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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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My trip to Monterey for the greatest car week of the year

My trip to Monterey for the greatest car week of the year

And so the pilgrimage begins, the great movement of automotive humanity onto the small Monterey Peninsula that juts out from the midsection of coastal California. Hobbyists, dreamers, vintage racers, wealthy collectors, they all converge this week for the unparalleled multitude of classic car events that make up Monterey Classic Car Week, which builds like a […]

By August 11, 2014 1 Comment Read More →
Pick of the Week: 1976 Chevrolet Cosworth Vega

Pick of the Week: 1976 Chevrolet Cosworth Vega

The Chevrolet Vega is a much maligned little car (with good reason), but there was one bright spot: the remarkable Cosworth Vega, a limited-edition model that boasted a British-made performance engine. I never expected to have a Vega for Pick of the Week, but the 1976 Cosworth Vega advertised in ClassicCars.com for sale in Deltona, […]

Auctions America hits $17.5 million at California sale

Auctions America hits $17.5 million at California sale

Blue-chip collector cars led the bidding at Auction America’s second-annual Los Angeles sale, an event that generated $17.5 million in sales for its wide-ranging selection of cars and automobilia. Leading the charge was a gorgeously restored 1960 Mercedes-Benz 300SL roadster that hit $1,155,000, followed by a lovely 1953 Ferrari 250 Europa that went for $1,017,500 […]

By August 7, 2014 Read More →
Concorso Italiano changes day and venue, features display of modern Zagato creations

Concorso Italiano changes day and venue, features display of modern Zagato creations

Concorso Italiano, the sweeping celebration of Italian motoring, returns to its original location at the Black Horse Golf Course in Seaside, California, on August 16 during Monterey Car Week. The biggest change, though, is Concorso’s move from its traditional Friday position during the crowded docket of Monterey happenings to Saturday, when there are fewer competing events, according […]

By August 7, 2014 Read More →
Riverside automobile museum celebrates Maserati’s 100th year with expert guest

Riverside automobile museum celebrates Maserati’s 100th year with expert guest

The Riverside International Automotive Museum celebrates the 100th anniversary of Maserati with a special reception and dinner for Adolfo Orsi Jr., one of the foremost authorities on the history of the famed Italian marque. Orsi, whose family owned Maserati from 1937 to 1968, will present an in-depth look at the century-old company that built some […]

By August 7, 2014 Read More →
Custom ’57 Chevy pickup wins Barrett-Jackson Cup

Custom ’57 Chevy pickup wins Barrett-Jackson Cup

The sleekest custom pickup truck in the known universe was declared the Ultimate Best in Show Winner on Saturday of the Barrett-Jackson Cup competition in Reno, Nevada, taking home more than $43,000 in cash and prizes. The 1957 Chevrolet pickup, the result of a five-year build by Jason and Jim Smith of the Hot Rod […]

By August 5, 2014 Read More →
Barrett-Jackson tops $11 million in Reno auction

Barrett-Jackson tops $11 million in Reno auction

Barrett-Jackson’s second high-energy auction as part of the Hot August Nights hot rod and custom-car extravaganza in Reno-Sparks, Nevada, reached an unofficial total of more than $11 million in sales for 342 cars and 300 pieces of automobilia. Held in the Reno-Sparks Convention Center, the primarily no-reserve auction boasted a sell-through rate of 99 percent. […]

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Jaguar D-Type 60th anniversary celebration includes restoration debut of long-lost car

Jaguar D-Type 60th anniversary celebration includes restoration debut of long-lost car

The Jaguar D-Type is one of the most beautiful competition cars ever created, elegant and brutish at the same time, evocatively streamlined yet ruggedly purposeful. And who could resist that magnificent fin that soars behind the head of the driver? This year marks the 60th anniversary of the D-Type’s debut at the 1954 24 Hours […]

By August 4, 2014 Read More →
Pick of the Week: 1957 Ford ‘sleeper’ custom

Pick of the Week: 1957 Ford ‘sleeper’ custom

“This 1957 Ford Custom 300 is one heck of a gnarly little sleeper,” says the seller of the hot custom car that looks more like granny’s go-to-meetin’ wheels than any sort of performance rod. Everybody loves a cool custom sleeper, the kind of car that looks merely like a nice old survivor until you open it […]

By August 1, 2014 Read More →
Antique Harley once owned by Steve McQueen should roar at auction in Monterey

Antique Harley once owned by Steve McQueen should roar at auction in Monterey

Another Steve McQueen relic comes to auction this month when Mecum offers a 1912 Harley-Davidson X8E Big Twin motorcycle once owned by the film star, no doubt adding immeasurably to its value. Mecum, which will auction the ex-McQueen Harley-Davidson during its Monterey sale August 14-16, places a value estimate of $225,000 to $275,000 on the […]

By August 1, 2014 Read More →