Author Archives: Randy Stern

Commentary: Fifty Years of Hot Wheels

Tweet Photo by Randy Stern Want to talk about being born at the right time? I was four years old when Mattel introduced their Hot Wheels cars at the 1968 New York Toy Show. What happened afterward was a phenomenon … Continue reading

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My Favorite Vehicles From My Father

Tweet All Photos by Randy Stern This Sunday is Father’s Day. This is not one of the easiest days to deal with. Sheldon Simon Stern passed away in 1986. He left our family in 1972. Overall, he was a father … Continue reading

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Travelogue: Detroit Revisited

Tweet All Photos by Randy Stern Twelve years ago, I arrived in Detroit for the first time. Being an automotive person, I felt that this city had been missing in my life. While the trip presented plenty of firsts and … Continue reading

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Quickies: An Aloha From Detroit

Tweet 2018 Hyundai Kona Ultimate AWD – All Photos by randy Stern A few years ago, I attended the media drive for the current Hyundai Tucson. The company knew it had to grow its SUV/crossover lineup in order to compete … Continue reading

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Quickies: The Sum of Veloster’s Value Equation

Tweet 2019 Hyundai Veloster Turbo Ultimate – All Photos by Randy Stern Remember those fun-to-drive and relatively affordable little sports cars? We had a lot back in my day. They ranged from very small roadsters – such as the MG … Continue reading

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On The Dial: Where The Music From…and More

Tweet Photo by Randy Stern June has two cultural designations: African-American Music Appreciation Month and LGBT Pride Month. Some have said that there were a couple of times when the two were fused with each other. One time was when … Continue reading

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As “Big” As A…Big Tree That It’s Named After

Tweet 2018 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4X4 – All Photos by Randy Stern A Victory & Reseda review of the 2018 Toyota Sequoia It is a fact that I have worked with every model in Toyota’s current lineup – except for … Continue reading

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Historiography: The French in America

Tweet All Photos by Randy Stern, except otherwise noted Do you remember the time when French cars were a thing in America? At one time, American foreign car customers would walk into a showroom to see a Peugeot 504, a … Continue reading

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Commentary: Not The Final Mic Drop

Tweet This was rumored to be Sergio Marchionne’s curtain call at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. The man was responsible for saving Chrysler from oblivion in the face of the Global Financial Crisis. Marchionne lead the integration of the company into Fiat … Continue reading

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Popular Ambition

Tweet 2018 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD – All Photos by Randy Stern A Victory & Reseda review of the 2018 Mazda CX-5 In the most competitive automotive segment in the USA, you have to find a way to stand … Continue reading

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