About Victory & ResedaVictory & Reseda is a website/blog telling the story of the automobile through the eyes of freelance automotive writer Randy Stern and friends. This website/blog serves as a virtual intersection of the automobile, its culture, the past, present and future of personal transportation. It also features travel pieces that center on the automotive experience.
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Tweet All Photos by Randy Stern A very long time ago, but Japan used to make terrible cars. When Toyota and Nissan set up their respective USA shops in the late 1950s, they were met with laughs. They little sedans … Continue reading
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
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
Tweet 2017 Mazda6 Grand Touring – All Photos by Randy Stern In June of 2013, I was introduced to what would become a staple of this work in the automotive media. It was a car. Moreover, it was a car … Continue reading
Tweet 2017 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring AWD – All Photos by Randy Stern A Victory & Reseda review of the 2017 Mazda CX-3 Remember when the subcompact SUV was just a pipe dream? We always had them. The Suzuki Samurai … Continue reading
Tweet 2016 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring AWD – All Photos by Randy Stern A Victory & Reseda review of the 2016 Mazda CX-9 Mazda has been one of those brands that make this job a bit easier to work with. … Continue reading
Tweet 2016 Mazda3 S Grand Touring Hatchback – All Photos by Randy Stern A Victory & Reseda review of the 2016 Mazda3 Has it been two years ago already? Social media is a wonderful thing, sometimes. This Wednesday morning, Facebook … Continue reading
Tweet Mid-cycle refreshes abound, but New York was not a waste – I promise. New York, the city that is, is a global epicenter, but the auto show that shares its name has always fallen a bit flat in the … Continue reading
Tweet A Victory & Reseda Review of the 2016 Scion iA With the rise of the crossover in this car market, it seems that we forgot all about the sedan. This is actually not true. A once over of the … Continue reading