Frequent readers want no introduction, however in case a few of you forgot, RADwood is certainly one of my favourite occasions to attend.
The group has managed to create a way of life model that celebrates the whole lot RAD-era, not simply the automobiles. And RADwood (the occasion) specifically is a present that provides us all a possibility to admire the best period for motorsport, and additionally among the best durations in time for artwork, music, tradition, style and the whole lot in between. The ’80s and ’90s interval is one which many people really feel nostalgic about, and it’s straightforward to see how the RAD-era was foundational for popular culture as we speak. Fortunately, this time round it was introduced again to its house turf – the San Francisco Bay Space.
Earlier than diving in to RADwood SF 2023, I’d like to provide a particular because of my buddy Matt Brown for serving to me by supplying the images for this piece. I sadly had a reminiscence card mishap and misplaced all of the images I took personally, however Matt was type sufficient to ship me his RAWs to make use of on this story.
The venue, San Francisco’s Pier 30, is a spot the RADwood group tried to make use of for his or her occasion for a very long time, however with many components enjoying into securing the website for RADwood, it wasn’t potential previously. This time nonetheless, the celebrities actually aligned.
Practically 90°F (32°C) out with clear blue skies, a soon-to-be retired naval ship docked behind the venue, and ’80s and ’90s hits enjoying on the 1s and 2s all got here collectively to set the vibe for the day.
The gates opened for staging early within the morning, with flocks of attention-grabbing and eclectic automobiles making their means into the venue. Supras being adopted by mini vehicles with hydraulics and even a tiny fireplace truck all handed by to onerous park of their respective places.
House owners represented their dedication to RADwood to the fullest extent, rocking correct interval appropriate apparel that not solely labored for the occasion’s theme, but in addition managed to tie in a few of their very own automobiles. Take my buddy Richard Chen for instance, who rolled in in his Toyota Crown sporting interval diplomatic chauffeur clothes. It was hilarious and but completely acceptable for the event.
Making my means by the occasion proved that European economic system and efficiency automobiles took dominance, however that’s to not say the JDM and American fanatics didn’t signify too. Certainly one of my favourite pairs was Shareef’s GMC Syclone parked subsequent to his matching Buick GNX.
Throughout the best way, a line of ’80s sports activities bikes and cruisers greeted company as they arrived. However nothing got here near my favourite, and what gave the impression to be the organizers’ favourite too given it received RADwood SF 2023’s ‘Better of Present’ award.
This G-Physique Porsche 911 Targa was apparently resurrected not too way back after a 20-year stint in its house owners storage. I recall movies of this automobile going viral a number of years again, however had no thought it was native. There’s a lot to say, that I believe it would deserve its personal unfold. What do you guys suppose – ought to we do a full characteristic on this factor? Contemplating we reside in a world the place each 911 appears to share the identical ethos, it’s fairly refreshing to see a wholly totally different method from the opposite facet of the spectrum.
Persevering with on, there have been undoubtedly others that might’ve taken the prize house too.
With a number of passes by the venue full, I used to be cooked. The mix of warmth and never being ready for a sizzling SF day actually took a toll on us. Evidently, the sweat was price it.
RADwood continues to impress us all, with the cycle of occasion members continually exhibiting their dedication to the approach to life. It’s secure to say they’re right here for the long term, and also you guys can guess we’ll be there to cowl it once more. ‘Until subsequent 12 months.
Images by Matt Brown