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Thowback Review: That First LaCrosse

Tweet 2005 Buick LaCrosse at the 2004 Chicago Auto Show. Photo by Randy Stern A Victory & Reseda Throwback Review of the 2005 Buick LaCrosse When you hear someone talk about the “near-luxury market,” which brands do you think of? … Continue reading

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Throwback Review: The Impala Phase

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The Taurus was…the Impala is.

Why the reference to the Ford Taurus? With the exception of the reconstituted Chicago-built Five Hundred, the Taurus was the automotive equivalent to comfort food. Maybe not the last couple of examples of fleet-only afterthoughts, but every Taurus I drove like a comfy old friend bound for adventure.

The only other car that felt that way was the 1995-2000 Chevrolet Lumina. It was also built to gobble miles in pleasing comfort. In my time in Washington, DC, I enjoy my turns in the Lumina without embarrassment. In fact, I love those drives!

What’s left in today’s market? Is there another traditional American sedan that will seat full-sized adults for long periods of time? Is there another car equaling to comfort food for me? Continue reading

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Historiography: The Automobile in Canada

Tweet 1956 Meteor – All Photos by Randy Stern July is a patriotic month for many countries. In particular, the United States of America and Canada. We know about the USA’s contribution to the automobile. This country set the bar … Continue reading

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Throwback Review: That Old Chestnut Called the Pontiac G6

Tweet 2008 Pontiac G6 GT Coupe – All Photos by Randy Stern A Victory & Reseda “Throwback Review” of the 2005-2010 Pontiac G6 Sometimes, a car will show up during a period of time that would be much to my … Continue reading

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Throwback Review: Rethinking the Mid-Size American Sedan

Tweet 2007 Saturn Aura XE sedan – Photo by Randy Stern A Victory & Reseda “Throwback Review” of the 2008 Saturn Aura Another mid-size sedan…another drive for scrutiny. When I get behind the wheel of a car I would consider … Continue reading

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Throwback Review: Call It What You Will…

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What do you think this particular SUV needs to make it stand out in a crowded market? It’s an odd looking entry, isn’t it?

Perhaps it needs a mask. Nissan created a new preview site for their upcoming GT-R coupe as a play on the multitude of videos posted of their prototypes in action at the Nurburgring. Each one of these testers had a black mask obscuring the front end of each vehicle. Therefore, Nissan dubbed their preview site after the “black mask.” This gives the upcoming supercar a bit of mystery before its official unveiling at the upcoming Tokyo Auto Show.

However, the vehicle I’m reviewing needs more than just a black mask. To set the record straight, the vehicle in question is neither a high performance coupe nor a Nissan product.

What the Suzuki XL-7 needed was a paper bag. 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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Historiography: The Final Vestiges of Pontiac

Tweet 2008 Pontiac G6 – All photos by Randy Stern It was 2009. The clouds were looming over Renaissance Center as to how to exit from its Bankruptcy case after taking Troubled Asset Relief Fund money. Amid the sell-off of … Continue reading

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Travelogue: New Roads Found in The Carolinas

Tweet The Blue Ridge Parkway – All Photo by Randy Stern New adventures, new opportunities…these are what I always worked hard to achieve. This seems to be the theme of this work on this site of late. So far in … Continue reading

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Quickies: Catching Up on Stuff, the Winter of 2017 Edition

Tweet Yep…drove that. All Photos by Randy Stern Could I write about car I drove over a period of time? I could, but it depends on how much time and interest I gave it. Some vehicles are worthy of a … Continue reading

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