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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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Bonhams motorcycle sale in Vegas hits $4.47 million

Bonhams motorcycle sale in Vegas hits $4.47 million

Rare British motorcycles led the pack as Bonhams’ fifth annual Las Vegas bike auction reached $4.47 million recently at Bally’s Hotel & Casino, while an antique Harley scored because of its Steve McQueen connection. Two world records were set by Vincent motorcycles: a 1950 Vincent Series C White Shadow, one of just 15 produced, sold […]

By January 20, 2015 Read More →
Porsche 914s, East and West Coast hot rods featured at Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance

Porsche 914s, East and West Coast hot rods featured at Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance

Another sign of the generational shift in collector cars: The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance has announced that the once-humble Porsche 914 will be among the honored marques in March. Of course, this is the prestigious Amelia Island Concours, so you won’t see your neighbor’s 914 driver sitting on the lawn among the classic car finery. […]

By January 20, 2015 Read More →
Futurliner wows the crowd during Barrett-Jackson auction of Ron Pratte’s top vehicles

Futurliner wows the crowd during Barrett-Jackson auction of Ron Pratte’s top vehicles

With the massive crowd at Barrett-Jackson on their feet, many of them waving tiny American flags, and an honor guard of military veterans on stage, the huge Futurliner crept slowly up the ramp toward the auctioneers like some behemoth from a science-fiction movie. The 1950 General Motors Futurliner tour bus, a brawny piece of modern sculpture […]

By January 18, 2015 Read More →
Experts assess rising tide of collector-car values in ‘Sports Car Market’ seminar

Experts assess rising tide of collector-car values in ‘Sports Car Market’ seminar

Rising values, worth vs. drivability, and the fact that high-value collector cars are too-often seen today as precious commodities rather than classic automobiles meant to be enjoyed – these were the overarching themes of Thursday’s second annual Sports Car Market Scottsdale Insider’s Seminar. “As you heard, we are all slightly saddened that collector cars are […]

By January 16, 2015 Read More →
What I would like to take home from the RM auction

What I would like to take home from the RM auction

RM’s Arizona auction always has such a wide range of great cars: classics, cruisers, sports cars, muscle cars and, in recent years, Ferraris, lots of Ferraris. They all look great parked around the grounds of the Arizona Biltmore Resort in Phoenix, although the most-pricey numbers were nestled on the rug in the ballroom. So much […]

By January 16, 2015 Read More →
What I’d like to take home from Gooding

What I’d like to take home from Gooding

Let’s pretend that money is no object. That’s what I did as I strolled around Gooding & Company’s upscale auction in Scottsdale picking out my favorite classic cars, the ones I’d like to take home. I didn’t worry about being able to afford them, just whether they caught my eye. And boy did they ever. […]

By January 15, 2015 Read More →
Auction of Pratte collection brings record Tuesday crowd to Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale

Auction of Pratte collection brings record Tuesday crowd to Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale

Tuesdays are generally pretty mellow at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale auctions, not too crowded and with a selection of not-too-pricey collector cars. But not this year. Ron Pratte changed all that. This year, the WestWorld auction site was packed wall-to-wall Tuesday as more than 100 of Pratte’s prized cars, trucks, motorcycles, scooters and a Russian military boat […]

By January 14, 2015 4 Comments Read More →
Along for the ride in the Arizona Concours driving tour

Along for the ride in the Arizona Concours driving tour

The bright-yellow 1928 Packard 526 sedan chugged sedately up the hills and through the desert scenery of Phoenix, Scottsdale and Paradise Valley, its five occupants reliving the arcane splendor of motoring from our grandparents’ day. More-modern cars rushed past, seeming impatient and unruly compared with our regal passage amid the Packard’s mechanical rumblings and pungent […]

By January 13, 2015 1 Comment Read More →
Mecum readies giant, 3,000-car Kissimmee auction

Mecum readies giant, 3,000-car Kissimmee auction

Hot on the heels of Arizona’s classic car extravaganza comes Mecum’s biggest auction of the year – and reputedly the largest collector-car auction anywhere – the 10-day sale in Kissimmee, Florida, that is expected to offer 3,000 cars, trucks and motorcycles, as well as a passel of automobilia. Three-thousand vehicles is the magic number that […]

By January 12, 2015 Read More →
Pick of the Week: 1946 Ford all-original survivor

Pick of the Week: 1946 Ford all-original survivor

Classic car week begins today in Arizona and, as always, the six auctions taking place in the Scottsdale/Phoenix area through January 18 will tout their offerings in hyperbolic terms. A special emphasis in recent years has been the rise of so-called “barn find” collector cars in various stages of preservation or decay, as well as […]

By January 9, 2015 2 Comments Read More →