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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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Pick of the Week: World’s Fair-built ’34 Chevrolet sedan

Pick of the Week: World’s Fair-built ’34 Chevrolet sedan

The Pick of the Week is a remarkable piece of General Motors history, something that has been largely forgotten in the intervening 80 years despite its singular magic. Not too many people know of GM’s Century of Progress exhibit at the 1933-34 Chicago World’s Fair. Nor do they recall that fairgoers could order a new […]

By December 5, 2014 4 Comments Read More →
A last hurrah before Pratte collection heads to auction

A last hurrah before Pratte collection heads to auction

What might be considered the greatest living man cave in modern history comes to an end starting today as the crew from Barrett-Jackson begins disassembly of the vast collection of classic cars and automobilia compiled by Chandler, Arizona, millionaire Ron Pratte. For legions of Barrett-Jackson fans, Pratte is the familiar presence in the front row […]

By December 4, 2014 9 Comments Read More →
Auctions America ‘live’ online sale tops $1.1 million

Auctions America ‘live’ online sale tops $1.1 million

Auctions America’s first online collector-car auction, a one-day “live-virtual” sale in which all the bidding was done over the Internet, exceeded $1.1 million, the company reported, adding that it already is planning additional online-only auctions in the future. The BidAnywhere auction held November 21 featured a live auctioneer calling the action while potential buyers placed […]

By December 3, 2014 3 Comments Read More →
BMW ‘Art Cars’ set for display at Miami Beach show

BMW ‘Art Cars’ set for display at Miami Beach show

Two of BMW’s legendary “Art Cars” that blend high-performance with fine art will be on display December 3-7 during Art Basel`s international gallery show at the Miami Beach Convention Center. The one-of-a-kind, hand-painted cars – a BMW 320 race car by famed American pop artist Roy Lichtenstein (1977) and a BMW M3 by Australian aboriginal […]

By December 2, 2014 Read More →
Concorso Italiano picks Ferrari as honored marque

Concorso Italiano picks Ferrari as honored marque

Those who have attended the grand Concorso Italiano in Monterey, California, during classic car week every August know that a sea of vintage and contemporary Ferrari sports cars is pretty standard fare. But next year, it’s official: Ferrari is the featured marque for the August 15, 2015, meet of Italian splendor. The celebration of everything […]

By December 1, 2014 Read More →
Driven: Ford Fiesta ST hot hatchback

Driven: Ford Fiesta ST hot hatchback

While it’s hard to think of the compact Ford Focus ST as anybody’s big brother, that’s exactly the relationship we have with the Fiesta ST, a surprisingly sophisticated little hot rod that takes a similar performance approach and applies it to an even-smaller package. Taking the standard subcompact Fiesta economy car, Ford engineers have added […]

By December 1, 2014 Read More →
Pick of the Week: 1964 Pontiac Bonneville ambulance

Pick of the Week: 1964 Pontiac Bonneville ambulance

One of the big items to celebrate on Thanksgiving is your health, and that you weren’t hauled off to hospital in one of these things. Actually, today’s Pick of the Week is a rare piece of medical history, a 1964 Pontiac Bonneville ambulance that appears to be fully operational and ready to roll to the […]

By November 28, 2014 Read More →
Pearl Harbor survivor ’39 Buick comes up for auction

Pearl Harbor survivor ’39 Buick comes up for auction

On the eve of the 73rd anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, one special survivor will roll onto the collector-car auction block looking as fresh as it did on the “date which will live in infamy.” The handsome 1939 Buick Special Model 46C convertible was parked at the dock – its Navy officer-owner, […]

By November 25, 2014 Read More →
Pick of the Week: 1937 Ford Tudor ‘slantback’ street rod

Pick of the Week: 1937 Ford Tudor ‘slantback’ street rod

The gigantic Goodguys hot-rod show last weekend at WestWorld has me psyched for cool custom cars. So I was totally pleased to come across a street rod in one of my all-time favorite pre-war body styles, advertised on ClassicCars.com. Not only that, today’s Pick of the Week – a sharp-looking 1937 Ford Tudor “slantback” sedan […]

By November 21, 2014 2 Comments Read More →
Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Shelby GT350 Mustang

Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Shelby GT350 Mustang

Carroll Shelby’s performance skill was already well-known to Ford when the automaker asked him to work his magic on its new sporty compact, the Mustang, to make the car formidable in competition. So just one year after the Mustang’s debut, the 1965 Shelby GT350 roared onto the scene, immediately racking up successes in SCCA road-racing events […]

By November 19, 2014 Read More →