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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 . Click here to view details on our Regional Coordinator Program.


 

AUSTRALIA

Queensland
John Forster #13148

Brisbane
0417 778 852
ausriview@gmail.com
National Coordinator
Victoria / Tasmania
Tom Kunek # 3845

Melbourne
0419 658 500
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 2024 issue of the informative Australian version of the Riview with stories on local Rivieras and much more. (PDF 2.8 MB).

 

Australia Event Recap

Melbourne Australia
Tom Kunek, Coordinator

March 27, 2022, Sunday, It was a fantastic 27-degree day (80F) and sunny in which we enjoyed our Riviera display and lunch together. We had 22 Rivieras and 55 people who gathered at James Currie’s factory in Lilydale.

Since it was a Sunday and other businesses were closed there was plenty of open parking in front of his factory. First generation Rivieras were lined up on one side and the later models across from them. We had one member from Griffith NSW and another from Bendigo Northern Victoria. For lunch there was plenty of room inside the factory to get out of the sun and sit and relax.

James is currently in the deep end of a full resto of a 1966 GS Riviera and it’s also where he stores his 1966 Resto-mod Riviera.
A 1995 owned by John Offer, the most recent import attracted a lot of attention.  As the newest model in the country, it was the first eighth generation Riviera many have seen up close.
A big shout out to James Currie to offer his “Riviera Factory” and providing the food and drink for the lucky folks who attended.

New South Wales
Tony Gentilcore, Coordinator

March 27, 2022, Sunday. We were invited to join with other ROA members at the Shannon’s Show & Shine at the Kurri Kurri Nostalgia Festival. Unfortunately, it rained heavily here and only four Rivieras showed up. (PHOTOS Tony 1 &2)

 

 



Europe
Trond Rane # 9056

Kongshavn, Norway
0047 4121 1572
tr-sverr@online.no


Europe Event Recap

 



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

(352) 690-7729
bobwannall@gmail.com

March 2, 2024, 9am – 5 pm, Annual Habitat Strawberry Festival and Car Show in Ocala. For information and car show registration is https://habitatocala.org/strawberry/ The car registration fee is $10 if you register early. After you register email me, so I’ll have a car count. As always, we’ll park together at the show. I’ll set up a gathering spot for us to meet.

In the past we’ve gone to this show together as the ROA and it’s always a good day of gathering with our fellow Riviera fans, seeing old friends, meeting new one, swapping advice and ideas -- along with great cars to see on the show field, activities for the family, food, entertainment, vendors, and lots of strawberries. 

Contact me at 352-598-3662 with any questions.

Central Florida Event Recap

March 5, 2022, Big hearted ROA members turned out to support Habitat for Humanity at Marion County’s Strawberry Festival and Car Show in Ocala.

After a two-year hiatus for the Covid pandemic the event drew thousands of festival goers. Our six Rivieras drew a lot of attention amid the scores of classic and collectible cars for the show.

Next for us, after a break from the approaching summer heat, we’ll gather in the fall in Sarasota to visit the Ringling Museum of Art, a car museum, and enjoy an evening cruise-in. Watch for dates and details.

September 25, 2021, Rivieras stretched a city block at the National Parts Depot (NPD) Classic Car Show and Beer Fest at Ocala’s city square. Ten members with eleven Rivieras were on display. We were parked together along one entire side of the street overlooking the city square, complete with live music and lots of shade.

Registration was limited to 75 cars, but ROA members registered quickly and our turn-out got lots of attention. Regional Coordinator Bob Wannall handed out at least three membership brochures to very interested, newly minted Riviera aficionados. Rick Schmidt, COO of NPD, said our group always has a strong showing of remarkably well-prepared cars. He said with just five awards to give in each of two categories – 1979 and older, and 1980 and newer – and 70 or so other entrants, it was hard to choose among our 11 Rivieras.

Our members did take home awards. Steve and Emily Kouris’ 1965 GS and their 1996 convertible each received Top Five awards in their classes. Don and Mary Martin’s 1985 coupe received a Top Five and the Police Chief’s Choice awards.

Our next big event will be participating in the Annual Habitat for Humanity Strawberry Festival and Car Show in March. This has been a great event for us, and after being cancelled for two years due to the pandemic, we’re looking forward to it again.

 


Georgia
Keith Felderman # 9918
Johns Creek, GA
770-235-0406
kfelderman@comcast.net

 


MICHIGAN WEST
Steve Playter # 4955
Grand Rapids, MI

616-456-7833
michiganchapterroa@gmail.com

Several events in our area that you should consider are August 9-12 at Coopersville,  Flint’s “Back to the Bricks” on August 19th and Frankenmuth's Auto Fest , Sept. 8-10th. For additional information contact me at lplayter@yahoo.com.

 


MID-WEST
Kevin Kauppi, Coordinator


August 18, 2024, Sunday 10am-2 pm, 3rd Annual ROA Regional. Hosted by Woody Buick GMC of Gurnee, IL. 5589 Northridge Dr.  No registration fee, DJ cruising music, and food vendor. Rain date August 25. Awards for Best of Show and Buick/GMC Dealers Choice.

For information contact: Kevin Kauppi, 224-623-1297, kevinkauppi13@aol.com, or Len Woelfel, 630-675-3640, len.woelfel@gmail.com

 

Mid-West Event Recap

Second Annual ROA Midwest Regional

Click here for the recap (PDF 2MB)

1st Annual
ROA Midwest Regional
Co-Hosted by Kevin Kauppi and Len Woelfel

On August 14, 2022, ROA members gathered from 10am—2pm at Anthony Buicks in Gurnee IL for the first ROA Midwest Regional. Members brought a total of 32 Rivieras ranging from 1963-99. Of those twenty different years were on display. The location was made possible by Anthony Buicks, who opened their front lot on a Sunday to host this initial event. Although it was cloudy and misty at times the weather was a comfortable 70 degrees.

Peer judging was held, and all three awards went to 1965 Gran Sports owned by long time ROA members. John Schlater #5861 won Best of Show, Dan Cooper #47, took second place and Paul Cox #3036 received the Anthony Buick Dealer's Choice Award. Vendor Grub-n-Go provided refreshments and DJ Rudy K played car cruising music.

Midwest Regional


 


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

(336) 431-3854
ROA5360@aol.com

September 30, 2023, Saturday, 10am- 4 pm, The Seventeenth Annual “Rivieras at the Park” will  be held at Creekside Park in Archdale. Lunch is served between 12pm – 1 pm, but you can join us anytime to meet and socialize with fellow ROA members.  No need to bring anything except yourself, family and hopefully your Riviera.

Additional details and directions to the park are on the attached link. We need to know how many will attend so we can prepare for the lunch. So please respond to 336-431-3854 or roa5360@aol.com. Click here to view flyer.

 

North Carolina Event Recap



NYC METRO
Darrell Ingold #1237
8 Gerald Drive
Holbrook, NY 11741
631-220-3239
ingolddj@optonline.net

 


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

Click here for a copy of the Buick Nut published by the Buick Club of South Africa (PDF 4MB).
Chris and Helen Palk

 


 

NORTH TEXAS
Winston McCollum #13242
Sherman, TX
972-762-8391
gtohurstjudge@gmail.com

 


HOUSTON
Mike Glaz #9241
Humble, TX
281-841-3163
mbglaz@gmail.com

Houston Event Recap

May 6, 2023, ROA Members in Southeastern Texas meet with other Buick owners at the Hampton Inn in Conroe, for a garage tour and lunch. At our first stop we saw Bill Prince’s ‘72, modified slightly to resemble Silver Arrow III pictured next to my 1982 Convertible. Behind the ’72 but not visible was a 1935 Coupe. At the next stop we saw a 1964 Wildcat, and a few other cars. After a delicious BBQ lunch, we continued to Paul Gomberg's garage, to see his collection of two early 90's Riviera's, and his many Reatta's. Anyone who attended Branson last year might remember seeing Paul's newly purchased white 1990 coupe. The bronze is a new addition. Thanks to everyone who opened their garages, and gave of their time, and especially to those on the tour. It was a fun day seeing all the many cars.

 


Other Interesting Events


GS Nationals
Bowling Green, KY

May 15-18, 2024, GS Nationals, www.buickGSCA.org

 

BCA National Meet
Strongsville, OH

July 10-13, 2024. The Buick Club of America celebrate their 51st National meet in northern Ohio. For additional information visit www.2024bcanational.org. For questions contact them at buicknationals@verizon.net or 214-354-1348.


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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