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.
At one point, not too long ago, Nissan enthusiasts were encouraged by word that Nissan’s conceptual tribute to the iconic (yeah, that word again) 510 might be produced. An almost-traditional three-box 2-door, offering rear-wheel drive, a responsive inline four and as unfettered by 21st-Century add-ons as you’re likely to find (save for Mazda’s Miata or […]
In a segment most analysts – you know, the guy with the MBA and Mercedes – had given up for dead, a resurgent General Motors has again proven the doubters/haters/birthers wrong with the unexpected success of its all-new – and ostensibly midsize – Chevy Colorado. And while we might take issue with the midsize descriptive […]
If you’ve been asleep since the Reagan administration, you may have missed the automotive and cultural phenomenon known as the hot hatch. To be sure, it’s a more pronounced phenom in Europe than it is stateside; there, VWs, Fords, Opels-and-even-Peugeots fight for consumer affection and, uh, Euros. The recipe is simple enough: take a 2-box […]
Southlake, TX – On the same weekend the Wall Street Journal’s Dan Neil reported on lapping the Elkhart Lake road course in Cadillac’s CTS-V, this reporter was doing laps of Southlake, Texas (no road course – just roads) in Dodge’s Charger SRT Hellcat. And despite a price difference between the Big Daddy Caddy and chargin’ […]
In my 46 years as a licensed – and semi-competent – driver, my vehicle inventory has run the gamut. Beginning with a ’66 Beetle lacking a 4th gear (which is its own kind of governor – don’t ask me why we didn’t repair it) to a necessarily brief period with a high-mileage Audi, an Alfa […]
The automotive industry’s Jurassic era ended – at least unofficially – with the OPEC crisis of 1973. With the oil exporting countries – led by Saudi Arabia – in a snit over U.S. support of Israel during the Yom Kippur War, the oil spigot from the Mideast was shut off that fall, gas lines became […]
For the few of you continuing to think the electric car is something new, know that the 1st-gen electrics were on the streets before the term ‘1st-gen’ had been invented. At that point the 20th Century was young, the War to End All Wars had not even started, and the only Roosevelt in the public […]
Palo Alto, CA – This isn’t Ford’s Glass House in Dearborn, although the unassuming two-story building in Palo Alto does have glass. It doesn’t rise, however, like a mid-century bar graph, a descriptive you might use (but wouldn’t) for Ford’s World Headquarters in Dearborn. Rather, Ford’s newly established Research and Innovation Center (RIC) near Stanford […]
It is, in a word, sensual. In a lineup of mass market sedans there are those that deliver very little visually, like Honda’s super-competent Accord. And then there are those that try entirely too hard; think various versions of Toyota’s Camry and Nissan’s just-introduced Maxima. Occasionally there is the sweet spot, one most manufacturers rarely […]
I’ll begin with a confession: I’ve been a fan of value since, well, forever. One of my earliest automotive memories is riding in a friend’s ’62 (or ’63?) Beetle on roads in and around Lincoln, Nebraska. My first car was a ’66 VW missing only a 4th gear, creating its own kind of parent-mandated […]
Dallas, TX – Twenty-five years ago the times were infinitely simpler. Admittedly, Hussein was on the radar, but 41’s restrained approach to reducing Sadam’s regional footprint was – in hindsight – absolutely brilliant, almost over before we knew it. Although the economy was in the doldrums, on automotive showrooms there were a few bright rays […]
I get it, already. As a father for almost forty years, and a son for some sixty, there is no way fatherhood – and its commemoration – will ever compare favorably to the celebration of our mothers. We didn’t carry the baby to term, our breasts didn’t swell in anticipation of the feeding, and while […]