All posts by Bob Golfen

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.

New auction company formed to replace Barrett-Jackson sale at Hot August Nights in Reno

The Hot August Nights collector car parade through downtown Reno | Hot August Nights photos
The Hot August Nights collector car parade through downtown Reno | Hot August Nights photos

A new collector car auction company has been organized in Reno, Nevada, with the goal of conducting a sale in 2016 at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center during the popular Hot August Nights gathering of custom and classic cars. Continue reading

‘Cuda, Challenger ‘pilot cars’ readied for Mecum Florida auction

The 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T is one of the first Challengers ever built | Mecum Auctions
The 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T is one of the first Challengers ever built | Mecum Auctions

A pair of exceptional Mopar pre-production “pilot cars” from the new-model changeover year of 1970 – Plymouth ‘Cuda and Dodge Challenger R/T convertibles, each of them the first of their kind equipped with the 440 Six Pack engine option – will be auctioned by Mecum at the January sale in Kissimmee, Florida. Continue reading

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing factory-prepped racer joins RM Sotheby’s New York auction

 The 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing is an ultra-rare factory-prepped race car | RM Sotheby’s photos
The 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing is an ultra-rare factory-prepped W198 race car | RM Sotheby’s photos

A 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL “Sportabteilung” Gullwing, the first of four factory-upgraded competition cars with a rich racing history that includes Stirling Moss behind the wheel, will be auctioned during RM Sotheby’s Driven by Disruption sale December 10 in New York City. Continue reading

Jaguar E-type wins worldwide poll as best British car

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The Jaguar E-type that debuted at the 1961 Geneva Motor Show debut car is taken out for a drive | Jaguar

Though it might seem like the ultimate no brainer for British car enthusiasts, the Jaguar E-type has been voted Best British Car ever in a worldwide poll run by the inaugural Classic & Sports Car – The London Show, which took place this past weekend at Alexandra Palace in London.

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Bonhams’ London to Brighton auction hits $2.3 million

The 1904 Napier Model D45 has participated in past London to Brighton Veteran Car Runs | Bonhams photos
The 1904 Napier Model D45 has participated in past London to Brighton Veteran Car Runs | Bonhams photos

Bonhams’ auction of pre-1905 motorcars held before Sunday’s annual London to Brighton Veteran Car Run resulted in total sales of £1.5 million ($2.3 million at the current exchange rate), led by a 1903 Clement Model AC4R Four-Cylinder Rear-Entrance Tonneau that sold for £415,900 ($641,500), including auction premium. Continue reading

London to Brighton Run, Bonhams auction this weekend

A 1903 Clement Model AC4R leads Bonhams’ London to Brighton Veteran Car Run auction | Bonhams
A 1903 Clement Model AC4R leads Bonhams’ London to Brighton Veteran Car Run auction | Bonhams

Generally speaking, the 60-mile drive from central London to Brighton is no big deal. Due south, it usually takes about an hour and a half.

That is, unless you are driving a rickety horseless carriage from the dawn of motoring, in which case it takes considerably longer. If you get there at all. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1966 Tatra T603

The 1966 Tatra T603’s unique front styling, a step up from its former three-headlight form
The 1966 Tatra T603’s unique front styling, a step up from its former three-headlight form

The strangely appealing Tatra T603 is yet another unique product from the Eastern Bloc, a hand-made Czech luxury car with a rear-mounted V8 designed for the elite of the Soviet-dominated society, such as Communist Party bigwigs, diplomats, military brass and industry leaders.

Rarely seen in this country, the Pick of the Day is a 1966 Tatra T603 that was on longtime display in a museum before being refreshed by a subsequent California owner and now listed on ClassicCars.com by a Missouri classic car dealer. Continue reading