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.

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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’70 ’Cuda convertible stars at Mecum auction in Monterey

The 1970 Plymouth Hemi ’Cuda convertible was originally presented to the car’s designer | Mecum Auctions
The 1970 Plymouth Hemi ’Cuda convertible was originally presented to the car’s designer | Mecum Auctions

“One of the most coveted muscle cars of its time” is how Mecum Auctions describes the 1970 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda convertible that will play a starring role in next week’s “Daytime Auction” in Monterey, California.

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Exclusive: Barrett-Jackson replaces Spanky as lead auctioneer

Young champion auctioneer Joseph Mast will lead Barrett-Jackson bidding starting with the Reno sale | Barrett-Jackson
Champion auctioneer Joseph Mast will lead Barrett-Jackson bidding | Barrett-Jackson

Barrett-Jackson watchers will see a few key changes on the auction stage during the third annual Hot August Nights sale, which starts today at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center in Reno, Nevada.

A new lead auctioneer has been identified by Barrett-Jackson. The award-winning Joseph Mast will head the team of auctioneers and bidder assistants starting with the Reno event.

Mast replaces long-time lead auctioneer Spanky Assiter, known for wearing spectacles on his forehead, who had been with the Scottsdale-based auction house since 1992. Also gone from the stage is Assister’s wife, Amy, a bidder assistant whose charismatic presence was popular among Barrett-Jackson regulars.

Barrett-Jackson recently severed ties with Assiter & Associates, auctioneers of Amarillo, Texas, reportedly over a contract dispute. But auction chairman Craig Jackson said in an interview with ClassicCars.com that a change in the most-public face of the auction was “inevitable.”

“I’m trying to move onward and upward and bring on fresh blood and energy,” Jackson said of his choice of the young Mast to lead the show. “He’s a hot shoe.” Continue reading

Coachbuilt beauties offered at Gooding auction in Pebble Beach

The 1962 Ferrari 250 GT was a one-off design by acclaimed stylist Giorgetto Giugiaro | Gooding photos
The 1962 Ferrari 250 GT was a one-off design by acclaimed stylist Giorgetto Giugiaro | Gooding photos

Two of the greatest and most-evocative examples of custom coachwork, one a pre-war American classic and the other a famous Italian beauty, will cross the auction block during Gooding & Company’s annual sale August 15 and 16 adjacent to the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

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Pick of the Day: 1923 Ford Model T hot rod

The Ford T-bucket was built in the 1960s by a well-know hot-rodder
The Ford T-bucket was built in the 1960s by a well-know hot-rodder

Old Ford Model Ts were all over the place after World War II, just waiting for restless ex-GIs to transform them into outrageous hot rods. From racing at drag strips and salt flats to cruising on Main Street, T-buckets have endured through the decades, and they are still being reinterpreted today. Continue reading

Roadster Show finalist set for Russo and Steele Monterey auction

The 1927 Ford street rod was a contender in the America's Most Beautiful Roadster competition | Russo and Steele photos
The 1927 Ford street rod was a contender in the America’s Most Beautiful Roadster competition | Russo and Steele photos

A multiple award-winning 1927 Ford Model T street-rod roadster named Chocolate Rose, originally built to compete in the America’s Most Beautiful Roadster pageant at the 2014 Grand National Roadster Show, will be one of the highlights of Russo and Steele’s 15th annual auction in Monterey next month. Continue reading