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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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Mecum readies giant, 3,000-car Kissimmee auction

Mecum readies giant, 3,000-car Kissimmee auction

Hot on the heels of Arizona’s classic car extravaganza comes Mecum’s biggest auction of the year – and reputedly the largest collector-car auction anywhere – the 10-day sale in Kissimmee, Florida, that is expected to offer 3,000 cars, trucks and motorcycles, as well as a passel of automobilia. Three-thousand vehicles is the magic number that […]

By January 12, 2015 Read More →
Pick of the Week: 1946 Ford all-original survivor

Pick of the Week: 1946 Ford all-original survivor

Classic car week begins today in Arizona and, as always, the six auctions taking place in the Scottsdale/Phoenix area through January 18 will tout their offerings in hyperbolic terms. A special emphasis in recent years has been the rise of so-called “barn find” collector cars in various stages of preservation or decay, as well as […]

By January 9, 2015 2 Comments Read More →
Pick of the Week: Affordable classics for the New Year

Pick of the Week: Affordable classics for the New Year

So, you have made the New Year’s resolution that 2015 will absolutely, positively be the year in which you finally buy a classic car of your own. Good for you. But if you have more wishes than riches, and budget dictates that you confine yourself to the affordable end of the collector-car scale, here are […]

By January 2, 2015 10 Comments Read More →
Mecum to auction 750 motorcycles in Vegas

Mecum to auction 750 motorcycles in Vegas

The largest Mecum MidAmerica motorcycle auction, with more than 750 antique and collector bikes coming up for sale, takes place January 8-10 at the South Point Casino and Exhibit Hall in Las Vegas. Everything from Harleys to Hondas, Triumphs to Moto Guzzis, and ranging from early 20th Century motorbikes to classic performance and racing machines […]

By January 2, 2015 Read More →
Rare British bikes highlight Bonhams motorcycle sale

Rare British bikes highlight Bonhams motorcycle sale

Bonhams holds its fifth annual Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction on January 8 at Bally’s Hotel & Casino, offering around 230 American, Japanese and European two-wheelers as well as a selection of vintage motorcycle posters, parts and collector’s items. The headliner is a group of rare British bikes from the collection of Vincent motorcycle expert Herb […]

By January 2, 2015 Read More →
2014 top stories: No. 1 — Buyers, not sellers, in driver’s seat as collector-car sales soar to new heights

2014 top stories: No. 1 — Buyers, not sellers, in driver’s seat as collector-car sales soar to new heights

The multi-million-dollar Ferrari prices coming out of the Monterey auctions were absolutely mind blowing. They were part of a record sales year for the six California auctions in August that totaled more than $463 million, compared with the previous-record $302 million achieved in 2013. But the sales growth during Monterey was primarily at the very […]

By December 31, 2014 Read More →
2014 top stories: No. 3 — Post-war car wins at Pebble Beach and changes everything

2014 top stories: No. 3 — Post-war car wins at Pebble Beach and changes everything

For the classic car community, the choice of Best of Show at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance was hugely significant. In fact, it was nothing less than a monumental sea change for collector cars, and yet it also was the natural progression of things. For some, it was cause for angst. Here was the […]

By December 29, 2014 1 Comment Read More →
2014 top stories: No. 4 — Classic cars auctioned online

2014 top stories: No. 4 — Classic cars auctioned online

The news was big enough that veteran collector-car auction pro Rick Cole was returning to Monterey with his own sale. But the way he was doing it was even bigger news. Cole created the first auction on the Monterey Peninsula during the classic car weekend in 1986. In 2014, he again demonstrated his inventive spirit. […]

By December 28, 2014 Read More →
Pick of the Week: ‘Starsky and Hutch’ tribute Torino

Pick of the Week: ‘Starsky and Hutch’ tribute Torino

One of the most memorable cop shows of the 1970s was Starsky and Hutch, a classic buddy adventure series with plenty of yucks and mugging by the star-power lead actors, Paul Michael Glaser as Starsky and David Soul as Hutch. But what makes Starsky and Hutch most memorable, at least for gearheads like us, was […]

By December 26, 2014 Read More →
2014 top stories: No. 7 — ‘Barn-find’ mania at the auctions

2014 top stories: No. 7 — ‘Barn-find’ mania at the auctions

Probably the best poster car for the seemingly insatiable rise of “barn-find” classic cars during 2014 was the British sale of what was most-likely the worst Ferrari Dino ever brought to auction, bar none. That would be the incredibly rusted-out 1973 Dino that had stood neglected in a soggy English garage with a leaky roof […]

By December 25, 2014 1 Comment Read More →