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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: Reconsidering the Ford Escape

Tweet 2008 Ford Escape XLT – Photo by Randy Stern In honor of our upcoming 300th vehicle review, Victory & Reseda will be reposting our older reviews for your reading pleasure. This way, we can show you our work when … Continue reading

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Historiography: The American Compact Car

Tweet Ford Falcon – All Photos by Randy Stern By the Fall of 1959, the North American automotive industry came to their senses. The rise of Volkswagen ushered in a period where the domestic automotive industry had to respond to … Continue reading

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My Favorites Vehicle Subjects of the Past Six Years

Tweet All Photos by Randy Stern Six years in…and this site and my overall work still stands. When I dove into the deep of this business some six years ago, I knew that I would have the privilege of working … Continue reading

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A Raptor Story

Tweet 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor SuperCab – All Photos by Randy Stern A Victory & Reseda review of the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor When you look at it, one does not consider that fact that it is one of the … Continue reading

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How About a Date?

Tweet All photos by Randy Stern It’s been a while since I had a date. Yes, I realize that this is a website with a focus on automobiles, but let me get to that part shortly. There is, however, a … Continue reading

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My Favorite Loss Leaders

Tweet Everyone loves a Grand Am! – All Photos by Randy Stern This decade saw six brands simply disappear from American showrooms: Pontiac, Saturn, Hummer, Mercury, Saab and Suzuki. They join the misbegotten that danced in front of us for … Continue reading

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My Favorites From My Birth Year

Tweet “You knew I had to show up eventually…” – All Photos by Randy Stern What was so good about the year I was born? The Beatles, The Supremes, Muscle and Pony Cars…am I missing anything else? Here’s an idea: … Continue reading

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Which Half-Ton Pickup is The Best?

Tweet All Photos by Randy Stern There are currently six full-sized half-ton pickups to choose from in the U.S.A. I know, big deal! However, please understand why this topic is important. By volume, the pickup truck is the backbone of … Continue reading

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V&R Stories: The Last Ride of The Taurus

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Twenty years ago, I had the opportunity to drive my first Ford Taurus. It came as I rented the car for the weekend as I had tickets for a San Diego Chargers game down at Jack Murphy (now Qualcomm) Stadium and my employer’s holiday party. It was a daunting task to drive from Reseda to San Diego and back in time for the party in Woodland Hills, but I was up for a challenge. Besides, this would be the first time I would drive between two major cities.

After piling up the miles on that first trip, I was impressed with Ford’s breakthrough family sedan. Impress enough to welcome it again a couple of months later when I had to drive up to the Bay Area to retrieve some items from my late father’s estate. For the amount of travel I have done between both Northern and Southern California, a Taurus helped me achieve my first ever trip between the two areas from behind the wheel. Interstate 5 through the Central Valley can be a lonely highway, but that 1987 Taurus GL was a true traveling companion.

During these past two decades, the Ford Taurus became the car that was my ticket to adventure. I never owned a Taurus to get the full experience of the car, but I had driven more of my share of them to rack up some wonderful times behind the wheel. With the exception of the SHO, I may have driven every version of one of the best products Ford created.

The “jellybean” shape struck a chord with consumers looking for a family sedan that stood and performed admirably. On December 26, 1985, the Taurus, along with its twin the Mercury Sable, arrived at dealerships to a hungry public. In turn, they had one of the best new car introductions in Ford history selling as many Tauruses as they did in the first year of the Mustang in 1964. Continue reading

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