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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

Oct 20th Sunday: 
Wolf Creek Car Show on Lake Livingston, see Coldspring Chamber of Commerce website.
MUST ARRIVE BY 11am if wanting to show your Allante or XLR, please submit the entry information shown at the link below by calling the chamber at 936-653-2184.

Car Entry Form:


October 26th, Saturday: 
Painted Churches Drive near Schulenburg-LaGrange.


Email notifications with details will be sent out mid-week prior to each event.  If not on email list please call John Maida @ 713-822-4027 for details.

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 (cancelled in lieu of Painted Churches Drive)
10) Oct  20 Sunday: Wolf Creek Car Show on South Lake Livingston (must arrive by 11am for car judging)
       Oct 26, Saturday: Painted Churches Drive, Schulenburg-La Grange area 
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)