REGIONAL NEWS and REGIONAL COORDINATORS
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We regret to announce that Linda Hall, the Queensland Regional Coordinator in Australia lost her yearlong battle with cancer on February 24th. Linda and her husband Brian started the Australian region of the ROA in 2009. After Brian’s death in 2015 Linda continued as National Coordinator, until last year when she passed on the reins to Tom Kunek. Linda and Brian owned a small fleet of Riviera including her favorite a blue ‘64, a ‘68, ‘78 LXXV and more recently her red ’78. Linda attended the 2016 ROA International meet in Williamsburg, VA. Linda enjoyed life and gave of herself unselfishly. She will be greatly missed.
A Commemorative issue of the Australian Riview celebrating the life and dedication of Brian and Linda Hall as ROA Coordinators has been released. Click here to view.
CANCELLED March 21, 2021, 12:00 pm, Join us for another BBQ at Tom’s house on Riviera Lane in Blackburn, Victoria. Lunch will be served, just bring yourself and hopefully your Riviera. For those who attended past events here you know that it is centrally located in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne. See photos below to view the last BBQ in April 2019 on Riviera Lane.
This is the only known roadway in the world named after the Buick Riviera. If we fill the street with Rivieras we can turn Riviera Lane turn into Riviera “Parkway.” Please contact Tom if you plan to attend it helps with the preparations. email@example.com, or 0419 658 500.
| 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
0047 4121 1572
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
|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.
SAN DIEGO, CA
Lee Carroll #433
P. 0. Box 87923
San Diego, CA 92138
|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.
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
| 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
|Michigan West Event Recap
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
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
|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
|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).
Darrell Ingold #1237
8 Gerald Drive
Holbrook, NY 11741
Chris Palk ROA#10373
PO Box 1333
Krugersdorp 1740 South Africa
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
|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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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
Other Interesting Events
40th GS Nationals
May 12-15, 2021. Join the Buick GS Club of America at the Beech Bend Raceway in Bowling Green, KY. For additional information go to www.gsnationals.com.
Buick Charity Show
June 6, 2021, Sunday, 9am – 2 pm, Buick Charity Show, hosted by the Chiwaukee Border Chapter of the BCA. To be held at Anthony Buick, 7225 Grand Ave in Gurnee. Registration $10, peer judging, food vendors, rain date June 13th. For information contact Kevin Kauppi, 224-623-1298, email@example.com
BCA Dual Nationals
June 30-July 3, 2021 in Charlotte, NC
July 7- 10, 2021 in Cleveland, OH
For details go to www.buickclub.org
| Have you contacted your Regional coordinator recently? Now is a good time! They may need help or encouragement to get local activities planned.