Category Archives: V&R Stories

V&R Stories: Ode to the Hero in the Jaguar V12

Tweet Photo by Randy Stern Currently it is January here in Minnesota. There is snow on the ground, salt on the roads and rolling across those roads is a bleak selection of cars. You have blob-shaped quasi-all-wheel-drive crossovers, the occasional automatic Teutonic sports … Continue reading

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V&R Stories: The Last Ride of The Taurus

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Twenty years ago, I had the opportunity to drive my first Ford Taurus. It came as I rented the car for the weekend as I had tickets for a San Diego Chargers game down at Jack Murphy (now Qualcomm) Stadium and my employer’s holiday party. It was a daunting task to drive from Reseda to San Diego and back in time for the party in Woodland Hills, but I was up for a challenge. Besides, this would be the first time I would drive between two major cities.

After piling up the miles on that first trip, I was impressed with Ford’s breakthrough family sedan. Impress enough to welcome it again a couple of months later when I had to drive up to the Bay Area to retrieve some items from my late father’s estate. For the amount of travel I have done between both Northern and Southern California, a Taurus helped me achieve my first ever trip between the two areas from behind the wheel. Interstate 5 through the Central Valley can be a lonely highway, but that 1987 Taurus GL was a true traveling companion.

During these past two decades, the Ford Taurus became the car that was my ticket to adventure. I never owned a Taurus to get the full experience of the car, but I had driven more of my share of them to rack up some wonderful times behind the wheel. With the exception of the SHO, I may have driven every version of one of the best products Ford created.

The “jellybean” shape struck a chord with consumers looking for a family sedan that stood and performed admirably. On December 26, 1985, the Taurus, along with its twin the Mercury Sable, arrived at dealerships to a hungry public. In turn, they had one of the best new car introductions in Ford history selling as many Tauruses as they did in the first year of the Mustang in 1964. Continue reading

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V&R Stories: The Homecoming

There used to be a time when waking up at 3:00 in the morning to head to an airport was effortless. That was before I turned 40. Luckily, I was able to rise to the occasion and be ready for a delayed SuperShuttle. No surprise. My experience back when I lived in Northern Virginia prepared me for late SuperShuttles who have problems finding homes in nice, quiet residential areas.

I was already nervous. The SuperShuttle showed up late and I was on my way. That was fine. My nervousness after six years of not flying anyway was slowly calming down. As I did not need to check luggage through with a carry-on and my satchel, my next task was to tackle the Security checkpoint. Did I have to take off my shoes? No. Did I have to take off my belt? Unfortunately, yes. But, I forgot to put my cell phone on the conveyor and I got grief about not taking my iBook out of the sleeve. Ok, fine! You win! I will admit that it wasn’t as bad as I thought now that I have gone through the experience for the first time. I’ll just have to better prepared next time. 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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V&R Stories: Driving Mr. Buckley

Tweet Do I have a story to tell from my deepest past… You might have heard of a man named William F. Buckley, Jr. In his time, Buckley was a Conservative’s Conservative. He was a staunch Catholic during the time … Continue reading

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What Would Randy Buy…the 2016 Edition

Tweet It actually looks good in front of the house… All Photos by Randy Stern Last September, I explored the question that you have been asking me for too long. It seems that you all think I have some magic … Continue reading

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Intersecting Passions

Tweet What passion do you have in your life? Do you have something you love to do so much that you are even proud enough to put it on your social media networks? On my Facebook, I started talking about … Continue reading

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For the Love of The Supercar: A Double Feature

Tweet Before we dive into this story, I must state that one of my own personal rules in this business was broken in the process of doing this story. The rule in question was that I do not review privately … Continue reading

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What Would Randy Buy If He Had…Money

Tweet I get a lot of questions. Sometimes, they end up being a game of 20 questions. Sure, I’ll comply. I’m not complaining, but I’ll comply and provide you what I know. That is until I hit a wall of … Continue reading

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