Category Archives: Automobile Writing

#MAMA17FR In Pictures

Tweet No, we didn’t drive that… – All Photos by Randy Stern For the fourth time since 2012, I returned to the Midwest Automotive Media Association’s annual Fall Rally. This was my third time attending this event at the Autobahn … Continue reading

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Joliet…via Mukwonago: The Road to #MAMA17FR

Tweet All Photos by Randy Stern I really wanted a vacation… For some, a vacation is a week away from home, going somewhere enjoyable, and doing something relaxing. I should be doing that. I know I have to do that. … Continue reading

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Commentary: In Search of The True Meaning of Inclusion in Another Realm

Tweet Photo by Randy Stern “For all the things you want to do but are unable to – find other things to do that are equally satisfying.” This was what I posted on Facebook back on August 2nd ahead of … Continue reading

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In The Path of Harvey

TweetTo our readers in the areas affected by Hurricane Harvey… First of all, my thoughts and prayers are with you. I heard that you are safe and sound. You may have sustained some damage from the hurricane’s force and the … Continue reading

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#JustDrive

Tweet Photo by Randy Stern Who are you? Are you an enthusiast? Are you a person who wants to be an enthusiast? Do you have the best car in the world? Or, do you have the bets car you can … Continue reading

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#MAMA17SR: Well…

Tweet All Photos by Randy Stern How do I make up for a lost year? I thought I did when I returned to the Midwest Automotive Media Association’s Fall Rally last year after skipping the larger Spring event at Road … Continue reading

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Commentary: The (Re)State of V&R – 2017

Tweet On Wednesday, February 1, 29 folks showed up at Joey Nova’s in Tonka Bay, MN for some dinner. It was supposed to be Victory & Reseda’s official send-off of the 2017 Polar Run. However, it turned into many other … Continue reading

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Happy 2017!

Tweet Oliebollen, American Style – Photo by Randy Stern It is sunrise on a new year! Welcome to 2017! What should we expect from the fresh new mark on the Gregorian Calendar? The expected, perhaps? Or, maybe, the unexpected? Either … Continue reading

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Season’s Greetings from Victory & Reseda

Tweet Photo by Randy Stern As the Gregorian and Hebrew calendars collide, we find ourselves in an interesting and rare moment between two holiday traditions. This Saturday is not just Christmas Eve; it is the first night of Hanukkah. Many … Continue reading

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Driving Other People’s Vehicles

If you are not a car owner or had a car that is in the shop, you wound up with something else to drive in. For those who can afford it, loaner and rental cars fit the bill. For others, the kindness of strangers takes on another dimension entirely.

The way I approach automobile ownership is that of a possessive, anal, reverent and spiritual nature. As a hand drummer, I uphold the traditional point-of-view that the drum is a personal companion through the world of music and shamanism. The drum has your soul connected to the instrument and you are protective of your drum to never let anyone touch it.

Hopefully, this helps to understand the mentality of the owners of Ferraris, Rolls-Royces and any classic or antique vehicle. Don’t touch their car unless they completely trust you and you have the competency required to operate such a fragile machine.

As for the rest of us, it’s not the question of “can I borrow your car,” but the offer to car-sit one’s vehicle while one is off on a trip. So, yes, I’m a car-sitter. I do it for free. Continue reading

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