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 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 […]
Dallas/Fort Worth – From my second floor office I’m looking at the new Ford Super Duty occupying my driveway. While the exact dimensions of the driveway are sitting somewhere, know that its paved area is large enough for us to access – carefully – a 3-stall garage and all the junk it has to offer. […]
In the July issue of Jp Magazine (All Jeeps!), a Jeep-specific mag published by The Enthusiast Network, its Dispatch section quotes Business Insider : “Jeep is the most relevant brand in the auto industry.” While knowing what ‘relevant’ means, the blurb doesn’t supply any context beyond the quote itself. And while ‘relevant’ is obviously better […]