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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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Pick of the Week: 1954 Chevrolet 3100 pickup

Pick of the Week: 1954 Chevrolet 3100 pickup

A good old pickup truck seems like just the thing for a relaxed Labor Day weekend, so for today’s Pick of the Week, we have a sweet-looking 1954 Chevrolet 3100 that’s for sale on ClassicCars.com from a dealer in Hendersonville, Tennessee. The truck is described as original, powered by its stock Thriftmaster 235-cid inline-6 and […]

By August 29, 2014 3 Comments Read More →
Volvo marks 70th anniversary of its first compact car

Volvo marks 70th anniversary of its first compact car

The end of World War II marked a new direction for Volvo of Sweden, moving away from large staid sedans to smaller and sportier cars with their own unique style. Next month, Volvo celebrates the 70th anniversary of the unveiling of its seminal compact car, the PV444, which was presented on September 1, 1944, during […]

By August 29, 2014 2 Comments Read More →
Mecum offers 1,100 classic cars at Dallas auction

Mecum offers 1,100 classic cars at Dallas auction

Mecum Auctions, which now conducts 17 sales of classic cars, motorcycles and farm tractors per year and refers to itself as “the largest collector car auction company in the world,” holds its fourth annual Dallas auction September 2-6 with more than 1,100 vehicles crossing the block. The Dallas sale, one of three annual Mecum auctions […]

By August 28, 2014 Read More →
Petersen Museum hosts hot rod stamps dedication

Petersen Museum hosts hot rod stamps dedication

The two ’32 Ford highboy roadsters that posed for the U.S. Postal Service’s new Hot Rods Forever Stamps will be shown today at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles during a dedication ceremony of the limited-edition collection. The cars – the red ’32 McGee Roadster owned by well-known collector Bruce Meyer and the black-with-flames […]

By August 27, 2014 Read More →
Eye Candy: First Porsche Werks Reunion brings them all together

Eye Candy: First Porsche Werks Reunion brings them all together

Photos by Bob Golfen An enthusiastic crowd of Porsche faithful swarmed the Rancho Cañada Golf Club in Carmel for the Porsche Club of America Werks Reunion, a new event added to the calendar during Monterey Classic Car Week. More than 500 Porsches of just about every kind, ranging from early 356 models to the latest […]

By August 25, 2014 Read More →
Eye Candy: Concorso says ‘Viva Italia!’ during Monterey Classic Car Week

Eye Candy: Concorso says ‘Viva Italia!’ during Monterey Classic Car Week

Photos by Bob Golfen Concorso Italiano is an unabashed celebration of Italian motoring and culture during Monterey Classic Car Week. The sweeping display included more than 800 great vintage and modern Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Alfa Romeos, Fiats, Lancias, DeTomasos, Bizzarrinis, racing specials, scooters and unique concepts from the great design houses of Italy. And one very-special […]

By August 23, 2014 Read More →
Pick of the Week: DeLorean DMC-12

Pick of the Week: DeLorean DMC-12

Our technology guru at ClassicCars.com, Tony Perez, has a thing for DeLoreans. It’s those gullwing doors that get him, he freely admits. So in deference to Tony and all his fine work, I offer this classic piece of 1980s history, what appears to be a nicely preserved, low-mileage 1981 DeLorean DMC-12 being sold on ClassicCars.com by […]

By August 22, 2014 Read More →
Monterey magic: Passion, wonder for great classic cars

Monterey magic: Passion, wonder for great classic cars

I was following a low, curvaceous Maserati race car through the woods of Pebble Beach when a break in traffic allowed the driver to pick up the pace on the winding two-lane road. The bright-red sports racer echoed with an intoxicating roar as he stepped on the gas and shifted through the gears of the […]

By August 21, 2014 Read More →
Eye Candy: Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

Eye Candy: Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

Photos by Bob Golfen  An older gentleman was sitting next to me Sunday on the shuttle bus as we left the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. As we pulled away, he said, “That’s another one off my bucket list.” Indeed. For classic car enthusiasts, the Pebble Beach Concours does have the life-experience importance of such things […]

By August 21, 2014 Read More →
A Ferrari rushes into uncharted territory

A Ferrari rushes into uncharted territory

Everything seemed pretty normal Sunday afternoon at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, until they announced the winner of Best of Show and the crowd knew that something momentous had just happened. This year, the judges’ choice for the top prize fell far afield from the convention established over decades, when you could pretty much count […]

By August 18, 2014 2 Comments Read More →