The most interesting festival in the world for car lovers 80 – 90-ies
For lovers of automarine 80 – 90-ies, Radwood 2017
A car fanatic from the 80s, 90s years to be more and more difficult. Machines of that bygone automotive era becomes smaller, the parts gradually, but rather quickly moving from the very expensive penny in the preferred exotics, but most importantly, time takes its toll, and the once beautiful brand new, perfect shining paint morph into outright rotten clunkers. And, the saddest thing is this can happen with absolutely any model of car, would be incredibly expensive, tough and exclusive in the past it was. Some car owners absolutely do not revere the works of their ancestors and turn elegant curiosities in a bunch of useless junk. Alas, but true!
However, it is not necessary to panic and think that all classic models come from the 80s and 90s are doomed to oblivion and slow death, it is not so! In Russia, in Europe, in the United States, and other countries of the world there are many enthusiasts involved in the restoration or preservation in authentic form. Thus, though not a very large percentage of old but well-preserved vehicles have survived until our days and will remain in the future. In the United States the practice of restoring machines from a bygone era even put on a commercial footing (for Americans, is quite in order), in California and other wealthy States where there are a lot of potential buyers with money even open showrooms (restored read new) car, including the period from early 80 to late 90-ies. And it’s absolutely great! And hindsight can easily prove it, how interesting was the cars and how they differed from modern analogues automotive, build quality, power, engine sizes, the presence of this metal, and not his substitutes or cheaper alloys, the reliability, elegant design and much, much more, loved and still love these cars.
But the most important feature of these automobiles include the following secret: they’re just very good, in all. And despite certain flaws, the perfect car does not exist, these machines we loved as kids and continue to love until now. With just one look at them, our eyes outshines pink haze, and consciousness takes us into the now distant past.
Welcome to Radwood!
One of the places where you can talk and touch is restored or well-preserved cars of the late twentieth century – a festival of vintage cars Radwood, which combines history and irrepressible atmosphere of the other major events of the Western world – the “festival of speed” Goodwood. In San Francisco, California, once a year, collectors gather with their favorite exhibits and anyone can visit this view, having got acquainted closer with the culture of the 80 and 90-ies among which not last place is occupied by models of the New Beetle, the Mercedes W124 in the body, the DeLorean and diverse American model known to us by Hollywood movies which became due to these films a cult car.
What is the festival of Redwood and that you can meet?
A distinctive feature of the festival Radwood is his loyalty to the car culture in the final decades of the twentieth century. It is possible to find as passenger cars, exclusive convertibles, the usual once a coupe in the current time became a rarity, stand side by side with really exclusive hypercar that time. SUVs, pickup trucks, station wagons, Peugeot, Nissan, Toyota, Ford and Mercedes with BMW, the place here was everyone.
And those guys who bring their cars, not just put up a soulless piece of metal and plastic, covered with a layer of paint, no, they somehow manage to convey, to emphasize, to celebrate the soul of each specific vehicle. Perhaps that is why such close attention is paid to details and accessories of each specific exhibition of the specimen.
Someone will decorate your car with unusual licence plate, according to the custom American made in the form of the original personal version, and the other specifically for the auto show under the Californian sun put on your car a special tuned version of wheel disks, the third will add any thing comes from the 80-ies in order to emphasize the spirit of the time. Well, the fourth do not do anything you need to bring to your attention exhibit a, because when you bring the DeLorean, Dodge Viper or Audi Quattro is as close to the original with a range of 5 thousand miles, the people themselves will come to you!
Generally the last festival, unfortunately he died down in early June, you’ll be a real democracy.
To put your vehicle can be anyone, the only requirements should be: the vehicle must be produced from January 1980 to 31 December 1999 and the second condition- the car must be in good mechanical condition and appearance.
Probably, this explains the huge number of participants and the vast variety of car models. Especially amusing to meet among all these Acura, Porsche, Jaguars and Corvettes completely humble and totally inconspicuous in the past models of the French Peugeot, model 405. I remember a couple of years ago, the last representatives of these machines quietly and slowly rot in the farthest dark corners of courtyards, saw this sad spectacle more than once, and today Peugeot’s of the late 80’s, early 1990-ies in the afternoon with fire you will not find even in big cities of Russia. The festival Radwood was in order, to meet the “camerastate” here in this perfect condition:
Look at this car and like transported in time. It seems impossible he was to survive. But no, really, when the thing in the right hands.
In General, the old European school is represented here is very diverse. Moreover, it is dominated by model cars of the late 80’s, early 90-ies. Take the same Ferrari. Rare recognized as a classic Ferrari Mondial T Cabriolet V8 has attracted the audience with his guttural growl, appreciate beautiful things and beautiful style, connoisseurs rich history.
Mercedes was represented by some of the most popular models of the time – W124 in various versions that have in common great condition and such a rare thing as a convertible 450 SL. I do not know whether the latter is altered to a salon or it’s original condition, but I do not believe that these seats did almost 40 years ago…
The eternal competitor of Mercedes, BMW were also present at the exhibition, several important classical models, among which was the BMW E24 6 Series, the 5-e model and a number of other important BMW.
A variety of 911’s, the Porsche 928-s, stood on the lawns of the exhibition for granted, but to face nose to nose with a perfectly restored Jaguar XJS, it’s luck!
Lotus Esprit reminds us of the era of the late Roger Moore in the films about James bond. Surprisingly, the Esprit was produced until 2004, remaining relatively true to its original form, developed in the late 70-ies.
Probably one of the most vivid impressions, if you take an iconic car from the film, was to meet Toyota SR-5 4X4 pickup with room MCFL87, the one that finally got Marty McFly in the second film of the trilogy “Back to the Future”. I don’t know that this SUV is so unusual, but the look he instantly attracts.
Exhibition of Japanese equipment has many models produced by Nissan from different eras, from the mid-1980s until 1999. It was mostly a twist on the Skyline.
Toyota and Honda, as you can see looking at pictures was also present at the motor show.
Yes, in the 1990-ies, the Japanese have set a trend, this is clearly seen by the lineup of sports and very fancy cars, technological delights which can surprise autogermana even today.
The American segment
Of course it was presented very widely. If you take the entire weight of the Pontiac, Chevrolet, Rangelov, dodges that and other models, we can note an interesting trend, mostly American cars were presented models of the beginning of the last decade of the twentieth century. This is probably due to the fact that in the late 80s, the automotive industry, the USA could show also a quadratic dull design any outstanding competitive discoveries, and about the second half of the 90s, the peak of the “revolution remnants” was held, a style of eating and most recently the extremely popular models of the early 1990s quickly began to leave from the conveyor in the direction of oblivion.
Result. I love Radwood such events. They have the spirit of the past, with nothing comparable to the flavor of a bygone era. And it doesn’t matter what car you rode father in childhood, in a Mercedes, Toyota or Lada, is to sit in one of these old cars, you immediately are transported into the distant past and you may be a little warmer and happier inside. Because this is what created these shows, isn’t it? And of course this road so that old and these attractive cars…
Pictures from the car festival 2017 Radwood