A central Iowa man was recently elected president of the Buick Club of America. Rick Young of Jewell says he’s long had a passion for the General Motors-made car. He’s owned many Buicks over the years and Young says he’s thrilled to now be at the wheel of this select group of car collectors.

He says next year’s national convention will be in Ames, which will bring some 600 Buicks to Iowa from all over the country. That’s scheduled for July of 2010 and will include a "drive to Jewell" event. Young say the club has a long history, as it was founded more than a century ago by David Buick himself, who started the company that went on to become General Motors.

"We have an interest in preserving all information about antique cars and anyone who has a Buick, if it’s a ’93 LeSabre, if it’s a 1950 Buick Special, one of the more prized cars, anyone is welcome," Young says. The club has some nine-thousand members. Find more information online at www.buickclub.org .