ANOTHER OLD CARS WEEKLY FIRST In the fall of 1987 I traveled to the AACA National Meet at Hershey, Pa., with the OLD CARS WEEKLY staff. At that time, Buick fans were anxiously awaiting the mid-model-year introduction of the Reatta. Predictive sketches of the new car had been published by then, but Buick was doing a good job of being secretive about actual photos and details. There was a lot of chatter about the Reatta and all of the "big" car magazines--like MOTOR TREND and CAR and DRIVER were salivating to learn more or to get actual photos. Our esteemed OLD CARS PRICE GUIDE Editor Ken Buttolph was also in charge of driving the OLD CARS WEEKLY Suburban to car shows and making reservations for the staff. For the past several years we had stayed in Harrisburg, but traffic into the show was heavy from that direction and room rates at the big hotels were constantly rising. Ken liked smaller motels where he could park right outside the door of his room. For that fall, he had located a nice, smaller hotel in the direction opposite Harrisburg. We flew into the city, picked up our rental car and headed for the mom and pop hotel. About the exact time we arrived there, a red Buick Reatta pulled into the parking lot! Two Buick management employees--I don't know what their official role was -- were driving the car. I'm not sure if they were testing it or just coming home from a dealer meeting or something like that. In any case, they had somehow secured rooms at the motel, which had been sold out for the car meet. Apparently, someone did a last-minute cancellation and Lady Luck was riding with them. That was funny in itself, but even more hilarious was the fact that they had brought the Reatta--which was officially still "under wraps"--to an area hosting the largest collector car show in the world. (They had no idea what Hershey was.) And they miraculously wound up in the same motel as the staff of a national car magazine. So, that's how one of the first published photos of a Reatta turned up in OLD CARS WEEKLY.
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