Author Archives: Randy Stern

Quickies: Driven at #MAMA17SR

Tweet The highlight of #MAMA17SR: 2017 Rolls-Royce Dawn – All Photos by Randy Stern My fourth Midwest Automotive Media Association Spring Rally was intended to make up for a lost year away from it. The Road America course, the nearby … Continue reading

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#MAMA17SR: Well…

Tweet All Photos by Randy Stern How do I make up for a lost year? I thought I did when I returned to the Midwest Automotive Media Association’s Fall Rally last year after skipping the larger Spring event at Road … Continue reading

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Hamsters with Snails Making Turbo Noises

Tweet 2017 Kia Soul ! Turbo – All Photos by Randy Stern A Victory & Reseda review of the 2017 Kia Soul…with a turbocharger! From the onset, the Kia Soul was designed to be a cool car. Consider the familiar … Continue reading

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Commentary: A Change at The Top in Dearborn

Tweet Was Mark Fields fired…or did he retire? It was already an extraordinary news cycle in the early hours of Monday morning. It did not involve anything violent or tragic. It was a change of command in Dearborn at Ford … Continue reading

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Throwback Review: Hamsters Not Included

Tweet 2010 Kia Soul +. All photos by Randy Stern A Victory & Reseda “Throwback Review” of the 2010 Kia Soul So, what is “cool?” It’s an objective definition that pervades actual agreement amongst us. It’s not at all absolute … Continue reading

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Commentary: An “Outsider’s” View of The Car Scene in Minnesota

Tweet Photo by Randy Stern Car season began in Minnesota a month-and-a-half ago. I was reminded of it at the time by the flood of social media posts with anxious enthusiasts waiting to arrive at AutoMotorPlex in Chanhassen prior to … Continue reading

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Throwback Review: Goldilocks…Your Ride Has Arrived!

2007 Mazda6

Call me Goldilocks.

Yep, I’m the guy who knows that things are “just right.” I have an intolerance to things that are too hard, too soft, too hot, too cold, too large and too small. Whether it is chairs, beds, porridge…wait, isn’t that called oatmeal these days? The idea here is sometimes you have to explore to find things that are “just right” for your life.

Automobiles are no exception. I complain about the most intricate details that do not register with many people. The driver’s seat is uncomfortable, the steering feels contrived, the tweeters sound tinny, the key operates the door backwards…and so forth. When it comes to the automobile, Goldilocks has nothing on me!

My Goldilocks found a vehicle that was “just right.” It came in a familiar skin with a welcoming badge on the grill. It also felt as comfortable as my favorite shirt or the memory of my last conga drum. My Goldilocks, ironically crossed with my subcultural identity as a bear, found the Mazda6 “just right” for me. Continue reading

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Trekking The Globe…and Your Neighborhood

Tweet 2017 Toyota Land Cruiser – All photos by Randy Stern A Victory & Reseda review of the 2017 Toyota Land Cruiser Name the world’s greatest SUV? The first thing that comes to mind here in America is a Jeep. … Continue reading

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Throwback Review: Driving The Dream

Tweet 2010 Dodge Challenger SE – All photos by Randy Stern A Victory & Reseda “Throwback Review” of the 2010 Dodge Challenger What better way to celebrate a national holiday (Independence Day in 2010) with a national icon – and … Continue reading

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The Head-Turning Return of The Civic Hatchback

Tweet 2017 Honda Civic Sport Touring hatchback – All Photos by Randy Stern A Victory & Reseda review of the 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback This car almost won #VOTY16. It placed second behind the Volvo XC90. Considering how dominating the … Continue reading

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