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.
“It’s alive! It’s alive!” Halloween always gets us thinking about famous horror-movie creepsters, from Count Dracula to Freddy Krueger, but the king of all creature features has to be the woebegone being who lumbered through the classic film Frankenstein. Pieced together from fragments of dead people, Frankenstein’s monster was an experiment gone awry in the […]
Photos by Bob and Marci Golfen An orphan car show might sound like a mournful affair, but it’s really a celebration of great if defunct automotive brands that have been kept alive by dedicated enthusiasts. In Phoenix, the 24th annual Orphan Car Show was held once again in a downtown neighborhood park where dozens of […]
Despite questions about its authenticity, a red-white-and-blue custom Harley-Davidson motorcycle purportedly used in the 1969 counterculture film Easy Rider sold for a record $1.35 million last weekend at a California auction of Hollywood memorabilia. The hammer price, not including auction fee, is reportedly the highest ever paid for a motorcycle, either at auction or in a […]
Jaguar’s latest great idea should be an object lesson for every automaker that wants to remind people about the triumphs of its past. Jaguar is all about its brilliant heritage, with good reason. From Le Mans racing dominance to trend-setting luxury cars – and of course, the fabulous XK-E – Jaguar regularly channels history even […]
The Citroen DS was an odd duck on American roads during the 1950s and ’60s, with its defiantly futuristic aerodynamic styling, then-rare front-wheel drive and floating hydropneumatic suspension. So odd, so French. But not in Europe, and especially France, where the lush sedan was considered a revolutionary expression of engineering brilliance. Most automobiles of the […]
An upcoming exhibit tracing the history of Ford F-Series pickup trucks since 1948, announced for January by LeMay – America’s Car Museum, seemed like a good jumping-off point for today’s Pick of the Week. Vintage pickups have hit their stride with collectors. What were once plain-Jane appliances for the farm or work site are being […]
The words “instant classic” get thrown around quite a bit, usually wrongly, but if ever a modern car deserved the title, it’s the Ford GT. The supercar rendition of the GT40, Ford’s Ferrari-beating Le Mans race car of the 1960s, there were just over 4,000 GT coupes built from 2005-2006, and they received massive acclaim […]
The Pick of the Week is a rare piece of ’70s history that’s pretty much forgotten today, even though it made quite an impression at the time. The Kelmark GT is mainly remembered as a Volkswagen-powered fiberglass kit car that could turn a standard beetle into a hot-looking Ferrari-esque sports coupe. This was an affordable […]
The Mercedes-Benz race cars that brought Stirling Moss his greatest racing fame in 1955 will serve as the centerpiece for the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in March, when Moss will be the honored guest for the 20th annual Florida showcase. The famous Mercedes 300SLR that Moss and navigator Denis Jenkinson drove to resounding victory in […]
Cadillac is desperately trying to get its mojo back. The plan announced this week to move the GM luxury division’s headquarters from Detroit to New York City for inspiration is part of the effort to lift Cadillac in the firmament of world luxury brands. But instead of changing locations, Cadillac’s design and marketing people probably […]