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.
Photos by Bob Golfen It was Everyman’s day Saturday at the Ritz with car clubs and collectors from all around the Jacksonville area converging on The Golf Club of Amelia Island to show off their automotive pride and joys to an appreciative crowd that gets in for free. The annual Cars and Coffee at the […]
Photos by Bob Golfen Every year, it’s like the circus comes to town in Fernandina Beach when the fantasy cars of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance roll in for a lunch stop during their tour of the north Florida coastline. Thousands of people crowded narrow, historic Centre Street on Friday to wave the cars in, […]
The Amelia Island Select collector-car auction put on by Hollywood Wheels is a two-day affair that spans two sides of the market. Friday’s sale was an all-Porsche event with a wide selection of early cars, competition cars and many 911s. Today’s auction is more open ended, with a group of around 100 cars and motorcycles […]
European sports cars reign at Gooding & Company’s Florida auction at Amelia Island, including a rich collection of 17 Porsches and 15 Ferraris, as well as Lamborghinis, Jaguars, Maseratis and MGs, plus an Austin Healey BN7, an Alfa Romeo Guilia Spider and a Sunbeam Tiger powered by a Ford V8. Two of the auction stars […]
The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance is often called the Pebble Beach of the East, which pays homage to the Monterey granddaddy-of-all U.S. concours and puts Amelia Island into perspective for its huge level of success, both in popularity and prestige. Coming in second is an honor in this case, especially considering that in 20 years […]
Photos by Bob Golfen Mel Martin speaks with obvious pride and excitement as he describes how he turned a lifetime of car collecting into a museum designed to infect others with his love for great old automobiles. Ten years ago, he turned his passion into the Martin Auto Museum, a quiet refuge residing in a […]
In honor of the 20th anniversary of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance next week, the Pick of the Week is an elegant and sporty 1930s classic that’s also located in Florida. This 1935 Auburn 851 Cabriolet is fully restored, according to the seller, in an eye-catching paint scheme of bright red with black accents, red […]
An evocative 1955 Jaguar D-type race car with a history of frozen-lake ice racing in Finland, a historic victory in the former Soviet Union, and a troubling split identity that was made whole again, is headed to auction this month at RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island sale. “Chassis XKD 530 offers a tale that is surely […]
The honored-guest appearance of legendary race driving Stirling Moss at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance on March 15 will be highlighted by the debut of his new book, My Racing Life. Advance copies of the autobiography, co-written by Simon Taylor and published by Evro Publishing in the UK, are being flown in for concours guests […]
With its dramatically swelling contours and unique profile, the flamboyant Infiniti QX70 is one of the most distinctive SUVs on the road. Formerly the FX (before Infiniti went Q crazy with its model names), the big crossover SUV continues to meld utility with style and performance. QX70 is also one of the best driving SUVs […]