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



John Forster #13148

0417 778 852
National Coordinator
Victoria / Tasmania
Tom Kunek # 3845

0419 658 500
New South Wales/ South Australia
Tony Gentilcore #10107

02 9453 9199

Click here to read the July 2021 issue of the informative Australian version of the Riview with stories on local Rivieras and much more. (PDF 2 MB).

Australia Event Recap

October 17-12, 2019, ROA Australian National, held in Adelaide, SA was a huge success. There were 26 Rivieras on display ranging from 1963-1978. A total of 52 people attended, consisting of 21 members and guests.  Meet Planners Grahame & Terry Line organized three days of events and tours throughout the local countryside. Additional details and photos will appear in the January issue of their newsletter to be posted on the ROA website.

April 7, 2019, The Victorian Region of the ROA held a BBQ at the home of National Coordinator Tom Kunek in Riviera Lane, Blackburn.

14 beautiful Rivieras attended with about 40 attendees in brilliant sunshine. The star attraction of the day was a recently imported 1971 custom boattail fitted with full hydraulic suspension and high-power sound system. There also was a 1965 Riviera under restoration with plenty of advice by the owner on what to do, and what not to do during a restoration.

Trond Rane # 9056

Kongshavn, Norway
0047 4121 1572

2021 ROA Europe Meet Logo

August 6-9, 2021, Friday – Monday.  Join us for the first gathering of ROA members throughout Europe. The host hotel will be the Courtyard by Marriot in Wolfsburg, Germany. Activities over the weekend will include tours and social events. If in the event COVID prohibits the event this year it will be rescheduled for Aug 2022.

Click here for details in English (DOCX 15KB), French (DOCX 26KB) and German (DOCX 15KB), and a registration form (XLSX 47KB).



San Francisco Bay Area
Steve Tangney 473
Pleasanton, CA


San Francisco Bay Area Event Recap

August 24, 2019, Members met at Ken Mercer Sports Park, in Pleasanton for an ROA  BBQ Potluck Picnic. For our first event we had 19 adults who brought three children, and ten Rivieras. We provided the basics such as plates, napkins, condiments, ice chests with water bottles etc.   Our long-distance member was Bruce Fraser, who drove about three hours from the Sierra Foothills area.

I think we all enjoyed the opportunity to gather and make new friends to share a common interest.  There was a lot of interest in the cars and "tech talk" about maintenance, sourcing parts and services.  It was a great opportunity to meet fellow members to share thoughts and questions. It was apparent that all were passionate about their cars.  After the meal three of us cruised downtown to the Goodguys Hot Rod Show just a few blocks away.

We look forward to our next gathering when we will have the opportunity to meet even more of the members from this area. We will continue to send emails to announce future events. See you next time.


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


San Diego Event Recap

October 26, 2019, A dozen ROA members from the San Diego area took a tour of the San Diego Air & Space Museum’s annex at Gillespie Field The museum has become a major feature in Balboa Park. We enjoyed hearing about   San Diego's “Aviation History in Progress” and enjoyed a pleasant lunch at the Gillespie Field Café.

We learned that in 1927 Ryan Aircraft built the plane for Charles Lindbergh’s non-stop flight from New York to Paris. During WWII Convair built the B-25 bomber & Rohr & Solar Aircraft built major airplane component parts.

The museum’s aircraft restoration and reproduction program is staffed mainly by volunteers. The 46 Aircrafts on display ranged from 1884 gliders to an ICBM Atlas Rocket.

While 90 percent of the 70 or so volunteers are retired aircraft workers, younger mechanics and engineers are beginning to find their way to the facility. Students from San Diego State University, construction workers and even some high school students come to learn what previous generations accomplished.

Air and Space Museum

February 14th, 2019 Twelve members of the ROA joined us for a tour of the San Diego Automobile Museum. Pictured are those who attended and a custom ’65 convertible owned by member Frank Dobbs.

Coordinator Position Open



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

(352) 690-7729

September 25, 2021, Sunday 11 am to 3 pm. Classic Car Show, held in Ocala town square. Sponsored by Ocala Main Street and National Parts Depot (NPD), Registration is $25 and includes two drink tickets. Show Cars should arrive between 9am-10am. All cars must be in place by 10:30. There are numerous downtown shops and restaurants, along with food trucks and several microbreweries on hand, this promises to be a fun event with excellent public attendance. Registration  and info at Contact Coordinator Bob Wannall  know if you have any questions or if you plan to attend. Click here for flyer (PDF 2MB).

Central Florida Event Recap

March 27, 2021 - Fifteen members enjoyed the outdoor setting of the Yalaha Bakery and Beer Garden in Yalaha, north of Orlando. In addition to their German style deli selection, their grounds can sit members safely. We doffed masks for the photo. It was great to gather once again. Next up: An Autumn gathering in Sarasota to visit the Ringling Museum of Art, a car museum, and enjoy a local cruise-in. Details coming.

Keith Felderman # 9918
Johns Creek, GA


Georgia Event Recap

October 5, 2019 – Annual ROA Potluck was held in West Bank Park next to Lake Lanier. This year the  weather was almost perfect.  Overcast and about 75 degrees.  The turnout was not-a-so-great. We had five members show up with three Riviera’s and one Buick Wildcat.  We grilled hamburgers and had a bunch of great side dishes and desserts.  We enjoyed good conversations about our Riviera’s and other automotive topics.


Steve Playter # 4955
Grand Rapids, MI


August. 7, 2021, Saturday, The  Red Barn Spectacular' at Gilmore car museum here a wide variety of cars will be displayed A must event.

August 21, 2021, Saturday, Join with us at the annual “Buicks on the Bricks” held in junction with the “Back to the Bricks” show “ in Flint. The event is held in downtown Flint at 303 W Water St the site of Factory One. There will be no judging this year and all are invited to view the cars and see all of the special displays at the home of Buick. Parking is free and this is a great time to socialize with others who appreciate our fine automobiles.  I spoke with Dennis Manner who wants a count on how many of us are going to be there with our Rivieras so he can set aside a are just for the ROA.  I'll be there and I urged you to consider it. Please let me know and I'll contact Dennis.

August 27-28, 2021 Friday& Saturday, The Metro Cruise in Grand Rapids

September 10-12,  Friday – Sunday is annual meet in Frankenmuth, where the entire town comes out to celebrate.

Details on all  of these events can be researched on their websites.

Michigan West Event Recap

July 10, 2021, Saturday, Enjoying beautiful weather a group of ROA members met in the afternoon at Fallasburg Park just north of Lowell, MI. My wife Linda and I drove our ’64 and  welcomed three  ‘63s driven by  Chuck, Kevin and Tom. Don brought his Sportwagon with a 401 nailhead. It was in a nice relaxing spot nest to a little stream,  which one of our youngest members enjoyed. We have additional events planned  throughout the summer and we hope to meet others there.

August 3, 2019, we had a great time at the Gilmore Auto Museum Show  in Kalamazoo. Attending were George and Emmi Babcock; Kevin Gartland; Chuck Anderson; Dave Jones; and Steve and Linda Playter.  We talked to several interested parties about ROA and hopefully new members.  

We are looking at getting together for either the Flint show on August 17th (see Other Buick Events) or maybe the Frankenmuth show September 6-8.  If interested contact me at and let me know your thoughts.  If you did not receive an email announcement, for the Gilmore show then your email is not correctly listed on our roster. To update your email, contact me and the office at

June 4, 2019, Seven ROA Members gathered at Fricanos Pizza,  in Comstock for their collector car show. This is just the first of many local events to be planned by your new Coordinator Steve Playter. The seven cars on display ranged from a ‘63 to a ’99 Silver Arrow. The Long Distance award went to Kevin Gartlnd who drove 120 miles from Clio in his ‘63.

Ed Gunyo #101
5243 15th Ave So,
Minneapolis, MN 55417


August 22, 2021, Sunday,11am. Summer Tour of scenic Wisconsin by members of the ROA, BCA and Cadillac clubs. The tour will include several wineries and lunch in River Falls. We meet at 11:00 am at the Park & Ride, on the right, just north of I-94 and the Hi-95 exit before you cross the St. Croix River into Wisconsin. From there we drive to the famous West Wind Supper Club, 709 N. Main St., River Falls 715-425-8100 for lunch. The food is great. We were there as a tour three years ago, loved the food and the prices.

After lunch we travel the back roads down to the Forestville Vines Winery which is south of River Falls. Their grapes were developed by the University of Minnesota and they have pure outstanding variety of wines. From there we will drive up Hwy 35/65  to Cracked Barrel Winery, 570 Coulee Trail, Hudson, 715-690-2217 where we will experience a variety of wines. From there we will head home after a fun day.

I do need to get a head count on how many are going so I can make reservations at the West Wind Supper Club. There is a limit of 30 people. So, please, call me at 612-619-3983 if I don’t answer leave a detailed message or e-mail After August 15th you may come along but  I can’t guarantee a space for lunch with the group. Hope to hear from folks soon.

Minnesota Event Recap

October 5, 2019, Annual Fall Tour, The Riviera, Buick, Cadillac clubs enjoyed a fall tour to Western Minnesota. Being fall it drizzled all day but that did not stop the hearty travelers. We had 23 members and 14 cars. The countryside was turning the gold of fall and the roads were re-paved and in great shape.

Our first stop was at a very serious John Deere equipment collector in Kingston. Over 100 items including pedal cars, full sized tractors and road-graters. We also visited his son’s place with over 40 snowmobiles and a very rare car made by John Deere, a 1923 Velie Four Door Sedan. The car is made like a tractor, over 6,000 pounds in weight.

Five miles later we went to Milner’s Winery, in business for the past 40 years and celebrated October Fest with some tasting.  A few miles further we stopped at Knauses Meat Market in Kimball, where the selections are endless. Knauses’ has been in one family for the past 100 years. We stopped for lunch at “Mom’s in South Haven, where the burgers are made from fresh meat and enjoyed delicious homemade pie. After getting stuffed we headed home.

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

(336) 431-3854

September 18m 2021, Saturday, 10am – 4pm, 15th Annual Rivieras at the Park in Creekside Park in Archdale. Lunch is provided and served from 12pm – 1 pm. Please let me know if you plan to attend so we know how much to prepare.   Randall Crain, coordinator, roa5360@aol,com or 336-431-3854. Click here for a flyer with additional details.


North Carolina Event Recap

September 14, 2019,  we held our Fourteenth Annual “Rivieras at the Park” in Creekside Park, Archdale. Twelve members brought nine cars to enjoy the provided lunch, conversation, sharing of tech information lunch and a great afternoon. For photos and details click here (PDF 1MB).

Group Photo


Darrell Ingold #1237
8 Gerald Drive
Holbrook, NY 11741


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

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



Winston McCollum #13242
Sherman, TX

September 11, 2021, Saturday.  Join us for the American Pride Car Show sponsored by Sewell Cadillac and the Dallas Area Pontiac Association. It will be held at a new location and the entire show will be indoors!

A Poker Run will precede the show, if interested. At 8:00 am cars will leave Sewell Cadillac, at 7310 Lemmon Avenue in Dallas.  Poker Run participants will wind up
their trip at the car show venue located at 6300 Flyers Way in Frisco, Tx., arriving around 9:30 am. Those who wish to skip the poker run can just show up with their Riviera in Frisco at 9:30 a.m. I will be in Frisco early to arrange for all the Rivieras to be parked together on the show field. I look forward to seeing everyone! Flyers for the event can be viewed on website.

Nort Texas Event Recap

October 26, 2019, A great time was had by all again this year at the Brats and Beer gathering at Pete Lamberts in Dallas. Over 40 cars were on display  including Rivieras brought by our ROA members.

September 28, 2019, Due to preparations for Octoberfest in downtown McKinney we moved our gathering a few blocks  to the weekly car breakfast gathering at the Rockfish restaurant. We had a great turnout with nine Rivieras and 12 enthusiasts, several of which were first-time attendees. I am so happy to see the interest and support for our local events. We look forward to our next gathering, which will be announced by email. If you have not received my emails that means yours is not current on the ROA website. If that happens send your new emails to me at

March 30, 2019 – Despite the rain, ten members brought six Rivieras to the monthly show at Old Courthouse Square in downtown McKinney. We were able to park together, share stories and enjoy breakfast.

February 15-17, 2019, The ROA display at the Dallas Autorama, held at Market Hall was a great success.  On display were my ’65 and Pete Lempert’s ’63. We had enthusiastic crowds around the display all weekend and handed out five ROA membership applications to people interested in joining our group. We plan to get new stanchions built in order to have a bigger display with more cars next year. One former ROA member said he was going to rejoin ROA since we have an active local group. Overall it was a great event!



Mike Glaz #9241
Humble, TX

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

March 14, 2020, The First Annual Waldon Car Show was held at the Lake Houston Golf and Country Club in Humble. Working with the country club we hope to make this an annual event. Even with the potential shutdown looming we were still able to fill the parking lot with approximately 50 cars. I will  send out emails and try to get the local ROA  members together later in the summer once life returns to normal.

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


Washington Event Recap

August 15, 2021, The annual All Buick Open in junction with the annual Meeker Days celebration was  held  in Puyallup, WA.  Click here to see the cars which were on display.



Other Interesting Events

BCA Dual Nationals

June 30-July 3, 2021 in Charlotte, NC
July 7- 10, 2021 in Cleveland, OH
For details go to


Summer Car Shows
Maryland, Delaware & Pennsylvania
For a list of summer car shows in this three-state area click on


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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