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Sweet Caroline: 2021 BCA National Meet and 50th Annual Meet, Concord, NC June 30-July 3rd, 2021


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1              1971       Flint, MI               Buick Motor Division and Volunteer Buick Club Members

2              1972       Flint, MI               Buicktown

3              1973       Flint, MI               Buicktown

                1974       No Meet             

4              1975       Flint, MI               Buicktown and North East Ohio

5              1976       Flint, MI               Buicktown and West Michigan

6              1977       Strongsville, OH                North East Ohio

7              1978       Flint, MI               Buicktown and North East Ohio

8              1979       Bloomington, MN            Gopher State

9              1980       Chicago, IL           Chicagoland

10           1981       Sandusky, OH (Cedar Point)        North East Ohio

11           1982       Bethlehem, PA Free Spirit

12           1983       Westerville, OH Central Ohio

13           1984       Atlanta, GA         Dixie

14           1985       Los Angeles, CA                LA chapter

15           1986       Indianapolis, IN Central Indiana

16           1987       Orlando, FL         Sunshine State

17           1988       Flint, MI               Buicktown Chapter

18           1989       Batavia, NY         Finger Lakes

19           1990       Cincinnati, OH(Kings Island)         Southwestern Ohio

20           1991       Sacramento, CA                California Capitol

21           1992       Overland Park, KS            Mid-America Chapter

22           1993       Phoenix, AZ        Valley of the Sun

23           1994       Atlanta, GA         Dixie Chapter

24           1995       Lisle, IL  Heartland Region

25           1996       Plano, TX             North Texas

26           1997       St. Louis, MO     Gateway Chapter

27           1998       Danvers, MA      Minuteman Chapter

28           1999       Columbus, OH   Central Ohio

29           2000       Richmond, VA   Northern Virginia

30           2001       Buffalo, NY         Niagara Frontier

31           2002       Kokomo, IN        Indiana Chapter

32           2003       Flint, MI               Buicktown

33           2004       Plano, TX             North Texas

34           2005       Batavia, NY         Finger Lakes

35           2006       Rochester, MN Gopher and Fireball Chapters

36           2007       Seattle, WA        Northern Cascade

37           2008       Flint, MI               Buicktown

38           2009       Colorado Springs, CO     

39           2010       Ames, IA             

40           2011       Danvers, MA      Minuteman Chapter

41           2012       Concord, NC       Carolina Chapter

42           2013       South Bend, IN NMC

43           2014       Portland, OR      NMC

44           2015       Springfield, MO NMC

45           2016       Allentown, PA   NMC

46           2017       Brookfield, WI   NMC

47           2018       Denver, CO         Mile High

48           2019       Oklahoma City   North Texas

49           2020       Strongville, OH  North East Ohio

50           2021       Concord, NC       Carolina Chapter

 

How many have you been to and will you be at the 50th?

 

Returning to Embassy Suites Concord...

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If all goes according to plan, Oklahoma will be lucky 13...joined in time for 2003.  Driving down, if we touch Kansas, I’ll hit the thirtieth state I’ve been to...getting to Concord would add to that total.  Of course, I’ve only been to seven out of ten Canadian provinces so far.

 

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Unfortunately, I've only been to four so far as I tend to drive only east of the Mississippi river.  I've enjoyed each of them, but the Concord and Allentown meets really stand out for me.  I plan to attend the 2020 in Ohio, and I definitely will be attending the 2021 50th in Concord!

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On 3/1/2019 at 5:55 AM, 38Buick 80C said:

I've been to 32 and the 50th will be my 35th.

Well ain't that special!:D

I have been to only 25, driving to all but one.

The Ames meet was by far the best.  Flint meets were just OK, but I will never return to that nasty town.

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Only 14 for me.  Several of the Flint meets and both Batavia's.  Did not drive my car to two of them, Concord #1 and Denver.  

Enjoyed each for their hospitality and variety.  I like to go to new places each time because the 2nd round in the same location seldom pushes the unique button, which is what makes it most enjoyable for me. 

 

Took the 56 in '78,'81,'89,  &'03.  Took the '69 in '05, '08, '11 &'13.  Then the '72 to the rest.  Missed my car in '12 and '18.  Missed it so much so that I won't go to another meet if I can't have my car there. 

 

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Flint ‘03 was my first,  followed by Plano, Seattle, Ames, Danvers, Concord.  Oklahoma in the plans followed by Concord for sure

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I've only been to four since joining the BCA in 1998.

Richmond, Va was my 1st and we drove our 1994 Buick Lesabre but did not register it and made a vacation out of the next week working our way home.

The 2nd was Flint, Mi in 2003 and did drive the Special as it was so close to home.

The 3rd was 2013 in South Bend, In and drove there and back in one day primarily for the Swap Meet but had time to see cars that were not out on the tours. Great rewards there to bring home but a long day...

The 4th was 2017 in Brookfield, Wi which the Special failed me three days before leaving with a bad fuel pump... We went anyway in our Van (blah..) and my wife LOVED the shopping experience next door at the Mall! 

 

We are looking forward to 2020 in Strongsville, OH as it is relatively close and should have issues on the Special straightened away to drive up with the top down!

 

How many more? Will see...

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We have managed to attend 7 BCA nationals since becoming members in the mid '80s.  First one was Flint , MI in '88. Hopefully and God willing we will be able to attend Ok and ones to follow.

I think the most memorable was '92 in Overland Park, KS. My father-in-law, my oldest brother and my family all drove our '65 Buicks from MN to KS. All three cars received Senior Gold awards at that meet.

 

 Looking forward to many more meets to come,

 

  Loren

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A bit of a newbie here. I joined in 2014. Attended Springfield and Allentown so far as family needs have allowed. Doesn’t look like Oklahoma City will work out this year. I plan to attend Strongville and, being in VA, Concord should be very convenient.

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We've been to THIRTY EIGHT BCA National Meets.

Some of the highlights: The first in 1971. Buick's 75th anniversary meet @ Flint in 1978, I was on the Meet committee, hosting Chicagoland Chapter meets in 1980 & 1995. Received Gold New Senior for my 1941 56C in 1997, St Louis; the Buick & GM Centennial in 2003 & 2008, on the Meet Committee for Charlotte, Carolina Chapter, 2012. BCA 50th in Allentown, 2016. 

We plan to attend OK this year, 2020 in OH, & Charlotte in 2021.

Jerry Bodden #1518

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23 hours ago, NC68Riviera said:

We plan to attend if we still have our Riviera. This will be our first BCA national meet.

 

WHAT?!!! "if we still have our Riviera"!!!!!   Count him in Brian :lol:

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11 hours ago, MrEarl said:

 

WHAT?!!! "if we still have our Riviera"!!!!!   Count him in Brian :lol:

 

Counted...

 

the only condition that he is not allowed to have the Riv is that he now has several Riv's

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 We've been to 11, including this year's, for which plans are set to attend. I still have a matchbook from the '88 show in the glove box. Also, I'm still driving the car I drove to my first, the '77 meet, which is the same car I've driven to all but two of them, (I think) a '56 Roadmaster 2 dr. that I bought in '76.

 Not sure about next year, but certainly want to bring the '41 Roadmaster to the '21 show. Long drive from here in Ontario, Canada.

 Here's a shot of it taken only a few miles from the factory where it was built in Oshawa, taken at the McLaughlin estate.

 Keith

 

41BuickCoachHouseSml.jpg

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On 3/1/2019 at 5:58 AM, 38Buick 80C said:

Also I am looking for photos from the early Nationals too.

I have posted a couple from 1975 that included my 57, but I've got a few more.  I'll try to dig them up.at some point and scan them. 

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On 5/30/2019 at 10:09 PM, lancemb said:

Only 4 thus far!  I'll try to do better.  I've driven to 3.  I tend to only go if they are within 5 hours driving.  I do plan to fly on for this one though. 

 

LOL...I’d never have gotten to one if I only went to the ones within 5 hours drive.  Closest was Rochester, MN - Google Maps says that’s a minimum 8.5 hr drive...we didn’t go entirely on Interstates, so it took a chunk longer.

 

I hope everyone who has a National close by every now and again appreciates it.

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7 hours ago, Thriller said:

 

LOL...I’d never have gotten to one if I only went to the ones within 5 hours drive.  Closest was Rochester, MN - Google Maps says that’s a minimum 8.5 hr drive...we didn’t go entirely on Interstates, so it took a chunk longer.

 

I hope everyone who has a National close by every now and again appreciates it.

 

Well 2021 will be the closest one I've ever been to a meet, even closer than 2012...I mean the showfield is in the same place as 2012 but I moved closer since... I can see the host hotel out my back window now. A whole 3 miles....and the funny thing is I wont even get the "shortest driven award"... Dad has me beat by a half mile.  😂   I get to go down hill all the way so even my non-running Buicks should be able to make it there...I can worry about getting them back later...LOL

 

 

 

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First one in 2009 Colorado Springs with the 1932 67S. Made consecutive years except for Portland due to death in the family.  I was part of the host North Texas Chapter for Oklahoma so I count 10 meets.  We are looking forward to Cleveland and Concord and plan on driving the 67 Sportwagon GS400 "Tribute" to both.

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11           1982       Bethlehem, PA Free Spirit

 

12           1983       Westerville, OH Central Ohio

 

13           1984       Atlanta, GA         Dixie

 

14           1985       Los Angeles, CA                LA chapter

 

15           1986       Indianapolis, IN Central Indiana

 

17           1988       Flint, MI               Buicktown Chapter

 

18           1989       Batavia, NY         Finger Lakes

 

20           1991       Sacramento, CA                California Capitol

 

23           1994       Atlanta, GA         Dixie Chapter

 

24           1995       Lisle, IL  Heartland Region

 

25           1996       Plano, TX             North Texas

 

26           1997       St. Louis, MO     Gateway Chapter

 

27           1998       Danvers, MA      Minuteman Chapter

 

28           1999       Columbus, OH   Central Ohio

 

30           2001       Buffalo, NY         Niagara Frontier

 

32           2003       Flint, MI               Buicktown

 

33           2004       Plano, TX             North Texas

 

34           2005       Batavia, NY         Finger Lakes

 

36           2007       Seattle, WA        Northern Cascade

 

37           2008       Flint, MI               Buicktown

 

38           2009       Colorado Springs, CO      

 

39           2010       Ames, IA              

 

40           2011       Danvers, MA      Minuteman Chapter

 

41           2012       Concord, NC       Carolina Chapter

 

43           2014       Portland, OR      NMC

 

44           2015       Springfield, MO NMC

 

45           2016       Allentown, PA   NMC

 

46           2017       Brookfield, WI   NMC

 

47           2018       Denver, CO         Mile High

 

48           2019       Oklahoma City   North Texas

 

49           2020       Strongville, OH  North East Ohio.  not yet

 

50           2021       Concord, NC       Carolina Chapter. not yet

 

They have all their appeal. The two I was happiest to see finished were the two Danvers meets. . The great part was seeing that people had a good time, the hard part was the responsibility and stress of running a National Meet. You would have thought, I would have learned form the first one.

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On 6/24/2019 at 7:53 AM, Jack Welch said:
11           1982       Bethlehem, PA Free Spirit

 

12           1983       Westerville, OH Central Ohio

 

13           1984       Atlanta, GA         Dixie

 

14           1985       Los Angeles, CA                LA chapter

 

15           1986       Indianapolis, IN Central Indiana

 

17           1988       Flint, MI               Buicktown Chapter

 

18           1989       Batavia, NY         Finger Lakes

 

20           1991       Sacramento, CA                California Capitol

 

23           1994       Atlanta, GA         Dixie Chapter

 

24           1995       Lisle, IL  Heartland Region

 

25           1996       Plano, TX             North Texas

 

26           1997       St. Louis, MO     Gateway Chapter

 

27           1998       Danvers, MA      Minuteman Chapter

 

28           1999       Columbus, OH   Central Ohio

 

30           2001       Buffalo, NY         Niagara Frontier

 

32           2003       Flint, MI               Buicktown

 

33           2004       Plano, TX             North Texas

 

34           2005       Batavia, NY         Finger Lakes

 

36           2007       Seattle, WA        Northern Cascade

 

37           2008       Flint, MI               Buicktown

 

38           2009       Colorado Springs, CO      

 

39           2010       Ames, IA              

 

40           2011       Danvers, MA      Minuteman Chapter

 

41           2012       Concord, NC       Carolina Chapter

 

43           2014       Portland, OR      NMC

 

44           2015       Springfield, MO NMC

 

45           2016       Allentown, PA   NMC

 

46           2017       Brookfield, WI   NMC

 

47           2018       Denver, CO         Mile High

 

48           2019       Oklahoma City   North Texas

 

49           2020       Strongville, OH  North East Ohio.  not yet

 

50           2021       Concord, NC       Carolina Chapter. not yet

 

They have all their appeal. The two I was happiest to see finished were the two Danvers meets. . The great part was seeing that people had a good time, the hard part was the responsibility and stress of running a National Meet. You would have thought, I would have learned form the first one.

We really enjoyed Danvers 2011 since we live in Texas and our son and family live in Winchester, 8 miles out of Boston. We brought the 1932 67S in our trailer, enjoyed all the activities including going to the coast and having great seafood. Our family drove to Danvers to meet us and the kids really enjoyed the indoor water activities next to the hotel if I am remembering correctly.  
 

We got to spend another week with the family after the meet.

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In case anyone is still wondering, both of these national meets have been cancelled for 2021 by the BCA Board.  I still get phone calls every other day from members wondering if these meets are still on.

Pete Phillips, BCA #7338

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12 hours ago, KdFwagen said:

Brian, looks like instead of "SWEET CAROLINE" maybe the Beach Boys hitg "I GET AROUND" might be more appropriate for you!

yeah that a good one...

 

or maybe it's

 

 

or maybe

 

 

 

 

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