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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 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 →
2014 top stories: No. 8 — Auctions change TV channels

2014 top stories: No. 8 — Auctions change TV channels

For so many years, the Barrett-Jackson classic car auctions and the SPEED Channel were nearly symbiotic, the SPEED cable programming bringing unparalleled popularity to Barrett-Jackson and the auction programming bringing an enthusiastic audience of viewers to SPEED. But things change, and the Fox parent group last year decided to terminate SPEED as an automotive channel […]

By December 24, 2014 3 Comments Read More →
2014 top stories: No. 9 — Mustang, Maserati and other anniversary celebrations

2014 top stories: No. 9 — Mustang, Maserati and other anniversary celebrations

Ford Mustang galloped into the consciousness of classic car enthusiasts throughout 2014 as the original pony car celebrated its 50th anniversary, and was featured as the centerpiece for many major events held coast-to-coast. The official birth date was proclaimed as April 17, 1964, which marked the sports coupe’s unveiling to wild acclaim at the New […]

By December 23, 2014 Read More →
Velocity/Discovery Channel announce new on-air talent for Barrett-Jackson telecasts

Velocity/Discovery Channel announce new on-air talent for Barrett-Jackson telecasts

Cable TV’s Velocity and the Discovery Channel, which take over live coverage of Barrett-Jackson starting with the signature Scottsdale collector-car sales event in January, have announced an on-camera team of auto experts and television personalities. Barrett-Jackson announced in April that it was switching from the Fox network after its longtime TV partnership with SPEED, which […]

By December 20, 2014 Read More →