Memories from the Ford Garage

Memories from the Ford Garage

I spent part of a day in my old hometown in July, stopping first at Bonanza Ford, the building of which was constructed in 1943 when my dad, Dale Wells, was the Ford dealer. Bob Bledsoe, current owner of the…

Road to Raymer was the right turn

Road to Raymer was the right turn

In a 2020 Jeep Cherokee Limited, I drove north out of Greeley to Colo. 392, at which a left turn would take me to The Ranch and the Good Guys annual car exhibit; one of the biggest and best around….

It’s a Studebaker Lark, from the ‘60s

It’s a Studebaker Lark, from the ‘60s

The little Lark, even in convertible form, wasn’t enough to save Studebaker 50 or more years ago, but the return of one has brought miles of smiles and new avenues of retirement for a northern Colorado couple. “My gosh, look…

Stretched VW Tiguan, 30th Mazda Miata

Stretched VW Tiguan, 30th Mazda Miata

Worthy of attention in budwells.com are the 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan SUV crossover and the ’19 Mazda MX-5 RF Miata roadster. Why? The Tiguan, since it was enlarged in second-generation form a year ago, has shot to the front of VW…

Iacocca; Land Rover Defender, Discovery

Iacocca; Land Rover Defender, Discovery

Much is happening, as we move into July, almost an overflow of column material. Lee Iacocca died; I’ll be grilling for a third of the family on the Fourth; the current review is the Land Rover Discovery, yet bigger news…

Midsizers: Kia Telluride vs. Chevy Blazer

Midsizers: Kia Telluride vs. Chevy Blazer

Parked side-by-side in my garage were two all-new midsize SUV crossovers – the 2020 Kia Telluride SX and ’19 Chevrolet Blazer Premier. They’ll compete for sales success with more than a dozen other midsizers, including the redesigned Honda Passport, the…

Bullitt, Ram, Ascent tops at auto show

Bullitt, Ram, Ascent tops at auto show

Entries into the midsize truck market by Ford and Jeep were “big” draws at the 2019 Denver Auto Show, which ended a five-day run in late March at the Colorado Convention Center. Ford drew its share of attention at the…

Pacifica Plug-in Hybrid set for auto show

Pacifica Plug-in Hybrid set for auto show

The 2019 version of one of the Rocky Mountains’ greatest springtime events, the Denver Auto Show, will open its doors to the Colorado Convention Center on March 28, preceded on March 27 by the Preview Gala featuring former Denver Nuggets’…

Porsche dealer, racer Hagestad dies in Texas

Porsche dealer, racer Hagestad dies in Texas

Brake, shift and hit your point on the curve; it’s a matter of concentration,” Bob Hagestad advised me as we drove his Porsche race cars against the clock many years ago. Hagestad, 84, a former Porsche/Audi dealer on West Colfax…

Cars slip to 31 percent in 2018 U.S. sales

Cars slip to 31 percent in 2018 U.S. sales

Sharp declines in sales of midsize cars, unprecedented in the U.S., marked the tally of light-vehicle sales for 2018. The long-popular Toyota Camry, though retaining its longtime lead in car sales, dipped by almost 44,000 units from a year earlier….