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.
Santa Fe, New Mexico is one of the oldest cities in the U.S., while Hyundai’s Sante Fe is its newest 3-row crossover. New Mexico’s Santa Fe is known for its Native American population, rugged terrain, almost chronic individualism and Autoweek’s Denise McCluggage, while Hyundai’s Santa Fe is well regarded for its almost lavish appointment, accommodating interior and, at least [...]
As Mazda celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Miata’s inaugural reveal (at the Chicago Auto Show in February, 1989) I’m reminded that – for me – the celebration for the then-new Miata went back much further. My affection was fostered in the mid-sixties by one Tom McCahill, testing for Mechanix Illustrated the then-new Lotus Elan. McCahill, [...]
Ford, oh-so-famously, has its Edsel; GM’s discontinued Pontiac Division, infamously, had its Aztek; and Cadillac, god-bless-‘em, has its Cimarron. On showrooms from the fall of 1981 (as an ’82) and built through the spring of ’88, the compact Cadillac was built on a J-body platform (think Chevrolet Cavalier…or try not to), onto which [...]
Audi has been defying common market wisdom almost as long as there have been Audis. No longer the stepchild in the Holy Trinity known as the German luxury segment, Audi is firing on all cylinders, beginning with the solidly received A4 sedan and Q5 CUV, and going right up the alphanumeric ladder via its A5 [...]
February 14, 2014 – In an almost-exclusive report here on February 12th, you first – OK, almost first – read of the structural calamity at the National Corvette Museum. On Wednesday morning, around 5:40 a.m., a sinkhole opened in the display area of the museum, swallowing eight historical ‘Vettes and, of course, threatening the museum’s [...]
February 12, 2014 – On top of the quagmire in Detroit caused by a record number of water main breaks comes this: A sinkhole opened in the display area of the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky early this morning, swallowing eight display vehicles. Measuring roughly forty feet across and approximately 25 to 30 [...]
CarBuzzard and its Buzzards have rather exhaustively dissected the Grand Cherokee, from a 2008 Limited Diesel to a ’13 Overland Summit. With that, we won’t roll out the entire spec sheet on our ’14 Grand Cherokee Summit 4X4 EcoDiesel; instead, we’ll hit only the high points. The first high – of course – is a window [...]
As any loyal ‘Buzzard’ (or Buzzette) will already know, the automobile had entered American pop culture long before the Beatles arrived in New York. Its invasion of American society began as soon as ‘society’ started buying automobiles, and coalesced – in all likelihood – in the democratic ideals fostered by the Model T. And the automobile’s [...]
Carl Sandburg couldn’t make the 2014 Chicago Auto Show, nor was there mention of Chevrolet’s Silverado HD in Sandburg’s poetic ode to the city, Chicago. If Sandburg had been there on the show’s Media Day, I think he would have found the Silverado HD completely appropriate to the way in which he saw his city: “Hog Butcher for the [...]
At one point in the last century Jeeps were driven by no one beyond farmers, fishermen and iconoclasts. And the iconoclasts would have outnumbered the farmers and fishermen by – we’re just guessing – roughly 50:1. Jeep CJs were so far from the mainstream owners couldn’t even see, feel or hear the stream, and that was [...]