UPSTATE NY CHAPTER
BUICK CLUB OF AMERICA
2015 Holiday Party
Our holiday party was held Sunday, December 6th at the Garden Buffet inside the Saratoga Racino. The 41 people in attendance enjoyed a delicious buffet and fun Yankee swap and the opportunity to visit with chapter members they haven't seen in a while. This is always our best attended event and has been growing the last couple years. If you missed it this year, make plans to be there next year!
Here's a picture of the party gang:
2015 CHAPTER PICNIC
The Chapter picnic was held Saturday August 22 at Thatcher Park. The 30+ attendees were treated to a beautiful day to enjoy the usual picnic fare of burgers, dogs, corn on the cob roasted on an open flame, and all the other usual picnic fare. Horseshoes & Bocce Ball were enjoyed by those willing to take the challenge. We celebrated member Dick Stewart's birthday with a cake. We met new member Nick Esposito. Member Tom Proulx proudly showed off pictures of his latest acquisition, a 1966 Electra 225 4dr ht. Hope to see it soon!
Here are some pictures
Members Tom & Diane Proulx have recently acquired a nice 1966 Buick Electra. Take a look at the pictures and see how nice it is. Congrats, Tom & Diane!
2014 HOLIDAY PARTY
The chapter's annual holiday party was held December 7 at the Garden Buffet in the Saratoga Casino & Raceway, its location for the fourth straight year. It was well attended, with 38 people enjoying the buffet offerings and catching up with Buick Club friends not seen very often. The Yankee swap was again a hit, with some spirited exchanges occurring between some highly desirable items. A good time was had by all.
Here is a link to pictures from the party: Click Here
Cruise-In to Summer 6
Jim Jakubiak, Director of the Upstate NY Chapter of the Buick Club of America (UNYBCA), presents a check for $1000 to Rick Van Vorst of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Rensselaer County while Greg Goldstein of Goldstein Buick/GMC looks on. The money was raised during the club's annual "Cruise in to Summer" car show sponsored by Goldstein Buick/GMC. In the background is the 1987 Buick Grand National owned by club member Chris Timber. Next year’s event is scheduled for Saturday June 20, 2015.
Cruise-In to Summer 6
was held June 14th at Goldstein Buick/GMC under not so ideal weather conditions. Chilly & windy conditions kept the registration numbers down. However, donations were up so we should have a nice sum to present to the Boys & Girls Clubs. The final tally has not yet been completed. Check back next month for an update. As usual Dinosaur Bar-B-Q and the Chinese auction were very popular. Add in great music by DJ John Colarusso, a Mr. Ding-A-Ling ice cream truck plus lots of nice cars and it was a nice afternoon. Our thanks to Greg Goldstein and his staff for their continued support of our event. Unfortunately we have outgrown the Goldstein location and are scouting for a new location. Stay tuned for details. In the meantime, enjoy these photos, courtesy of Bob Martino.
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Cruise-In To Summer 4 is now history and, like Cruise-In to Summer 3 last year, was a smashing success. Registrations were down slightly with 101 vehicles registered, but donations were up. The weather again was great, John Colaruso provided some fine tunes and
Dinosaur Bar-B-Q and Mr. Ding-A-Ling were their usual hits. The official tally isn't in yet, but we should have around $1000 to donate to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Rensselaer County. Our thanks to Greg Goldstein and his staff at Goldstein Buick for helping make this event a success again this year. And thanks to all the volunteers who donated their time before, during and after the show, and to Brian Casey of the Colonie Youth Center for providing the table and chairs. Click here to enjoy pictures from this year's event, courtesy of Bob Martino.
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2012 BCA Nationals
John DeFiore and I attended the BCA Nationals in Concord, NC. We drove down in my 1967 Skylark convertible, putting around 1860 miles on the car round trip. Outside of sometimes running hot due to weather conditions, and developing a slight leak around the thermostat housing, we had no issues with the car. It used about a quart of oil, a pint of ATF and a slight bit of antifreeze due to said leak. The weather in Charlotte was great if you are in to very hot temps and high humidity. John and I had a great time, making new friends and reconnection with old ones. We arrived late Tuesday night and were up early to board a bus for the Steele Rubber Products tour, an hour away in Denver, NC. The tour was very informative and interesting. The day included a catered buffet of good Southern cookin', door prizes, and the chance to buy weatherstriping products at a 10% discount. This is only extra activity John and I signed up for so I have no idea how the other activities were. We pretty much hung around the host hotel, looking at cars, going through the swap meet and talking to folks. Every day a new group of cars arrived so there was always something new to look at. The show itself was held on the infield at Charlotte Motor Speedway, quite an impressive facility. Show day was hot and muggy and the event staff did a great job trying to keep everyone hydrated and out of the sun as much as possible. Volunteers rode around on golf carts with coolers of bottled water which were handed out to anyone who asked. Cars were pulled into the garage area for judging, and people were able to set up their chairs in the garage area to avoid the sun. Some got creative in their efforts to stay cool, using their car batteries to run fans. As chance would have it, the Richard Petty Driving Experience was at the speedway during our event so BCA members had the opportunity to take a ride in a stock car at 165 mph for a discounted rate. Well, you don't get that chance every day so I paid my money and away I went. It was quite a blast and I only questioned my sanity until we got safely through the first turn. Then I realized I was safer on this track doing 165 than I was driving down to the show.
It was a fun week. To top it all off, the old '67 snagged an award in the Archival class. Thanks, John, for going with me.
Here is a link to pictures from the Nationals:
This link is from the BCA web site: http://2012bcanationalmeet.shutterfly.com/
I have some picture, too, and as soon as I figure out how to link to them I will make them available.
TROY CAR SHOW AUGUST 17-18
Our Northeast Regional and 6th Annual NYS Chapters' Invitational has come and gone. We had a final count of 67 cars for the show under beautiful skies. The setting along the Hudson was an ideal location. We had a nice variety of beautiful original Buicks along with some outstanding modifides thrown in for good measure, including a V-6 Buick powered dragster. Uncle Sam stopped by to greet everyone and even took a turn sitting in the dragster, striped tophat and all!
Troy is rich in history and those who boarded the trolley for the Friday historic tour were treated to some interesting aspects of it. Unfortunately, the Friday evening ice cream cruise was sort of a bust due to rainy weather but that didn't stop seven brave Buick owners from heading out for their favorite dairy treat.
The Saturday evening banquet was enjoyed by over 60 people who feasted on their choice of chicken, sirloin or vegetarian. It was a good time.
Click HERE for car show and banquet pictures, courtesy of Bob Martino
Click HERE for historic tour pictures, courtesy of Tony D'Amelio.
Click HERE for a list of award winners.
SOMETHING NEW Our show was written up in the November issue of Hemmings Motor News! Our four page article has a nice write-up and many nice pictures.
To read the article, CLICK HERE. It's not a perfect scan but all content is there.
Our chapter picnic was held August 25th at Hop Field in Thatcher Park, located outside of Albany. Although sparsely attended, the weather was perfect and everyone enjoyed typical picnic food, courtesy of the club, plus other fun and games. Even though the horseshoe pits were removed, our location afforded us the opportunity to break out the bocce balls for a spirited game or two. It was an enjoyable afternoon.
Here are a few pictures courtesy of Tony D'Amelio.
SUNDAY DRIVE TO MILLS MANSION OCTOBER 21, 2012
We had a nice drive to Mills Mansion this year. Eleven cars met at the Dunkin Donuts on Wolf Rd in Colonie and caravanned down Rtes 9 & 9H, leaving around 9am and arriving at Mills around 11am. There were nine member cars and two non-members as this event is open to anyone who is interested in driving down with us.
The weather was just about perfect and just warm enough for yours truly to drive all the way down with the top down ( although I admit it was on the border of my tolerance level).
Some members had headed out earlier to breakfast with the Cadillac Club at the Elk's Club in Kinderhook, NY, so we met up with them at our club's designated parking spot on the show field. Our area was filled with approximately two dozen cars, with Buick owners outside of the chapter choosing to join us. This event typically draws over a thousand cars and this year was no exception. The fine weather continued all day as folks enjoyed one of the final events of the driving season. After the show, those interested gathered at Charlie O's in Red Hook for a bite to eat before heading back home. This was very well attended as we had an entire patio room to ourselves. As soon as I get some pictures I will post them.
HOLIDAY PARTY DECEMBER 2, 2012
Our holiday party was well attended this year, with 40 people taking advantage of the great $5 deal. It was again held at the Garden Buffet inside the Saratoga Casino and Raceway, which hosted us for the third straight year. The food was excellent as usual and the Yankee swap was again very entertaining. We were honored to have Greg Goldstein and his wife Christine in attendance this year. Greg has been a big supporter of our club since coming on board as our sponsoring dealership and our director John DeFiore presented him with a plaque at the party in recognition of his support of our two events this year, Cruise-In to Summer 4 and the Northeast Regional / NYS Chapters' Invitational. These events would not have been as successful without Greg's involvement.
We also recognized Mike Klein with a certificate as a sponsoring member. Mike, owner of Upstate Cellular, provided us with a significant amount of funds for us to use as we saw fit. His generosity also contributed to the success of our two events. Unfortunately Mike was unable to attend the party for us to present him with the certificate in person.
Bob Martino was recognized for his role as our 'official' unofficial photographer. Bob has taken pictures at all of our shows and was presented with a scale model replica of a 1955 Oldsmobile, his favorite car, in appreciation for his efforts. Bob's pictures of the party can be viewed by clicking on the photo below.