Bust out the boombox and the neon slap bracelets—it’s time for another RADwood. Dedicated to everything rad about the 1980s and 1990s, RADwood is a car show unlike any other. Where else can you find an eclectic mix of everything automobilia—European exotics parked right next to American classics piled up against Japanese economy cars? But wait, there’s more: RADwood is a celebration of every aspect of ’80s and ’90s culture; if you love the fashion, the music, and the memorabilia, you’ll love RADwood.
It all began back in June 2017, with four car enthusiasts who love the 1980s and 1990s. They decided to rent out a park in the San Francisco Bay area, thinking maybe 30-40 cars would show up. 110 cars ended up attending, and two successful shows later, Brad Brownell and his friends were getting constant questions about when the next RADwood show would be. That led to five more shows all over the country in 2018, then 10 in 2019 (there was one in the UK somewhere, too) and if it wasn’t for the events of 2020, we’d be celebrating ’80s and ’90s cars every month.
This 1982 Ferrari 308 GTSi drove to the arctic circle and back. Owner Brian Wahlen’s nearly 1,000-mile journey covered 828 miles of the mostly unpaved Dalton Highway, leading to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. No doy, it won the Raddest in Show Award!
Now the show is back in a big way, and on November 20, 2021, RADwood SoCal was held at the American Honda campus in Torrance, California. When Acura signed on as the title sponsor of RADwood SoCal 2021, the world wasn’t yet aware that the venerable Acura Integra would be coming back, but back it was. Pride of placement went to the new Integra (duh!), with significant models of the badge holding court alongside Acura’s newest sporty offering and dozens of other awesome Hondas and Acuras.
This is HOT ROD, though, and as much as we like Japanese and European cars, there were still plenty of domestics to ogle at RADwood. That’s another great thing about this show—it doesn’t matter what kind of car or truck (or motorcycle!) you’ve got; the only requirement to show a vehicle at RADwood is that it be built in the 1980s or 1990s. They’re flexible on that, too—got a ’79 four-eye Fox-body with a Blaupunkt removable stereo? It has a place at RADwood. Is your C5 Corvette a 2001 but looks just like a ’99? That’s acceptable at RADwood, too.
Over 4,000 people were in attendance at RADwood SoCal 2021, checking out the 600 ’80s and ’90s show cars on display. Check out this huge gallery with some of our favorites!
Just an OBS F-250, right? Wrong! This 1991 Ford F-250 is one of only 762 optioned with the pre-Power Stroke International Harvester (Navistar) 7.3-Liter IDI diesel V-8 and a five-speed ZF manual transmission. Owner and restorer Jason Pawela added the Home Improvement theme and dressed as Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor to up his ’90s cred.
This 1990 Ford Mustang wearing a JBA Dominator GTB super-wide body kit, owned by CMS Motorsports & Restoration, won Raddest Domestic at RADwood SoCal 2021. Was this the inspiration behind Ken Block’s Hoonifox concept?
Watch! Highlights From RADwood 2019
Then check out the story and huge gallery from the 2019 event.
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