Author Archive: Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle.
He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs.
A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.
The rain poured down in wind-driven sheets as the crowd at Carparc USA, a Porsche restoration shop in Costa Mesa, Calif., peered from under the open garage doors. A small river rushed down the gutter past a Porsche 911 – a valuable early one – parked in the street out front. Pelted by the fat […]
On Sunday, March 9, the 19th annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance brings its showcase of 300 rare and exotic automobiles to the fairways of The Golf Club of Amelia Island at The Ritz-Carlton, Fla., for one of the most-beloved automotive events of the year. The full celebration of great automobiles on Amelia Island takes place over three […]
The utter dominance of Chrysler’s brand-new Hemi V8 racing engine at the 1964 Daytona 500 astounded NASCAR fans and competitors alike. Plymouths powered by 426-cid Hemis ran to a lopsided 1-2-3 victory at Daytona, with Richard Petty taking the checkered flag in his No. 43 Plymouth after leading for 184 of the 200 laps at […]
For Porsche fanatics, it’s known simply as the LA Lit Meet. That serves to sum up the unbridled Porsche frenzy that hits the Los Angeles area next week. The main event is the 31th annual Los Angeles Porsche and Vintage VW Literature, Toy and Memorabilia Show, which takes place March 1 at the Los Angeles […]
Learn the fine art of automobile photography at one of the nation’s premier showcases for historic race cars when the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum in Philadelphia presents a full-day workshop Sunday, March 2. The Simeone Museum encourages photography of its beautiful displays of vintage sports race cars and the workshop is designed to provide professional […]
What better way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Ford Mustang than getting together with a bunch of like-minded enthusiasts and driving the original pony cars across the United States, with a big birthday party at the end of the trip? That’s the plan when the Mustangs Across America 50th Anniversary Drive leaves […]
When the Mazda MX-5 Miata was unveiled at the 1989 Chicago Auto Show, it was nothing less than a revelation. Finally, there was a little roadster to replace the beloved British and Italian sports cars of long ago. Think MG, Triumph, Alfa Romeo and all the rest. But unlike those high-maintenance, low-reliability critters of the […]
Town Cars: Arriving in Style, a new exhibit focusing on the grand chauffeur-driven limousines of history’s most rich and famous, highlights upcoming activities at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. Opening this Saturday, the yearlong showcase of bygone opulence features the finest examples from 1900 through the 1960s of the ultra-formal vehicles known as […]
The five most-dreaded words heard by an auto-show model: “Do you come with that?” Of course, that’s nothing new. Beautiful women have been used to sell cars since the dawn of motoring, and some variation of that come-on has been uttered repeatedly for more than a century. The role of attractive models to promote automobiles […]
The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance has taken its place as one of the world’s great concours events, a result of Florida’s balmy winter weather, a gorgeous venue and an always-spectacular selection of 300 vintage and exotic automobiles. As well as showcasing the array of rare cars on Sunday, March 9, on the 10th and 18th fairways of […]