Category Archives: Historiography

Historiography: The Centennial of a Bitter Rivalry

Tweet All Photos by Randy Stern A hundred years ago, the truck market grew by two luminary nameplates. In 1917, Ford introduced their first truck – the TT. The next year saw Chevrolet answer with their One Ton. Both trucks … Continue reading

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Historiography: The Misapplication of Issigonis’ Engineering Breakthrough

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

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Historiography: The Shock of Oil

Tweet One “casualty” of the 1973 Oil Crisis – All Photos by Randy Stern Whenever I research and write out one of these Historiographies, one such event pops up in telling each story. The OPEC Oil Crisis. It is important … Continue reading

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Historiography: Replacing Greatness With Another Great

Tweet All Photos by Randy Stern How do you replace the most iconic and popular car in the world? It was a monumental task to achieve a proper replacement for the Volkswagen Type 1 Sedan and Cabriolet. This was a … Continue reading

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Historiography: 100 Years of Three Diamonds

Tweet 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution MR – All photos by Randy Stern In 1917, a company that made ships decided to build a car. Over the next 100 years, it would make millions of them for a global audience. It … Continue reading

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Historiography: The Automobile in Canada

Tweet 1956 Meteor – All Photos by Randy Stern July is a patriotic month for many countries. In particular, the United States of America and Canada. We know about the USA’s contribution to the automobile. This country set the bar … Continue reading

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Commentary: A New Generation of Classic Car Stewardship

Tweet All Photos by Randy Stern This weekend marked the first-ever “Back to The 80s” car show here in the Twin Cities. And, it was a good one! Before I dive into the reasons for my summation of this new … Continue reading

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Historiography: “I Remember Back Then…”

Tweet All photos by Randy Stern When I look at my undergraduate diploma from California State University (Hayward) East Bay, there is one question that I often ask myself: am I really using that degree? Well…yes. You see, I use … Continue reading

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Historiography: The American Compact Car

Tweet Ford Falcon – All Photos by Randy Stern By the Fall of 1959, the North American automotive industry came to their senses. The rise of Volkswagen ushered in a period where the domestic automotive industry had to respond to … Continue reading

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Historiography: The Final Vestiges of Pontiac

Tweet 2008 Pontiac G6 – All photos by Randy Stern It was 2009. The clouds were looming over Renaissance Center as to how to exit from its Bankruptcy case after taking Troubled Asset Relief Fund money. Amid the sell-off of … Continue reading

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