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 I grew up at the right time – the Malaise Era, to be exact. The industry was in the midst of change. Some of it was instigated by the oil-producing nations across the ocean. … Continue reading
Tweet All Photos by Randy Stern In 1975, Cadillac took an important step to reclaim lost sales of their larger, more iconic automobiles. They introduced the Seville. The Seville represented a new kind of Cadillac – trim, small, but had … Continue reading
Tweet All Photos by Randy Stern Not to brag or anything, but some of us have lived long enough to remember certain vehicles in our lives that have been long forgotten by everyone else. Many vehicles have seen their last … Continue reading
Tweet The first application of Sir Alec Issigonis’ engineering breakthrough – All Photos by Randy Stern, except otherwise noted Remember Sir Alec Issigonis? The innovation he created by switching the orientation of the engine, changing the traditional transmission to a … Continue reading
Over two years ago, the last Oldsmobile rolled down the assembly line of the old Lansing plant. It was a burgundy Alero sedan, perhaps a shell of the most famous Oldsmobiles built down the same line. The medium-sized sports sedan represented a marque that once stood for automobiles that were bold and powerful. It was the brand that gave you the Rocket V8 and the Hydra-Matic transmission; among many of the innovations Oldsmobile gave the world.
An Oldsmobile symbolized what was good about cars built in the good ol’ USA. They were cars that sported affordable luxury graced with touches that appealed to everyone. In the good ol’ days, you can tell the difference between driving a Chevrolet Bel Air and an Oldsmobile 88. You can also sense a special air when you revved up that 455 cubic inch V8 underneath that Cutlass 442 when hunting for Mustangs, Road Runners and Chevelles. Continue reading
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
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
Tweet Photo by Randy Stern Imagine if I lived in the 1950s. In some ways, it was a time for a nation to celebrate its greatest victory, despite a militaristic detour in Korea. It was a time when everyone was … Continue reading
Tweet As American as apple pie? Photo by Randy Stern Our nation, in all of its glory, blazoned with patriotism and fireworks! This has been a cycle to remember. My faith in this country restored by advances stating that I … Continue reading