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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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Classic opulence on display at Petersen Museum

Classic opulence on display at Petersen Museum

Town Cars: Arriving in Style, a new exhibit focusing on the grand chauffeur-driven limousines of history’s most rich and famous, highlights upcoming activities at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. Opening this Saturday, the yearlong showcase of bygone opulence features the finest examples from 1900 through the 1960s of the ultra-formal vehicles known as […]

By February 13, 2014 Read More →
Auto-show ‘Sirens’ sing at AACA Museum

Auto-show ‘Sirens’ sing at AACA Museum

The five most-dreaded words heard by an auto-show model: “Do you come with that?” Of course, that’s nothing new. Beautiful women have been used to sell cars since the dawn of motoring, and some variation of that come-on has been uttered repeatedly for more than a century. The role of attractive models to promote automobiles […]

By February 13, 2014 Read More →
Motorsports stars align for Amelia Island Concours

Motorsports stars align for Amelia Island Concours

The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance has taken its place as one of the world’s great concours events, a result of Florida’s balmy winter weather, a gorgeous venue and an always-spectacular selection of 300 vintage and exotic automobiles. As well as showcasing the array of rare cars on Sunday, March 9, on the 10th and 18th fairways of […]

By February 12, 2014 Read More →
Future classic: Pontiac Firebird’s final years

Future classic: Pontiac Firebird’s final years

  The final four years of the Pontiac Firebird also marked the last gasp of the classic muscle-car era that started in the 1960s. Like its corporate cousin of Chevy Camaro, the Firebird rode the ups and downs of the horsepower wars with boundless enthusiasm. The last of the fourth generation of Firebirds that were […]

By February 10, 2014 Read More →
Retromobile classic car fest opens in Paris

Retromobile classic car fest opens in Paris

Retromobile, the sweeping annual classic car festival in Paris, opens its doors today with more than 400 exhibitors, three major auctions, collector cars and automobilia for sale, and with many special features, including 15 magnificent maharaja cars of India, a display dedicated to Italian automaker Lancia, and the sights and sounds of early land-speed-record race […]

By February 5, 2014 Read More →
Tiny, pricey roadster built as classic Aston Martin

Tiny, pricey roadster built as classic Aston Martin

  Searching for just the right premium motorcar to suit the discriminating taste of your 10 year old? Well, look no further, for a British classic car dealer is offering a tiny but functional automobile styled after a vintage Aston Martin roadster that’s certain to suit the most aristocratic of youngsters. With the styling of […]

By February 5, 2014 Read More →
Avanti drivers meet for Winterfest in Florida

Avanti drivers meet for Winterfest in Florida

The sporty Studebaker Avanti, a radically styled fiberglass coupe created by a design team led by the celebrated Raymond Loewy, is today considered the last hurrah of the South Bend, Indiana, automaker that traced its roots back to covered wagons of the 19th century. Introduced to wide acclaim in 1963, the Avanti lived on even […]

By January 30, 2014 1 Comment Read More →
Ferdinand Porsche’s first car, built in 1898, ready for museum unveiling

Ferdinand Porsche’s first car, built in 1898, ready for museum unveiling

  The first automobile designed by Ferdinand Porsche when he was 22 years old was nothing like the iconic sports cars most associated with his name. His initial vehicle, branded by the young inventor as P1 to designate his No. 1 design, was an electric carriage that debuted on the streets of Vienna, Austria, on […]

By January 28, 2014 1 Comment Read More →
Future classic: Toyota Supra

Future classic: Toyota Supra

  Everybody down to the youngest of gearheads knows about the fourth generation Toyota Supra, primarily because of its many appearances in popular video games as well as the “The Fast and the Furious” film series. With its basket-handle rear spoiler and powerful twin-turbo inline-six engine, the final Supra model (made from 1993 to 1998) […]

By January 27, 2014 Read More →
Strong Arizona auctions set the stage for solid 2014

Strong Arizona auctions set the stage for solid 2014

Arizona auction week started off the 2014 collector-car calendar with a bang. The six auctions sold 2,312 vehicles for a total of nearly $249 million and an average price of $107,096, all significant gains over 2013 results. The premium auction houses – RM, Gooding and Bonhams – stepped up with great collections of cars, and […]

By January 23, 2014 Read More →