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.

Significant competition cars set for Gooding’s Amelia Island sale

The 1977 Porsche 934/5 racer is a “true one-off” that won the 1981 Australian Sports Car Championship | Gooding & Company photos
The 1977 Porsche 934/5 racer is a “true one-off” that won the 1981 Australian Sports Car Championship | Gooding & Company photos

Historic race cars that performed in international competitions at Le Mans, Nurburgring, Fuji and a host of other famous venues will be auctioned during Gooding & Company’s Amelia Island, Florida, sale on March 10.

Leading the pack are three intriguing examples of performance machines, including two Porsches and a famed rotary-powered Mazda that competed in endurance races as the factory entry. Continue reading

‘Motoring thru Time’ presents history on a roll in Phoenix

A 1955 Buick and a 1955 Chevy hooked up with vintage travel trailers | Bob Golfen photos
A 1955 Buick and a 1955 Chevy hooked up with vintage travel trailers | Bob Golfen photos

The city of Phoenix grew up around the automobile, sprawling out across the broad desert valley where ancient Native American tribes had created farming communities linked to canals. Now, the links are highways, and the Phoenix metro area is home to about 4.6 million people.

Phoenix also is one of the few cities in the country to support its own vintage-car celebration, “Motoring Thru Time: Where the transportation past meets the future,” hosted every February by the city’s Parks and Recreation department. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1968 King Midget Model 3

The King Midget microcar has 8-inch wheels and room for two occupants
The King Midget microcar has 8-inch wheels and room for two occupants

Readers of Popular Mechanics back in the 1950s and ’60s should remember staring starry eyed at the articles and advertisements that offered so many futuristic breakthroughs that would completely change our lives. One memorable ad of the day was for a tiny microcar, the King Midget, that promised to open up a whole new world of sporty motoring at a rock-bottom price.

The Pick of the Day is a 1968 King Midget Model 3 convertible that was one of the final run of the sub-basic runabouts before Midget Motors went bankrupt in 1970. But it had been a good run, with the first King Midgets turned out in 1946, originally advertised as the “500-pound car for $500.” Continue reading

1950 Cisitalia-Abarth raced by Nuvolari goes to Motostalgia sale

The 1950 Cisitalia-Abarth grand prix car has a remarkable history | Motostalgia photos
The 1950 Cisitalia-Abarth grand prix car has a remarkable history | Motostalgia photos

The 1950 Cisitalia-Abarth 204A Spyder Corsa to be offered by Motostalgia at its Amelia Island auction in March is an awesome grand prix race car in its own right. But add its incredible provenance with some of motorsports’ greatest personalities and the silver projectile stands as a significant piece of racing history. Continue reading

1981 Lancia Beta champion racer returns to its Florida roots

The Lancia Beta Montecarlo won its class at the 1981 Le Mans 24 | Amelia Island Concours photos
The Lancia Beta Montecarlo won its class at the 1981 Le Mans 24 | Amelia Island Concours photos

A Le Mans-champion 1981 Lancia Beta Montecarlo returns to Florida to make its international concours debut March 12 at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.

One of the last Group 5 Beta works racers produced, chassis 1009 began its competition career at the 1981 24 Hours of Daytona, but its run was cut short around midnight when the high-strung engine dropped a valve, forcing the Lancia out of the race. Continue reading

Aston Martins, Lancia Spider star at Gooding Amelia Island sale

The 1949 Aston Martin DB MkII was used by company owner David Brown | Mathieu Heurtault/Gooding
The 1949 Aston Martin DB MkII was used by company owner David Brown | Mathieu Heurtault/Gooding

Three thoroughbred collector cars, one from Italy and two from Great Britain, highlight Gooding & Company’s annual Amelia Island Auction on March 10 in the northern Florida resort community.

The British cars are both Aston Martins, including a historic 1949 DB MkII coupe that was the personal car of company owner David Brown. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1930 Studebaker President

The Studebaker President is said to be fully restored and ready to roll
The Studebaker President is said to be fully restored and ready to roll

For most of today’s old car hobbyists and collectors, pre-World War II classic cars are vestiges of the distant past, vehicles that were before our time, that we never experienced or desired when they were actually on the road. But as tastes mature, there is a growing appreciation for the wonderful antique automobiles that range back to the start of the 20th Century.

The Pick of the Day, a 1930 Studebaker President four-door sedan, is a Full Classic included by the Classic Car Club of America in its list of recognized automobiles. As such, it’s in the company of such top-drawer marques as Duesenberg, Bugatti, Pierce-Arrow, Hispano-Suiza, Packard and Delahaye, among others built between 1915 and 1948. Continue reading

Major collection of Porsche cars, automobilia at Auctions America

The Porsche collection was compiled by a Connecticut couple | Auctions America
The Porsche collection was compiled by a Connecticut couple | Auctions America photos

Yet another large Porsche collection is going to auction, with Auctions America offering the no-reserve sale of 26 cars spanning 48 years of Porsche production, and an extensive trove of automobilia, during its Fort Lauderdale, Florida, sale March 31-April 1.

Ranging from a 1955 Porsche 356 1600 Speedster to a 2003 Porsche 996 Turbo, the JLB Autocrib Collection was compiled by Connecticut enthusiasts Jack and Alice Gish, who scoured the country looking for the finest examples of Porsches and collector items related to the German sports car brand, according to Auctions America. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1979 Corvette ‘Speed Racer Mach 5’

The Speed Racer Mach 5 is a drivable custom treatment of a 1979 Corvette
The Speed Racer Mach 5 is a drivable custom treatment of a 1979 Corvette

If driving a collector car is all about fantasy and nostalgia, then here’s a unique sort of custom Corvette that knocks that into the next galaxy.

“Go Speed Racer Go!” everyone would shout when they spot you in the Pick of the Day, an actual Speed Racer Mach 5 like the one featured in the Saturday morning adventure cartoon. The seller, a dealer in Katy, Texas, assures us that this is just a replica and not the real thing, although it sure looks like it just drove out of the Anime world. Continue reading

Bonhams features French classics at Retromobile auction in Paris

This 1958 Talbot-Lago T14 America Coupe was the last car built before the company closed | Bonhams photos
This 1958 Talbot-Lago T14 America Coupe was the last car built before the company closed | Bonhams photos

French classic automobiles are fittingly featured at Bonhams’ Paris auction, which takes place February 9 during the Retromobile celebration of vintage vehicles. The annual sale will cover 101 years of motoring history, Bonhams says.

The auction, named Grandes Marques au Grand Palais, will include offerings from French brands Bugatti, Citroën, Renault, Delage and Talbot Lago, among others, in an international sale held during one of Europe’s most flamboyant automotive festivals. Continue reading