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.

Next up for Mecum, 1,000-collector car auction in Houston

Mecum will auction the only Chevy Camaro resto mod built by Jeff Hayes | Mecum Auctions photos
Mecum will auction the only Chevy Camaro resto mod built by Jeff Hayes | Mecum Auctions photos

Coinciding with the nearby Houston Auto Show, Mecum Auctions gallops into Houston for a collector car auction April 6-8 at the NRG Arena.  An estimated 1,000 vehicles will be offered, highlighted by a pair of exotic late-model Lamborghinis and the no-reserve sale of 50 cars from a private collection. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1988 Porsche 944 Turbo S

The Porsche 944 Turbo S is fitted with the Club Saort Package of performance upgrades
The Porsche 944 Turbo S is fitted with the Club Sport Package of performance upgrades

Strange as it may sound today, there was a time when the Porsche company feared that the days were numbered for its rear-engine sports cars. Sure, the 911 was beloved by its fans and owners, and fearsome on the track in its many guises, but time was marching on – as well as federal pollution and safety regulations – so Porsche looked to gradually change over to more-customary front-engine, water-cooled sports cars. Continue reading

First Porsche Werks Reunion on Amelia Island scores big time

A sea of Porsches greeted fans and spectators to the  Werks Reunion | Bob Golfen photos
A sea of Porsches greeted fans and spectators to the Werks Reunion | Bob Golfen photos

Porsche fanatics are a competitive bunch, and not just in racing. So, after watching three years of West Coast success for the Porsche Werks Reunion during Monterey Car Week, the East Coast contingent of the Porsche Club of America decided to have its own gathering of the faithful on Amelia Island during Florida’s car extravaganza.

The inaugural Porsche Werks Reunion Amelia Island took place Friday on a golf-course fairway at the Omni Amelia Island Resort, just south of where Gooding & Company held its upscale collector car auction at the same time, including a number of choice Porsche cars for sale. Later in the day, the Amelia Island auction that sponsored the Werks Reunion, Hollywood Wheels, would hold a sale of desirable Porsches. Continue reading

Duesenberg, Alfa Romeo bests of show at Amelia Island Concours

An Alfa Romeo roadster and a Duesenberg dual-cowl phaeton won the top prizes at the Amelia Island Concours | Bolb Golfen photos
An Alfa Romeo roadster and a Duesenberg dual-cowl phaeton won the top prizes at the Amelia Island Concours | Bolb Golfen photos

A pair of gleaming black pre-war classics were selected as best of show Saturday at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, which was moved up a day on short notice because of stormy weather expected Sunday on the Florida coast.

The Amelia Island Concours customarily awards two top winners – Best of Show Elegance and Best of Show Sport – that recognizes the two main branches of the collector car hobby. Continue reading

Motostalgia’s second year, and the cars that spin Bob’s wheels

The history-laden 1950 Cisitalia-Abarth 204A Spyder Corsa stands at the entrance to Motostalgia | Bob Golfen photos
The history-laden 1950 Cisitalia-Abarth 204A Spyder Corsa stands at the entrance to Motostalgia | Bob Golfen photos

Motostalgia goes into its second year of auctioneering at Amelia Island with an improved selection of collector cars and a bit of a lucky break.   The luck comes in the form of timing and the vagaries of Florida weather.

With the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance moving to Saturday because of the weatherman’s certainly of a major rainstorm Sunday, the Motostalgia people feel that their Saturday evening sale could benefit because of the added influx of people on the island for the concours earlier in the day. Continue reading

What caught Bob’s eye at Gooding’s Amelia Island auction

Gooding's auction is packed with desirable Porsches, such as this 1954 356 Pre-A Cabriolet | Bob Golfen photos
Gooding’s auction is packed with desirable Porsches, such as this 1954 356 Pre-A Cabriolet | Bob Golfen photos

Gooding & Company has brought another primo squad of collector cars for its Amelia Island auction, highlighted by great European sports cars that include a heathy dose of Porsches.  With the soaring popularity of Porsches of every ilk, Gooding has populated its sale with 25 of them, more than a quarter of the total offerings and most of them exceptional examples. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1950 Plymouth Flower Car

The Plymouth Flower Car looks retro chic  with its windshield visor and fender skirts
The Plymouth Flower Car looks retro chic with its windshield visor and fender skirts

While Australians might call it a ute, the Pick of the Day is one of the most interesting little sedan/pickup trucks that I’ve ever seen. The seller describes the 1950 Plymouth as a “flower car,” which are vehicles – usually Cadillacs – used by funeral directors to dress up graveyard-bound processions with their open beds brimming with fresh blossoms.

Flower cars have long been collector items, and while researching this one, I stumbled on the Facebook page of the Flower Car Club, made up of aficionados who collect and restore such things. Another posting I saw described his Caddy flower car as a “funereal El Camino.” Continue reading

Barrett-Jackson to sponsor inaugural New England Concours

Barrett-Jackson held its first Northeast auction in June 2016
Barrett-Jackson held its first Northeast auction in June 2016

Barrett-Jackson, which held its first auction in the Northeast U.S. in June 2016, has signed on as the presenting sponsor for the inaugural New England Concours d’Elegance, to be held June 18 at the Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino in Connecticut.

The new concours, and its road tour the following day, take place just prior to Barrett-Jackson’s second collector car auction, set for June 20-24 and also at the Mohegan Sun facility. Continue reading

Japan’s first racing star set for Amelia Island Concours debut

The Prince R380 was the overall winner of the 1966 Japanese Grand Prix | Infiniti
The Prince R380 was the overall winner of the 1966 Japanese Grand Prix | Infiniti photos

Even if you are among the rising tide of Japanese collector car fans, don’t feel too bad if you’ve never heard of the Prince R380, one of Japan’s first purpose-built race cars. Although little remembered today, the lusciously streamlined R380 made quite an impression in 1966 when it succeeded in beating the reigning Porsche 906s at the Japanese Grand Prix.

The six-cylinder endurance racer also set several speed records in 1965, and it helped put the tiny Prince Motor Company in the spotlight of international motorsports. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1936 Lancia Astura ‘Tipo Bocca’

The Lancia Astura won best of show at the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance
The Lancia Astura won best of show at the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

With the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance taking place this coming weekend, the Pick of the Day is a magnificent piece of concours royalty: the very 1936 Lancia Astura “Tipo Bocco” that won best of show at the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Continue reading