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The 2017 Northeast Regional was held September 29 – October 1. Hosted by the Upstate New York chapter and sponsored by Goldstein Buick/GMC, it was held at the Homewood Suites in Clifton Park, NY, about 40 miles north of Albany. Participants enjoyed barbecue, great cars and a scenic drive through historic upstate New York.

Friday’s arrivals had the opportunity to tour the Saratoga Auto Museum at a discount rate. Opened in 2002, the museum features two floors of displays, the upper one being dedicated to cars manufactured in New York State and racing history in the Northeast. The lower floor is a changing collection of cars sharing a common theme. A few years back the Buick concept cars were featured. Friday evening saw many folks tour the local back roads to one of the local barbecue drive-ins to enjoy great barbecue chicken and ribs.

Saturday was cool and rainy, not ideal weather for a car show. This did not deter many people and 75 cars were on display on the show field. Ages ranged from 1925 to present. There were cars from as far away as Canada, Ohio, and even Illinois! Peer judging was used, with three Outstanding in Class awards given in nine different classes. There was also a town Supervisor’s Pick, which went to Simone Zalewski and her 1972 GS455 HT. A Longest Distance Driven award was also handed out, and this went to Ray and Kathy Vrablic from Mokena, Illinois who drove 814 miles to join us. The day also featured a DJ, food vendors, door prizes and a 50/50 raffle. Inside by the hospitality room was a display of Buick related collectibles and a special raffle to win a $150 gift certificate provided by Coker Tire. Proceeds of the raffle were for the benefit of the Red Cross Hurricane Relief Fund.

The Saturday evening banquet was held at the Hilton Garden Inn, a sister hotel to the Homewood Suites situated just across the parking lot. Attendees enjoyed a choice of chicken, salmon or beef. The food was excellent. About 75 people gathered for the banquet.

Sunday was get away day for some, but for others a driving tour of Southern Saratoga County and Northern Rensselaer County was in order. It was a beautiful fall day, with temperatures climbing enough to encourage the tops to be dropped on convertibles. This approximately 90 mile round trip included stops at some historic sites, such as the Canfield Casino in the city of Saratoga Springs. The city is famous for its thoroughbred horse racing but at one time was a big gambling mecca, drawing some infamous names to its borders. Another stop was the Saratoga National Park, site of the Battle of Saratoga during the Revolutionary War. The nearby Saratoga Monument was constructed to commemorate the battle. The monument has 188 stairs, which some were brave enough to climb.

After a quick lunch stop, it was off to the Tomhannock Reservoir for some scenic backdrops for photos. Photo opportunities were everywhere and we tried just about all of them. We finished the tour with a quick stop at the Cohoes Falls, then it was back to the hotel to say our final goodbyes.

Many thanks go out to Greg Goldstein of Goldstein Buick/GMC for his generous support of our show, the staff at the Homewood Suites who couldn’t do enough for us, and to all our goody bag donors, advertisers and volunteers who helped make our show a success.

The 2018 Northeast Regional is scheduled for September 20-22 in Leighton, PA and is hosted by the  "Free Spirit" Chapter.
Go to Upcoming Events for links to show flyer and registration form.

Here is a LINK to pictures of the show, courtesy of Bob Martino

Cruise-In to Summer 9

This year's Cruise-In to Summer car show was held Saturday, June 17th at Cook Park in the Village of Colonie. The weather was perfect and the auction action was fast and furious. Although the car count was down from last year, we raised $1270 for the benefit of the Boys & Girls Clubs. We couldn't do it without the enthusiastic support of Greg Goldstein and the staff at Goldstein Buick/GMC, Jessica Rowe and the gang at the Boys & Girls Clubs, and all those who volunteer their time and energy to make this event one the best annual shows in the area. Thank you all. 

Presenting the check. L to R: Glen Taunton of Goldstein Buick, club members Lyn Baum-Jakubiak & Tony D'Amelio, Jessica Rowe & Amelia Torres of the Boys & Girls Clubs, Greg Goldstein of Goldstein Buick & Alex Buitron of the Boys & Girls Clubs

For more CITS9 pictures visit Click HERE

Chapter Picnic

41 people attended this year's chapter picnic. It was again held at Cook Park in the Village of Colonie. It was a beautiful day for a picnic and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. We also signed up two new members. 
Our next chapter event is the Northeast Regional, followed by the Holiday Party December 3rd.

at Cook Park
Cruise-In to Summer 8 has come and gone. Over 150 cars enjoyed a beautiful day at the park. As is usually the case, the Chinese auction had some great items available and Dinosaur Bar-B-Que and Mr. Ding-A-Ling supplied the food. Goldstein Buick displayed some of the latest & greatest from the ranks of Buick and GMC, and the South Colonie High robotics team was there to show us what fun we can have with robots. Members Dick & Barb Andrews chose this event to debut their recently acquired 1921 Buick Model Six - 44 previously owned by former member Tom Black. What a beauty!
We had our best year yet as we donated over $2000 to the Boys and Girls Clubs! Thanks to all who helped us achieve this goal. 

Here is a link to event pictures. Pictures courtesy of Bob Martino. 
Cruise-In to Summer 7

Jim Jakubiak, Director of the Upstate NY Chapter of the Buick Club of America (UNYBCA) presents a check to Rick Van Vorst of The Boys & Girls Club of Southern Rensselaer County while Glen Taunton of Goldstein Buick/GMC looks on. The money was raised during the Buick Club’s annual “Cruise-In to Summer” car show that was held at Cook Park in the Village of Colonie. This event is sponspored by Goldstein Buick/GMC. A total of $1740 was raised this year. In the background is a 1947 Buick owned by club members Bob & Cathy Martino. Next year’s event is scheduled for Saturday June 18, 2016.

I received a visit recently from a gentleman by the name of Bob Birdsall who is looking for some assistance with the restoration of his late father’s 1940 Buick Coupe. He told me his father got as far as disassembling the car before his passing. The car is now in the hands of his future son-in-law Nathan, who resides in West Albany, New York. At this point in time Nathan and Bob are looking for sources for parts and advice on how to proceed. If anyone wishes to contact Nathan about this car please email him at
I received a visit the other day from a gentleman by the name of Bob Birdsall who is looking for some assistance with the restoration of his late father’s 1940 Buick Coupe. He told me his father got as far as disassembling the car before his passing. The car is now in the hands of his future son-in-law Nathan, who resides in West Albany, New York. At this point in time Nathan and Bob are looking for sources for parts and advice on how to proceed. If anyone wishes to contact Nathan about this car please email him at or call Nathan at 518-729-0993. Bob can be reached by email at
Sounds like a good car to get back on the road so if anyone can help please do so. Thanks.
Webmaster Ed

New club member Gordon Ebanks  inherited his father’s 1970 GS 350 convertible in 2011. Gordon is now looking to restore the car and is looking for someone to give him an estimate. The car is in good condition as can be seen from the pictures. Does anyone have any recommendations as to where Gordon can take the car for an estimate?
You can contact him directly at  518-396-0243 or email:


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:

Thanks to Bob Martino for taking the picture and to Rosemary Durso Malette for making it available to me.


    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!

     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.
Click here for photos

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.

There are also some CITS4 T-Shirts available, in sizes Medium on up. Prices are $10 for local pick up or $15 if shipped. Contact me at if interested. Please indicate T-Shirts in the subject line.

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:
I have some picture, too, and as soon as I figure out how to link to them I will make them available.

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.

HERE for car show and banquet pictures, courtesy of Bob Martino
HERE for historic tour pictures, courtesy of Tony D'Amelio.
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.

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.

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.


Old Articles
New Posting January 15, 2013

New York Reintroduces Bill to Provide for One-Time Historic Vehicle Registration Fee

This was forwarded by one of our members. Click HERE for the complete article
Click here to link to an article on the unveiling of a statue of Buick's founder, David Dunbar Buick, courtesy of Old Cars Weekly.

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