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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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Mercedes-Benz Classic debuts long-lost Streamliner

Mercedes-Benz Classic debuts long-lost Streamliner

The big silver streamlined car with the Mercedes-Benz star painted on its nose raised plenty of questions Thursday morning at the start of the Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance. The main question: What is it? The car seemed obviously prewar with a competition style, but even veteran Mercedes-Benz collectors were stumped about its provenance. The Benz […]

By August 15, 2014 Read More →
It’s a small, fun world at Pacific Beach Little Car Show

It’s a small, fun world at Pacific Beach Little Car Show

Amid all the high-end automotive finery of Monterey Classic Car Week comes the Little Car Show, an unabashed celebration of the smallest, simplest and most-fun modes of transportation. The fifth annual Little Car Show in downtown Pacific Grove brought together nearly a hundred tiny cars and trucks with engines of 1,600cc or less for an […]

By August 14, 2014 1 Comment Read More →
Carmel Concours starts Monterey classic car festivities

Carmel Concours starts Monterey classic car festivities

The Carmel-By-The-Sea Concours on the Avenue is a relaxed way to kick off Monterey Classic Car Week, with much of the tree-lined downtown closed off for anything but the most special collector cars. Ocean Avenue was packed with spectators for Tuesday’s free concours, now in its eighth year, which brings out everything from rare European and […]

By August 13, 2014 2 Comments Read More →
Earliest road-going 300 SL Gullwing, ex-Briggs Cunningham, goes to Gooding auction

Earliest road-going 300 SL Gullwing, ex-Briggs Cunningham, goes to Gooding auction

One of the most-significant and earliest Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwings goes to auction this week in Pebble Beach as Gooding & Company offers the first road-going 300 SL provided to a customer. That customer was none other than renowned American gentleman racer and competition-car builder Briggs Cunningham. Ahead of the car’s launch, Mercedes-Benz made arrangements […]

By August 12, 2014 Read More →
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 →