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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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Tuesday, October, 28, 2014

12 Essentials Items to Store in your Car for the Winter

Ever heard of Murphy's Law? "Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong." With that in mind, a flat ...

Thursday, October, 16, 2014

Preparing Your Vehicle for the Long Chicago Winters

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Friday, October, 10, 2014

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When Subaru introduced the all-new 2015 Legacy at the Chicago Auto Show this past February, much mention was made ...

Tuesday, October, 07, 2014

Chicago Auto Show Stars Hit the Road at MAMA Rally

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Monday, October, 06, 2014

MAMA Fall Rally Picks

Each fall, approximately 70 MAMA members flock to Autobahn Country Club of Joliet for the chance to jump behind the ...

Saturday, October, 04, 2014

Z06 Officially Fastest Production Chevy Ever!

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Friday, October, 03, 2014

SUVs for Everyone the '14 MAMA Fall Rally

Given the opportunity to test more than 70 vehicles on the street, track and trail at the recent Midwest Automotive ...

Thursday, September, 25, 2014

All-new 2015 Ford Edge Available Early Next Year

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Wednesday, September, 24, 2014

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Wednesday, September, 17, 2014

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10/31/2014 6:53:04 PM

The Bulls home season opener is tonight and we're reliving the time Benny the Bull visited the 2014 Chicago Auto Show #FlashbackFriday

10/31/2014 12:01:04 PM

Do you dress up your car for #Halloween? If so share your picture with us

10/30/2014 9:01:07 AM

The show floor at the 1917 Chicago Auto Show #tbt

10/29/2014 6:50:05 PM

Last year, Jimmy Butler made an appearance at the Chicago Auto Show! Tonight he and the Chicago Bulls kickoff their season. Good luck

10/29/2014 3:46:21 PM

Honda promotes its newly redesigned CR-V through the first-ever Trick-Or-Treat event on Twitter by asking its fans to use #TreatPromo to get a candy coupon from Mike and Ike on Halloween

10/28/2014 3:01:06 PM

Chicago winters can be brutal! Pack these 12 items in your trunk to be prepared in any emergency situation: http://bit.ly/1tfsjKz

10/28/2014 11:36:03 AM

What year was the first electric traffic signal put in place? Bonus points if you know in which US State! Double bonus points if you know the intersection… off the top of your head. No using Google for this one! #TriviaTuesday

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10/31/2014 3:01:11 PM

@ChiAutoShow Thank you! Happy Halloween from us!

10/31/2014 2:51:43 PM

@askpatty Thanks for the RT :) #HappyHalloween

10/31/2014 2:51:15 PM

@Rennology Thanks for the RT. We hope your #Halloween has been great so far!

10/31/2014 2:50:15 PM

Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde? Check out the split personalities of @Honda_UK’s #Civic and #TypeR. Press “R” while watching: http://t.co/xeKZMgUEjx

10/31/2014 11:46:23 AM

Do you dress up your car for #Halloween? #CarCostumes #Audi http://t.co/ST8TxzusWB

10/31/2014 11:27:23 AM

Wheelspin Daily is out! http://t.co/czmvZ5JeDK Stories via @ChiAutoShow

10/31/2014 10:02:20 AM

@ZAGrrl thanks for noticing :)

10/31/2014 9:28:15 AM

@ChiAutoShow @Honda @mikeandike I got my free candy already! Thx Honda & Mike&Ike http://t.co/c5sqBdONdj

10/31/2014 8:47:02 AM

Do you dress up your car for #Halloween? If so share your picture with us! We'll RT our faves. http://t.co/OaRAbZ7SwJ