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Redusernab Asks: What Is The Perfect Car For Radwood?

Bradley Brownell October 25, 2017 Redusernab Asks 80 Comments

For those who don’t know yet,  is a new car show series for 80s and 90s cars. Some would say these cars are misfits that don’t get attention at a “regular” car show, but at Radwood we (Yes, hello, I am one of the hosts) put them on the main stage. The first Radwood in Brisbane, near San Francisco, went off without a hitch. It went so well, in fact, that we decided to run the second one only 6 months later, this time in Anaheim, down in Orange County, California. Radwood 2 is just over a month away () and we know of at least a few people who have bought cars specifically for this show. If you had to pick one car as your 80s or 90s dream to bring to Radwood, what would it be?

, we’ve got a few Porsche 928s and BMW 8-series. We’ve heard tell of a Bitter SC (above) and a Ferrari Testarossa coming. So today we’re asking you what your 80s or 90s poster car was. Did you have an F40 poster hung on your wall, or a 959? Do you want something more rare and esoteric like a Renault R5 Turbo II?  What’s the raddest car you can think of to bring to Radwood? (Motorcycles also accepted…)

  • 0A5599

    My personal 90’s dream car that actually ended up in the driveway was my Syclone.

    If I was organizing an event like this, though, I would actively seek out members of clubs specializing in either Subaru SVX or Mitsubishi 3000/Dodge Stealth.

    • neight428

      Oooh, good one.

  • neight428

    This sounds like all exotic stuff, like Monterey concours 20 years too early. All well and good, great machines, but I’m trying to think of a few unusual suspects and they all go downmarket.

    C4 Corvette ZR1

    Buick GNX

    Pontiac Trans Am Turbo V6

    Mitsubishi Starion

    Subaru SVX

    • Bradley Brownell

      Good news, some of your ultimate dream cars are only like $4000.

      • neight428

        My dreams are strange, I know this.

        • Rover 1

          That’s not strange! Is it?

          • neight428

            I actually had a dream last night wherein I was playing tennis using a bottle of antifreeze as a racquet. I actually won a point, but I think I lost the game 40-15.

            • Rover 1

              My advice: No more cheese before bed-time. 🙂

              • It worked well enough for Winsor McCay.

                • Rover 1

                  No doubt you stumbled on Rarebit looking for car parts?

                  • In my defense, it’s just a couple of typos away from “rare bit find.”

                    • Rover 1

                      Maybe you were looking for parts for a Gilbern Invader?

    • Maymar


      Beat me to the Starion – it’s wedgy, it has box flares, you could get a digital dashboard, and most importantly, seatbelts emblazoned with TURBO! It’s like a rolling Members Only jacket.

      • neight428

        See, that’s what “RAD” means to me.

      • HuntRhymesWith

        Ooh I’m definitely stenciling that on my shitbox’s belts.

        • Rover 1

          Remember to use a good quality felt tip.

  • Tommy Loreto

    Will radwood be coming to the East Coast at some point?

    • Bradley Brownell

      Nothing to confirm yet, but we’re looking into it.

      • Borkwagen

        Yes please. I have a Saab 9000 Aero and a Mk1 Toyota MR2 itching to strut their stuff at a Radwood.

  • pj134

    This would do.

  • tonyola

    I would think this was low-hanging fruit…

    • pj134

      An Allante or Brougham would do pretty well too

      • neight428

        Reatta anyone?

        Anyone?

        Hello?

        • pj134

          I thought about it but it seemed like an Icarus situation.

          • Did I hear “Ikarus situation”?

        • Alff

          • neight428

            A friend in high school had the second gen EXP (non-bugeyed). I’m pretty sure his dad bought it from some shady auction house that dealt exclusively with theft recoveries and flooded vehicles. Either that or it had a cursed mummy stuffed in the spare tire well.

        • 0A5599

        • Rover 1

          Oddball FWD already taken

          I’ve heard that there are no BXs in the USA, despite their Peugeot 405 running gear.

          • neight428

            Extra points for snow hooning with that mullet.

          • Alff

            Not sure how it was accomplished, but a friend of my parents drove one in the mid 90s, licensed and registered in Washington state.

            • Rover 1

              I read somewhere that Lockheed brought at least one over to see how Ciroen got such a boxy shape to have such good aerodynamics. It’s always good to remember that the BX was released at the same Paris Motorshow as the Ford Sierra, about which Ford made much fuss of ‘Aero’ And yet the BX has a lower Cd and less lift.

            • Might it have been one of the cars federalized by CxAuto?

              • Alff

                Maybe. I don’t remember if it was debadged – I only saw it a couple of times more than 20 years ago.

    • Sjalabais

      Did you see this 650hp sleeper?:

      • neight428

        If I became unfathomably rich, I’d spend all my days building stuff like that, which is probably why I will never actually be unfathomably rich.

  • pj134

    I mean, it’s named the hammer… That’s about as time period authentic as possible.

    • Rover 1

      Are there any of these in the US ?

      Top speed LIMITED to 205 mph for tyre reasons.

    • Rover 1

      80s-90s Mercedes without W201 190E 2.3-16?

  • Alff

    I realize that this show is for cool cars of the 80’s and 90’s but I’d like my vehicle to acknowledge that the era gave birth to the minivan.

  • Mine. It’s a little down market yeah, but there were fewer than 600 built, so there’s that. Sadly, I won’t be able to attend, but the fact that there’s been two in 6 months tells me that someday the stars will align and I will attend…

    • outback_ute

      Pretty close – Corolla Seca SX, also 4AGE powered

  • Maymar


    I was first thinking some variation of small truck with the right combination of bright colours and graphics packaging being suitably 90s (think Ford Ranger Splash). But the right YJ is sort of where it’s at – mostly the Islander, Renegade, or one with that factory graphics package that looks like the Jazz-pattern Solo Cup.

  • crank_case

    Mazda AZ-1 – Japanese Bubble era in a nutshell

  • Fred Talmadge

    How about some British sport cars. The MGB just barely made it to 1980. Triumphs lasted a bit longer. Then how about some of the “new” ones Lotus Elite & Esprit, TR7, any thing else?

    • Alff

      Ronart W152, Ginetta, Bristol 603

    • Rover 1

      The UK’s non sports cars can still be sporty.


      • Sjalabais

        Imagine, in an alternate universe, for them to start every time you turn the key. What the British motor industry could have achieved.

      • Borkwagen

        I can’t see that Rover without hearing the intro music to Keeping Up Appearances.

  • Rock up in a Vector W8 to OWN Radwood.

    Must be the least douche (and probably least good) supercar of the early 90s.

    • Alff

      The Tatra MTX and Consulier GTP dispute both of your assertions.

      • 0A5599

        Mosler Consulier is an acceptable answer, but only because the 575 horsepower Mosler Twinstar barely missed the date cutoff.

    • outback_ute

      Possible – I gather Jerry Weigart (or however it is spelled) takes one to shows occasionally.

  • Sjalabais

    Is this too obvious?
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    Correct yuppie attire required.

    • Rover 1

      Or for the ad directors, in PMY of course. Or the default black.

      • Sjalabais

        • Rover 1

          The rest of that album is good too, one of my first CDs

          • Sjalabais

            It was? Amazing! I love that song for the association for a lot of very 80s movies (Ferris Bueller, The Secret Of My Success) and it’s also the sometimes embarrassing ringtone on my phone.

    • crank_case

      I would have thought more architect black polo neck than go-getter yuppie.

      • Sjalabais

        I guess the formula, boild down, would be “sophisticated success”?

        • crank_case

          Or Swedo-smug if you were being cruel.

          • Borkwagen

            But accurate. You would not believe (or maybe you would) the level smug I get when I blow away a tailgating BMW.

      • Rover 1

        Definitely black polo neck.

  • HuntRhymesWith

    Anything featured on 1000sel.com

    For those that don’t know: various tuners sold their versions of the W126 as a “1000SEL” because bigger numbers are better, and what number could possibly be bigger than 1000? (I think someone even made a 10,000SEL).

    Pictured: Gemballa 1000SEL interior

    • 0A5599

      6000 > 1000

      • Borkwagen

        Nothing is over 9000.

        • 0A5599

          How about a 600 K-car? That Dodge beats your Saab by 501,000.

          • Borkwagen

            Only beaten from within the family, the Chrysler 300M:

  • outback_ute

    So many possibilities… Suzuki Vitara/Sidekick has a lot of potential, or what about the X90!, Lada Samara, Nissan NX – especially if you could bring both interchangeable ‘backs’, the HDT Director is a sea of colour-coding and bodykit pieces, had an optional in-car fax machine in 1987! Or the 1992 Ford Falcon GT 25th Anniversary with no-really-its-functional bodykit by Tickford.

    • Sjalabais

      I may have told this story before, but I will never forget how I learned to respect the Samara by association. A friend’s father got a new job about 120km away, 240km round trip. He bought a Samara for 300DM, basically the equivalent of a weekend grocery trip. His ultimatum was: Find a job closer to home before the Lada gives up, or move to the place of work during the week.

      He ended up putting 300000km on the thing before his marriage collapsed. Very fond of the machine, that required only the most basic of maintenance, often at home. That anecdote sort of reinforces and runs counter to Lada clichés of feeble ruggedness.

  • I have a lot of experience with cars of this era having owned quite a few (5 from 1988 alone). The closest to dream car status was probably my 1988 Pulsar NX SE.

    I also started driving in the 80s and, being an odd automotive omnivore even then, my bedroom wall was covered with spreads from my auto literature collection. I think I had a Fiat Brava or 124 on my wall along with a Buick Skylark and probably a K car derivative or two.

    What I’d like to have to bring would be an IROC Z convertible with a 5 speed or a Barretta GTZ with a 5 speed and the color matched 5 spoke wheels or a Citation X-11 or a Celica GT or a last generation RX7 or a Conquest TSi or, well, maybe that’s enough.

  • Rover 1

    What, no BMWs from their very own decades?




    • Zentropy

      My E28 535i certainly scratches my 80s itch, but these cars admittedly get a lot of love already. They are hardly underrepresented in car gatherings.

  • Zentropy

    The Merkur XR4Ti could use some lovin’.

    • neight428

      Or it’s solid axle cousin…

  • No post-hippie pre-hipster campervan love yet? 1990, I recommend the weakest engine, so you can enjoy the scenic view even longer.

  • Scroggzilla

    Scorpio!

  • outback_ute

    Any Euro hot hatch, on the basis of forbidden fruit. I know the Delta Integrale has been done, so the more obscure the better!

  • XRSevin


    Honda CBX & SilverWing Turbo.

  • Robert Clark

    SportQuattro

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