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


 

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 February 2018 issue of the informative Australian version of the Riview with stories on local Rivieras and much more. (PDF 2.5 MB).

 


Queensland Region
Linda Hall, Co-ordinator

Australia Event Recap

November 18-19, 2017, The Queensland group of the Australian ROA Region enjoyed a weekend of Riviera-ing on a warm summer day in November.  Setting off from our starting point at MacDonald’s at Yamanto (a town approximately 30 kilometres south west of Brisbane), we headed south west stopping at the small town of Aratula for a coffee.

From Aratula the highway took us across the Great Dividing Range and through the regional city of Warwick.  We continued on for another 50 kilometres to our lunch stop at Thulimbah -  the Jersey Girls Cafe - a small specialty cheese factory and cafe.  Many yummy cheeses and other delights to taste and buy here!!  We were very pleased to meet up with Tony Gentilcore and his friend Rod, who had made the drive up from Sydney to join the Queenslanders for the weekend.  Thanks Tony and Rod.

Our group of Rivieras now numbered seven - a 1964, two 1965’s, two 1968’s, a 1978, Tony’s boattail and also John Barker’s 1963 Electra (his Riviera being temporarily out of commission). 

After lunch we travelled another 20 kilometres to a small boutique brew house to sample a range of specialty beers - always a popular activity!   With several boxes of beer now in the boot (trunk) we headed to our motel for the night in the nearby town of Stanthorpe.  After checking in, there was time for lots of chatting, looking under bonnets (hoods) and enjoying a relaxing drink before we all walked a short distance to a local pub for dinner.

Sunday morning saw us departing our motel and visiting a Lavender Farm where we learnt a little about the production of lavender, enjoyed a scrumptious morning tea and the ladies had a wonderful gift shop to browse in. From here we said goodbye to Tony and Rod who were heading south towards Sydney and the rest of us headed north.

On our way homewards, we stopped to visit a very nice car Museum at the small town of Allora - a very nice collection of Cadillacs, Buicks, Pierce Arrow and other assorted early cars. 

We all enjoyed a weekend of visiting some interesting places, driving our Rivieras and of course the fellowship of Riviera people.  Thanks to all who came and made the weekend a great time.

May 4-7, 2017, Aussie ROA Nationals  This year our Nationals were held just over an hour  north of Sydney NSW on the Central Coast. We had 28 Registrations, including ROA members Gordon and Susan Wolfgang, who traveled down from the US. The event began on Thursday evening to register and enjoy a drink and meal  at our Meet and Greet.


Driving is a big part of our meets so Friday morning we drove 15 miles to the Gosford Classic Car Museum which has about 400 cars on display of various exotic marques and eras, including an interesting display of cars from communist countries. After a couple of hours there we drove 46 miles to a country pub called the Wollombi Tavern for lunch. It was a perfect opportunity for a group photo on te grass with the Rivs. At 6pm there was a casual dinner next to our accommodation at the Diggers Club.

On Saturday, we drove 10 minutes into The Entrance Town Centre for our car display and delegates voted for the favourite 3 Rivieras. There were lots of market stalls and cafes to enjoy the morning and the afternoon was free with an optional scenic ocean drive for those that wanted to drive some more. At 5pm we met for our first Tech Talk which was well attended and most found very interesting.

On Sunday morning we drove 42 miles to the “ Lost in the 50's Museum” which was more up our alley with all American cars of the 50's and 60's and 10,000 pieces of automobilia. After spending a couple of hours there we drove 25 miles to the Kevin Sobels Winery in the Hunter Valley for a BBQ lunch. Members of the NSW Buick club were also invited to join us on Sunday, hence the other model Buicks in some pictures. In the evening, we had the Presentation Dinner in a private function room.

AWARDS PRESENTED
Brian Hall Award for Best of Show - 1968 Greg & Geraldine Massey NSW
2nd - 1971 Richard Mintrom NSW
3rd - 1972 Claus & Wendy Gronau NSW
John Padgett Encouragement Award - Gordon & Susan Wolfgang USA

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

(352) 690-7729
bobwannall@gmail.com

 

Central Florida Event Recap

October 21, 2017, Regional Coordinator Bob Wannall was called out of state on family matters so members Ralph and Barbara Dunn took the lead for this gathering in St Augustine. Ten members brought five Rivieras to this historic oceanfront town and met at the oldest city in the US. After a few climbed the 219 stairs in the lighthouse they had lunch near the beach at Mango-Mangos.

Members were asked to wear Hawaiian shirts and Tim Collins won the "Bodacious Pineapple Award" for the most garish shirt. The cars pictured from left to right are a ‘’99 Silver Arrow, owned by Don and Mary Colston, a white ‘83 owned by Dennis Thulin, the black 71 owned by Tim Collins and the Dunn’s ‘77. Steve Brisbois, arrived later in his ‘68.

Sixth ROA Southeastern Regional Meet
May 18-20, 2017
Regional Coordinators Randall Crain, North Carolina & Bob Wannall, Central Florida

The Sixth ROA Southeastern Regional Meet is in the history books, with 30 members and their spouses and guests arriving in 19 classic Rivieras for the weekend of May 18-20.

Click here for photos and the rest of the recap!

 


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

Georgia Event Recap

October 7, 2017, Unfortunately only a few members showed up for our Annual  Pot Luck  at  Lake Lanier. Although the forecast called for rain, It never happened. Those of us who attended discussed having an event next spring in hopes of getting more support. I have also spoken with Don McClair, ROA member and Director of the BCA Dixie Chapter about having  a joint ROA/BCA event next year. An announcement will be sent by email, so if you are interested be sure I have your correct address.



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

Meet our new Coordinator for North Texas. If interested in being involved in local events, be sure Winston has your correct email. He will be sending out announcements soon. Don’t miss out.

May 26, 2018, Saturday, Join us for a drive to attend the 2nd Annual “Show Down” hosted by the Brazos Valley Muscle Cars & West Cruizzers in the town of West, TX. It will be a short 56 miles from where we meet in Waxahachie. There will be a day-long festival with great German food and live music. Over 200 cars are expected and preregistration is important. The first two hundred registrants get a free t-shirt. For details on the show and a registration form click here  stshowdown.com.

We plan to leave together at 6:30 am from the Sonic Drive-In in Waxahachie. The Sonic is located on the southbound service road of I35 E at exit 399A. On our trip we will cruise the backroads of Highway 77, Highway 308 and Highway 2114 to West. We should arrive around 7:30 so we can all park together. While there, we can discuss plans on attending the ROA Annual meet in Overland Park, KS in June.

It is vital that you contact me, Winston McCollum your North Texas Coordinator at 972-762-8391 or gtohurstjudge@gmail.com and let me know if you plan to attend. Don’t forget to register early. Hope to see you all.

Nort Texas Event Recap

September 24, 2017, the inaugural gathering of the North Texas Region had a great turnout with eight members and seven Rivieras attending the American pride Car Show at the Cavanaugh Flight museum. Several folks had their Rivieras photographed next

to a P51 WWII fighter plane. Everyone had a great time and we will be planning another event soon.

If you live in North Texas make sure I have your e-mail. You can call me at 972-762-8391 or e-mail me at gtohurstjudge@gmail.com

Thanks to everyone who came out and I enjoyed meeting everyone.

 

 

 

 

 


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

 

If you know of a local meet or function in the Houston Galveston Area that would be great for ROA members to attend contact me, Mike Glaz, coordinator, with details.TOA MEMBERS are welcomed to attend any of our local ROA events. Take those Toronados out and join us!

 

Houton Event Recap

May 20, 2017, Seven ROA members joined with 14 BCA members at an All Buick Picnic in Bear Creek Park. Despite a humid and windy day we all enjoyed burgers, hot dogs and plenty  of side dishes. In addition to the many collectible Buicks there was a 2016 Cascada convertible.


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 26, 2018, Saturday, 8:30 am, Join us for the annual Spring Tour with the Cadillac, Buick & Riviera clubs to Fagen Fighters WW2 Museum in Granite Falls. We will meet at Rainbow Foods parking lot in Eden Prairie. Off highway 5 on the Prairie Center Drive exit and turn left. We plan to leave by 9:00 am, so best to be there no later than 8:30 am.

Fagen Fighters WW2 Museum is home to a pristine collection of fully operational, active aircraft and vehicles from WW2. Also, featured is fine art, bronze sculptures, interactive media displays and an growing library. We will then proceed go the Granite Run Golf Course for lunch and then through the beautiful back roads up to Highway 7 and Crow Wing Winery just outside of Hutchenson MN.

This will be a full day trip with a much to see and do. Please contact Ed Gunyo (612-824-9339 H, or cell 612-619-3983) and let me know if you plan to attend.

June 3, 2018, Sunday, All GM Car and Truck Show. Machinery Hill, Minnesota State Fair grounds. Gates open at 7:00 am. Car Show, swap meet & displays. For additional information contact Regional Coordinator  Ed Gunyo at egunyo@msn.com

Minnesota Event Recap

October 14, 2017. Members of the ROA along with others from the Buick and Cadillac clubs went on their fall overnight tour. The tour included two car museums, a winery and plenty of good eating.

This year fourteen members driving eight cars participated in the tour. We traveled down the Minnesota River among the beautiful fall leaves to the Spomer Museum in Worthington. Mr. Spomer guided the tour of his many restored Buicks, Cadillacs and other models, along with his extensive Neon sign collection. After lunch we went to the Round Lake Winery that has been in business for several generations and enjoyed tasting their fine wines.

After a night’s stay at the local Comfort Inn we drove to Okoboji Classic Car Sales and Museum in West Okoboji Iowa. The showroom was fantastic with many classic cars for sale in a historic setting from the 60s. After lunch at a local Mexican restaurant we headed back to Minneapolis.

This region holds several tours during the year and if interested be sure to send Ed your email for future announcements.

May 20, 2017, we went on a Wine and Cheese tour in Wisconsin to six wineries and cheese factories. Despite the rain we had twenty people from the Riviera, Buick, Cadillac clubs come out and do the tour. We had  lunch  at a famous steakhouse and finished up the tour along the Mississippi River in Lake City.

August 19, 2017, we held our mid-summer tour west through the countryside to a private 60 car collection about 60 miles from Minneapolis. Then down to the famous French Lake Junkyard and on to the Mullner Heritage Vineyard & Winery. From there  back on country roads to Buffalo MN to the Wilds Golf Course where we will have lunch at the club house overlooking the course. Our last stop was at  a large antique mall in Buffalo.

 


SACRAMENTO
Craig Oleson #9484
Antioch, CA.

510-910-8261
riv652001@gmail.com

May 20, 2018, Sunday 10:00am – 1:00pm, Join us for “Rivs & Ribs” at our first meet, greet and eat at Slow Hand BBQ, 1941 Oak Park Blvd, Pleasant Hill. There is plenty of parking for our cars. Click here for flyer.

Please contact Craig at riv652001@gmail.com if you plan to attend. If you did not receive an announcement by email, then Craig needs your correct email address. Future gatherings are planned to the Blackhawk and California Auto Museums.

 


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

(336) 431-3854
ROA5360@aol.com

 

North Carolina Event Recap

September 16, 2017. Our Twelfth annual “Rivieras at the Park” event was greeted with weather that cooperated very agreeably: a cool morning to start that turned into a sunny mid 80’s day. We’ll take the nice weather, which has been mostly cooperative with us over the years.

To quote another Regional Coordinator, our get together is now “in the history books.” Fifteen ROA members and guests from North Carolina met at Creekside Park in Archdale, NC for the Twelfth Annual “Rivieras at the Park”. This year we had a record, for us, six of the eight generations in attendance! There was one ’63, one ‘65, one ‘69, one ’70GS, three ‘71s, one a GS, one ‘81, one ’93, one ‘95, one ’97, and a ’99, 12 Rivieras in all. All-in-all a great get together. Of those in attendance there were a couple, as explained by the owners, “rolling restorations”, and also a few very nice examples, one that was a previous Concours winning ‘71, and also a VERY nice ’71GS. No matter the condition, we are glad to see them all. With the number of generations in attendance there was lots to talk Riviera about.

It was suggested to get our group photo in front of the oldest Riv in attendance, so once again we used Jim Taylor’s modified ’63 Riviera as our backdrop.

Gwyn and I thank those who came out for the event. It is the members’ attendance that make it worth the effort. And, as usual, we hope to see you again next year on the second or third Saturday in September.

 


Left to Right: Front row: Charles Wood, Greg & Linda Pulling, Steve Vaglio, Jim Taylor, Debbie & Scott Morton, Sandra & Glenn Roberts, Gwyn Crain, and Ray Rapuano. Back row: Austin Jones, Brian, and Travis Holcomb.

Sixth ROA Southeastern Regional Meet
May 18-20, 2017
Regional Coordinators Randall Crain, North Carolina & Bob Wannall, Central Florida

The Sixth ROA Southeastern Regional Meet is in the history books, with 30 members and their spouses and guests arriving in 19 classic Rivieras for the weekend of May 18-20.

Click here for photos and the rest of the recap!

 

 

 


 


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

May 27, 2018, Sunday, 9am – 4pm, Join us at the 39th Annual All Buick Car Show, hosted by the LI Chapter. The event will be located at 3470 Park Ave, in Wantagh, Long Island. Last year the event was attended by seventeen ROA members who brought 19 Rivieras to be on display. Let's do better this year. For a registration form and details visit www.libuickclub.org or click here for their flyer.

NYC Event Recap

September 15-17, 2017 Hemmings Concours D’ Elegance, see “Other Buick Events” for details

May 28, 2017, Seventeen ROA members attended the 38th Annual All Buick Show in Wantagh, Long Island. The show is hosted by the Long Island Chapter of the BCA and ROA members were invited. Of the 102 Buicks on display 19 were Rivieras. Several ROA invitations were handed out and we hope they will soon join.

Congratulations to Richard Harvey whose Surf Green ’64 won Best of Show (pictured).Unfortunately, while driving to the show David Kemler’s ’72  was in an accident. David’s ‘72 was featured in the July/Aug 2016 Riview.  Fortunately, no one was injured.


Pictured in the group (from left to right):
Richard Harvey, Kenneth Vasti, Carmen Vasti, Anthony Gatta, Howard Attanasio, Frankie D'Amore, Vincent Tomassetti, Tom Poole, Jeff Glazer, Bill Girimonti Vinnie Lipari, Darrell Ingold  son Zachary. Others not pictured had left early.

If anyone would be interested in a “Riviera Cruise” in late summer/early fall contact Darrell Ingold, 631- 220-3239 or ingolddj@optonline.net. Suggestions for local events are encouraged.

 

 


OHIO
Don Walter #14287
Franklin, Ohio

937-672-9005 walted@earthlink.net

Other Events of Interest

Other local events are announced in Show & Shine Calendar http://www.showandshinecalendar.com/ and Country Cruisers at http://www.countrycruisers.com/ (2017 events yet to be posted). 

 

Ohio Event Recap

April 14th, 2018, Spring may have officially arrived, but not in time for our Spring Kick-off. We had scheduled a cook-off and pot luck gathering at my house in Franklin, unfortunately, the weather was terrible and so was the attendance. Less than half of those who planned to attend showed up, leaving more food for those who did. that Only three late model Rivieras journeyed out in the cold rain. We plan to try again next month, details will be announced by email, and through the ROA website. Send your current email address to Don at  walted@earthlink.net  if you had not received an announcement of this event.

 

 


 

SAN DIEGO, CA
Lee Carroll #433
P. 0. Box 87923
San Diego, CA 92138
(619) 226-6993
reidcarroll1@gmail.com

June 10, 2018, Sunday, Join us at the annual Deer Park show. The entry fee is $10 and the car owners have until 9:30 AM to place their cars on display. There is a deli on the premises that serves snacks & drinks.  People are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch & use their benches & tables. For more information call 760-749-1666. A flyer will be sent to all current members 30 days prior to that event.

San Diego Event Recap

February 23-25, 2018, The ROA was well represented at what might have been the Grand Finale with four cars from the first three generations of the Marque. Lee Carroll's 1963, Erik Durochers 1965, Bob Starkeys 1967 & Ken Lunds 1971 Boattail. Three of those cars were of the one owner category, Erik Durochers 1965 was a 2nd owner car.

In the spring of 1966 a group of San Diego "Gear Heads" decided to hold a car show on a local shopping center parking lot. Over the years growing attendance forced them to find larger places for their event. In 1980 The founders of the event, the Horseless Carriage Club of America, the Antique Car Club of America & the Early Ford V-8 club were able to convince City of San Diego Officials that they had a three-day event worthy of using the cities Jack Murphy Stadium parking lot. Over the past 38 years the Big 3 swap meet drew 10's of thousands of spectators enjoying all the many cars on display and looking for hard to find old car parts.

This year’s event was the last time the three car clubs will stage the event after selling their rights to hold one of the largest swap meets in California at the stadium. The new operator for the car show is Todd Harding & Son, a professional events organization operating out of Los Angeles and staging car shows in more than a dozen locations. The 1st noticeable change was more than doubling the entry fees for displaying collector cars & selling parts.  The San Diego Swap meets future location is rife with uncertainty. Since losing the San Diego Charger football team there are conflicting plans for redevelopment of the stadium site that do not include continued use of its parking lots for public events.     

Ken Lund & Erik Durocher are often pointed out as members who drive their cars to local meets, Lund drove his Boat Tail 145 miles from Yucaipa California to attend this event,  Durocher set the standard for distance drivers when he drove his 65 Riviera over more than 3,000 miles from Florida to San Diego in 2010 to attend the 2 day Southern California Regional Riviera meet that was held in National City, California.



 

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!

June 3, 2018, Sunday, 8:00am – 3:00pm, All GM show & Swap Meet, Hosted by the Los Angeles BCA Chapter. To be held at Warner Ranch Park, 5800 Topanga Canyon Blvd, Woodland Hills. Registration by May 26th is $30. For more information visit www.buickclub.org/losangeles

 


COLORADO
Mike McCoy #30

Broomfield, CO
303-775-8118
mcriv301@gmail.com

June 8-9, 2018, Mecum Auction, over 600 cars at the  Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th St, Denver. For details and schedule 262-275-5050, www.mecum.com 

June 9, 2018, 12 – 6pm, 11th Annual Havana Cruise, Pre-cruise car show from 9-11am at 840 S. Havana. Other festival sites, 2822 S Hanana and  1555 S. Havana with music & food.

June 23, 2018, Car Show at the Buick Club of American National Meet, Denver Marriott South at Park Meadows. http://milehighbuickclub.com/nationals2018/

June 25-28, 2018, ROA International Meet in Overland Park, KS. Information and registration at www.rivowners.org. Hope to see you all there!

August 4, 2018, 9 – 4 pm, Annual Swap Meet and show sponsored by the Car Council of Colorado (previously Old Car Council). Held at the Rocky Mountain Metro Airport (formally Jeff Co Airport) For details www.collectorcarcouncil.com and go to “Events” or call 720-535-6097.

Colorado Event Recap

September 10, 2017, Six ROA members and their cars ranging from 1963-72 joined with members of the Mile-High Chapter of BCA at its 5th Annual All-Buick Car Show. The show was held at the AutoNation Buick GMC Park Meadows.in Lone Tree. The event included free food and drinks, music, door prize drawings for participating car owners, and popular vote award categories.


ROA# 652 Roger Dieterman-65 GS


ROA# 2481 Rex & Fran Buell-63


ROA# 7892 Vic Cionetti-64


Vic Cionetti


ROA# 10704 Frank Longo-72


Jeff Barris-72

June 17, 2017, Six Rivieras were on display at the Rocky Mountain Buick Show in Loveland, hosted by the local BCA chapter. If you failed to attend, you missed a fun afternoon.

We have more events planned for this year and emails will be sent to members. If you have not been receiving my emails let me know at mcriv301@gmail.com .

 


 

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

June 16, 2018, Saturday, join us at the 25th Annual Buick Open, hosted by the Puget Sound chapter of the BCA. The event coincides with The Meeker Days Festival. Last year there were 102 Buicks of which 20 were Rivieras. For details contact John at 360-481-3325.

Washington Event Recap

June 17 2017, Saturday – Of the 102 Buick’s at the 24rd Annual Buick Open, 20 were Rivieras The annual event was sponsored by the Puget Sound Chapter of the BCA and coincides with the Meeker Days Festival.  The winners in the Riviera classes were:
1963-65                1st Place               Les Rider (1963)                              
                             2nd Place              James & Anita Hansen (1963)                       
1966-70               1st Place               Glen Weller (1966)
                             2nd Place              Dean Eldridge (1968)                                                   
1971-99                1st Place               Cathy Meyer (1973)                                       
                             2nd Place              Lee Davis (1985)                             
Modified              1st Place               Anita & Jan Foss  (1970)


 


Other Buick Events


Los Angeles, CA
All GM Show

June 3, 2018, Sunday, 8:00am – 3:00pm, All GM show & Swap Meet, Hosted by the Los Angeles BCA Chapter. To be held at Warner Ranch Park, 5800 Topanga Canyon Blvd, Woodland Hills. Registration by May 26th is $30. For more information visit www.buickclub.org/losangeles


 

Gurnee, IL
All Buick Show

June 10, 2018, Sunday, 9am – 3pm, Second Annual All Buick & Opel Car Show, hosted by the Chiwaukee Border BCA Chapter and Anthony Buick GMC, 7225 Grand Ave. Gurnee. Registration $15, Dash Plaques to first 100 Registered cars, music, refreshments, peer judging. For show information contact Kevin Kauppi ROA  #14307, 224-623-1297, kevinkauppi13@aol.com

 


Flint, MI
August 18, 2018

Flint MI August 18 2018 Buicktown


 

Denver, CO BCA Nationals

June 19-23, 2018, National Meet hosted by the Buick Club of America.
For additional information visit www.milehighbuickclub.com


Hemmings Event Recap

Hemmings Concours D'Elegance,
September 15-17, 2017
Celebrating the 1963-73 Rivieras.
By Darrell Ingold, NYC Metro Coordinator

This year marks the 11th year of the Concurs D'Elegance which was held at Charles R. Wood park in Lake George, NY.  Many classes of vehicles were present at the show, including: 1967-81 Chevrolet Camaro/Pontiac Firebird, MG, Studebaker, Wood-bodied station wagons, Pre-1980 professional vehicles, Full Classics, American Prewar, American Postwar, American Muscle Cars, European/Import, Preservation, Vintage Race Cars, and Vintage Trucks.  For the first time, the Riviera was also a highlighted class and Hemmings asked us for assistance to supply excellent examples from the period of 1963 to 73. 

The show is by invite only as the Hemmings staff scrutinizes each entry and decides which car best represents the year/class to be displayed.  Unlike other shows, they do not want all kinds of literature, trophies or other items to take away from the vehicle on display.  They ask each invitee to supply information regarding engine size, special options or even a personal story.  This information is then applied to a poster board and then is displayed in front of each vehicle.  Hemmings judges come around to each class to judge on condition and originality.  Winners are then asked to drive over to the "red carpet" to receive their award.  Three trophies were awarded for each class, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd.  There was a total of 136 vehicles at the show.

The Riviera class was well represented with 9 models displayed.  The judges paid many complements to our class, some of which told us they wished they didn't have to judge our classics due to the many fine examples on the show field.  Each one of them easily could have won a trophy, however only three could be selected.  They were:

First Place:                   Al and Cheryl Schmidt   1970
Second Place:              John and Lisa DiFrancesco        1965 GS
Third Place:                 Richard Harvey              1964

Congratulations to our award winners!  The other cars/members that were also invited to represent our class:

Darrell and Jennifer Ingold         1963
Jason and Rhonda Zerbini         1966 GS
David Chabot                            1969
Mike and Judy Hatcher  1971
Tom and Janet Derwin   1973 Stage 1
Jeffrey Goldstein                      "Villa Riviera" Special Display

Many thanks to all of our ROA members for bringing their cars to the show and representing our organization.  It is a well done show in a very picturesque location.  I would highly recommend that you put a Hemmings Concurs D'Elegance show on your bucket list of car shows to visit.
Click here to see a Gallery of Photos from the event

 

 

 

 

 

 


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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