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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.

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Pick of the Week: 1960 Chevrolet Impala ‘Bubble Top’

Pick of the Week: 1960 Chevrolet Impala ‘Bubble Top’

Chrome was king when Chevrolet rolled out its 1960 Impala, which was the slightly toned-down descendent of the flamboyant 1959 model. Still with its wide rear deck sporting the unique horizontal tailfin treatment, the ’60 models marked the end of General Motors’ most extravagant designs, and for many vintage-Chevy fans, it remains an enduring favorite. […]

By September 19, 2014 Read More →
Barrett-Jackson auction in Vegas boasts celebrity cars

Barrett-Jackson auction in Vegas boasts celebrity cars

The Barrett-Jackson collector-car auction in Las Vegas, the epicenter of celebrity entertainment, will feature luxury cars once owned by two true icons of American music, Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash, as well as a historic Corvette race car made famous in the movie “Viva Las Vegas.” The seventh-annual Vegas auction, from September 25-27 at the […]

By September 18, 2014 Read More →
Russo and Steele plays a new hand in Vegas 

Russo and Steele plays a new hand in Vegas 

For its second-annual Las Vegas collector-car auction, Russo and Steele has a revised game plan, said auction CEO and co-owner Drew Alcazar. Alcazar, the bearded ringmaster of the high-energy auction, said the September 26-27 sale at the New Tropicana will tap more into the fun, on-vacation aspect of Vegas with a broader range of car values […]

By September 16, 2014 Read More →
Pick of the Week: 1908 Ford Model R

Pick of the Week: 1908 Ford Model R

Time to go antiquing, and what better way to enjoy a crisp fall afternoon than at the wheel of a rare and charming early Ford that pre-dates the ubiquitous Model T. For Pick of the Week, we have a splendid 1908 Ford Model R in restored condition advertised for sale in ClassicCars.com. The Model R […]

By September 12, 2014 Read More →
Mecum auction tops $31.4 million in Dallas

Mecum auction tops $31.4 million in Dallas

After the rush of multi-million-dollar Ferraris and other seemingly unobtainable exotics at the recent Monterey collector-car auctions, it’s a relief to see the results of Mecum’s Dallas auction, where Chevys and Fords topped the bidding. Total sales at Mecum’s fourth annual Dallas auction came to $31,428,039, with 766 of the 1,155 cars going to new […]

By September 10, 2014 3 Comments Read More →
Alfa roadster wins England’s posh Concours of Elegance

Alfa roadster wins England’s posh Concours of Elegance

Britain’s prestigious Concours of Elegance is unique among such top-echelon classic car events in that its venue changes every year, though it always is held on the grand landscaped lawns of a Royal Palace. The Concours of Elegance is posh in every sense of the word, with the third-annual gathering last Sunday at one of […]

By September 9, 2014 Read More →
Matchbox toy show at Antique Automobile Club Museum

Matchbox toy show at Antique Automobile Club Museum

The Antique Automobile Club of America Museum in Hershey, Pennsylvania, hosts its fourth annual Matchbox Collectors show on September 21, featuring the tiny die-cast cars, trucks, motorcycles, tractors and other fun vehicles produced in England long before there were Hot Wheels. Matchbox toys by Lesney started the trend of miniature toy cars in 1953 with the […]

By September 8, 2014 3 Comments Read More →
Pick of the Week: 1970 Challenger from ‘The Bucket List’

Pick of the Week: 1970 Challenger from ‘The Bucket List’

If a Hemi-powered muscle car is on your personal bucket list, here’s a 1970 Dodge Challenger with loads of bucket-list experience — Hollywood style. Matter of fact, this Challenger is the very car driven by Jack Nicholson in the 2007 movie, The Bucket List, according to the California seller who’s advertising the hardtop on ClassicCars.com. […]

By September 5, 2014 Read More →
Last chance for close encounter at Roswell salvage yard

Last chance for close encounter at Roswell salvage yard

While most folks identify Roswell, New Mexico, with UFOs and alien encounters, many car guys know it as the location of a massive auto-salvage yard brimming with dry-climate-preserved old vehicles awaiting rescue or to serve as parts sources. While it has no flying saucers, A1 Auto Salvage and Recycling does have 350-400 cars and trucks […]

By September 5, 2014 Read More →
Amelia Island Concours rounds up cowboy-cars class

Amelia Island Concours rounds up cowboy-cars class

Six guns and steer horns will be moseying into the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance next March as the 20th annual event says howdy to its latest featured class: Cars of the Cowboys. These were the unique custom cars that were designed for and driven by the great Hollywood Western stars of the past, from Tom […]

By September 4, 2014 Read More →