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Road Trips
by Chip Aeppli #5913, President of Board of Trustees

Bob Wannall

As I write this, I have just returned from my annual trek to Detroit, MI — to what is officially known as the North American International Auto Show ( This show features the latest new cars, trucks, and SUVs, and some yet-to-be-released models. I live in northeast Ohio, so it’s not exactly close or local to me, but it has been well worth the effort for many years.

For the last couple years, the Detroit show switched to a September schedule, but historically it was always held in mid-January. Detroit weather in January is somewhere between unpredictable and terrible. The first couple of years I went with my dad, but since, I have gone with a good friend—a Chevy fan. The weather never stopped us. This was my 33rd consecutive year without missing (not counting when not held in ’20 or ’21). So that was from 1989 until now. I fondly recall climbing in the Reatta, Roadmaster, and last-gen Riviera at that show. And although Buicks have changed – oh my, how they have changed (and no sign of any two-doors) — I still like seeing them, sitting in them, and learning about them.

I reliably attend the ROA meets for about 16 years now. I have known of people who had gone to the big fall Hershey, PA swap meet for 30 or 40 years. I go to that one, but not nearly every year.

What car-related traditions do you have? Drop me an email.

Celebrating 40 Years
By Ray Knott #1, Director/Editor

Ray Knott

The Riviera Owners Association was established in 1984 marking 2024 as our 40th anniversary. Since then, over 17,000 members have received our bi-monthly publication. ROA was incorporated in March 1985 as a non-profit corporation in the state of Colorado, followed by a Federal 501(C-70) tax exemption.

Membership grew to over 3,200 with members in every U.S. state and over 250 members internationally. Despite the ageing of members and less interest among the youth in owning collectible cars, we remain strong at around 2,700 members. Currently we still have close to 100 active members who joined 40 years ago.

Looking to the future, we need talented members with an interest in becoming more involved as Regional Coordinators, with the preparation of the Riview, meet planning, website updates, and an interest in social media. We currently have dedicated people at our membership office and a graphic designer, but our webmaster, who has limited time due to his full-time job, can certainly use assistance. I hope to find members to accept the responsibility as associate editor and meet planner. Any thoughts, questions, or interests? If so, contact me at ray@rivowners,org.

DELAYED ISSUE—Unfortunately the November/December issue was mailed late by USPS due to a chemical spill at the postal distribution center where copies of the Riview were taken. Fortunately, the issues were not damaged, but the spill resulted in a temporary shut down before many of the issues were shipped.

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