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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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1958 Dodge sways to top in British hill climb

1958 Dodge sways to top in British hill climb

Ordinarily, we would pass on publicizing the upcoming Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb, a competitive event May 4 in Worcester, England. But this photo, and the story behind it, is too good to ignore. Among the vintage sports and race cars that will run up the historic hill course – along with up-to-date racers competing in […]

By April 30, 2014 2 Comments Read More →
Mecum launches ‘super yacht’ auction in Florida

Mecum launches ‘super yacht’ auction in Florida

After more-than a quarter century of classic car sales, Mecum Auctions takes the plunge this week with what it is calling the world’s first Super Yacht Auction. Super yachts – the massively opulent luxury vessels that can sail the Seven Seas and cost multi-millions of dollars – will be featured May 2-3 in the South […]

By April 28, 2014 Read More →
Car designer Peter Brock to lecture at Blackhawk

Car designer Peter Brock to lecture at Blackhawk

Car designer, author, racing-team owner, photo journalist – Peter Brock has excelled at all his pursuits, starting at the age of 19 when he joined Bill Mitchell’s group of stylists at General Motors, where he became a leading force in the creation of the Corvette Sting Ray. Brock will present a lecture at noon Sunday […]

By April 26, 2014 Read More →
California Mille gets set for thousand-mile tour

California Mille gets set for thousand-mile tour

The 24th annual California Mille starts April 28 for a four-day, thousand-mile classic car tour of scenic countryside and challenging back roads across the middle of California. “It’s kind of a cross-section of California landscapes, really a mix of the Coast, the Sierra Nevadas, Napa Valley wine country, Sacramento river delta and Central Valley,” co-director […]

By April 24, 2014 Read More →
Bonhams readies London motorcar, automobilia auction

Bonhams readies London motorcar, automobilia auction

Coachbuilt Bentleys and an off-road truck built by Lamborghini highlight the Bonhams Collector’s Motor Cars and Automobilia Sale, scheduled for April 28 at London’s RAF Museum. Bonham’s sale opens with a high-end collection of vintage automotive literature, posters, artworks and pre-war mascots, including a selection of valuable radiator ornaments by French glass designer Renè Lalique. […]

By April 24, 2014 Read More →
Eye Candy: Reborn Cruise attracts thousands

Eye Candy: Reborn Cruise attracts thousands

Photos by Bob Golfen Phoenix police cracked down on cruising Central Avenue in the 1980s, breaking a tradition going back to the ’50s when young people meandered up and down the main drag in everything from custom hot rods to daddy’s station wagon. But the practice was brought back to life in 2002 when the […]

By April 23, 2014 3 Comments Read More →
$7 million GT40 goes to Utah motorsports museum

$7 million GT40 goes to Utah motorsports museum

The Ford GT40 prototype racecar that hammered sold at a record $7 million April 12 at the Mecum auction in Houston will be put on permanent display at the Larry H. Miller Total Performance Museum in Tooele, Utah. GT40 chassis No. P-104 will join five other GT40s – one of each variant of the Ferrari-beating […]

By April 22, 2014 Read More →
La Jolla Concours picks best of show winners

La Jolla Concours picks best of show winners

A Cadillac concept coupe that an Arabian prince once gave to a Hollywood movie queen was picked as a best of show winner at the recent La Jolla Concours d’Elegance in California. The Cadillac, a streamlined fantasy car designed by Italian coachbuilder Ghia and which first appeared at the 1953 Paris Auto Salon, was the […]

By April 20, 2014 Read More →
‘Barn-find’ classics soar at British auction

‘Barn-find’ classics soar at British auction

A British auction featuring neglected “barn-find” cars and partially completed restoration projects hit the target Saturday, earning £1million ($1.67 million) with 85 percent of the 184 lots sold. Ranging from valuable classic sports cars in decrepit condition to low-mileage mini cars and downright oddities, Silverstone Auctions’ inaugural Practical Classics Restoration Show in Birmingham, England, offered […]

By April 16, 2014 Read More →
Barrett-Jackson hits record sales in Palm Beach

Barrett-Jackson hits record sales in Palm Beach

Barrett-Jackson cruised to another strong auction in West Palm Beach, Fla., this past weekend, scoring a record $25 million in overall sales that included $2.35 million for charity. Results for the 12th annual Palm Beach auction easily eclipsed figures from a year ago, when $21 million worth of cars were sold. Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach 2014 […]

By April 15, 2014 Read More →