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~ Since 1994 ~ Houston Texas Chapter - Allanté-XLR Club of America ~ Since 1994 ~

Local Allante Contact:  John Maida @ 713-822-4027 (text or call)
Local XLR Contact:  Steven Colburn  @ 936-520-0110 (text or call)
Cafe Express - Multidecade Cadillac Convertible Rendezvous - March 2016

Upcoming Meetings: 

December 2nd, Saturday, 8am-10am
Coffee & Cars Memorial City Mall
(Allante meet location - behind JC Penney's garage)

Founding Members (L-R): John Maida, Ken Stuntz, Alan Kolodny Esq., Gene Stuckey,
circa 1994 Cafe Express Uptown Park - Houston
Formerly known as: "The Allante Appreciation Group" (AAG)

Bluebonnet Run April 2017 - Hill Top Ranch (L-R: Steve & Diane Colburn and Bessanne & John Maida)

Bluebonnet Run April 2017 - Hill Top Ranch

Bluebonnet Run Texas Flag 2017

Bluebonnet Run April 2017 - Hill Top Ranch
(L-R: Bulent Sunay, Steve & Diane Colburn, John & Bessanne Maida, Mr & Mrs Joe DiVergilio)

Big Gun Bess
Wolf Creek Car Show on Lake Livingston - Coldspring Texas, October 2016

~ Club Charter ~
Provide a free social forum for planning car show & special driving/parade events and for discussion of technical issues related to this classic automobile.
technical advisor will be available at each meeting.
Original PHOTO GALLERY and other reference/contact information can be found at our Hemmings website @ Houston-Southeast Texas Chapter
For 2017, we will conduct six (6) regular coffee meetings (3x Saturdays and 3x Sundays, see schedule below)
Coffee Meet Location:  CAFE EXPRESS at Uptown Park Shopping Center
(Cafe Express faces 610 West Loop, 1-mile north of the Houston Galleria at the Northwest corner of Post Oak Blvd and the loop) 
 GPS Coordinates:  29o 45' 23" N Latitude; 95o 27' 24" W Longitude

~ Official Schedule of Meetings ~
Regular Meeting Venues/Times:
Cafe Express Coffee Meetings: 2nd weekend day every ODD month, 10:30am to 12-noon
2017 Calendar Schedule:
1) Jan 8th (second Sunday) 10:30am, Café Express
2) Feb - No Meeting
3)  Mar 4th (first Saturday) 8-10am,  Coffee & Cars, Memorial City Mall
     Mar 11
th (Second Saturday) 10:30am, Café Express
4) Apr TBD (Special Spring Drive) 10:00am Chapel Hill - Round Top Bluebonnet Run & Photo-op
5) MOVED to May 20th (Saturday) 10:30am, Cafe Express
6) ADDED June 3rd Coffee & Cars at Memorial City, 8-10am
7) July  9th (second Sunday) - 10:30am, Cafe Express
8) Aug No meeting
9) Sept 9th  (Second Saturday) 10:30am, Café Express
10) Oct no regular meeting - Special Fall Drive TBD :  Wolf Creek Car Show on South Lake Livingston
11) Nov 11th (Second Sunday) 10:30am, Café Express

12) Dec 2nd (1st Saturday) - 8-10am Coffee & Cars, Memorial City (meet location behind JC Penney's garage)

SEE RECOMMENDED REPAIR SHOPS and MORE PHOTOS below and on our original Hemmings web pages.


John Maida

First Annual Houston Polo Club Event 1994
John Maida "Boss Tex" in '90 Pearl/Burgundy and "Cuz" Dr. Gina Rizzo "DR-B4-MK" in Mary Kay-Ken Kogge '93 (aka Pinky-3) - Italian Festival, Houston Farm & Ranch Club - Oct 2008
John O'Quinn Museum Collection Tour - October 2009  /  Unser-Ferrantino '93 Indy Pace Car - Jan 2008

(also see both Batmobiles and Duesenbergs in Houston club's photo pages)
Larry Hagman "JR Ewing" (80s TV Series "Dallas")
Sterling McCall Cadillac Museum Tour (Warrington, Texas):  Major body design contrast changes shown.
Early Cadillac Convertibles:   Pre-1905 and Powerfull 1930s V12s & V16s
Fun drive examples:  Moody Gardens in Galveston and Hwy-390 towards old cotton town of Burton, Texas
Additional Coffee Meeting Fun Pics (below)


 Members @ StarBucks 11-May-2008



Members @ StarBucks 2006  /  Members @ Starbucks 1998


Recommended Houston Area Repair Shops  

Mechanical / Electrical:

Primary Mechanic - Phil Yovino @ Kay's Automotove - Beltway-8 & Hwy 290 area (Windfern @ N. Gessner) - 832-467-2886

Interior/Exterior Fabric/Trim:


1) Veteran Trim & Supply
1616 Lubbock (Downtown Houston), Phone: 713-223-1553

2) Mike Blanchette of Blanchette Auto Trim (recommended by member Ken Stuntz), 
14740 Hempstead Rd. HT 77040, Phone: 713.460.2832

3) Texas Trim..
location off Louetta(sp) northside ???


Clear Lake Area - Frank's Auto Body -

1) Frank Tamburella is owner and he does custom body and paint work for cars, boats and race cars - 281-334-4414


2)  Wayne Hudson at Joe Meyers Ford (recommended by member Randy Cox)

Hwy 6 & 290 (NW side), phone 936-718-4234


3) Progressive or Stetson's Garages, Bellaire Area, Phone ???

Local Club Items For Sale
Houston Allante Club Grille Badge - by: Nick Ferrantino & John Maida (available at regular coffee meetings, price $35)