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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

UPCOMING EVENTS: Call for details if you are not on the club's email notifications list

Local Cadillac LaSalle & Allante’/XLR club “convergence meeting” THIS Sunday, Jan 10th at 12:30pm at a new meeting venue.

New Meeting Venue:

Spaghetti Western Italian Cafe - Jester Blvd

1951 W TC Jester Blvd

Houston, TX 77008

Tel: (713) 360-6634

Inside the 610 loop, TC Jester exit.

Per local CLC coordinator Bill Golasinski, the menu is modest Italian fare:

There is plenty of parking in a huge shared lot.  The private room has a window and door facing the lot. 

Assemble about 12:30, meeting starts about 1pm.

Order when you get there.

NOTE:  Bill Golasinski is the local coordinator for the Cadillac LaSalle Club – Gulf Coast Region.

Tech NOTE:  AT ALL TIMES - Keep your battery charged with a low-current maintenance charger and the radiator/reservoir filled with fresh engine coolant.  This will help prevent electrical damage to the starter motor/alternator and accelerated corrosion of the cooling system & aluminum engine block.


Recommended Houston Area Repair Shop   

Mechanical / Electrical:

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

~ 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 2020, we will conduct six regular coffee meetings (see schedule below)

~ Official Schedule of Meetings ~
Meeting Venues/Times:
2021 Calendar Schedule:
1)  Jan 10th, Sunday 12:30pm, 
2)  Feb (TBD)
3)  Mar (TBD)
4)  Apr  (TBD)
5)  May (TBD)
6)  June (TBD)
7)  July (TBD)
8)  August (TBD)
9)  Sept (TBD)
10) Oct (TBD)
11) Nov (TBD)

12) Dec (TBD)

SEE RECOMMENDED REPAIR SHOPS and MORE PHOTOS below and on our original Hemmings and Graeme Smith's web pages. 


John Maida

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

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)