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Rad Or Bad? – Radwood Is A New Kind Of Car Event

Bradley Brownell April 24, 2017 Modern Art Monday 19 Comments

There’s a new car show for enthusiasts of cars built during the Reagan/Clinton eras. This June, in California’s San Francisco Bay area (Brisbane, to be precise), will be the first event of its kind. Mini trucks, Lowriders, Euro trash, American Muscle, Sport Compact Cars, Imports, Race Cars and more, all are welcome at Radwood, so long as it was built in the 80s or 90s (60s and 70s cars with distinct period-correct flair will also be permitted). The most important part, and the part that always gets everyone excited, is PERIOD ATTIRE. You can find more information at , and be sure to check out the event’s and .

In the interest of full disclosure, I am one of the co-hosts of this event. For the full story on the event, and to check out our awesome posters, click the jump. 

Back in August of 2016, I was kickin’ it with some of the folks from the Driving While Awesome! podcast, and the Clutchkick podcast. Yeah, that’s right, we had some weird podcast host convention, what of it? Anyhow, on one of the prior DWA! podcast episodes, one of their listeners asked them what kind of event they would put on if they could. Warren’s answer was that his ideal event would be to bring Goodwood FoS to the US, perhaps hosted at Hearst Castle with the hillclimb and the whole deal. 

That week we were all in the same place and the conversation was brought up again, commenting on how great an idea an automotive festival like that would be. After a few minutes of discussion, we determined that if we were going to do something like that, we’d have to start a bit smaller, and we’d have to give the event a distinctly American feel. While Britain has Goodwood Revival with their stodgy old-world feel, a perfectly appropriate style for them, what says American more than loud colors and dodgy engineering of the 80s and 90s? If we’re doing an American Goodwood, how could it be more American than the peak of American pop culture, when we were the center of the universe?

Now, obviously, our event won’t have a hillclimb in year one. It’s a goal for future events, but this year we’re keeping it simple with a car show on the bay, music, cool attire, fun period-appropriate entertainment, and food. Come out, have a good time, and don’t be a fart knocker. 

I know that these are the posters for an event I’m helping to host, but we hired the incomparable Kevin McCauley to make them up, and dammit if they aren’t perfect in every way. 

Anyway, if you’re going to be in the Bay Area on June 3rd, and you have an awesome 80s or 90s car, bring it out and have a good time. The full press release, which I also wrote, can be found below. 

Radwood Press Release Word 1997

04/24/2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

GET READY FOR THE FIRST CAR SHOW TO MAKE THE 80s AND 90s TOTALLY RAD AGAIN
No duh Radwood is going to be hella fly, home skillet. Don’t trip, be there or be square.

Radwood is the premier automotive festival of its kind, giving enthusiasts of 1980s and 90s cars the show they truly deserve. The show is intended primarily for cars built between January 1, 1980 and December 31, 1999, though exceptions will be made for earlier cars with a distinctly period-correct aesthetic. Of course, much like that other “wood” event across the pond, period dress is compulsory, so get your Members Only jacket, Hammer pants, Michael Jordan jersey, aviator sunglasses, or Zubaz out of storage and come join in the fun.  

Radwood will be held at the Brisbane Marina in Brisbane, California on Saturday, June 3rd, 2017. The festivities begin at 8AM and will continue through 2PM. The standard cost to enter the car show is $10 per car, and there is no charge to spectate. There will also be a limited number of #RadwoodRoyalty event entries given special display parking, as well as a special event t-shirt, at a rate of $50 per car. In addition to the cars, guests will be treated to period-appropriate entertainment, and a real good time. Coffee, juice, and donuts will be supplied in the morning, and lunch will be available for purchase.

For years 80s and 90s cars have been written off as generally not fun to drive, uninspiring, and uniformly boxy. Our aim is to prove that there were plenty of exciting and interesting enthusiast cars of the era worthy of celebration. Whether you love Minitrucks, Lowriders, Euro trash, American Muscle, Sport Compact Cars, Imports, Race Cars, or something else entirely, we want to help put you together with like-minded enthusiasts that will appreciate your ride. This show is going to be all that and a bag of chips, so come say WAZZUP!

“I am so psyched for Radwood, yo. It’s going to be a mondo outrageous event for all of you and your dawgs. Anyway, I gotta jet, I’m Audi like five-thousand. Catch you on the flip side.”, said Lane Skelton, one of the organizers of Radwood 2017.

We Radwood

Radwood is the brainchild of an amalgam of podcast hosts hailing from Driving While Awesome!, The Cammed & Tubbed Podcast, and Clutchkick Podcast. The idea for this event came about from a shared conversation at 2016’s Car Week celebrations wherein the crew all determined that there wasn’t an event to celebrate their most favored era. To learn more or buy your tickets, visit radwood.co. You can also check us out on Facebook or Instagram.

  • Dammit! Why does the Bay Area have to be so far away?!? RADWOOD 2018 SEATTLE!!

    • Careful, there, or they may just start looking for volunteers to organize it.

      • Honestly, I wouldn’t be against the idea. What’s the worst that could happen?

        • Bradley Brownell

          Washington State still occasionally does hill climbs, right? Talk to your SCCA region and maybe we can make this a thing.

  • P161911

    I think I still have most of my clothes from the 90s, period correct attire wouldn’t be an issue. This would be a great place to take my 1977 Corvette with period correct 1990 High School vintage stereo system and 1990s SCCA decals. Too bad I live on the other side of the country and the Corvette isn’t currently running.

  • Victor

    How Rad is This?

  • dukeisduke

    So much for the idea that the classic car hobby is dying out.

  • Alff

    Gag me with a spoon.

    • Bradley Brownell

      Okay, cool. See you… um… not there…

    • Maymar

      Did Andrea Wilson drive a Spider? I just assumed VW Cabrio.

      • Alff

        Eww, no. Spiders are like, so grody.

  • “…written off as generally not fun to drive, uninspiring, and uniformly boxy.”

    No, certainly not uniformly boxy. I am familiar with a range of boxinesses.

    • Alff

      What’s the bustle-backed car in the background?

      • That’s my former ’37 Plymouth P4. I tried to find a shot with only ’80s vehicles but a corner of my ’67 96 is also visible at the far left.

        • Rover 1

          Proving that the 80s were when high technology really took over in car design?

  • Brad, I’ll have to say, kudos on the picking the prototypical 80s suburban office park hellscape as the location as well. It’s perfect.

  • Makes me wish I still had my 80 Monza with the neon pink and teal pinstripes and rear window louvers. And that I was closer to California.

    • Christopher Scott

      If my S12 200SX was running I’d be thinking this was a good excuse for a cross-country road trip. But really any excuse would do.

  • Johnny Spiva

    When and where is the one for 2018???

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