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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

Kevin Ketelsen
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.



National / Queensland
Linda Hall #10723

07 3829 2222

Victoria / Tasmania
Tom Kunek # 3845

03 9877 3718
New South Wales/ South Australia
Tony Gentilcore #10107

02 9453 9199

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.

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

(352) 690-7729


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!


Keith Felderman # 9918
Johns Creek, GA

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.

Winston McCollum #13242
Plano, TX

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.

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

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






Mike Glaz #9241
Humble, TX

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

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.

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

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.


Craig Oleson #9484
Antioch, CA.


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 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.


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

(336) 431-3854


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!





Darrell Ingold #1237
8 Gerald Drive
Holbrook, NY 11741

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 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 Suggestions for local events are encouraged.



Don Walter #14287
Franklin, Ohio


Other Events of Interest

Other local events are announced in Show & Shine Calendar and Country Cruisers at (2017 events yet to be posted). 

April 14, 2018, Saturday starting at noon., join us at my home to kick off the new season.   We will grill hamburgers and hot dogs or brats, and along with everyone bringing a dish there should be plenty for all.   I happen to live on a dead-end street that is off another dead end street, so I am thinking we could angle park many cars on the street and have a mini show of our own at the same time.  My address is 12 Overlook Drive, in Franklin, Ohio 45005. 

Michael Long from Miamisburg, OH has offered to help us get our area going which is both  needed and very appreciated. It will be great to see everyone and share thoughts regarding our cars and functions we might want to participate in as a group throughout the year.  I know I am looking forward to Overland Park in June and I know Michael is hoping to have his 64 ready in time for Kansas as well.  It will be great if we can have a material representation from this area there and perhaps we can coordinate travel to and from together or in mini groups.

Please let me know if you plan to attend our April gathering. Don Walter, at or


Ohio Event Recap

March 18, 2017, We held our initial Meet & Greet at the Americas Packard Museum in Dayton. Nine members and their guests from throughout Ohio and Kentucky attended.

After we took some time to get to know each other, we discussed future events. Although those who attended are close to SW Ohio we will continue to email others within a 175 mile radius. If you are out of that range and wish to be included, please let me know. We will try to move the gathering around to be more convenient to all.  A special thanks to Bob Signom who has very graciously offered us the use of the Americas Packard Museum as a home base.

I will start working on our Show & Shine for Early May. I would love to have many suggestions as to where & when.   One suggestion was Big Bone Lick State Park in Northern KY,




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


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.

April 23, 2017, ROA members spent a pleasant afternoon at the Cooley Auto Museum that ended with a visit to one of this areas premier Italian  restaurants.  The Cooley Museum features dozens of early automobiles ranging in age from from an 1886 3 wheeled Benz with a 3/4 Horsepower engine up to an XP  2000 Buick concept car. Parked nearby them is an 1885 4 wheeled Benz Velo considered one of the 1st mass produced cars in the world. Cooley's Museum also displays 25 separate categories of antiques including a 1900 Wurlitzer organ, 1 of the 1st Edison Victrolas & a vast  collection of model trains & exotic early American gadgets.

The outing ended with a late lunch at De MIlles Italian restaurant, one of San Diego's foremost family Pizza Parlors.


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


Ventura / Santa Barbara Counties
Lee Pickett # 10039

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

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


Mike McCoy #30

Broomfield, CO


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 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 .

May 6, 2017, Saturday, Four members met at Great Scotts Eatery, just off the Denver / Boulder Turnpike for our first regional Meet & Greet. Pictured are Jeffrey Davis, Roger Dieterman and Ron Faleide. We discussed future gatherings, some of which may include  tours of local auto related businesses, flowed by lunch. If interested contact coordinator Mike McCoy to be sure he has your correct email.



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

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


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,


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

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







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