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.

McQueen magic lifts Porsche Turbo sale to stunning $1.95 million

The final price of the Porsche 930 Turbo Carrera once owned by Steve McQueen was a record breaker by far| Bob Golfen
The final price of the Porsche 930 Turbo Carrera once owned by Steve McQueen was a record breaker by far| Bob Golfen

The Steve McQueen magic strikes again, this time at Mecum’s auction last week in Monterey, where a 1976 Porsche 930 Turbo Carrera that was the last special-order car owned by the late film icon raised the roof with an incredible sale price of $1.95 million.

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Classic Isotta Fraschini wins Pebble Beach Concours

A shower of confetti greets the best-of-show Isotta Fraschini | Bob Golfen
A shower of confetti greets the best-of-show Isotta Fraschini as it rolls up to receive its award | Bob Golfen photos

The 65th annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance returned to the classics Sunday with its best of show winner, a spectacular 1924 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A cabriolet that stood apart from among more than 200 of the world’s greatest vintage cars.

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Eye Candy: Concorso celebrates everything Italian

A 1964 Alfa Romeo TZ-1 stands with an Alfa 2600 spider at Concorso Italiano | Bob Golfen photos
A 1964 Alfa Romeo TZ-1 stands with an Alfa 2600 spider at Concorso Italiano | Bob Golfen photos

Richard Molke Jr. was walking around his 1965 Lamborghini 350GT with a book in his hand, stopping passersby to show off the history of his most-excellent “barn find.”

“This is my first rodeo with this thing,” said Molke, who traveled to Concorso Italiano from his home in Short Hills, New Jersey. And he wanted to make a good first impression. Continue reading

Eye Candy: German car shows on Monterey peninsula

Porsche 912s at the entrance of the Porsche Werks Reunion |Bob Golfen photos
Porsche 912s at the entrance of the Porsche Werks Reunion |Bob Golfen photos

German car fans have something to cheer about during Monterey Classic Car Week: Two enjoyably relaxed events on Friday that celebrate the solid, innovative automobiles from Deutschland.

For the second year, Porsche has its own standalone car show, the Porsche Werks Reunion, organized by the Porsche Club of America along with a gaggle of vintage-Porsche clubs. Previously, PCA teamed up with the other Germanic show, Legends of the Autobahn, but split away to hold the all-Porsche event last year. Continue reading

Eye Candy: Pebble Beach Tour stops in Carmel

A 1911 Mercer Raceabout roars into Carmel carrying its two happy occupants | Bob Golfen photos
A 1911 Mercer Raceabout roars into Carmel carrying its  happy passenger | Bob Golfen photos

It was standing room only Thursday on Ocean Avenue as thousands of people descended on Carmel-by-the-Sea to witness the spectacle of about 200 glorious Pebble Beach Concours show cars rolling into town and parking on the main street. And instead of paying $300-$350 for the concours on Sunday, folks in Carmel could view the cars for free.

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Eye Candy: The Little Car Show gently invades Pacific Grove

There were big crowds for The Little Car Show on Wednesday | Bob Golfen photos
There were big crowds for The Little Car Show on Wednesday | Bob Golfen photos

Of all the little cars at The Little Car Show on Wednesday in Pacific Grove, Dick Tuttle’s Peel Trident bubble car was the littlest. How little is it? So little that Tuttle easily lifted one side of it to show its undercarriage.

“It weighs 200 pounds,” Tuttle said with a shrug. Continue reading

Bob’s favorites from Mecum’s ‘Daytime Auction’ in Monterey

 This 1953 Porsche 356 Pre-A sunroof coupe made the cut as one of the top picks from Mecum in Monterey | Bob Golfen photos
This 1953 Porsche 356 Pre-A sunroof coupe made the cut as one of the top picks from Mecum in Monterey | Bob Golfen photos

The vehicles were still arriving Wednesday at the Del Monte Golf Course in Monterey for Mecum’s “Daytime Auction,” so my prowl around the fairways was lacking some of the collector cars that will be crossing the block Thursday through Saturday.

But still, there were plenty of cars, trucks and motorcycles that already were parked on the grass to pique my interest, and I was able to pick out eight that I would like to take home with me. I steered away from the exotic and pricey numbers from Ferrari and such, which seemed like too much of a no brainer, as well as the terrific Porsche 911 Turbo that was the last car ordered by the late movie star Steve McQueen. Continue reading

Driven: 2015 Volkswagen Beetle convertible, Golf SportWagen

The latest VW Beetle convertible received a fresh new look with less overt cuteness | Bob Golfen
The latest VW Beetle convertible received a fresh new look with less overt cuteness | Bob Golfen

Two very different sorts of Volkswagens parked in my driveway recently, one for pleasure and one for practicality. But what they had in common was that each demonstrated how much VW has upped its game and raised its latest generation of cars to a new level of refinement.

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