 27, Saturday 11am – 3pm, ROA Picnic Get-Together

Hello, Riviera fans! Mark your calendars and dust off your classic Riviera. We’re returning to Dick and Irene Morin’s home in Brooksville for our ROA Picnic Get-Together. We had a fine time last year. I hope you'll be able join us again.

Dick and Irene will provide the hot dogs and hamburgers. The rest of us will bring all the trimmings, covered-dish style. Call Irene at 352-799-3915 to find out what to bring, or to let her know your picnic specialty. Also, be sure to bring your favorite lawn chair for each member of your party.

The Morin’s address is 7245 Windy Way, Brooksville, FL 34601-3815. Your GPS or Google Maps or your iPhone should guide you in.

The event is organized by the Central Florida Region, but this e-mail blast goes to everyone in Florida know they’re invited. Lots to do and see in this part of the Sunshine State: you might want to book a comfy bed and breakfast and make a weekend of it.

Other events to note:

February 13, Saturday, 11 am to 4 pm. Day of Fire Car Show and Dyno Day is held here in Ocala hosted by Burnyzz Speed Shop This was a nice show last year: door prizes, music, 50/50, food trucks and vendors. Details at www.burnyzz.com.

I haven’t heard if the Marion Tax Collector and car aficionado George Albright is sponsoring his annual show again in 2016, but I’ll let you all know if he does. It’s always a nice event.

If there’s a nice show or cruise-in in your community that you’d like other ROA members to know about, send me all the details (date, times, place, how to register, etc) and I’ll get it out to our members.

Finally, It’s not too soon to register for the 2016 ROA International Meet, June 27-30, in Williamsburg VA. That’s practically within shouting distance of us here in Florida. Details are in The Riview and at the ROA website, www.rivowners.org.

Central Florida Event Recap

October 3, 2015, ROA members once again attended the 10th Annual National Parts Depot Octoberfest held on their property in Silver Springs. Many of our members were out of town and attendance was lower, but those who attended had a great time. Jim Kilroy's blue '67 won an award for the best Preserved GM.

February 7, 2015, Our Winter Get-together was hosted by Richard and Irene Morin at their home in Brooksville, north of Tampa. Fourteen members and family brought eight classic Rivieras spanning all the generations, from 1964 to 1998.The display was also thoroughly enjoyed by their neighbors. We told lots of Riviera stories, swapped tech ideas, caught up with old friends and made new ones, shared the latest news of our families, and enjoyed a covered dish lunch with Richard wielding the spatula at the grills preparing hamburgers and hot dogs. When the votes were tallied, everyone said "let's do this again." The Morin's have invited us back, so if you missed this one, plan to joining us next year.

Our next Central Florida event is participating in the Tax Collector's Charity Car Show in Ocala on March 21. Let me know you're coming. We'll meet and drive in together. Register at http://www.mariontax.com/uploads/ckfinder/files/5th%20CarShow%20Entry.pdf.

 

 



 

FLORIDA SOUTH ATLANTIC
Bob Brumbaugh # 12549

8116 7th Pl S
West Palm Beach, FL 33411-5434
561 795 4054
rivierabob@bellsouth.net

April 2, 2016, Saturday, Noon—4pm. Another exclusive ROA Show & Shine will be held at the Southern Palms Crossing  on Southern Blvd, a mile west of 441 in West Palm Beach. This plaza has about 10 restaurants and several shops. Take the Southern Blvd exit on I-95 and the Turnpike, go west until you come to a plaza with Costco and Outback. We will gather at the west end near the BBT bank. Bring a chair and there are many opportunities there for food and drinks. For details contact Bob at 561-601-1518.

Weekly Events

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

November 7, 2015, An exclusive ROA Show & Shine was held at the Southern Palms Crossing in West Palm Beach. David Pressler and Wife Millie brought two ‘99s and left the other two at home. Rick and Bonnie Richtmyer came in their ‘66 GS. Rodger Goldman arrived in his newly painted ’64 with new interior. Allen Marcovitch came without his Riviera, but joined the group. Charlie and Sherry Ulrich brought their original yellow & white ’65 and stayed for a visit to the Car of Dreams Museum. We discussed getting together more often now since we enjoy great weather for months to come.



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

770-235-0406
kfelderman@comcast.net

 

Georgia Event Recap

October 17, 2015, The Georgia ROA members gathered at West Bend Park on the south side of Lake Lanier. It was a beautiful day with 26 members in attendance who brought ten Rivieras. Several new members attended this year along with some "seasoned members" showing up for the first time under my tenure as the regional coordinator. We had one Riviera fresh out of the restoration shop - Chris Miller's '84 white convertible – she was a beauty. We all enjoyed burgers and hot dogs along with a lot of homemade side dishes that were awesome! The scenery of the deep blue water lake only added to the fellowship and great conversations. A fantastic time was had by all attendees.

May 14-16, 2015, 5th South East Regional. After considering cancelling the Regional due to a lack of participation, we had a few dedicated members that still wanted to meet. We had 15 members and guests from FL, GA, NC, PA, and SC, bring seven Rivieras to Savannah for our get together. We had two generations in attendance, there were two 1977s and five of the last generation, two 1995s, two 1997s, and one 1999.

We went ahead with our original plan and had our guided tour of the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum on Friday morning; a few members stayed at the museum most of the day as there was much to see. The rest of Friday was open for sightseeing on our own.

Saturday morning we left the hotel as Planned for Fort McAllister State Park, they were very accommodating, even for our small group, and set us up very nicely parking in the grass right beside the pavilions we were using. David Messinger Jr (owner of the Perkin's restaurant) and Randall set up a delicious lunch for us, a choice of soups, sandwiches, and desert; a perfect picnic lunch. Because of our low numbers instead of a judged show, I still wanted to recognize those that had come; I brought along a People's Choice award and had the members vote for their favorite. Along with members we also asked passersby to give us their input. After our "Show and Shine" we toured the Fort and Museum.

Saturday evening we gathered at the Perkin's restaurant for a group dinner. We had a nice meal and discussed the possibility of another ROA regional event, we are not sure at this time. We also talked about going to the International Meet in St. Charles, there were several positive responses. After dinner I awarded Richard Morin our People's Choice award, his '77 had received the most votes of those in attendance and was well deserved, a very nice Riviera.

The evening ended with that presentation and all went on their way Sunday morning.


 


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

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

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

Houton Event Recap

October 17, 2015, the 1st annual Rivieras on the Ranch was hosted by Hardy Rawls #12537 at his ranch in Montgomery. Nine Rivieras and a Toronado made this delightful drive north of Houston to join with over 100 other collector cars. Four of the Rivieras were award winners from previous ROA Nationals. A total of 16 ROA members joined with 166 others who enjoyed the catered Barbeque. It was such a success we have decided already to repeat the event next fall.

Fall had come very late in the Houston area this year and we enjoyed temperatures in the 70's. The first day in months that had not been in the 90's. The quality and caliber of the guest's cars were over the top. We thanks Hardy Rawls for his hospitality, time and dedication.

April 11, 2015, Cars owned by three ROA members earned awards at the Bluebonnets meet in Brenham, which was hosted by the local BCA chapter.

A ’67 owned by Woody McClain took 1st Place, Sam Henry’s ’64 took 2nd Place and Mike Glaz's new acquisition, a rare’90 Reatta, Select 60 received recognition. Congratulations guys!

March 28, 2015, We held our Annual Spring Gathering at the home of member William McClain, who we thank for his hospitality! Members were able to view Woody's private collection of Corvette's, T-bird, 32 custom, Montclair, two Rivieras, and more. Seven Riviera's were in attendance on this beautiful 81 degree day. The years represented were 1963, '64, two 65’s one a Gran Sport, '66, '67 and an ‘83.convertible.

This event was an informal coming out for my newly restored ‘66. It made its first long drive, for over 1 hour and drove like a dream. I would like to personally thank Hardy Rawls, Ron Nordquist, Mike Glaz and Sam Henry for their assistance in the restoration project.

Our next gathering will be at the "Buicks and Bluebonnets" in Brenham on Saturday, April 11th. More on this later.

 


LOS ANGELES, CA

Coordinator Position Open

 

Los Angeles Event Recap

June 7, 2015, "Switch it Up in Anaheim" was a success. Sixteen members of the ROA & TOA attended a gathering at the home of coordinator Darwin Falk. Darwin held a mini-tech seminar on switch and relay repair, followed by a swap meet. According to Darwin the “cool” part was that eleven Rivieras showed up ranging from a ’64 to a ’98.


MICHIGAN SOUTH/EAST

John Root # 5011
6256 W. Carpenter
Flushing, MI  48433

810-210-6292
jcr64riv1@comcast.net 

 


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

269-673-3124
georgebabcock55@gmail.com




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

(612) 824-9339

May 2016, Dates to be announced. Join us for several upcoming events including a Spring Road Tour and a tour of member's interesting garages & cars. Check the ROA website for updates or contact Ed at egunyo@msn.com.

Minnesota Event Recap

October 10, 2015, The Riviera, Buick, Cadillac Fall Tour was a success. We had 21 cars, including six Rivieras and 46 people who toured 120 miles through the country side.

We met at the Park & Ride on the beautiful St. Croix River. We drove through Hudson to a beautiful trout Stream and back roads full of Maple, Oak, Elm and Ash trees in full color. We traveled through back roads to the St. Croix Winery a gorgeous building that looks like a mid-15th century home. We sampled the wine... bought a few bottles and then proceeded down the country lanes past lakes, small towns and on to Cumberland. There we ate at the historical Tower House mansion. The combination of Italian and American food was wonderful. This is a five star restaurant with a one star price. Very unusual. After lunch we headed stopped at the Comstock Cheese Factory in Comstock, where we tasted their cheese and ice cream. Finally after six hours on the road everyone headed for home.

Fall tours through the country are best with tree leaves at their peak and a beautiful 73 degree day, what more could we ask? I want to thank Tom Ryan in the Fireball Chapter BCA for his hard work and his GPS. Winter is now upon us but we look forward to spring and more events.

May 30, 2015, Annual Spring Driving Tour to Lake Mills was a success with 35 folks and 28 cars. Those who joined us came from the ROA, BCA and Cadillac club.

We drove to 50 miles to Albert Lea were we went to the Wedgewood Country Club where we had a great lunch. We then progressed down to Lake Mills Iowa were we saw a great collection of 40 cars. From there everyone went back home. Good run, good friends.

May 17, 2014 , Annual ROA/BCA Tour. We had a good run with 22 folks and sixteen cars. We started early and after a short drive stopped for lunch at the Lakeview Country Club. After lunch we toured to the Cold Spring Brewery. Some folks went to the famous Cold Spring Bakery and some to the local Antique Store. From there we went north to St. Johns University, where John Ericson, a graduate, took the group on a tour of the campus. Enclosed is a picture of the group in front of the Chapel. We then drove south to South Haven for dinner at "Mom's Restaurant", which has homemade food and a great car theme. After everyone was well feed we headed back to Minneapolis. Overall we had a fun filled, picture perfect day with great friends.

Group photo


 


Sacramento/Tahoe
Jim Day #2613
4804 Granite Drive, F-3,#151
Rocklin, CA 95677
buickdude@sbcglobal.net
916-997-0156

April 16, 2016, Saturday, 6 am- 4pm- Sacramento Swap meet held at the Sleep Train Arena. Info: 916-955-8777. www.sacramentoswapmeet.com. If you plan to attend, call me so that we can hook-up. 

May 13, 2016, Friday- 5pm -9pm, Auburn Cruise Night. Pre '72 vehicles, no entry fee. 

May 21, 2016, Saturday, entry 8am- 9:30am, Loomis, Taylor's Burger Stand,13th Annual Car Show. $25 Entry Fee. '75- Older vehicles.

June 10, 2016, Friday, 5pm - 9pm- Auburn Cruise Night. Pre '72 vehicles only, no Entry Fee.

For more information, contact coordinator Jim Day at 916-997-0156

We want to plan a get acquainted meeting in the Sacramento area as well as the Reno area sometime in April.  I do not have email addresses for everyone in either area.  If you are receiving this schedule in the RIVIEW and want to insure that I have your contact information, please call me at 916-997-0156, or email at: buickdude@sbcglobal.net.

We look forward to meeting you and we look forward to seeing those whom we've already met again.
The four dates listed above are always heavily attended from April and into June.  Spring is a great time for anything involving our cars.  People are ready to get out of the house and show off their classic cars, or their finished winter projects.  These four outings should appeal to most of the guys and the ladies too.  We will plan some local tours for the ROA members in NorCal and Reno, Carson City areas too.

Happy New Year,
Jim & Peggy Sue Day

Sacramento/Tahoe Event Recap

July 11, 2015, Members from the Sacramento area met at the California Auto Museum for a tour, followed by lunch. At the museum we were greeted by our Host Docent, Mark, who was a wealth of information about virtually every car in the museum. The tour took approximately two hours, finishing up right at noon. So, we went across town to Omars Mexican Food Restaurant for great food and more Riviera bonding.

The Riviera's that were driven to the gathering included some that were not completely finished, but that did not stop the owners from bringing them. These gatherings are for everyone, don't stay home thinking your car is not perfect. None are!


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

(336) 431-3854
ROA5360@aol.com

 

North Carolina Event Recap

September 19, 2015, Twenty-two ROA members and guests from North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee met at Creekside Park in Archdale, NC for the Tenth Annual “Rivieras at the Park”. This year the weather cooperated, a cool morning to start that turned into a sunny mid 80’s day.

We had five of the eight generations in attendance, including a ’63, ‘64, three ‘65s, ‘66, ’69, ‘72, ‘89, ’93, two ‘95s, ’97 and a ’99, 14 Rivieras in all. Lunch ran a little late and was served around 1:00 and as usual was enjoyed by all. Several commented on Gwyn’s substitution for her pound cake, everyone liked her replacement, a German chocolate bunt cake.

With the number of generations in attendance there was lots to talk about, and with the International Meet as close to us as it will be next year, several members said they were going to try and attend. Hopefully we’ll have a great representation from NC at next year’s international meet.

We usually try to get our group photo with a Riviera at the end of the day, but this year with members coming from far and wide those that had driven a long distance had to get on the road so I didn’t get our usual group picture.

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

May 14-16, 2015, 5th South East Regional. After considering cancelling the Regional due to a lack of participation, we had a few dedicated members that still wanted to meet. We had 15 members and guests from FL, GA, NC, PA, and SC, bring seven Rivieras to Savannah for our get together. We had two generations in attendance, there were two 1977s and five of the last generation, two 1995s, two 1997s, and one 1999.

We went ahead with our original plan and had our guided tour of the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum on Friday morning; a few members stayed at the museum most of the day as there was much to see. The rest of Friday was open for sightseeing on our own.

Saturday morning we left the hotel as Planned for Fort McAllister State Park, they were very accommodating, even for our small group, and set us up very nicely parking in the grass right beside the pavilions we were using. David Messinger Jr (owner of the Perkin's restaurant) and Randall set up a delicious lunch for us, a choice of soups, sandwiches, and desert; a perfect picnic lunch. Because of our low numbers instead of a judged show, I still wanted to recognize those that had come; I brought along a People's Choice award and had the members vote for their favorite. Along with members we also asked passersby to give us their input. After our "Show and Shine" we toured the Fort and Museum.

Saturday evening we gathered at the Perkin's restaurant for a group dinner. We had a nice meal and discussed the possibility of another ROA regional event, we are not sure at this time. We also talked about going to the International Meet in St. Charles, there were several positive responses. After dinner I awarded Richard Morin our People's Choice award, his '77 had received the most votes of those in attendance and was well deserved, a very nice Riviera.

The evening ended with that presentation and all went on their way Sunday morning.

 

 


 


NORTH ILLINOIS
Warren Ramsey #2328
211 S. Pecatonica St.
Winnebago, IL 61088
(815) 335-2423

 

 


NYC/LONG ISLAND
Harold MecCabe ROA # 2569
74-25 64th St.
Glendale, NY
11385
(718) 366-3628

 

 


 

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

(503) 393-2187
Oreroa@yahoo.com

 



 

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

April 16, 2016, Saturday, We will visit restorer Alan Taylor for cosmetic & mechanical tips from an expert who prepares show cars for Pebble Beach and the other high end car shows. Alan is also specializing in custom luggage for all makes of cars.  We will send flyers to all paid up members 30 days prior to the events with further details.

San Diego Event Recap

June 14, 2015, The annual Gathering on the Green car show at the Escondido Deer Park Winery & Auto Museum brought out a grouping of five 1st generation Riviera's. The show began at 9 AM and ended with the awards ceremony at 3 PM. There were three 1963 Rivieras, one '64 & one '65 on display. Jan Zverina won the best of show award with his well restored '63. For most it was the 1st time to view the collection of more than 130 convertibles located in 3 separate buildings. The 18 acre property also contains a wine tasting room and a delicatessen for snacks. Along with the cars that range from a 1908 Buick to a 1972 Oldsmobile is an Americana exhibit of early radios, TV sets, bicycles & huge old dealership neon signs, over a century of related items representing our American progress on many fronts.

February 20-22, 2015, Rivieras were well represented at the 49th Annual Big 3 swap meet held on the parking lot of Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego's Mission Valley region. The 3 day happening is one of the largest annual car events in Southern California and it attracts daily crowds in the tens of thousands including buyers, sellers & casual viewers. The 2015 show featured over 2,000 vendors of auto parts & auto related materials. More than 100 different car clubs also had their members cars on display.

San Diego ROA Club member Fred Young provided a 12 x 12 hospitality tent and enough tables & chairs to seat more than a dozen people weary from walking around the 60 acre site. The 1st three generations of Riviera's on display attracted a great number of people who were impressed by the cars in the group. The cars displayed were Ken Lund's 1971 Boat tail, a 1961 Buick Electra, Jim Kelso's 1969 Riviera, Bob Starkey's one owner 1967 Riviera & Lee Carroll's one owner 1963 Riviera. The local ROA members were able to offer their advice on restorations, parts sources & reputable local service providers for Rivieras. It was a golden opportunity to connect with many regional ROA members & to enlist some prospective new members.

Group shot of cars



 

SOUTH AFRICA
Chris Palk ROA#10373
PO Box 1333
Krugersdorp 1740 South Africa
2711-660-1322 (office)
2782-808-3360 (cell)
c_palk@uskonet.com

 


Ventura / Santa Barbara Counties
Lee Pickett # 10039

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


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

Ventura Event Recap

May 2, 2015, Twenty three members from the ROA Ventura/Santa Barbara County and the BCA LA / San Gabriel chapter  gathered at the home and avocado ranch owned by ROA coordinator Lee & Lisa Pickett for another Pot Luck. Their special guests were BCA members  Rick & Teresa Chinarini from Australia, who told about their 34 day adventure across Australia in their  Buick. The feelings felt by all attending these events has been "You Meet the Nicest People" - and the cars are the catalyst.

 


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

Washington Event Recap

September 12, 2015, We had a great turnout for the14th Annual h ROA Fall Potluck held at Brian & Ellen O’Neil’s on Whidbey Island. As always this event is open to all makes and models, which results in a yard filled with beautiful cars and friendly people.

This has always been such a great way to close summer events with plenty of food and drinks.

 


 

 


Other Buick Events


Allentown, PA
BCA Nationals

July 27-30, 2016, The Buick Club of America (BCA) will be celebrating their 50th anniversary. For details visit www.buickclub.org/2016anniversary/


Australia
Buick Club of Australia Nationals

Aug 21-27, 2016, ROA members are invited to attend the Australia Buick Car Club’s weeklong national event to be held in Illawarra, Australia. (Not affiliated with the BCA) For details visit www.buickclub.org.au/nationals


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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