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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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Tom Hoover, ‘godfather of 426 Hemi,’ dies at 85

Tom Hoover, ‘godfather of 426 Hemi,’ dies at 85

Tom Hoover, the “godfather of the 426 Hemi” who led a team of Chrysler engineers to develop the automaker’s signature racing engine, has died at the age of 85 after a long illness. Hoover was a founding member of the famed Ramchargers drag-racing team of fellow engineers, and he had earlier helped create the mighty […]

By May 4, 2015 Read More →
Station Wagons focus of AACA Museum exhibit

Station Wagons focus of AACA Museum exhibit

Before there were minivans, and before there were SUVs and crossovers, there were station wagons. That was how American families transported the kids, the dogs and the vacation gear, and those of us who recall the joyful weirdness of riding in those rear-facing back seats. Later this month, the AACA Museum in Hershey, Pennsylvania, opens […]

By May 4, 2015 Read More →
First Camaro reunited with one who helped build it

First Camaro reunited with one who helped build it

The very first Chevrolet Camaro ever built is not a car you likely would notice. It’s a plain-Jane base-model 1967 hardtop with a six-banger, stock hubcaps and a Grenada Gold paint job, the color of so many Chevys of its day. But its place in history is so much greater than the sum of its parts. […]

By May 1, 2015 Read More →
Pick of the Week: 1940 Oldsmobile Dynamic wagon

Pick of the Week: 1940 Oldsmobile Dynamic wagon

Woodie wagons are back in style, not so much as when The Beach Boys sang about them with surfboards hanging out everywhere but as bona fide collectors’ items respected for their period charm. The Pick of the Week, a 1940 Oldsmobile Dynamic Series 70, is an upscale wood-bodied wagon that you might have seen back […]

By May 1, 2015 Read More →
Muscle cars and motorcycles highlight Auburn auction

Muscle cars and motorcycles highlight Auburn auction

Auctions America returns to home turf for its annual Auburn Spring Collector Car Weekend sale May 7-9. The auction will feature about 500 muscle cars, classics, sports cars and customs, plus an impressive group of 29 antique motorcycles from the Preston Evans collection. Held at the historic Auburn Auction Park in Auburn, Indiana, the sale […]

By April 30, 2015 Read More →
Peter Ustinov’s Aston Martin stars in Bonhams’ sale

Peter Ustinov’s Aston Martin stars in Bonhams’ sale

A rare and highly sought-after 1962 Aston Martin DB4 Series IV Vantage convertible is spectacular enough, but the car offered at Bonhams’ all-Aston Martin auction May 9 also boasts heavy-hitter celebrity provenance. This Aston, one of just nine DB4 Vantage convertibles with left-hand drive, was originally owned by the late British actor, playwright and diplomat […]

By April 30, 2015 Read More →
Camaro ZL-1 sells for $715K at Houston auction

Camaro ZL-1 sells for $715K at Houston auction

A superb 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL-1 led the bidding at the Houston Classic Auction last weekend, reaching an impressive $715,000 (including auction fee) amidst the more than $6 million in total sales. The auction, held by Worldwide Auctioneers in conjunction with the Concours d’Elegance of Texas at La Torretta Lake Resort and Spa in Montgomery, […]

By April 29, 2015 1 Comment Read More →
1953 Lincoln concept car at Keels and Wheels Concours

1953 Lincoln concept car at Keels and Wheels Concours

The gadget-laden 1953 Lincoln X-100, considered to be Ford Motor Co.’s first purpose-built concept car, appeared in auto shows across Europe and the U.S., where it starred as a thrilling vision of the future with a rain-sensing retractable roof and taillights that look like the exhaust outlets of a jet fighter plane. The X-100 will […]

1970 Hemi ‘Cuda with just 81 miles heads for auction

1970 Hemi ‘Cuda with just 81 miles heads for auction

Dream on, Hemi fanatics, because Mecum has a muscle car coming to auction that’s the stuff dreams are made of. The car is special enough, an all-original 1970 Plymouth 426 Hemi ‘Cuda coupe in immaculate condition. But what puts this ‘Cuda over the top is that it has never been restored. Because why would it […]

By April 25, 2015 Read More →
Pick of the Week: 1966 Ford Mustang GT K-Code

Pick of the Week: 1966 Ford Mustang GT K-Code

Few classic cars have the universal appeal of a truly great Ford Mustang and here’s one for Pick of the Week that is an apparently pristine, very-low-mileage beauty that ticks all the boxes. The 1966 Ford Mustang GT fastback is a rare numbers-matching factory K-Code model, which means it has a special high-performance 271-horsepower 289-cid […]

By April 24, 2015 6 Comments Read More →