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Tweet “Something old, something borrowed, something blue…wait, where’s ‘something new?’” All photos by Randy Stern Marriage is the prize above all. Gee, that sounds political, does it not? It is somewhat related to a few things that occurred during and … Continue reading
Tweet 2013 Volkswagen CC Sport. All photos by Randy Stern A Victory & Reseda review of the 2013 Volkswagen CC Dear Merriam-Webster, forgive me for my curiosity, but I must quote your second definition of a coupe here: “usually coupe … Continue reading
Tweet Photo by Randy Stern Though I was born in the 1960s, I could recall some of the decade’s biggest flashpoints. How could a three-year-old understand such things as Civil Rights, Vietnam and the “Summer of Love?” That all came … Continue reading
Tweet Video courtesy of Volkswagen of America via YouTube I did not watch television just to watch it. In my childhood, there was great television to watch. Imagine there was a six-year old with a deep imagination and a brain … Continue reading
No, I was not there this year.
If you read my Twitter, you’d probably wondered if I were to show up at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Unfortunately, the stars did not align properly. Yet, I was asked by fellow journalists, media relations people and other industry support people whether I would make the trek to the Motor City for this very important exhibition of the automobile. Not this year. I will someday.
Because of the speed of information available online and the ability to see video and images from the show readily, I was able to ascertain the big debuts and the most curious appearances at Cobo Hall. This helped in my coverage last year from my home in the Twin Cities.
Of course, there’s nothing like being there. You get to see and touch these new products ahead of consumer sale. You get to see whether you’d feel comfortable behind the wheel of one. That’s why we go to auto shows, right?
Without further ado, here are my picks from NAIAS… Continue reading
In May on V&R (and in October in Lavender), there was an article looking at the corporate view of the interconnection between the automotive industry and the LGBT community. It spurred plenty of discussion offline on how this information either helped both sides of the question – or, whether it truly mattered at all.
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.
I try to be a positive person when it comes to the automobile. But, sometimes, you end up getting a heap of scrap. What can an automotive person do after experiencing a piece of…garbage?
We drove them once in our lives. Vehicles that gave us fits, drain our pocketbooks and put us in arrears with our creditors. These were vehicles where even the dealer you bought it from would refuse to take back – even under a Lemon Law.
Trust me, I feel your pain. I had my share of automobile nightmares. Maybe I had more than the usual motorist – if not the same. In my time, I’ve experienced suicidal radiators, suicidal valve heads, suicidal gaskets, suicidal power steering pumps, over-torqued wheel bolts – and so forth.
And, one wonders why I do not own a vehicle. Continue reading
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
Ah, college. To be an undergrad again…
Every college town – big and small – face the same onslaught of students coming back from the summer to resume academic life again. The future of our country bound for a college across town or on the other side of the country with their cars filled to the gills with everything for their dormitory or apartment. The parents tag along with a case of tissues hidden amongst the rest of their child’s stuff.
It is uncertain whether the tissues are meant for seeing their precious child off…or, seeing their savings fly out the window in tuition, student expenses, entertainment (your definition varies here) and a vacation to South Padre Island. Continue reading