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.
Many of the world’s most forward-looking designs are controversial. Case in point: Studebaker’s futuristic 1950-51 models with their rocketship front ends and, in the coupe models, wraparound rear glass. Love them or hate them, those Studebakers today are popular collector’s items, as well as enduring subjects for exotic street rods. Listed on ClassicCars.com is one […]
The 100th anniversary of Maserati and a tribute to everything Italian will be celebrated at this year’s Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on Friday, August 15, including special benefits for drivers of all Italian cars. Maserati is the featured marque for the 2014 Motorsports Reunion, which will host an expected 550 […]
The stunning, record-setting sale of a 1971 Plymouth Hemi ’Cuda convertible for $3.5 million was a strong highlight for Mecum’s inaugural Seattle auction this past weekend. Total sales reached $15,125,097 (including auction fees) with 322 of the 618 collector cars hammered sold. Mecum Auctions inaugural Seattle sale at a glance Total sales $15.1 million Catalog […]
Right from the beginning, Porsche’s air-cooled engines gained a reputation for sturdiness and reliability. But a crucial part of the formula was always the quality of the motor oil, which helped keep the engines cool as well as lubricating them. Modern lightweight, high-detergent motor oils are designed for the needs of today’s engines, but fall […]
In 1983, the U.S. was just emerging from the automotive weariness of the 1970s. The Arab oil embargo had made everybody leery of gas supplies and rising prices and, to make matters worse, automobiles strangled by inefficient emissions controls had made performance pretty much a thing of the past. In that dour atmosphere, the Volkswagen […]
Breaking News: Hemi ’Cuda convertible scores record $3.5 million winning bid at Mecum auction in Seattle
An exceptionally rare and original 1971 Plymouth Hemi ’Cuda 4-speed convertible soared to a record-breaking sale with a winning bid of $3.5 million Saturday at Mecum’s first Seattle auction. In about eight minutes of heated phone bidding, with the seller standing on stage and holding fast to his reserve price, the authentically restored muscle car […]
The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance has added two new events to its already busy calendar for Pebble Beach Automotive Week on the Monterey Peninsula in August – the Pebble Beach Classic Car Forum and the Pebble Beach Classic Car Expo. With 2014 marking the 64th year of California’s world-famous Pebble Beach Concours, the new events […]
“Penny Lane is in my ears and in my eyes.” And on my car, apparently, in this awesome tribute to The Beatles’ classic hit of 1967. The 1963 Morris Mini Minor has had approximately 4,000 British pennies glued and grouted onto its surface in gleaming homage to “Penny Lane” by a woman in England whose […]
We’ve all seen motorcycle “projects” stored in various boxes, a wheel here, gas tank over there, the engine propped up against the wall. Generally speaking, this can be a fine way to obtain a bike that you otherwise could not afford in one piece. You just have to put it all together. Of course, we’re […]
A pair of ’32 Ford highboy roadsters look ready to roar in the U.S. Postal Service’s latest nod to American car culture with its new Hot Rods Forever Stamps. The two freshly minted stamps, one showing a “deuce” in classic black with flames and the other in scarlet red, were recently dedicated as a limited-edition […]