30 Geraldine St.
Ward, Arkansas, 72176
501- 606-1224, Cell
Kevin is interested in hosting events for members throughout the state. He will be contacting members directly with dates and locations. If you do not have your email listed correctly on our roster, please contact Kevin.
|Arkansas Event Recap
March 19, 2016 – ROA members from Arkansas and Oklahoma brought three generations of Riviera to the Fort Smith Historical Museum. We spent the afternoon touring the grounds where we saw the gallows and a horse drawn paddy wagon. Inside the museum we saw Judge Parker's "the Hanging Judge" court room, the jail cells and all kinds of artifacts from the old west and civil war days. We finished the day dining at the Western Sizzlin and making plans for future events and possible picnic, everyone agreed to exchange email addresses so we can all stay in touch.
Click here to read the November 2016 issue of the informative Australian version of the Riview with stories on local Rivieras and much more. (PDF 4 MB).
2017 ROA Australian National Meet
May 4 – 7, 2017, Our 2017 ROA Australian National Meet will be at the pretty coastal town of the Entrance. The Entrance is located about 100 kilometres north of Sydney and the event is being organized by Coordinator Tony Gentilcore and his wife, Barbara. We are looking forward to another great Australian gathering of Rivieras and the fellowship of Riviera people. We are also thrilled that a US ROA couple are making the trip ‘down under’ to join us at this event. For details contact Tony at email@example.com. For accommodations at the Ibis Styles in the Entrance call 61 2 4336 0400 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here for more information (PDF 717KB)
Linda Hall, Co-ordinator
|Queensland Australia Event Recap
August 21-27, 2016, The week-long Australian Buick National Meet was held south of Sydney on the East Coast. Some made the long drive from across Australia, a distance of 3,900 kilometres (2,496 miles) each way.
The week’s activities included a scenic drive through Bulli Pass and across the spectacular Sea Cliff Bridge at Stanwell Park, visits to a Motor Museum, a Historic Air Museum and the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Centre.
Our Show and Shine day was held in the picturesque little town of Kiama. Unfortunately, the weather had turned cold and wet but 60 beautiful Buicks graced the lawns of the beachside park. Twelve Rivieras were on show including two 1978’s and three 1965’s. Our Show and Shine judging was People’s Choice and I was both pleased and surprised to pick up the award for the category for the 1970’s with my “78 LXXV Anniversary Edition.
Now we look forward to our next Australian ROA National Meet to be held in May 2017.
Three Aussie Coordinators and Australian Riview editor, John Forster.
L-R Tom Kunek, Linda Hall, John Forster & Tony Gentincore.
On May 1, 2016 under cloudy skies and light rain, an enthusiastic group of ROA and Buick members gathered at Cameron Park, Booval for our combined ROA/Buick Club Run in the country. 27 members, guests and families braved the wet conditions which at that point, looked like continuing. We were very pleased to see some of our new members come along and join us for the day - Terry and Barbara Searle and team, Adam and Sharon Woodley with Jake and Chevy - welcome to the Buick family of friends.
After much chatting and morning tea, we headed off for our run, following our run notes provided. Thankfully the rain stopped as we drove through Ipswich and out through Peak Crossing and on to the town of Boonah. Our destination was Mt. Alford, some 15 kl. past Boonah. The road was good, not much traffic and the rain had stopped - hooray! We all made it safely to the Mt. Alford Hotel (although some arrived a little late after missing a turn).
The Mt. Alford Hotel is a great little country pub with friendly owners (Dave and Dad) and the meals were terrific. ROA members were invited to take part in a competition for some special Riviera prizes. The answers to the questions on the competition sheet were contained in previous Australian Riviews - so if you read your Riview you would have had a great shot at the answers. Whilst no one got all the questions right, the competition was won by Adrian Dearling with runners up, Paul and Christine Dearling and Terry Searle.
Rivieras on the meet included John and Laurene’s lovely ’65, Peter and Sandra’s ’68, Terry Searle’s ’66 (a new one for the boys to look at), and my Wedgewood blue ’64. Unfortunately John Barker’s Riviera was temporarily off the road and Adrian could not bring his ’65 due to having another commitment following our run. It was also great to see the other Buicks on the run including Dave and Colleen Wilson’s 1934 and Adam and Sharon’s Wildcat (another new one for the boys to look at).
Despite a cloudy and wet start to the day, everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and there was lots of chatting over lunch at the pub. Thanks to everyone who came along. It was especially nice to meet our new members and see their cars.
Victoria / Tasmania
|Victoria / Tasmania Australia Event Recap
March 13, 2016 ROA members met at Ralph Plarre’s residence in Essendon to view his private collection. We were greeted by our hosts Ralph and Marg, as we walked up his driveway and into his marvellous man cave.
Even though most of us have seen the photos of Ralph’s space and collection it was still breathtaking to see it in actually reality. We were happy to make donations to one of Ralph’s charities which provides scholarships to gifted young musicians.
Probably the rarest car in the collection was his 1957 Eldorado Brougham (only 400 made) which is the only RHD 1957 Brougham known in the world. This car was considered the ultimate in automobile luxury of the 50’s. The Eldorado Brougham was the answer to the Continental Mark II and was most expensive than a Rolls Royce of the day. It has centre-opening doors and brushed stainless steel roof.
Next we saw the Ferrari 599 GTB which is the fastest ever road going Ferrari. At the other end of the spectrum we saw Ralph’s Rolls-Royce Phantom which also has centre-opening doors and state of the art everything in luxury.
During the afternoon member Jade Offer played on Ralph’s grand piano which was just magic. Afternoon tea was served with a delicious spread of cakes from Ferguson Plarre Bakehouse which has been baking for well over a 100 years.
Our thanks to Ralph for being so generous with his time and his kind hearted hospitality. Ralph has been the past president of the Cadillac and the Rolls Royce club so you can see that this man loves to contribute. Special thanks to member Norm Bradford for being the focal point with Ralph to make this event happen.
Photos by John Coogam and Rachel Kunek
Bob Wannall ROA# 3069
1101 SE 56th Court
Ocala, FL 34480
| Central Florida Event Recap
October 1, 2016, The ROA was out in force at the 10th Annual NPD All-GM Oktoberfest in Ocala’s Silver Springs State Park. Cars owned by two members drove away with top prizes -- among the more than 600 GM cars on display. Best Buick went to Steve Brisbois’ modified ’68, while Tim Collins’ black ’71 took Best Large Car.
A total 15 Rivieras with 23 members and guests enjoyed the clear, blue central Florida skies for our “ROA show within a show,” along with four “guest” cars: a 1932 Chevy street rod, 1990 El Dorado, and a’69 Skylark GS400 convertible. We also gave ROA brochures to several other Rivieras owners at the show.
In addition, several members gathered on Friday evening before the show for open-house coffee and dessert at the home of Bob and Cindy Wannall. Steve Brisbois drove NPD’s Friday cruise to Cedar Key on the Gulf coast.
Coming up: a cruise-in and picnic in the first quarter of 2017, and Southeastern Regional Meet in Ocala on May 19-20, 2017. Watch for more info.
ROA International Meet, June 27-30, 2016
I just returned from the ROA International Meet in Williamsburg, and it was sensational. Yes, all the meets are terrific, but I enjoy American history and we were gathered in a centerpiece of our nation’s story: Williamsburg, the cornerstone of the movement that became America; Jamestown, the first permanent English colony in North America, and Yorktown, site of the final major battle of the Revolutionary War. Plus, there are more pancake houses than Smuckers could visit in a lifetime.
Several of our Florida members made some history, too, by winning awards for excellence in their categories: Ralph and Barbara Dunn for their mildly modified blue 1977, and David Messinger’s stunning garnet red 1985. Richard and Irene Morin’s 1977 was parked in the Winner’s Circle, so they weren’t eligible for judging, but received a Winner’s Circle Award for bringing the car. Cindy and I were there, but our 1964 was parked in our garage in Ocala. (I’m more than a bit hesitant to drive a 52-year-old car with 140K on the original engine 1,600 miles without a sag wagon equipped with mechanics and parts. And a couple of hundred gallons of ethanol-free fuel.)
I’ve also attached a group photo, plus a shot of all of us gathered in front of the amazing Villa Riviera, which was on display in the hospitality room for the entire weeks.
The Villa Riviera is the 1963 Riv that George Barris customized for film stardom, where it co-starred with James Darren and Nancy Sinatra in the movie For Those Who Think Young. ROA members Jeff and Ginnie Goldstein of Warwick, RI, told the history of the car, how various owners had modified it. Jeff acquired the car in 2015 and has been carefully returning it to the way George Barris “kustomized” it, complete with Munz four-track tape player and Sony TV as Barris built it.
The key was even in the ignition, attached to a ROA key fob. Very cool.
Okay, what’s next for us in Central Florida. I got some good ideas at the Regional Coordinators’ Meeting in Williamsburg, and I’ll be doing some legwork in the coming weeks to explore some possibilities for when the weather cools a bit. A cruise to Mount Dora for lunch and browsing through the antique shops? A visit to a winery? St. Augustine to stroll the old town and eat some Spanish cuisine at the Columbia? A cookout in your driveway? Give me some feedback, and your ideas, too.
It’s not too early to mark your calendar for next year’s National Meet in Reno-Tahoe, June 26-29, 2017.
Meanwhile, have a great summer with friends, families, and Rivieras. Happy Motoring.
February 7, 2016, ROA members dusted off their Rivieras and met at the home of Richard and Irene Morin in Brooksville for our ROA Picnic Get-Together.
Dick and Irene provided the hot dogs and hamburgers, and the rest of us brought lots of delectable covered dishes, including a one-of-a-kind cake ordered up by Steve Brisbois. We swapped tech talk, shared maintenance tips, told Riviera tales and caught up on family news. With a total of eight Rivieras – five of them veterans of Showcase articles in the Riview – we enjoyed a beautiful Central Florida winter day – blue sky, puffy white clouds and temps in the high 60’s.
Thanks, Dick and Irene, for hosting us again for 2016.
Keith Felderman # 9918
5485 Taylor Road
Johns Creek, GA 30022
El Paso, TX
Coordinator Ryan Pope
Mark Bristol # 12152
19110 Shale Creek Dr.
Tomball, TX. 77375
If you have a local meet or function in the Houston Galveston Area that you feel would be great for ROA members to attend contact me, Mark Bristol RC with details.
All Toronado owners have an open invitation to attend any of our local ROA functions. We are sister clubs and encourage you to join us. So if you are a TOA member receiving my ROA email announcements this is why. Bring those Toronados out!!!
|Houton Event Recap
October15, 2016, The 2nd Annual “Rivieras on the Ranch” was once again hosted by ROA member Hardy Rawls. A special thanks to Hardy for opening up his home and providing a catered meal consisting of BBQ, peach cobbler and sweet tea, the national drink of Texas. The temperature topped out at 89 degrees making it an unseasonably warm breezy day with sparse cloud cover.
There were 315 attendees, who brought 140 cars ranging from Model T’s to modern super cars. Fifteen ROA members, including a member from Des Moines Iowa, brought eight Rivieras and two Toronados. Commemorative T-shirts were designed and available for purchase.
There are plans for a 3rd Annual “Rivieras on the Ranch” next fall. The invitation is open to all ROA & TOA members regardless of where you live.
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.
LOS ANGELES, CA
Coordinator Position Open
George Babcock #4808
460 N. Main
Allegan, MI 49010
Ed Gunyo #101
5243 15th Ave So,
Minneapolis, MN 55417
|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.
Jim Day #2613
4804 Granite Drive, F-3,#151
Rocklin, CA 95677
Randall D. Crain #5360
2493 Banner Whitehead Rd.
Sophia, NC 27350
|North Carolina Event Recap
September 17, 2016, Eighteen ROA members and guests from North and South Carolina met at Creekside Park in Archdale, NC for the Eleventh Annual “Rivieras at the Park”. Again this year the weather cooperated and we had a nice sunny low 80’s day.
We had four of the eight generations in attendance, including a ’63, two ‘65s, a ‘66 GS, a ’93, two ‘95s, and a ’97, eight Rivieras in all.
Some members were not able to stay for lunch, but of those that stayed were included in our group picture while standing in front of Wayne Updike's '66 GS.
Gwyn and I would like to thank those that attended. It is the members’ attendance that make it worth the effort. We hope to see you again next year on the second or third Saturday in September, if all goes as planned.
Warren Ramsey #2328
211 S. Pecatonica St.
Winnebago, IL 61088
Harold MecCabe ROA # 2569
74-25 64th St.
Glendale, NY 11385
All Buick Show
May 28, 2017, Sunday, 38th Annual All Buick show, hosted by the Long Island Chapter of the BCA. ROA members, who attended last year were welcomed and enjoyed the day. The event will be held at the Wantagh Train Station in Wantagh, NY. Details at www.libuickclub.org. For additional information contact Darrell Ingold, ROA 1237, email@example.com, 631-220-3239, who is organizing the event for ROA members.
|NYC/Long Island Event Recap
May 29, 2016, I want to thank everyone for making this the most successful event we have ever had in the New York / Long Island Regfion. Of the 103 Buicks at the 37th All Buick Show in Wantagh Long Island there were 17 Rivieras. Of those, eleven were ROA members and the others were given applications. Three of those said they would join.
Those members pictured, starting with Darrell, in the green ROA shirt, on the left are: Vinny Ieraci, Howard Attanasio, Charles F Connell, Bill Rappell, Kenneth Vasti, Anthony Gatta, Jeff Glazer, Eric Sporrer, Don Ringhauser, and Tom Poole.
We are planning another get together towards the end of the summer and considering several suggestions. If you are interested in joining with us contact Darrell Ingold at firstname.lastname@example.org., who is assisting coordinator Harold MeCabe
Don Walter #14287
Richard Smith #2082
7539 Lakeside Dr. N.E.
Salem, OR 97305
|Oregon Event Recap
August 20, 2016, Turnout wasn’t great due to the hot weather, but 27 Buicks showed for the All Buick Show at the Northwest Vintage Car and Motorcycle Museum in Brooks. Of these, seven were Rivieras which turned out to be the largest group attending.
SAN DIEGO, CA
Lee Carroll #433
P. 0. Box 87923
San Diego, CA 92138
February 25-26, 2017, Join us at the 51st Annual Big 3 swap meet at Qualcomm Stadium, where we'll have a hospitality tent on site & spaces for 8 cars on display.
Early in April we'll have a brunch meet followed by a visit to a prestigious local collector's garage.
Caravan to 2017 ROA national meet in Reno. Ken Lund is collecting names of members interested in a in a caravan to Reno-Tahoe this year.
In all cases, if interested in more details contact coordination Lee Carroll.
|San Diego Event Recap
November 12, 2016, twenty-two San Diego R.O.A. members met at the San Diego Automotive Museum to reminisce over the current display showing the evolution from the 1st Station wagons once called Depot Hacks to today’s more spacious & modern SUV's. The 17-vehicle display started with a 1929 Model A Ford Station Wagon that would hold 5 people and ended with a 7 passenger 2004 GMC Envoy SUV.
The Automotive Museum located in Balboa Park was opened in 1988 after 9 years of public hearings on the proposed year-round public use of the building that had only occasional use after 1945 & the end of WWII. The Automotive Museum has become another destination stop for visitors & San Diego local car clubs.
As a sign of our changing times, a pre-planned late lunch in the park for our club members at an open garden cafe was canceled due to the influx of more than 600 anti-Trump protestors that blocked the movement of the already heavy week end traffic in the park for several hours.
Members gathered at the side of the museum by an unrestored 1938 Buick Special coupe
April 16, 2016, Eighteen ROA members visited Alan Taylor’s workshop in Escondido and learned more than most people will ever know about leather. Alan is a leather craftsman who learned his trade working beside his father. Alan Taylor now has international clients who will pay up to $40,000 for one of his custom made Ostrich skin briefcases.
We were treated to a two-hour lesson on the treatment and preservation of leather. Alan also spoke of the different quality of leather on the market. Of the 9,500 available they vary in thickness and application. Automotive leather thicknesses range from 1/16th of an inch to 1/4 of an inch and their applications & uses vary in a car. A certain thickness is used for high use exposure areas, thinner for the minor use areas such as sun visors.
While domestic leather suppliers are generally adequate, higher end cars require costlier European leathers with some of the best ones coming from the United Kingdom & Italy. Alan's Escondido workshop has achieved worldwide attention for his many First Place awards in the Pebble Beach & Amelia Islands Concours d Elegance. If interested Google “Alan Taylor Company” to view some of his achievements.
Attendees also enjoyed viewing the collection of multi-million dollar cars that were being worked on for his clients and Alan’s collection of 1920's Seagrave fire trucks. A very pleasant day for all that ended with a late lunch at the nearby Appleby's restaurant.
February 26-28, 2016, The 50th Annual Big 3 Swap Meet held at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego drew thousands of spectators. There were over 2,000 vendors of automotive related items at the event. The ROA table was well represented with Rivieras from 1963-71 on display.
San Diego Coordinator Lee Carroll handed out over two- dozen ROA membership applications and San Diego local members Ken Lund, James Kelso & Reid Carroll answered questions about maintenance & repairs for their model year cars. There was an International perspective on some of those questions. One of the inquiring attendees was a man from Czechoslovakia who had just bought a 1963 Riviera was & another who owned a 72 Boat tail was from France.
Chris Palk ROA#10373
PO Box 1333
Krugersdorp 1740 South Africa
Ventura / Santa Barbara Counties
Lee Pickett # 10039
900 Calle Plano unit E.
Camarillo, CA. 93012.
Cruise Nites, First Saturday of the Month, 4pm- 7pm at the Islands Restaurant 935 Broadbeck Drive, Newbury Park. Hope to see you there!
|Ventura Event Recap
August 28, 2016, Members met at the home of Robert Valenzuela in Northridge. Robert talked to us about the restoration project of his 1965 Riviera. We also talked about getting our cars ready for the 2017 ROA International meet in Reno this coming June.
Sunday June 26, 2016, Members met at the home of Robert Valenzuela for a discussion on taking on a frame-off restoration. Robert provided a lunch and discussed the restoration of his two ‘65s, one of which is a Gran Sport. The presentation was very informative. Attending were members Andy Wiegert, Don Miller, Steve Steuer, Marvin Berson, David Contreras and Coordinator Lee Pickett.
May 22, 2016, There were eight Riviera's at the show along with 200 other cars at the All GM Show, held in Woodliand Hills. Of those members Chris Pipkin brought his '65, Don Miller his '66 GS, Martin Smith's '64 and Lee Pickett's '78 LXXV.
Mike McCoy #30
John Andreassen # 1781
5442-A Schoth Rd. S. W.
Turnwater, WA 98512
June 17 2017, Saturday – 24rd Annual Buick Open, sponsored by the Puget Sound Chapter of the BCA. 115 2nd Ave SE, Puyallup. This is a great event for the whole family; it coincides with the Meeker Days Festival. All Riv’s park together! For registration information or any other questions, you can contact Lee Davis at 253.815.1094 or by email @ email@example.com or John Andreassen @ 360.754.3745 or by email @ firstname.lastname@example.org
September 9 2017, Saturday – 16th ROA Fall Potluck held at Brian & Ellen O’Neil’s on Whidbey Island. This has always been such a great way to close summer events. No registrations fees. Bring a dish to share & enjoy the closing awards. All makes & models are welcome. We will have deep fried turkeys, fresh steamed oysters & an assortment of beverages. 2026 Briarwood Dr, Oak Harbor, WA 98277 Brian & Ellen O’Neil can be reached @ 360-240-1274 or by email email@example.com
|Washington Event Recap
September 10, 2016 15th Annual ROA Fall Potluck was held at Brian & Ellen O’Neil’s on Whidbey Island. Out of 19 cars ten were Rivieras. This has always been such a great way to close summer events. All makes & models were welcomed. We had deep fried turkeys, fresh steamed oysters & an assortment of beverages.
June 18, 2016, Ninety-six Buicks were on display at the 23rd Annual Buick Open, in Puyallup, held in conjunction with the Meeker Days Festival. Of those, twenty were Rivieras, parked side by side. The Riviera presence was really felt.
Other Buick Events
March 18, 2017, Saturday
ROA members are invited to join the Mason Dixon Chapter, BCA on a tour to the America on Wheels Museum in Allentown to see the Fender Skirts & Poodle Skirts, Cruisin’ the Fabulous ‘50s exhibit. The tour meets at 8:45 am and leaves at 9 am from York Galleria Mall,2899 Whiteford Road, by the Red Robin Restaurant in York.
Or meet the group at the Museum by 11:30am for the two-hour guided tour. The group rate will be $8 per person. Lunch can be served at their 50s-style diner or gather for a meal elsewhere. RSVP to John M. Kuchtiak, ROA #10387 firstname.lastname@example.org, 717-634-4001, by February 26th.
All Buick Show
June 11, 2017, 9:00 am – 3:00pm.
First annual BCA Chapter show with four Riviera classes. Click here for details.
July 5-8, 2017
National meet for the Buick Club of America www.buickclub.org. for additional information on the meet contact email@example.com, 214-354-1348
Hemmings Motor News Concours d’Elegance
NEW DATE September 15-17, 2017
The 1963-73 Riviera will be celebrated at the 11th annual Hemmings Motor News Concours d’ Elegance to be held at a new location and date. The event has been changed to September 15-17, 2017 in Charles R Wood Park, located at the southern shore of Lake George, in Lake George, New York.
The announcement was made by the event staff at this year’s event. presented by Gullwing Motor Cars. The Riviera class will be accompanied by five other special classes: Chevrolet Camaro/Pontiac Firebird (in celebration of the GM F-body’s introduction) through 1981; Studebaker; MG; Wood-bodied Station Wagons; and Professional Vehicles (limousines, flower cars, hearses and ambulances) through 1980.
These six featured marques will be accompanied by the traditional classes, headlined by Full Classics (as recognized by the Classic Car Club of America), along with American Pre- and Postwar cars, American Muscle cars, European cars, Vintage Trucks and Preservation Cars.
Vehicles are now under consideration for each of the 2017 Concours classes. To submit a vehicle, please send full contact information, photos and a brief write-up about it to Hemmings Motor News Concours, Attn: Matthew Litwin, 222 Main Street, Bennington, Vermont, 05201, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the 11th annual Hemmings Motor News Concours d’Elegance presented by Gullwing Motor Cars, visit Hemmings.com/Events/Concours.
ROA Secretary Darrell Ingold, will be our contact person for the event. Darrell will work with the members and the Hemmings staff to see that the ROA is well represented. Darrell can be reached at 631-220-3239, or email@example.com.
| Have you contacted your Regional coordinator recently? Now is a good time! They may need help or encouragement to get local activities planned.