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Kristen Rich

krich@mail.bradley.edu

Every vehicle that I have ever owned (and I've owned a lot of vehicles) has let me down.
There was the petite Skylark that died every time I turned left, the Cadillac with failing power steering and the Taurus with windshield wipers that never shut off. The only vehicle I ever owned that didn't give me a headache was the obnoxiously blue Astro Van that it beat out any classic teenager's hand-me-down minivan as the most embarrassing vehicle to drive to school.

As humiliating as they were, these are the cars that brought me to Bradley University in 2005 to pursue a degree in Public Relations, the trunk loaded with laundry baskets full of clean clothes and economy packs of Kraft macaroni and cheese. They took me to sorority brunches, intramural softball games and late night coffee runs.

 I currently drive a 1994 Plymouth Voyager and though it is not a pretty car, it gets me to and from my internship, my part-time job and it even gets me to class on those rainy, snowy and lazy days. It has its own flaws, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it will make it May, when I will finally graduate and hopefully begin a career in the public relations industry.

Now, I may not know the difference between a four-cylinder and six-cylinder engine or even how to use a tire gauge, but I definitely know cars with character and that is what I plan to share with everyone when the Chicago Auto Show comes around.

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Wednesday, June, 17, 2015

Honda Pilot Officially on Sale Tomorrow

Attention all SUV lovers: First debuted at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show, the all-new 2016 Honda Pilot officially goes ...

Friday, June, 05, 2015

Getting Your Car Summer-Ready

Summer is finally here! That means sunshine, beautiful weather (hopefully), outdoor activities, road trips and time ...

Tuesday, May, 26, 2015

Android Auto Now Available in 2015 Hyundai Sonata

As an update to a previous blog post , Hyundai is now officially the first car manufacturer to launch Android Auto ...

Friday, May, 22, 2015

Racing's Greatest Weekend!

If you are a speed freak, you've been waiting for this weekend all year. It's one of the few times you can ...

Wednesday, May, 20, 2015

What You Need to Know about the Takata Recall

To help clear up any misinformation that’s been circulating the Internet, we’ve compiled facts below on ...

Friday, May, 15, 2015

A Rally and a Street Legal Racecar

Earlier this week automakers and journalists once again descended on Elkhart Lake, WI, which has become home to the ...

Thursday, May, 14, 2015

Two days in paradise -- for a motorhead!

The 14th annual Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA) Spring Rally was held this past Tuesday and Wednesday ...

Tuesday, May, 05, 2015

Mazda Drive for Good

With so much negativity in the news, it’s refreshing to hear about those who contribute – both ...

Thursday, April, 23, 2015

Mazda Rallies in Grant Park to Prevent Distracted Driving

To celebrate Global Youth Service Day and bring awareness to the dangers of distracted driving, the Mazda ...

Wednesday, April, 22, 2015

Toyota's Mirai Fueled by ... ahem ... Bullsh*t

Though you can't yet buy the hybrogen-powered Mirai sedan in Illinois, Toyota is starting a national marketing ...

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7/2/2015 2:33:01 PM

The Chicago Auto Show Changed their cover photo.

7/2/2015 1:01:50 PM

We are honored to sponsor the The Chicago Auto Show social media contest for the BBQ for the Troops initiative. Head over to DriveChicago and enter for your chance to win a barbecue hosted by our very own Jeff Shapiro for you and 50 of your friends

7/2/2015 10:03:02 AM

We love looking back on past auto shows, so this #ThrowbackThursday is dedicated to these awesome Ford race cars at the 2000 Chicago Auto Show! #FordRacing

7/1/2015 3:46:23 PM

We're extremely excited to announce the Ultimate Backyard BBQ Contest! Head over to DriveChicago and share why you're passionate about supporting our troops and you could win a catered BBQ lunch from Real Urban Barbecue for 50 of your friends...well, make that 49 because a Chicago Blackhawksambassador is coming to crash the party! Also Big Green Egg Chicago will leave behind a brand new grill. Enter here now and share with friends to vote for your entry!: http://bit.ly/1JwVE9P

7/1/2015 9:31:03 AM

Want to host your very own Ultimate Backyard BBQ for the Troops, including a private cooking demo from Real Urban Barbecue’s chef, sample taste bud tantalizing BBQ, win a Big Green Egg grill and even mingle with a Chicago Blackhawks ambassador? Starting July 1, share why you’re passionate about supporting the troops with #BBQ4Troops. Stay tuned for more details

7/1/2015 8:34:28 AM

Stay tuned for more details later today for how you can win the Ultimate Backyard Barbecue all in support of our local troops! #BBQ4Trooos

6/29/2015 10:13:03 AM

Watching this video gets us even more excited for #CAS16! It can’t come soon enough! http://bit.ly/1LymleY

6/27/2015 9:21:04 AM

Want to host your very own Ultimate Backyard BBQ for the Troops, including a private cooking demo from Real Urban Barbecue’s chef, sample taste bud tantalizing BBQ, win a Big Green Egg grill and even mingle with a Chicago Blackhawks ambassador? Starting July 1, share why you’re passionate about supporting the troops with #BBQ4Troops. Stay tuned for more details

6/26/2015 2:26:44 PM

SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, July 18! Chicagoland car dealers are on a summertime mission to help raise money for the USO of Illinois and our local troops! Visit www.DriveChicago.com for more details. #BBQ4Troops

6/25/2015 11:37:08 AM

#ThrowbackThursday! Looking at old car models brings back so many memories. We want to know, what was your first car? #BlastFromThePast #DeLorean

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7/2/2015 11:11:57 PM

RT @FordAutoShows: Let's head back to '94 on #throwbackthursday w/ the @JurassicPark #FordExplorer from the @ChiAutoShow! #JurassicWorld ht…

7/2/2015 2:45:01 PM

RT @ChiAutoShow: This month, visit your dealership’s service dept. & dump your loose cup holder change to support local troops! #BBQ4Troops

7/2/2015 2:41:27 PM

RT @ChiAutoShow: This month, visit your dealership’s service dept. & dump your loose cup holder change to support local troops! #BBQ4Troops

7/2/2015 2:40:01 PM

This month, visit your dealership’s service dept. & dump your loose cup holder change to support local troops! #BBQ4Troops

7/2/2015 1:37:10 PM

@FordAutoShows @JurassicPark @ChiAutoShow @Ford Does #JurassicWorld have a 2016 Explorer?

7/2/2015 12:43:24 PM

RT @FordAutoShows: Let's head back to '94 on #throwbackthursday w/ the @JurassicPark #FordExplorer from the @ChiAutoShow! #JurassicWorld ht…

7/2/2015 12:36:05 PM

RT @FordAutoShows: Let's head back to '94 on #throwbackthursday w/ the @JurassicPark #FordExplorer from the @ChiAutoShow! #JurassicWorld ht…

7/2/2015 12:34:07 PM

RT @FordAutoShows: Let's head back to '94 on #throwbackthursday w/ the @JurassicPark #FordExplorer from the @ChiAutoShow! #JurassicWorld ht…

7/2/2015 12:33:01 PM

Let's head back to '94 on #throwbackthursday w/ the @JurassicPark #FordExplorer from the @ChiAutoShow! #JurassicWorld http://t.co/inKrTvODV6

7/2/2015 11:43:41 AM

@ChiAutoShow Did u know about the 1st Women's Equality Exhibit in #Chicago? Only 6% funded. http://t.co/f4lESAqrhP #CampaignEquality