To some it may seem a bit strange that he remembers the date, but on April 17, 1964, Bert Boeckmann first laid eyes on the Ford Mustang. It was love—and lust—at first sight, plus that “ca-ching” cash register sound going off in his head.
“We had a white one with red interior over at the dealership in San Fernando,” recalls the 84-year-old CEO of Galpin Ford, now located in North Hills. “I thought, ‘I’ll do well with that.’ And we did exceedingly well. Over a period of time we became the #1 seller of Mustangs in the United States.”
The Mustang was new to car dealerships. Bert wasn’t. The Mustang celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Bert’s association with … more
The corners of Roscoe Blvd. and Orion Street were turned into a car lover’s paradise on Sunday.
In the northwest corner, Mustangs were gathered like the cool kids in high school and the low-riders situated behind them stood as their Danny Zuko-esque foil.
To their south were the custom rods, the wild children of cars. A truck resembling a World War II army transport truck stood next to what could only be described as a death mobile.
Inside the lone air-conditioned room, the Galpin Auto Sport showroom, the original Batmobile laid in wait, terrifying evil as it did in the 1966 show.
Those who passed over the proceedings on the 405 North overhead, hurtled over an organized orgy of steel, oil and rubber that was the 3rd annual Galpin … more
Sunday, September 14 2014, Galpin Motors in the San Fernando Valley, CA held its third annual car show. The show honored the great George Barris and Bob Ferris with an exclusive invite only party the night before located in Galpin’s private collection.
George Barris is known as the king of Kustomizers creating machines such as the Batmobile while Bob Ferris is known as Galpin’s own off-roading legend. The party prior to the show honored both men while also hosting some auto industry VIPs. There was no shortage or incredible cars or good food.
The car show welcomed any owner looking to share the passion with other car people. Anything from a brand-new Mustang GT to a Morgan 3-wheeler was displayed by proud … more
Brandon Boeckmann slips into the driver's seat of the low-slung, gull-wing sports car, grins, and says, "So, how fast do you want to go?"
A minute later, on a Monterey back street, he punches the gas pedal and demonstrates exactly how a 1,058-horsepower supercar that weighs only 3,600 pounds goes from zero to 60 mph in under three seconds.
Boeckman is the scion of the family that has owned the huge Galpin Ford auto dealership in the San Fernando Valley. His grandfather Bert went to work for Galpin in 1953 and purchased the company in the 1960s; his father just retired from Galpin, where his uncle is still president.
The younger Boeckmann had come to Monterey Car Week to show off the Galpin GTR1, his company's latest offering.
The … more
MONTEREY, California — The Monterey motorsports weekend a showcase for unique cars. In a place where most Lamborghinis, Ferraris and McLarens barely turn a head, you essentially have to be in a one-of-a-kind vehicle to make any sort of impression. We did just that when we climbed into the Galpin Ford GTR1 concept for a quick tour around the Peninsula.
The GTR1 concept debuted last yearat the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. Built to represent Galpin Auto Sports' vision of what a next-generation Ford GT would embody, that first concept sported twin turbochargers that increased output to 1,024 horsepower and 739 pound-feet of torque.
According to Galpin's Brandon Boeckmann, they didn't quite like the turbos' personality, … more
Galpin Aston Martin Comissioned four new Aston Martin Q custom cars to be showcased at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. The Los Angeles-based dealer partner show consumers how to design "something truly unique," Aston Martin said in a statement last week.
Galpin's lineup includes: 2014 Q by Aston Martin Vanquish Coupe, Q by Aston Martin Vanquish Volante, Q by Aston Martin DB9 Volante and Q by Aston Martin V12 Vantage S.
"Q" is the Aston Martin personalization service.
The Q by Aston Martin Vanquish Coupe comes equipped with Abor Orange, a new exclusive Q paint finish.
The cabin features a Helix print on the headliner and door panels, according to the automaker.
The Q by Aston Martin V12 Vantage S features a Vivid Purple … more
Seven hundred and twenty five. That's the precise horsepower figure being knocked out by this new, Galpin Auto Sports-modified Ford Mustang set to grace the stands at the upcoming SEMA show. Quite a lot, innit?
More than a BMW M6. More than a Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG. More than a Lamborghini Huracan. More than... well, you get the message. It's powerful.The tuning arm of the largest Ford dealer in the US has turned up the standard, 5.0-litre V8 car's power from 418bhp to that magical 725bhp using a Whipple supercharger. There's a glass window on the bonnet to show it off, too, because GAS has deemed it prudent to powder-coat the supercharger gold. Well, why the hell not?"We really wanted to get the colour as … more
Just the Facts: The 1,024-horsepower Galpin Ford GTR1, which debuts at the 2013 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, has a starting price of $1 million. PEBBLE BEACH, California — The 1,024-horsepower Galpin Ford GTR1, which debuts at the 2013 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, has a starting price of $1 million. Production is slated for early 2014. The price is "for carbon-fiber body construction," Galpin noted. The price tag inflates to $1.2 million if the buyer opts for the version with a handcrafted aluminum body. With the pricing announcement, California-based Galpin steps into territory usually occupied by such coveted cars as the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 and the Aston Martin One-77. It also demonstrates a daring creativity and … more
2014 Ford F-150 Tremor comes standard with the company’s powerful 3.5-liter EcoBoost® engine, offering V8 performance, V6 fuel economy and a launch-optimized 4.10 rear axle with electronic locking differential
Short-wheelbase, regular-cab Tremor offers stylish FX Appearance Package and functional features that include a floor shifter, class-exclusive HID headlamps and standard SYNC® with MyFord Touch® connectivity system
All-new truck’s distinctive looks are complemented by unique boxside Tremor graphics and custom-inspired interior
DEARBORN, Mich., June 27, 2013 – The 2014 Ford F-150 Tremor is the first-ever EcoBoost®-powered sport truck that addresses the needs of street truck enthusiasts … more
The full-size truck segment is fiercely competitive and filled with intensely loyal fans. You're either a Ford (NYSE: F) guy, or a Chevy guy. I grew up in the Midwest, and you'd be surprised how often that's the first question out of someone's mouth. Not "What's your name" or "What do you do," but "Are you a Ford or Chevy guy?" That's how important it can be. For those loyal Ford followers, you earned another bragging point today, because the 2013 Ford F-150 topped General Motors' (NYSE: GM) redesigned 2014 Chevrolet Silverado in a head-to-head test. Here are the details, and what it means for consumers and investors alike. The winner Ford's 2013 F-150 beat out five different competitors, including some 2014 models, in tests conducted … more
Iron Orchid won the Diamond Cup Trophy specifically created for the Best build at Ink-N-Iron Motorama in Long Beach this past weekend!!
The Galpin Gasser III took Best Interior and Best Motor at Ink-N-Iron Motorama in Long Beach this past weekend!