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.
In honor of the 65th birthday of the Volkswagen bus, the Pick of the Week is a rare VW that should appeal to the legions of microbus enthusiasts. This 1965 Volkswagen Transporter is a three-door double-cab pickup truck, with one door on the left (the driver’s) and two on the right, the back door accessing […]
One of the most outrageous competition machines ever built, a mighty 1983 Lancia 037 rally car, rushed past us, its exhaust snorting and popping as it hunkered down the coastal Florida highway on its way to Amelia Island. I stepped on the gas of the 1969 Lancia Fulvia rally car I was driving and it […]
The Chevrolet Suburban strikes deep in the heart of Texas, where more of these full-size SUVs are sold than in any other state in the union. So it is only appropriate that the 10 millionth vehicle built at the Arlington Assembly Plant near Dallas should be a 2015 Suburban. The longtime favorite of soccer moms, […]
Like the hippies who loved them and raised them to cult-like status during the 1960s, the VW microbus has become a senior citizen. This month, the Volkswagen Type 2 turned 65. The official birthday was March 8, 1950, when the first production model rolled off the assembly line in Wolfsburg, Germany. The Transporter, as it […]
If ever any proof was needed that the Lane Motor Museum in Nashville is a unique establishment, all doubts were dispelled when the restoration experts built an exact copy of the original 1933 Dymaxion car, possibly the oddest car ever created, then drove it to Amelia Island, Florida, for the recent concours d’elegance. Founded by […]
The Mercedes-Benz 300 SL “gullwing” coupe is one of the world’s most iconic cars, its upward-lifting doors that began as an engineering solution setting it apart, along with its distinctive styling and race-track performance. In 1954, the first road-going 300 SL gullwing was delivered to a customer, none other than legendary American sportsman Briggs Cunningham, […]
When most people think of the late, lamented Nash brand, they conjure up bulbous family cars of the 1950s or perhaps the tiny Nash Metropolitan. Few picture the stylish, forward-looking cars that Nash created in the pre-war years. Here’s one of my favorites for Pick of the Week, the cheeky 1941 Nash Ambassador that took […]
The first car I encountered on the grass of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance was the 1954 Jaguar D-type that a young Stirling Moss drove at Le Mans, where he soared through the Mulsanne straight at a record 173 mph. When I saw the D-type early Sunday morning before the start of the concours, the […]
A pair of pre-war favorites won best of show trophies Sunday at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance: A 1930 Cord L-29 designed by the legendary Brooks Stevens and a 1932 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Zagato Spider. In customary fashion, the judges of the Florida concours pick two winners each year. The Cord was awarded Best […]
Photos by Bob Golfen It was Everyman’s day Saturday at the Ritz with car clubs and collectors from all around the Jacksonville area converging on The Golf Club of Amelia Island to show off their automotive pride and joys to an appreciative crowd that gets in for free. The annual Cars and Coffee at the […]