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.
Scottsdale, AZ – On the sun-ripened streets of Phoenix it’s easy to be conflicted. Anne Murray’s Snowbird comes to mind (yeah, I know…but it won’t leave), while memories of Arizona senator Barry Goldwater still resonate, almost twenty years after his passing. Goldwater, a pilot, had a real affection for performance; a contemporary pic of him […]
Introduced to at least a portion of U.S. media in the hip, urbane environs in and around Seattle, the intentions of the Lexus PR team were immediately obvious (as – admittedly – they are in any number of automotive intros): Plug the Lexus NX 200t – the carmaker’s first compact CUV – into the Seattle […]
As you’ve probably noticed, Ford builds an abundance of well-regarded cars and the country’s best-selling (and most innovative) truck. And it also builds an absolute truckload of buzz, especially in the last twelve months. As you might expect, there’s much more to the Ford story than simply its iconic Mustang and an alloy-bodied truck. One […]
Seeing the first photos of Jeep’s new Renegade, I couldn’t help but wince. Although having no personal problem with ‘cute ute’ as a descriptive, and realizing that early Jeep CJs – in something other than government-issue green – were irreversibly ‘cute’, there was simply too much going on visually within the Renegade’s small footprint to […]
If Scott Fitzgerald wasn’t the first to notice the difference between the rich and the rest of us, he was certainly the most widely read. It seems, however, money is only a small portion of the difference; the main component in today’s’ social stratification is how we smell. And for those wanting to smell like […]
That the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, home to Washington, D.C.’s annual auto show, has no provision for parking should be the first warning. Sure, you can park at a nearby hotel – as I did – and watch an estimated parking tab of $30 inflate oh-so-quickly to $50. You can take your chances […]
If there exists a better shuttle between home and airport than a minivan, I haven’t seen it. With its big-box volume, low step-in height and (relatively) easy access to its third row, a minivan is just the ticket for holiday get-togethers when most of the ‘together’ is arriving from out of town. For this year’s […]
While the rest of the small world known as ‘automotive media’ was packing its collective bag for the Detroit show, I was comfortably ensconced within the warm confines of Washington, DC’s Convention Center. There, most of what we regard as the North American motorcycle market was on display at the Progressive International Motorcycle Show, irrespective […]
Back in the day, working way too hard to sell BMW’s 528e against the Mercedes 300D, I didn’t fully appreciate M-B’s approach to sedan design. Relative to what BMW was offering in its midsize 4-door (even with the high-torque/low-revving ‘eta’ powertrain), I saw the Mercedes 300 as entirely too benign, with steering too slow, seats […]
The Mazda press release for its CX-9 describes the 3-row CUV as the ‘elder statesmen’ of the Mazda lineup. And while not sure if I think Mitch McConnell, Harry Reid or Dick Cheney when reading that, I’m helped by the photo caption, where I’m told the “CX-9 looms large above the plucky Mazda2…and almost aloof […]