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.
In a reverse take on the graying of America (where ‘60’ is the new ‘50’), we have Hyundai’s upgraded-for-2014 Equus Ultimate. That, which one might assume would start around $50K (its sibling – Hyundai’s Genesis sedan – starts in the mid-$30s and tops out in the high $40s) instead starts at almost $62K with destination, [...]
In one of its most succinct and relevant observations to date, the newly revised Road & Track, in discussing Fiat’s 500 Abarth convertible, suggests sticking with Fiat’s coupe iteration and, in so doing, keeping your “cheap fun cheap”. And that, Dear Readers, would be exactly what we’d suggest in considering Kia’s redesigned Soul. The 2014 [...]
For those of you following the new car market, you know the team at Kia is way serious about succeeding in the U.S. marketplace. Despite its rather rocky start some twenty years ago, things have been going quite well for the Hyundai subsidiary over the last decade. And nothing suggests confidence in the marketplace quite [...]
You will, of course, remember the Lincoln Motor Company. Purchased by Henry Ford early in the last century, it was intended to provide an outlet for those Ford customers with higher aspirations and/or credit limit. And if those customers didn’t materialize, you could at least count on a bootlegger (or three) to populate the showroom. [...]
At one point in time, the 3-or-5-door hatch was as relevant to American highways as a Bugatti Royale (M. Bugatti built – we think – six). The take on hatchbacks among industry suits was ambivalence, believing the 3-or-5-door best suited to those just graduating from a note lot or moving – ever so gradually – [...]
On the heels of BMW’s new 4-Series arrival in U.S. showrooms (a showroom – presumably – near you) is the announcement of BMW’s all-new 2-Series Coupe, replacing the 1-Series 2-door in a manner similar to what transpired when the 4-Series Coupe was introduced as a replacement for the 3-Series 2-door. And while all of the [...]
In an auto biography featuring any number of memorable drives (but not – regrettably – ownership experiences), one that stands out was roughly a decade ago, just north of San Francisco. Instructed to take the next hour navigating Marin County, I was given the keys to a new 350Z. With a handful of subtle NISMO [...]
The Texas Truck Rodeo, an annual get-together of trucks, SUVs and automotive media from in and around Texas, paid a return visit to San Antonio’s Knibbe Ranch on the second weekend of October. There, among a field of some sixty entries, approximately forty journalists kicked up some dust in evaluating as many trucks, SUVs and [...]
If, roughly forty years ago, someone had suggested Toyota would be building pickup trucks in Texas, that someone would have been judged certifiable. And if he or she had dared to suggest it while within Texas, judgment would have been delayed by the inevitable shooting and/or hanging. The Lone Star state-of-mind takes great pride in [...]
Los Angeles, CA – Road Race Motorsports was founded by owner Robert Tallini in 2001. Over the last twelve years Tallini has built a well-respected company – and established an international presence on the high-performance stage – with a wide range of innovative products. This September the stage was Nevada’s Silver State Classic, where an aggressively-prepped Road [...]