Elway dealerships’ Christmas party

Elway dealerships’ Christmas party

My occasional contacts in recent years with John Elway and his dealerships have been based mostly on automotive news, of course. That tie continued on a Saturday night when Jan and I drove into Denver to the Sheraton Hotel downtown…

Ram, Chevy, Ford diesels hit 30-mpg

Ram, Chevy, Ford diesels hit 30-mpg

Light-duty turbodiesels have arrived and the U.S. light-duty pickup market has never been more inviting. Imagine: 30 miles per gallon on a highway drive with a half-ton pickup – experience it with the ’20-model Chevy Silverado, GMC Sierra, Ram 1500…

Colo. Springs dealer Perkins dies

Colo. Springs dealer Perkins dies

Memorial service for Will Perkins, longtime Colorado Springs auto dealer, was at Village Seven Presbyterian Church in the Springs. Perkins, who also served on the boards of many local ministries including Young Life, Navigators and International Students Inc., died Oct….

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…