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 the end of 1966 my parents, having relocated to an Omaha suburb, found themselves in need of a second car. With money tight, the folks took what was at the time a no-brainer decision: the purchase of a brand-new VW Beetle. With a 4-speed manual and no a/c, the only option they popped for […]
That Ford should begin production of its all-new F-150 on Veterans Day has to be more than coincidence; in both World Wars Ford Motor Company did much to establish the United States as the arsenal of democracy. And just as Veterans Day marks the end of what was the first conflict with global import, production […]
Let’s be clear: I don’t own a Porsche 911 Targa, nor have I driven one. As a fan of the 911 platform since Johnson (Lyndon – not Andrew) was in office, I’ll admit to finding the 911’s growing footprint and price mildly distressing, but that distress doesn’t minimize my very real affection for the 911’s […]
In reporting Acura’s business history, past products and present lineup, notes on that history typically chronicle those instances when Honda’s upscale division has lost its way. Whether touching on the well-established ‘Legend’ nameplate and the decision to replace it with ‘RL’, or discontinuing the entry-level RSX not long before rival automakers (notably, BMW and Mercedes) fully […]
Alexandra, VA – It’s a fall afternoon, and I’m at a light just north of Alexandria’s Old Town. To my left is an early ‘90s Lexus SC, in what looks to be immaculate condition; behind the wheel is a 20-something that makes him a toddler when the car was first sold. His window is down, and […]
In the November issue of Automobile magazine, an editorial celebration of Ferrari’s 60 years in America devotes one of five Ferrari articles to a privately-owned 599 with manual transmission. In that the last Ferrari with a manual transmission rolled off the assembly line in 2011, finding an example wasn’t a walk in the park…it was a drive […]
WASHINGTON – In a report issued by the Environmental Protection Agency last Wednesday, new vehicles sold in the U.S. achieved an all-time high fuel economy in the 2013 model year. The average – 24.1 miles per gallon – represented a .5 mile per gallon improvement over 2012, and reflects an almost 5 mile per gallon […]
Within your first five minutes of a visit to a Kawasaki showroom (this past summer, your correspondent spent five months on one) you know the space is in need of a major refresh. And I’m not speaking to paint, tile or light fixtures; rather, it’s the hardware in almost desperate need of a reboot, with […]
If you’ve missed the chance to attend a new car delivery other than your own, you should have been at Northtown Mazda in Amherst, New York last weekend. There, Northtown COO Harold Erbacher and dealership GM Erik Nelson presented 25th Anniversary Miatas to two deserving – and presumably credit-worthy – owners, Peter Lisker and Mark […]
Arlington, VA – If there’s a telling indicator (beyond last year’s Super Bowl TV spot) of Maserati’s national ambitions, look no further than 2710 S. Glebe Road in Arlington, where the money behind Maserati of Washington has opened a new pop-up store. A modestly refreshed seafood shop vacant for approximately five years (the remodel was […]