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Neon Colours & Summer time Vibes At RADwood SF


Frequent readers want no introduction, however in case a few of you forgot, RADwood is one in every of my favourite occasions to attend.

The group has managed to create a life-style model that celebrates every little thing RAD-era, not simply the automobiles. And RADwood (the occasion) specifically is a present that offers us all a chance to admire the best period for motorsport, and additionally top-of-the-line durations in time for artwork, music, tradition, style and every little thing in between. The ’80s and ’90s interval is one which many people really feel nostalgic about, and it’s simple to see how the RAD-era was foundational for popular culture as we speak. Fortunately, this time round it was introduced again to its residence turf – the San Francisco Bay Space.

Earlier than diving in to RADwood SF 2023, I’d like to offer a particular due to 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 variety 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 taking part in into securing the website for RADwood, it wasn’t potential up to now. This time nonetheless, the celebrities really 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 taking part in 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 vans with hydraulics and even a tiny hearth truck all handed via to laborious park of their respective areas.


Homeowners represented their dedication to RADwood to the fullest extent, rocking correct interval right apparel that not solely labored for the occasion’s theme, but additionally 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 applicable for the event.


Making my means via the occasion proved that European financial system and efficiency automobiles took dominance, however that’s to not say the JDM and American fanatics didn’t symbolize too. One among my favourite pairs was Shareef’s GMC Syclone parked subsequent to his matching Buick GNX.

Throughout the way in which, 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 homeowners storage. I recall movies of this automotive going viral a number of years again, however had no concept 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 completely totally different strategy from the opposite facet of the spectrum.


Persevering with on, there have been positively others that might’ve taken the prize residence too.


With a number of passes via the venue full, I used to be cooked. The mixture of warmth and never being ready for a sizzling SF day actually took a toll on us. Evidently, the sweat was value it.


RADwood continues to impress us all, with the cycle of occasion members always exhibiting their dedication to the life-style. 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 yr.

Naveed Yousufzai
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Images by Matt Brown
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