Radwood combines the best parts of Concours shows, cruise nights and cars and coffee with an 80s and 90s cosplay party vibe. Plenty of car shows cover 50s, 60s and 70s cars. Then pack them row by row in a hot parking lot while oldies play. Concours shows cover ultra rare and expensive collector cars, where they are curated and parked with care. Radwood is the Caddy shack to the Bushwood of car shows. Directly inspired by the Goodwood Revival in England, which celebrates the Goodwood race track’s golden era between 1948 and 1966 by featuring vehicles from that era and encouraging attendees to dress in era appropriate attire. Radwood aims to collect and display vehicles from 1980 to 1999 with all the included aesthetic and camp of the 1980s and 90s.
Turns out, this makes for a hell of a fun show. It has Concours level detail, with the laid back vibe of Cars and Coffee, and the atmosphere of the coolest 80s and 90s party you’ve ever been too. There’s something here, the Organizers have tapped into the 30 year retro cycle that seems to follow each generation. Radwood is not poking fun at the at the era between 1980 and 1999, it’s more of a tribute and celebration of what made the time special. Radwood is the Jake Ryan to Samantha Baker of 80s and 90s cars. For years overshadowed by older collector vehicles, it’s now the time for these vehicles to get the respect they deserve. Vehicle styling is something that is so reflective of the zeitgeist of when it was created. Automobiles reflected the wealth and optimism that was a major part of those two decades. Being able to appreciate a weathered 1st gen Mitsubishi Mighty Max and pristine Ferrari Testarossa in the same show is phenomenal.
The three amigo podcasts of Driving While Awesome, Cammed and Tubbed and Clutch Kick all combined to create and organize Radwood. This was a show put on by a group of enthusiasts with a diverse affection for different genres of automobile and it showed. This group GETS IT. Radwood is inclusive without being patronizing. An inexpensive but unique vehicle can be treated with the same respect as a high dollar collectible. There are car enthusiasts of all income levels, exclusivity and cost of a vehicle shouldn’t completely determine it’s worth or specialness. That’s what makes Radwood so damn fun. There was Subarus, Peugeots, Toyotas, Hondas, BMWs, Alfas, Chevys, Pontiacs, Mercedes and Porsches. The spirit of Radwood is seeing them all in the same place. The fun of Radwood is in the details, period dress, period accessories, and period pop culture references and easter eggs.
Car shows are boring. Car shows are stuffy. Radwood is wicked.
Find out more at https://www.radwood.co/