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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.

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1938 Maserati takes lap at Indy, honors in U.S. archive

1938 Maserati takes lap at Indy, honors in U.S. archive

Seventy-five years after Maserati’s historic victory in the Indianapolis 500, the 1939-winning Maserati 8CTF “Boyle Special” was back on the track for a roaring victory lap. Three-time Indy winner Johnny Rutherford was at the wheel of the sleek, cigar-shaped vintage race car for a parade lap before this year’s world-famous race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, […]

By May 27, 2014 Read More →
Two muscle-car icons at Mecum’s first Seattle sale

Two muscle-car icons at Mecum’s first Seattle sale

A pair of Holy Grail muscle cars – a 1971 Plymouth Hemi ’Cuda 4-speed convertible and a 1967 Chevrolet Corvette L88 coupe – will roar over the auction block next month during Mecum’s inaugural classic car auction in Seattle. The hot Detroit performance icons will be among 600 collector cars, trucks, motorcycles and a 1951 […]

Rare Ford GT40 Roadster in RM Monterey auction

Rare Ford GT40 Roadster in RM Monterey auction

Probably the most famous American race car ever, the Ford GT40 is famed both for beating Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the 1960s and for its soaring value today as one of the world’s most-coveted collector cars. The 1965 Ford GT40 Roadster Prototype, chassis GT/108, that RM Auctions has announced for its […]

By May 23, 2014 Read More →
Rare muscle cars flex weight at Mecum’s spring auction

Rare muscle cars flex weight at Mecum’s spring auction

Mecum Original Spring Classic Auction at a glance Total sales $40.4 million Catalog 1,465 vehicles Sell-through 64 percent High sale $885,000 for a 1963 Shelby 289 Cobra Next 9 price range $235,000 to $530,000 Next auction June 13-14 in Seattle, WA An exceptional group of rare muscle cars led the bidding at Dana Mecum’s Original […]

By May 22, 2014 Read More →
The ‘real’ James Bond Aston Martin coming to auction

The ‘real’ James Bond Aston Martin coming to auction

The British sporting brand Aston Martin is forever linked with James Bond, thanks to author Ian Fleming and the spy-gadget laden DB5 that his fictional spy first drove in the novel and in the 1964 film Goldfinger. Another earlier Aston Martin, a 1954 Aston Martin DB 2/4, is believed to have been the inspiration for […]

By May 21, 2014 Read More →
Silverstone readies year’s first auction at historic British track

Silverstone readies year’s first auction at historic British track

Sixty is the magic number for Silverstone Auctions’ first sale of the year, with 60 classic and exotic cars and motorcycles spanning more than 60 years ready to cross the auction block Saturday. Held at the Silverstone Wing building on the historic race circuit, the sale includes vehicles ranging from examples of exotic Italian and […]

By May 20, 2014 Read More →
Three rare, legendary sports cars at Gooding auction

Three rare, legendary sports cars at Gooding auction

Three indisputably iconic sports cars, recently rediscovered in private collections, will be offered for sale for the first time in decades at Gooding and Company’s classic car auction during the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance weekend in August. The cars – a 1956 Lancia Aurelia B24S Spider America, one of the last ones ever built and […]

By May 20, 2014 Read More →
Jaguar to re-create ‘missing 6’ Lightweight E-types

Jaguar to re-create ‘missing 6’ Lightweight E-types

Jaguar originally planned to build 18 lightweight aluminum competition versions of its remarkable new E-type when it set out to beat Ferrari at Le Mans in 1963. But only 12 were ever constructed, which the automaker intends to rectify starting this year. The original “Special GT E-type Cars” were presented to the racing world as […]

By May 19, 2014 Read More →
Mighty Can-Am racers on track for Sonoma historics

Mighty Can-Am racers on track for Sonoma historics

One the most exciting and sometimes outrageous forms of racing in the history of motorsports, the SCCA Can-Am Series, will be celebrated May 17-18 when the Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival returns to Sonoma Raceway in northern California. Can-Am racing, which ran from 1966-74, was conducted under FIA rules that allowed cars with unlimited engine capacity, […]

By May 15, 2014 Read More →
‘Blower’ Bentleys to run Italy’s classic Mille Miglia

‘Blower’ Bentleys to run Italy’s classic Mille Miglia

Two legendary “Blower” Bentleys, the massive race cars that competed in such events as the 24 Hours of Le Mans during the early 1930s, will roar again on the highways of Italy for the 2014 edition of the Mille Miglia road rally. Bentley Motors is bringing the 4½ Liter supercharged race cars to the world-famous classic […]

By May 14, 2014 Read More →