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Historiography: The “Ugly” Subcompacts of the 1970s

Tweet AMC Gremlin. Photo by Randy Stern Were these cars considered “subcompacts” or “compacts?” That is a 44-year old question that has scratched the heads of those of us who lament and laugh of these cars. In particular, how do … Continue reading

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My Favorite Collectable Cars

Tweet All Photos by Randy Stern If there were one thing I learned from my second 10,000 Lakes Concours d’Elegance, it would be the necessity of preserving automotive history. I was talking to one of the participants from the Concours … Continue reading

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Five Favorites for the Next Concours d’Elegance

Tweet Next year…if I bring something to the gig… All photos by Randy Stern If anything, the 10,000 Lakes Concours d’Elegance helped revisit some old knowledge I forgot about over time. When I was younger, I used to be fascinated … Continue reading

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Five Favorite Project Cars…or, Would That Be “Car Projects?”

Tweet A potential project. Photo by Randy Stern Dr. Frankenstein is a genius! Of course, we know he is a character that pops out during this time of year. A symbol of horror films dating back to the silent era, … Continue reading

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Five Favorites…Because, “It’s Spring Again!”

Tweet Daddy only lets me out when it’s warm outside! Photo by Randy Stern A spring day means a lot to all of us. It means April showers bringing May flowers. It also means pollen, mosquitoes, tornadoes, hurricanes and jorts. … Continue reading

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Five Favorites from a Six-Year-Old’s Perspective

Tweet Photo by Randy Stern Want another interesting year in automobiles? The turn of the 1970s was a time of transition. It was clear that Richard Nixon wasn’t going anywhere. His administration oversaw the first landing on the moon by … Continue reading

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The Class of 1982: The Rise of the Mini-Truck

Tweet 1982 GMC S-15 Pickup. Photo (c)1981, 2012 General Motors To survive a recession, you have to weather the storm. The early 1980s were an economic mess, yet not as bad as it was during the 1970s. This past recession … Continue reading

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The Class of 1982

Thirty years ago…a lot happened.

The list can go on forever, but I will concentrate on the most important thing overall: Graduating high school. As I realize today that I am indeed on the latter side of my forties, remembering every moment of that year seems a bit difficult these days.

Thankfully, there’s Google. Not for what I exactly did in 1982 – but, rather, the trivial parts of that year.

At the onset of graduation, I ended up the responsibility of car ownership. The 1972 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight Luxury Sedan of my mother’s was in my care. I was free to do what I please with it – replace tires, fuel up daily, baby the car when it overheated…and so forth.

By that time, I truly grasped the idea of the automobile and its inner workings. At least it was getting there. Sports, cars and music filled my time in-between studies and various plots to go somewhere else. Girls? Well…you probably know where that went by now.

As a public service to the Reseda High School Class of 1982, I offer this little glimpse at our senior year through the windshield of the automobile industry.
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Five Favorites from 1977

Tweet 1977 Cadillac Coupe deVille. Photo (c) 1976, 2011 General Motors Corporation Thirty-five years ago, automobile dealers in North America anticipated a major change in their fortunes. Or, was it all about product all along? 1977 was a watershed year … Continue reading

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