By Denise Etheridge
On April 21, 2012, I attended the Buick Club of America–Jersey Shore Chapter car show at Straub Buick in Keyport, New Jersey. The show featured all makes and models, including stock production and classics through 1987, hot rods and customs through 1987, and special-interest vehicles through 2012.
While I was there I was lucky enough to meet one of the Straub brothers. And, in case you are wondering, yes, he was driving a classic Buick—a 1975 LeSabre that had originally been purchased by the dealership for his mother and has been in the family ever since. Currently it has approximately 24,000 miles on it and everything including the paint job is original.
I also met the owner of a 1985 Buick Somerset, who boasted that his car has never needed a repair. While I am somewhat of a Buick enthusiast, I have to admit I was not familiar with this model. A quick Wikipedia check told me why: The Somerset was only produced between 1985 and 1987.
William Zeiman was at the show with his 1966 Buick Special that, with only a few minor exceptions such as seat belts, is also completely original. Also at the show and noteworthy was a 1975 Buick LeSabre Special with a convertible parade cap.
I did not stay long enough to find out who took home which trophy, but I can tell you that every head turned when a 1930 Cadillac Dual Cowl Phaeton
rolled onto the lot.