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.
On the eve of the 73rd anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, one special survivor will roll onto the collector-car auction block looking as fresh as it did on the “date which will live in infamy.” The handsome 1939 Buick Special Model 46C convertible was parked at the dock – its Navy officer-owner, […]
The gigantic Goodguys hot-rod show last weekend at WestWorld has me psyched for cool custom cars. So I was totally pleased to come across a street rod in one of my all-time favorite pre-war body styles, advertised on ClassicCars.com. Not only that, today’s Pick of the Week – a sharp-looking 1937 Ford Tudor “slantback” sedan […]
Carroll Shelby’s performance skill was already well-known to Ford when the automaker asked him to work his magic on its new sporty compact, the Mustang, to make the car formidable in competition. So just one year after the Mustang’s debut, the 1965 Shelby GT350 roared onto the scene, immediately racking up successes in SCCA road-racing events […]
Photos by Bob Golfen and Larry Edsall The Goodguys Rod & Custom Association ended its 2014 car-show season last weekend with a massive turnout for the 17th annual Southwest Nationals at WestWorld in Scottsdale. The colorful swarm of hot rods, customs, muscle cars, trucks and classics totaled 3,423, more than a 10-percent increase compared with […]
Auctions America launches a new kind of collector-car auction Friday with a live sale that takes place entirely online. The one-day, BidAnywhere auction starts at 1 p.m. ET with 65 vehicles for sale. There will be a live auctioneer calling the bids, but potential buyers will place their bids remotely, from anywhere in the world, […]
“Tribute cars” are generally nothing to get excited about. Among their numbers, countless Mustangs turned into Eleanors, Chargers turned into General Lees and Furys turned into Christines. And, of course, the many clones of Copo Camaros and the like. Often, they are just kitschy replicas of the real thing. But sometimes a tribute car that […]
Muscle-car fanatics go goggle-eyed whenever they hear mention of the vaunted Wellborn Musclecar Museum Collection, a spectacular trove of rare and impressive performance icons from Mopar, GM and Ford. So the torque addicts should take notice that 25 of those cars, nearly half of the collection, are going up for sale when Mecum holds its […]
The Goodguys Rod & Custom Association wraps up its 2014 season this weekend when the 17th annual Southwest Nationals rolls into WestWorld in Scottsdale, Arizona. More than 3,000 hot rods, customs, muscle cars and classics are expected to take part in the sweeping showcase of automotive artistry scheduled Friday through Sunday. The Scottsdale show will […]
“Flat-out and Fearless: Racing on the Edge” has been announced as the official theme for the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed, an annual motorsports celebration and hill-climb for historic and modern race cars that takes place June 25-28, 2015, on the grounds of Goodwood House in West Sussex, England. “ ‘Flat-out and Fearless’ typifies some […]
When people hear Willys, they think Jeep. Starting with the World War II workhorse through the unique civilian models of the 1950s, Jeep put Willys on the map for postwar generations. But for those with an eye for the classics, Willys is remembered for its lineup of elegant, moderately priced automobiles dating back to the […]