Category Archives: Auto Show Coverage

Tokyo 2017: The Big, Luxurious Star of Imperial Importance

Tweet The Tokyo Motor Show used to be the hub for all things Japanese – including new production models. It seems that this recent edition of Japan’s key auto show focused on concepts and technology than a new product. There … Continue reading

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Frankfurt 2017: An Electric Reality?

Tweet The problem with covering a major auto show from the comfort of your own home is that you have to try not to live vicariously through your colleagues. Sadly, YouTube dictates otherwise… Yet, the advantage of not being at … Continue reading

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New York 2017: The Demon…and Everything Else

Tweet Before anyone flashed their credentials at the gates of the Jacob Javits Center, the 2017 edition of the New York International Auto Show already began. For the two days running up to the formal press days, various automakers already … Continue reading

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Twin Cities 2017: Being There

Tweet All Photos by Randy Stern, except otherwise noted Six years ago, I had to convince the pass gate people that I was there to meet with a communications person from Chrysler on the first day of the Twin Cities … Continue reading

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Geneva 2017: Intrigue in Switzerland

Tweet The Geneva International Motor Show never disappoints. It is not just the intriguing products that will never come to North America. This show also includes those that will come here, but with a certain flair designed to engage and … Continue reading

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Chicago 2017: “Blair Witch,” “Star Wars,” and Then Some…

Tweet All Photos by Randy Stern I could do a standard-issue look at the 109th edition of the Chicago Auto Show. However, I have done that plenty of times. In fact, this is my tenth time I visited the show. … Continue reading

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Chicago 2017: Preview Time!

Tweet Photo by Randy Stern The Chicago Auto Show is almost here. This will be my seventh straight time I have been credentialed to work as a member of the automotive media. This will also be my ninth Chicago show … Continue reading

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Chicago 2002: A Look Back

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Stockard Channing had this monologue in the movie “Six Degrees of Separation” where she proclaims that her encounter with the young man who turns out not to be Sidney Portier’s son was “an experience” and it perceived to be “an anecdote” to her life. Now, I don’t know about all that, but I must say that my first foray into “serious journalism” back in 2002 was an experience nonetheless.

As I mentioned before, I love cars. Through the experience of reading the automotive enthusiast magazines, I entertained the idea of a possible career as a road test reviewer. To be able to drive some of the hottest cars on the market for 1,000 miles at a time and criticize its characteristics seemed like to be one of the coolest jobs on the planet.

Before I was asked to write for Midwest Ursine, I already dreamed of being an equal to the likes of L.J.K. Setright, Georg Kacher, Csaba Csere, David E. Davis and P.J. O’Rourke. Unfortunately, Mr. O’Rourke graduated to be being a right-wing, whining Baby Boomer pinhead with a successful portfolio of books. Yet, unlike the late Mr. Setright, I cannot ride the two-wheeled variety of vehicles he fancies alongside the Rolls-Royces, the Bristols and the Ferraris.

So, I wanted an opportunity to expand my journalistic world away from commenting on the bear community. I love my bear/leather/chub brethren, but there’s more to life than bar nights, bear runs, sleep disorders and sex.

For this leap into “serious journalism,” I picked the 101st Chicago Auto Show, which was held at the massive McCormick Place convention center south of The Loop. To make this work, I had an accomplice, Tom Wray, Midwest Ursine’s (now Great Lakes Den) publisher. We ran around in our badges, took shots of concept cars, the latest productions vehicles and having Tom witness squeezing my large body into everything from the Chrysler Prowler to the rear seat of the Lincoln Town Car Cartier L. All of this with the intent on creating a main story piece relating the auto show experience for its intended readership.
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Detroit 2017: “Wow” Moments and Hidden Vehicle Tricks

Tweet It has been a few years since I last attended the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. I have been credentialed, but never attended since 2013. It could be disappointing on one hand, but getting all the news … Continue reading

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L.A. 2016: Oh, Look, Stormtroopers!

Tweet I would’ve gone to the Los Angeles Auto Show this year. But… Excuses, excuses. You heard it all. And, you probably heard how much the marketing tie-up between Nissan and Disney/Lucasfilm created an attractive exhibit this year on the … Continue reading

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