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Tweet What could we do down there? Hmmm…. Photo by Randy Stern Yes, I had a great time at the opener of MN C&C for 2013. It was a smaller crowd, with most potential cars parked away from the grounds. … Continue reading
Tweet Drive this for my birthday?!? Photo by Randy Stern I am celebrating my birthday today. In the past, I mentioned that I do prefer more understated celebrations at this stage in life. This is true, but what if I … Continue reading
Tweet This…for starters. Photo by Randy Stern Yeah, I made a big deal about my so-called “accomplishment.” I drove two BMWs – big deal! Blah, blah, blah…. It may not seem like a big deal to you. You are used … Continue reading
The hometown auto show can still be welcoming…sometimes.
This year’s Twin Cities Auto Show packed the Minneapolis Convention Center with plenty of eye candy for everyone. Though devoid of the concepts seen at the major shows, there were plenty of surprises to be had on the show floor. Overall, one goal was accomplished – it brought every brand sold in the state of Minnesota (and Western Wisconsin) under one roof.
I was there on the first day, Saturday March 10th, as well as Media event on Monday March 12th. Both days were needed to take in photography and catch up on vehicles I saw in Chicago. It was also a chance to interface with local friends, industry folks and to see who in the local media would cover this event.
The event also engaged my links back to my core readership through a preview in Lavender magazine and promos through two local community organizations – the North Country Bears and the Minneapolis Movie Bears. Tickets were given away to a lucky few readers and supporters in drawings held at two events. In all, this Auto Show was to increase engagement with the readership.
The show offered more for the attendee. Continue reading
Tweet Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz USA Not all auto shows this year will be cause for celebration. As Palexpo opens up for the annual auto show in Geneva, a pall of uncertainly looms across Europe. Debt crises, currency concerns, political … Continue reading
Tweet What was a young teenager’s fantasy in 1982? A young man loved his cars fast, furious…or astute. The Lamborghini Countach would soon replace Farah Fawcett on some bedroom walls, but even Journey or Rush couldn’t yield to a difficult-to-drive … Continue reading
Through the process of recalling my senior year in high school, I was reminded by a couple of friends and their new cars. One was lucky to get a locally produced model that debuted that model year. The other bought his in its second year after switching to front wheel drive.
The funny thing is…I barely remembered both vehicles. Then again, I recently forgot the name of the Ford F-150-based pickup Lincoln sold several years ago (the Mark LT – it was pretty forgettable, mind you). Further to the point of an eventual onset of early Alzheimer’s the plethora of high performance machinery Chrysler sold with Carroll Shelby’s name emblazoned on the rear.
However, I will prove that my memory is still in good shape! Every month going forward until the Reseda High School Class of 1982 Reunion in 2012, a feature about a vehicle or automotive experience from that year as a way to look back at how the automobile became an integral part of my life by the time I walked out of Roy Jae Stadium the night of graduation.
After the exhaustive look at the model year that was…what other stories could be told from 1982? Continue reading
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.
Oh, to be in Frankfurt in September…
Frankfurt? Why would I want to be in Germany, let alone Europe? I have not been to the old world…ever. Is that a bad thing to say?
Opportunities…I had a few. But, I stuck to my “discover North America first” travel mantra for too long. I’m not a young man, anymore… Continue reading
Track days. They are a simple test between human and machine.
The subject of track days came about during a discussion on advanced driver education programs. There has been a push to create driver education programs for teenagers by teaching them advanced, but necessary skills. Car control is a huge piece of the puzzle, as teenagers need to understand how their vehicle can react when presented with a dangerous situation. It used to be called “defensive driving,” but teaching these skills on controlled environments raises this concept to new levels. Continue reading