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.
An evocative coach-built creation with a heavy-metal rock ’n’ roll connection has won Goodguys’ Custom of the Year, awarded this past weekend at the Goodguys Rod and Custom Association’s 32nd annual All American Get-Together in Pleasanton, Calif. Named Black Pearl, the winning car is the result of collaboration between rock star James Hetfield, longtime front […]
Barrett-Jackson’s 12th annual East Coast collector-car auction happens April 11-13 at the South Florida Fairgrounds in West Palm Beach. As customary, the emphasis is on classic cruisers, convertibles and luxury cars that suit the relaxed Florida lifestyle. The Palm Beach Auction comes after January’s highly successful sale in Scottsdale, Barrett-Jackson’s signature event that marked its […]
The 24th annual Copperstate 1000 hits the road April 6 for a four-day, 1,000-mile tour of southern Arizona, featuring a superb contingent of vintage sports, GT and race cars in what has become one of the nation’s premier road rallies. This year’s Copperstate 1000 route takes ralliers through the scenic and historic southeastern corner of […]
Proving authenticity has been a longtime problem for owners, sellers and potential buyers of rare ’60s and early ’70s Chevrolet muscle cars because of the lack of credible documentation records. Production data from General Motors for those special factory performance cars no longer are available, making it difficult to research or provide proof that a […]
Thousands of cool old cars. Hundreds of Elvis impersonators. The last car ever driven by Elvis. Fiftieth anniversary Mustang mania. And racing pigs. All part of the scene when more than 100,000 people converge for the annual AutoFair hosted by OldRide.com from April 3-6 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., one of the biggest […]
As any Pontiac enthusiast would tell you, the 1964 Pontiac GTO was never supposed to happen. The legend of how the groundbreaking muscle car came to exist against all odds will be told time and again this year as the performance icon celebrates its 50th anniversary. Although there were muscle cars that came before, the […]
Extremely popular in its day, the MGB of Great Britain has never had great value as a collector car even though there are many thousands of owners and drivers in the U.S. who still enjoy them for what they are: fun little runabouts that look good, make the right noises and dart around curves. […]
The proclamation last weekend at the Detroit Autorama of a spectacular custom 1964 Buick Riviera, named Rivision, as winner of the coveted Ridler Award got us thinking about the first generation Riviera coupes, one of the most beautiful car designs of their era. The 1963 Buick Riviera was a startling creation when it was unveiled […]
A new event for street rod, pro-touring, custom and muscle car fans debuts March 22-23 when the O’Reilly Auto Parts Street Machine & Muscle Car Nationals takes over the Fairplex in Pomona, Calif., bringing the popular Midwest car show to the West Coast for the first time. More than 1,000 performance machines and show cars are […]
Photos by Bob Golfen Known simply as the Lit Meet among the Porsche faithful, the annual Los Angeles gathering is actually a full three days of multiple celebrations for the little rear-engine sports cars from Germany. The events surrounding the Porsche and Vintage VW Literature, Toy and Memorablia Swap Meet at the LAX Hilton took place […]