Author Archive: David Boldt
David began his automotive career in a BMW showroom (1979 thru 1985), followed by management positions for Ferrari, Lotus and Alfa Romeo dealerships. He moved to automotive journalism in 1993, building an automotive section for a small network of Dallas-area community newspapers. In the almost twenty years since, David has written for a variety of regional and national outlets, and managed media relations for a Japanese OEM.
Away from the laptop, he enjoys motorcycles (his current ride is an ’04 Guzzi V11 LeMans), bicycling (Salsa road bike, Soma hardtail) and reading (CarBuzzard.com). His wife Tina is an executive director for an accounting firm. Tina and Dave have two adult children; son Sean is in the U.S. Army, while daughter Lauren pursues a LA-based career in dance.
Near downtown Dallas, I’m at an intersection in the middle of rush hour – a classic misnomer if ever there was one. In the next lane sits a nondescript Chrysler minivan, its faded yellow paint quietly speaking to it intended mission: soliciting fares. As you’d guess, it’s not even in ‘fair’ condition, with bald tires […]
On a bicycle, ‘fit’ isn’t a component; it is the component. Whether you’re spending $80 for a junkyard dog or $8,000 on the slickest bit of carbon fiber, if the bike doesn’t fit you must, uh, quit. Almost as essential as good fit are the points of contact: handlebars, pedals and seat. If bars or […]
As this is written, I’m beginning my third month of a scheduled 90-day ‘test’ in a new, zero-miles Miata. Although not the package commemorating the Miata’s 25th anniversary, the PRHT variant incorporates as many bells-and-whistles as a Miata can reasonably offer, while still remaining a Miata and not – thankfully – the Lexus SC 430. […]
Fort Worth, TX – At Texas Motor Speedway, the site of a regional intro for Ford’s Transit, I’m reminded of a product walkaround of Lincoln’s then-new Navigator in Dallas, almost twenty years ago. At what – if fading memory serves – was the Mansion Hotel in Dallas’ Turtle Creek area, Ford enlisted Jackie Stewart to […]
Just when you thought size no longer mattered, an absolute bevy of upsized automotive intros populate our driveways. Those hoping for a smaller, more athletic Mustang this coming model year had their hopes dashed quickly; the new one may be more athletic, but for ‘smaller’ you’ll have to visit the SMU sideline – and find […]
Los Angeles – Planned as a brief respite from the heat that consumes Dallas-Fort Worth in August, we left D/FW during one of the coolest weeks (in late July) we can remember. And we landed, as you might guess, in a heat wave enveloping Los Angeles. Timing – of course – is everything, which brings […]
If you’re inclined to rev up both the automotive and motorcycle forums, take a look at what Polaris Industries – home to Victory and Indian motorcycles, as well as ATVs built and marketed under the Polaris moniker – did on the last week of July. After months of speculation (and weeks of tease), the Minneapolis-based […]
Seattle – Belltown, with the Space Needle as its centerpiece and more mixed-use development than you can say grace over, is one unique confluence – at least in the early morning – of the hip and homeless. A walk in-and-around Belltown sees a city stirring, cyclists cycling and joggers jogging, while sleeping bags – whose […]
Toyota’s Yaris product team, charged with doing something to reinvigorate the sales of Toyota’s entry-level Yaris, apparently stuck to the “don’t throw out the baby with the bathwater” dictum, ‘cuz their baby is still there. Despite new sheetmetal (“a bold new look”), interior upgrades (see headline) and a ‘distinct European flavor’, there’s still but 106 horsepower […]
In the U.S., predicting success within the subcompact class (known in the industry as the B-segment) is – at best – a prickly proposition. BMW’s Mini, based on sales, niche and profit, would seem to be the gold standard, but with the novelty worn off (Pippa gets more ink…) and offshoots proliferating, it was only a […]