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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

Richard Long  # 10403
Tucson, AZ


 Go to for updated information including dates and times on other local events.


Brian Hall # 10723
P.O. Box 383
Cleveland Qld. 4163

Australia Event Recap

June 2014 Hemmings Muscle Machings CoverThird ROA Australia Regional
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

March 30, 2014," Riviera's Day Out" was celebrated at the Yarra Valley Museum, Melbourne. The day was organised as a prelude to the ROA Australian National Meet at Bathurst NSW this coming May. The weather was beautiful for a perfect day to view the 13 Rivieras on display brought by 32 happy members. There were plenty of things to see around the Museum, as well as enjoying the company of the proud owners, family and friends.

The cars were displayed in chronological order so it was easy to see the design evolution of the Riviera from 1963 through '74. Peer judging was conducted so that everyone could review and then vote for their favourite Riviera. A 1967 owned by Steve McCluskey received the People's Choice Award.

Our Thanks to ROA member Tom Kunek for organizing this event.

Bob Wannall ROA# 3069
3699 SE 54th Ct.
Ocala, FL 34480

(352) 690-7729 (NEW)

October 4, 2014, Saturday, 7:00am – 6:00pm, ROA gathering at the National Parts Depot in Silver Springs. Registration is from 7am to 10 am. The show is from 8am to 6pm Cars cannot leave the park until the show is over. It is Free with pre registration. It will be $8.00 to get in the park with vehicle and $5.00 for passengers if not registered. For registration visit For additional information contact Coordinators Bob Brumbaugh or Bob Wannall.


Central Florida Event Recap

May 15-17 2014, Thirty two ROA members and their guests gathered in Asheboro, NC, for the 4th ROA Southeastern Regional. The event included local tours and a Saturday show with 21 Rivieras from every generation. For details, photos and award winners, click here.

SE Regional Group Photo

November 9, 2013  ROA Autumn Gathering, Ten members from Central Florida met at Burnyzz Speed Shop in Ocala.  We toured the car collection on the showroom floor, saw the shop facilities and enjoyed a very helpful tech session with owner Josh Hart and his staff. Then we watched ROA member Steve Brisbois put his award-winning ’68 on the Burnyzz dyno. Steve’s tricked out 430 made so much torque that the car was spinning the rear wheels on the dyno rollers. Alas, with all that torque the rear end shifted to the right and the rear tire blew when the sidewall rubbed the dyno frame. Steve didn’t get a reading, but made a great boom and a lot of rubber smoke. Fortunately, the original, unused spare still filled with 1968 air was in the trunk and ready for (limited) service.

After the “big show,” we made our way to a local drive-in restaurant for good company, tales of Rivieras, and to spin a few yarns. Participants included Steve Brisbois, Dick & Irene Morin, Artie & Linda Smith, Nate Thomas, Dennis Thulin, Paul & Debbie Grassi, and Bob Wannall. Watch for information about our Spring Gathering in early 2014, and plan to be with us (and in Colorado Springs in June).




Bob Brumbaugh # 12549

8116 7th Pl S
West Palm Beach, FL 33411-5434
561 795 4054

October 4, 2014, Saturday, 7:00am – 6:00pm, ROA gathering at the National Parts Depot in Silver Springs. Registration is from 7am to 10 am. The show is from 8am to 6pm Cars cannot leave the park until the show is over. It is Free with pre registration. It will be $8.00 to get in the park with vehicle and $5.00 for passengers if not registered. For registration visit For additional information contact Coordinators Bob Brumbaugh or Bob Wannall.

November 1, 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.

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

May 15-17 2014, Thirty two ROA members and their guests gathered in Asheboro, NC, for the 4th ROA Southeastern Regional. The event included local tours and a Saturday show with 21 Rivieras from every generation. For details, photos and award winners, click here.

SE Regional Group Photo

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


October 11, 2014, Saturday, 10 am – 1 pm. The Annual Georgia Pot Luck will be held at West Bank Park on the south side of Lake Lanier. We will have our usual pot luck picnic with grilled burgers and dogs. Each member is asked to bring a side dish or desert. We hope to see you there and bring your Riviera – regardless of condition. We just love to look and talk about Rivieras! Contact Keith Felderman at 770-235-0406 or at if you have any questions.

Georgia Event Recap

May 15-17 2014, Thirty two ROA members and their guests gathered in Asheboro, NC, for the 4th ROA Southeastern Regional. The event included local tours and a Saturday show with 21 Rivieras from every generation. For details, photos and award winners, click here.

SE Regional Group Photo

October 12, 2013, Twenty members of the ROA  gathered  at Webb Bridge Park in Alpharetta for our annual Fall Pot Luck Picnic.  The “government shutdown” forced us to change our  location at the last minute, but they couldn’t stop our members from getting together and having a good time.  The weather was perfect and we had eight Rivieras on display.  Don McClair brought out his beautiful freshly restored ’65 Gran Sport..  We had to alter our plans to grilling because of the venue change so instead we all enjoyed turkey and ham sandwiches along with the side dishes the members brought.  Everyone had a great time enjoying the great cars, good food and conversation.

Group Shot

Left to right:-'85 Art Haggett,'65 Don McClair'67 Keith Felderman

Left to right - '72 Russ Norris, '82 John Schrapper, '84 Chris Miller

Left to right - '65 Jody Ritt, '72 Adam Decker

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.


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

October 18, 2014 Saturday,  11:00 am - 4:00 pm  Join us at a large meet including members and cars from the ROA, TOA, OCA, BCA, APA, GTO and CLC. The event will be at Cypress Top Historical Park.

The entire park is reserved for our meet.  It happens to be between voting dates and the main building is a voting booth so.  It will be closed to the public and open to us!.  Everyone bring your own picnic lunch and drinks.  We have the pavilion but I'm not sure the facilities for cooking so bring a prepared meal.

Dee and I are just going to stop and get chicken or something.  There is about 70 parking spaces, I suggest you get there early because it may fill up.  Bring your folding chairs.  Room permitting I will set up our canopy/booth. There is no judging or awards so the pressure is off.  Just come and hang out with some wonderful classic GM owners.  No entry fee either.

For a map visit

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 30, 2014, ROA Annual Spring Picnic was again held at Spring Lake Park in Tomball, where it was a gorgeous 77 degree spring day. Members from the ROA & TOA brought ten Rivieras and two Toronados. Several members came without their cars as well. Hamburgers and hot-dogs and several wonderful sides and deserts were served up to a enthusiastic group. The main topic of discussion was plans to attend the ROA National Meet this June in Colorado Springs. At this time, the Houston Region has 13 members with confirmed reservations for the international meet. We have three groups all meeting in Amarillo for the last leg of the cruise. We also welcomed a new friend as a guest today, James Bartlett with his beautiful 1966 Riviera GS. It was one of our best picnics ever!



Darwin Falk # 2077
1904 Morgan Ln.
Anaheim, CA 92802


September 13, 2014, Saturday, 8:00 – 8:30 am

Rise and Dine! Back to Polly’s! Well, it’s pretty much end of summer and it’s time for us to get our Rivieras and Toronados out for some exercise while we enjoy breakfast. Please join us for a return visit to Polly’s Pies in Orange for a Rise & Dine breakfast on Saturday, September 13th. (click here for a flyer - PDF)

This location was extremely popular when we went there last October, so let’s go back for 2nds. They have a very large breakfast menu and the most amazing cinnamon rolls I’ve ever eaten. Their parking lot is quite large… pull straight to the back as you see in the attached flyer; it should be real easy for us to again all park together. Let’s plan to meet up between 8 and 8:30 and sit down for breakfast at 9… Their address is: 2025 N. Tustin St., Orange CA 92865. They’re right off the 55 Freeway midway between the Lincoln and Katella off-ramps.

Hope to see you on the 13th…if you would, please RSVP to me at or 714-740-0101 just so I know how many are likely to attend to assist the restaurant in set up.

If you live in the LA Region and did not receive my email, announcing this even that means I do not have your correct email on file. Please contact me with your current email.

Los Angeles Event Recap

February 15, 2014, Twenty two members of the  ROA and TOA combined  joined members of a SoCal antique truck club for breakfast at IHOP followed by a personalized tour of the private Day Family Auto Museum in Corona, CA.  We had a great time eating (we filled an entire dining room) and then  touring the collection; the focus at the Day Family Museum is American 50s/60s cars, but with over 100 cars and insufficient room to display them all at once, there’s a little of everything there.  We even got a tour of the back ‘garage’ area for the collection. 

October 12, 2013,  ROA & TOA members met for breakfast at Polly's Pies in Orange.   A record turnout of 15 ROA members, four with dual memberships and two from TOA filled the restaurant's entire patio.  The restaurant was so excited to host us  that they raffled off a pie; the winner was Carole Nix.  We had eight Rivieras and one Toronado driven to the event.  Given how great the food, location, and turnout was, you can be assured we'll return to this location for a future event. Check this website or for news of upcoming events in the LA/OC region.

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.

1977 XS Toronado

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.


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


July 27, 2014, Sunday, 2:00pm – Annual ROA Pot Luck at my home, 6256 W. Carpenter Rd. Flushing, Michigan. Bring a Dish to pass & your beverage of your choice. Please R.S. V.P. by July 25 at or 810-210-6292

September 6, 2014, Saturday, Michigan Buick Bash at Turkey vile , MI. Open to All Buick Owners. More information to follow.

September 12& 13 ,2014, Saturday- Sunday, Pure Stock Muscle Car Drag Race at Mid –Michigan Motor Plax in Stanton Michigan.

October 11,2014, Saturday, A Fall Color tour is in the works . More information to follow.


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.

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


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

(612) 824-9339


Minnesota Event Recap

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

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

(336) 431-3854

September 13, 2014, Saturday 10am- 2 pm, Ninth Annual "Rivieras at the Park". For details and directions, click here.

North Carolina Event Recap

May 15-17 2014, Thirty two ROA members and their guests gathered in Asheboro, NC, for the 4th ROA Southeastern Regional. The event included local tours and a Saturday show with 21 Rivieras from every generation. For details, photos and award winners, click here.

SE Regional Group Photo

September 14, 2013  “Eight Annual Rivieras at the Park”.  The weather cooperated this year and  we had a clear sunny sky with a high temperature in the mid-70s. A perfect day for our gathering.   Seventeen Riviera owners, consisting of  ROA members, guests and a few non-members met at Creekside Park in Archdale. This year we had five of the eight generations in attendance, there were three ‘63s, one ‘64, one ‘65, one ‘66GS, two ‘72s, one ‘93, two ‘95s, and two ‘99s. We had the opportunity to socialize and share information about the different generations. We held a Q&A to assist those with questions they had about the repair and maintenance of their cars.

Once again Glen and Sandra Roberts drove 275 miles to attend our get together with their very nice 1963, which was awarded the “Most Original ‘63” at our national meet in Lexington. This year the group photo was taken with a 1964 owned by Rick Joy.

Charles Paschal posted a short video of the cars in attendance. To view the video go to

As always Gwyn and I would like to thank those that attended and made the gathering very successful. The reward for us is to enable members to gather and enjoy the day.  As usual, we hope to see you/others next year! Our plan is to hold the “Rivieras at the Park” the Saturday before the Charlotte Auto Fair which will make it the second or third Saturday of September.




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

Sept 20, 2014, Saturday, Noon – 2:00 pm, Annual Brown Bag Picnic at Starved Rock State Park in Utica. For details and directions contact Warren at 815-335-2423

Northern Illinios Event Recap

September 22, 2013. Annual Brown Bag Picnic was held at the Starved Rock State Park in Utica,IL. Regional Coordinator Warren Ramsey meet with local members who drove their Riveras ranging from the mid sixties to the nineties.


John Farlin #13173

Akron, OH


North East Ohio Event Recap

August 10, 2014 First Annual All Riviera Cruise-In. After a setback with rain on our first date of August 3rd. The sky was blue for our next date. Unfortunately we lost a few, who were unable to make the new date and others with mechanical problems. Despite this, the 1st Annual Penn-Ohio Buick Riviera Only Cruise-In was still a huge success!

Twelve Rivieras gathered at Summit Racing in Tallmadge for the start of the Cruise. That included a guest from BCA in red 1993. It is worth mentioning that Chip Aeppli #5913 (with help from two friends) brought all three of his Rivieras! a 1971, 78, and a 98. At Summit, members were able to spend some time in the retail store, and some time socializing with other members in the parking lot. I would also like to point out that Summit Racing sponsored this ROA event, so we all got some free Summit decals and a free identification card for our dash.

At 1:00pm, and with an all blue sky and perfect weather, we left Summit Racing in a convoy of Rivieras on a 58.9 mile tour to Hickory Bar and Grill in Hermitage, Pennsylvania. At Hickory Bar and Grill, we met up with more ROA members, for a total of 18 Rivieras, ranging from 1964 to ’98. Each generation was well represented ! We then quickly filled the dining area with ROA members and had a great lunch.

At 5:00pm, we went in a convoy a short distance to the "Avenue of 444 Flags" where we all drove through and around the display of 444 USA flags. Nothing but Rivieras, it was absolutely breath taking!

After a short stop for ice cream we went to the "Original Quaker Steak and Lube" sitting right next to the Shenango River, in Sharon, PA. There we were able to spend some time on a deck right on the river's edge listening to some live outdoor music! For me personally, this was the “funnest” cruise-In I ever did! See you all next year!

Click on the link below to watch a video of the 2014 Ohio & Western Pennsylvania Cruise-In. Unfortunately, all the cars that attended the event are not in the video.

Buick Riviera Regional Cruise-In on YouTube

Group shot

car group shot

car group shot 2


September 15, 2013. The First ROA Gathering in this new region resulted in an impressive turnout of 24 Rivieras. The model years ranged from 1964 through '98. Of these, (2) '64s, (2) 67s, (14 boattails) (2) 1978 LXXV, (1) 82 convertible, (1) '85, (1) '92 and a '98. This non-judged gathering was held on a Sunday afternoon, in Fairlawn, next to Rockne's Pub, where members were able to enjoy good food and fellowship. Coordinator John Farlin is to be congratulated on his first event as the Ohio coordinator. Thanks also for the support of so many members, who made this gathering so successful.



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

September 14, 2014, Sunday, 9am- 4 pm, Annual ROA Friendship Meet and Glendale Street Fair. The event as in previous years will be held at Fresh Pond Road and Myrtle Ave. in Glendale Queens. The street fair includes food, music and rides for children, no auto swap meet. Pre-registration of $10 by August 28th to receive a plaque. For more information and registration contact Harold at or 718-366-3628.

Long Island Event Recap

September 15, 2013, Street Fair. Once again the fair turned out to be another great event, plenty of food and music and games for the kids. the street fair ran about close to a mile and a half. our special thanks goes to the ROA and the East Coast Car Assoc. for bringing out their cars. The weather was perfect, it was cool and sunny. There were a total of 23 classic cars, including three Rivieras.  Howard Attanasio brought his ’63, Kenny Vasti brought his ’65 GS, and I drove my 1979. ROA member Anthony Gatta brought his ‘65 Skylark GS convertible. Thousands enjoyed the event and the display of cars. We hope to see more ROA members next year.




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

(503) 393-2187


Oregon Event Recap

August 17, 2013, we had a strong turnout of Rivieras at the All Buick Show sponsored by the Portland BCA Chapter in Troutdale, OR. Of the sixty Buicks on display, eleven were Rivieras. Of the eleven nine were first generation (1963-65), a ’74 and an ’85.


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


San Diego Event Recap

March 23, 2014, Sunday, ROA and BCA members toured the Water Conservation Garden on the Cuyamaca College Campus. The tour started with a display of the many plants & trees that are native to San Diego. Since San Diego was once an isolated high desert region water must be shipped in by a variety of means. Water Conservation is a major issue since 98% of the entire State of California is currently locked in the grips of a drought, with no end in sight.

The members were shown ways to save water without sacrificing a lush green landscape. They gave our small, but eco friendly group new ideas on landscaping and the care of plant life in their homes. This very interesting & informational tour was followed by a pleasant late lunch at the nearby TGIF restaurant

February 21-23, 2014, ROA made its presence known at the 48th Annual Big 3 Swap meet held at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego. The annual meet held on the 40-acre stadium parking lot drew over 2,400 vendors & hundreds of car club participants displaying a wide variety of cars & trucks. We were blessed with 3 days of great weather and large crowds.

The four Rivieras on display drew a lot of attention. We were able to meet many interested people and were able to give advice on repairs & restorations. ROA member Fred Young provided us with a hospitality tent, tables, chairs & refreshments. During the weekend, we handed out numerous membership applications, parts catalogues and gave a lot of practical advice on the owning and care of their cars.

Ken Lund drove his '71 boattail 150 miles from Yucaipa. Jim Kelso brought his modified '69, while. Bob Starkey brought his one owner '67. Lee Carroll displayed her one owner original 1963 Silver Cloud. All four of these cars were driven to Monterey for the 2012 ROA International Meet.


October 13, 2013, Twenty one members of the ROA and BCA spent a pleasant Sunday looking at more than 500 years of  San Diego history at a unique reconstruction project. The San Diego Maritime Museum is building a replica of the Spanish Galleon that was the flagship of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo who in 1542 was the 1st European to discover what is now San Diego.

The original San Salvador was 92 feet long & 24 feet across in its widest area. It carried a crew of 16 seamen, a navigator, a priest, a doctor, the captain and 12 soldiers. The ship is being built without blue prints and are making some modifications. The cross bracing is one example, as ships built in the 16th century did not have cross bracing & as a result few of them lasted more than 5 to 10 years. Since no nails or screws are being used  holes are drilled so that wooden pegs can be pounded into place.

Boat Tour

Boat Tour 2

Boat modelThis is a model of the San Salvador showing what the finished ship will look like.


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


Larry Lovell #11001
2155 Pewter Drive
Knoxville, TN 37909
(865) 690-7421

September 13, 2014, Saturday, 10:00 am. Join us for the Chattanooga Cruise, hosted by Coker Tire. At 10:00 am we will meet in the parking lot across from Honest Charley's Speed Shop, 1307 Chestnut St., in Chattanooga. This is a huge event held in downtown with food and music. There is also the Coker tire Museum to tour. The event will take place rain or shine. Click here for flyer.

Let me know if you plan to attend and I will provide more details on logistics. Contact Larry Lovell Tennessee Coordinator, 865- 690-7421 or

Tennessee Event Recap

May 15-17 2014, Thirty two ROA members and their guests gathered in Asheboro, NC, for the 4th ROA Southeastern Regional. The event included local tours and a Saturday show with 21 Rivieras from every generation. For details, photos and award winners, click here.

SE Regional Group Photo

October 12, 2013, ROA members met for a tour of the Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, KY. We had a great time. Jimmy and Debbie Hamilton showed up in their Maroon 66. Chip Ackerman was there in his 99 Silver Arrow. Boyd and Steven Barker were there in their Black 76. Jerry and Rose Marie Roberts had their Beige 71 Boat tail, and Larry Lovell with his modified 65. The weather was perfect. The museum was very nice and they treated us well. They had Corvettes of every vintage including the new 2014 model. I would encourage anyone to go. Thanks to all who supported the event.



Ventura / Santa Barbara Counties
Lee Pickett # 10039

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

August 2, 2014, Buicks and Avocados, a gathering of ROA & BCA members at ROA coordinator Lee Picket’s avocado ranch. Enjoy the company of other Buick enthusiasts and hear a recording by a GM designer made in 1995 talking about new designs that resulted in the development of the last generation Riviera. Click here for a map and details.

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

June 21, 2014,  Brake Clinic, Special thanks to Nick Silva, owner of JLC automotive in Moorpark, for spending five hours with us on his brake clinic. A 1978 LXXV was put on the lift and used for the clinic. Thanks to all the members who attended especially member Sheryl McCabe and her friend Charlie who drove up from Long Beach in Sheryl's beautiful ‘65.

November 30, 2013 – We were all invited to the home of member David Contreras to see and talk about the ongoing restoration of his '65.. Seven members and friends showed up to see what David has done. Members Don Miller and Robert Valenzuela as well as a visiting member Bill and his dad Anthony. Bill is from Long Island New York. Soon to be member Javier showed up with his nice 63. David was a great host and speaker he explained all the things he has done and the things he is planning to do to his Riviera. We also spent some time going thru the 30 year collection of the Riview that member Dan Gregg and his dad collected and entrusted to me. The weather was perfect. Thanks to those who attended, we hope to see more members the nest time we meet.

July 19, 2013,  ROA Brake Tour, We had six ROA members and friends join us for a tour of the Wilwood Engineering & Brake Company. In Camarillo. The tour of the 100,000 sq ft plant took one and a half hours. Our guide Dustin Burr  was extremely informative and quite humorous in explaining all about the brake industry.  I’m sorry more members were unable to attend. If they did they would have learned why Wilwood is “Number One” in brakes.


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.


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

Cancelled due to Brian’s required shoulder surgery
September 6, 2014, Saturday
, 14th 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. Please contact John for additional information.

Washington Event Recap

Sept 7, 2013,  13th Annual ROA Pot Luck, was held at the home of Brian & Ellen O'Neil on Whidbey Island.  We had a great day with 10 Rivieras & 9 Buicks. Long distance award went to a beautiful 71 Riv from Gibsons, BC Canada, owned by Brian & Jennifer Schuppert. Best Riviera award went to Keith & Jeanette Bingham for their white ‘65. Our Regional Coordinator John Andreassen was presented the "Anchor/Norseman" award on behalf of ROA members for his 25 years of dedication to the Washington chapter of the ROA.

June 22, 2013 Twenty Six Rivieras filled the show field at the, 20th Annual Buick Open, sponsored by the Puget Sound Chapter of the BCA., held  in SE, Puyallup. This event coincides with the Meeker Days Festival. It was a great time for all who attended.



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Saratoga Springs NY

Cadillac & Buick Lawn Show

August 9, 2014, Saturday, 10 am – 2 pm, Cadillac & Buick Lawn Show, hosted by the Upstate NY chapter of BCA & NY Cadillac LaSalle Club. Held at the Saratoga Auto Museum, Saratoga Springs, NY. Registration $15, or $20 day of show, which includes two admissions to the museum. Pre register at (rain date August 10th)

Abingdon, Maryland

28th Annual All Buick Show

September 28, 2014, Sunday, The Buick Owners of Maryland invite ROA members to their annual all Buick show to be located at Boyle Buick-GMC, 3015 Emmorton Road, Abingdon, Maryland. All Rivieras, including custom and modified, are welcome. Advance 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,, or Hank Reus Jr. 410-499-6196,

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Bowling Green, KY
GS Nationals

October 15-18 2014, Wednesday – Saturday, Meet with other performance minded Buick owners and have fun on the track at this annual event. For additional information call 299-469-0389 or visit

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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