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.
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
So, you have made the New Year’s resolution that 2015 will absolutely, positively be the year in which you finally buy a classic car of your own. Good for you. But if you have more wishes than riches, and budget dictates that you confine yourself to the affordable end of the collector-car scale, here are […]
The largest Mecum MidAmerica motorcycle auction, with more than 750 antique and collector bikes coming up for sale, takes place January 8-10 at the South Point Casino and Exhibit Hall in Las Vegas. Everything from Harleys to Hondas, Triumphs to Moto Guzzis, and ranging from early 20th Century motorbikes to classic performance and racing machines […]
Bonhams holds its fifth annual Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction on January 8 at Bally’s Hotel & Casino, offering around 230 American, Japanese and European two-wheelers as well as a selection of vintage motorcycle posters, parts and collector’s items. The headliner is a group of rare British bikes from the collection of Vincent motorcycle expert Herb […]
2014 top stories: No. 1 — Buyers, not sellers, in driver’s seat as collector-car sales soar to new heights
The multi-million-dollar Ferrari prices coming out of the Monterey auctions were absolutely mind blowing. They were part of a record sales year for the six California auctions in August that totaled more than $463 million, compared with the previous-record $302 million achieved in 2013. But the sales growth during Monterey was primarily at the very […]