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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

October 18th - Sunday @ 10:30am
Drive to Galveston and Environs with seafood luncheon at The Fisherman's Wharf.

This Sunday, Oct 18th, we’re driving to Galveston for lunch at The Fisherman’s Wharf near the Strand … followed by a cruise along the Seawall: .

Logistics/Agenda:  The Fisherman’s Wharf opens at 11:30.

At 10:15, those on the west end can rendezvous at Starbucks at Beltway 8 and Westpark (near Harwin Dr.) and then take Beltway 8 around the south side to pick up 45 south into Galveston.

Those on the north and east ends can take 45 south or Hwy 146 into Galveston.

The goal is to arrive at the restaurant between 11:30 and 11:45 for best seating along the waterfront.

Following lunch, we’ll walk a few nearby Strand shops and then cruise along the Seawall for photo ops at the famous Galvez and San Luis Hotels.


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:
2020 Calendar Schedule:
1)  Jan 12th, Sunday 10:30am, "la Madeleine - Town & Country
2)  Feb (no meeting)
3)  Mar 8th Sunday - Brunch at the home of Rudy and Nancy King in Fulshear
4)  Apr  (COVID "Stay at Home")
5)  May  3rd - 8:30am (see details above): Original Allante Meeting Location at Starbuck's located at Post Oak and Loop 610 in Uptown Park
6)  June (no meeting - Covid issues)
7)  July (no meeting - hot - Covid issues)
8)  August (no meeting - way too hot - Covid issues)
9)  Sept (no meeting)
10) Oct 18th Sunday - Drive to Galveston and environs with seafood luncheon on the Seawall (details above)
11) November (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)