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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

September 29th (Sunday): Possible Drive to Painted Churches near Schulenburg. This drive will substitute for September coffee meeting.  

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 2019, we will conduct six regular Sunday coffee meetings at Café Express (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 ~
Meeting Venues/Times:
2019 Calendar Schedule:
1)  Jan 13th, Sunday 10:30am, Café Express
2)  Feb (no meeting)
3)  Mar 3rd, Sunday 10:30am, Café Express 
4)  Apr 6th, Saturday 10am-5pm Spring Drive to Neuman Castle (near Bellville) and Car Show at The Gin in Warrenton-Roundtop
NOTE: This drive replaces the Chapel Hill event
5)  May 5th, Sunday 10:30am, Café Express followed by Keels & Wheels Car Show in Seabrook until 4pm
6)  June (no meeting)
7)  July 14th Sunday 10:30am, Cafe Express
8)  August (no meeting)
9)  Sept 8th Sunday 10:30am, Café Express
10)  Oct  19/20 Sat/Sun Special Fall Drive:  Wolf Creek Car Show on South Lake Livingston
11) Nov 10th Sunday 10:30am, Café Express

12)  Dec (no meeting)

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)