Hmmn, the ROA (Riviera Owners Assoc) were having theirs in Flagstaff Arizona at the end of June and as luck would have it, the BCA (Buick Club of America) was having theirs in Rochester Minnisota in early July. Fantastic, we could attend both and do some sightseeing in between.
We booked our accomodation, flights and it added up to five week including a three day stop in Fiji on the way home. Great, that's all settled.
Hmmn, wouldn't it be really fantastic if we could find a nice 71 Riviera Boattail somewhere close to Flagstaff AZ and drive it to the ROA meet, then the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Zion National Park, Las Vegas and finally LA? The hunt begins in earnest by placing a "Wanted" ad in the BCA magazine. Some replies started coming in with pictures and details from Michigan, North Carolina, New York state, Gold Beach OR, Redondo Beach CA and Los Angeles. Too expensive, too far from the west coast, the wrong colour and most had bench seats.
Mike Ordway in Phoenix who helped with the Wildcat emailed me saying he had a colleague at work with a 71 for sale. Well, some things are just meant to happen aren't they. Phoenix is just three hours south of Flagstaff AZ which was perfect. We did the deal.