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.
An evocative 1955 Jaguar D-type race car with a history of frozen-lake ice racing in Finland, a historic victory in the former Soviet Union, and a troubling split identity that was made whole again, is headed to auction this month at RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island sale. “Chassis XKD 530 offers a tale that is surely […]
The honored-guest appearance of legendary race driving Stirling Moss at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance on March 15 will be highlighted by the debut of his new book, My Racing Life. Advance copies of the autobiography, co-written by Simon Taylor and published by Evro Publishing in the UK, are being flown in for concours guests […]
With its dramatically swelling contours and unique profile, the flamboyant Infiniti QX70 is one of the most distinctive SUVs on the road. Formerly the FX (before Infiniti went Q crazy with its model names), the big crossover SUV continues to meld utility with style and performance. QX70 is also one of the best driving SUVs […]
Some Japanese sports cars are gaining leverage with car collectors, but others, not so much. Production models such as Datsun 240Z and Toyota Supra are rising in value and appreciation, and the limited-production Toyota 2000GT regularly hits a million dollars at auction. Mazda also has an entry in that game, the rare Cosmo that’s currently […]
To help gain customer support for the antique Ford parts business that he inherited from his father, Ernest Robert Hemmings started 60 years ago with a hand-typed mimeographed newsletter that he distributed to about 500 people who paid subscriptions priced at 50 cents per year. He considered his publication to be a magazine and he […]
Motostalgia has launched a partnership with the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) to become the official collector-car auction company for the national vintage-racing group. The joint venture starts with a Motostalgia sale during SVRA’s Brickyard Racing Invitational at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on June 12. About 100 premium cars are planned for the auction, Motostalgia […]
When Buckminster Fuller, one of the most creative and visionary minds of the 20th Century, directed his vast intellect toward the design of an automobile, the result was an utterly unique expression of mobility the likes of which the world had not seen before, or since. The futuristic Dymaxion Car that appeared in 1933 defied […]
Bonhams has landed an exceptional true classic for its inaugural auction in March at Amelia Island, Florida: A rare 1930 Cord L-29 Town Car that recently was rediscovered after more than 55 years of private ownership, during which it only rarely was seen in public. The Cord is in all-original, unrestored condition, according to Bonhams, […]
‘Unsafe at Any Speed’ hits 50 years; targeted Corvair dangers, sparked consumerism and cost me a ride
As the book Unsafe at Any Speed, Ralph Nader’s seminal assault on the Chevrolet Corvair and a complacent U.S. auto industry, marks its 50th anniversary this year, I can’t help but recall how it not only had a profound effect on the future of automobiles but also on my own automotive aspirations. Like most teenage […]