About Victory & ResedaVictory & Reseda is a website/blog telling the story of the automobile through the eyes of freelance automotive writer Randy Stern and friends. This website/blog serves as a virtual intersection of the automobile, its culture, the past, present and future of personal transportation. It also features travel pieces that center on the automotive experience.
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Category Archives: Historiography
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
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
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
Tweet Photo by Randy Stern When you were a kid, what did your parents drive around in? Can you recall that far back enough to remember your first car ride? How about the time first time you went on a … Continue reading
Tweet All Photos by Randy Stern When automobile brands disappear, it becomes a challenge to try to maintain their legacy. This is the new challenge for Scion owners. Though Toyota made a commitment to honor warranties, continue with service and … Continue reading
Tweet …indeed! All Photos by Randy Stern I arrived from my trip to the Chicago Auto Show this past Friday. The memory of a successful show still lingers. It was a great trip overall. However, there is nothing like getting … Continue reading
Tweet All Photos by Randy Stern Social media can yield either great things or a bunch of crap. You can look beyond the trolls, the wannabe friends, the haters and the noise from these channels. When you do, you will … Continue reading
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
Tweet All Photos by Randy Stern The Holidays only come once a year – sometimes in clumps. Depending on your faith – or non-faith – the holiday that is enjoyed towards the end of the year is one where families … Continue reading
Over two years ago, the last Oldsmobile rolled down the assembly line of the old Lansing plant. It was a burgundy Alero sedan, perhaps a shell of the most famous Oldsmobiles built down the same line. The medium-sized sports sedan represented a marque that once stood for automobiles that were bold and powerful. It was the brand that gave you the Rocket V8 and the Hydra-Matic transmission; among many of the innovations Oldsmobile gave the world.
An Oldsmobile symbolized what was good about cars built in the good ol’ USA. They were cars that sported affordable luxury graced with touches that appealed to everyone. In the good ol’ days, you can tell the difference between driving a Chevrolet Bel Air and an Oldsmobile 88. You can also sense a special air when you revved up that 455 cubic inch V8 underneath that Cutlass 442 when hunting for Mustangs, Road Runners and Chevelles. Continue reading