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.
When most people think of the late, lamented Nash brand, they conjure up bulbous family cars of the 1950s or perhaps the tiny Nash Metropolitan. Few picture the stylish, forward-looking cars that Nash created in the pre-war years. Here’s one of my favorites for Pick of the Week, the cheeky 1941 Nash Ambassador that took […]
The first car I encountered on the grass of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance was the 1954 Jaguar D-type that a young Stirling Moss drove at Le Mans, where he soared through the Mulsanne straight at a record 173 mph. When I saw the D-type early Sunday morning before the start of the concours, the […]
A pair of pre-war favorites won best of show trophies Sunday at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance: A 1930 Cord L-29 designed by the legendary Brooks Stevens and a 1932 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Zagato Spider. In customary fashion, the judges of the Florida concours pick two winners each year. The Cord was awarded Best […]
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 […]