Neon Colours & Summer season 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 crew has managed to create a life-style model that celebrates every thing RAD-era, not simply the automobiles. And RADwood (the occasion) particularly is a present that offers us all a possibility to admire the best period for motorsport, and additionally among the finest intervals in time for artwork, music, tradition, trend and every 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 in the present day. 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 present a particular due to my buddy Matt Brown for serving to me by supplying the photographs for this piece. I sadly had a reminiscence card mishap and misplaced all of the photographs 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 crew tried to make use of for his or her occasion for a very long time, however with many elements taking part in into securing the web site for RADwood, it wasn’t potential previously. This time nevertheless, 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 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 fascinating and eclectic automobiles making their approach into the venue. Supras being adopted by mini vans with hydraulics and even a tiny fireplace truck all handed by way of to laborious park of their respective areas.


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 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 acceptable for the event.


Making my approach by way of the occasion proved that European economic system and efficiency automobiles took dominance, however that’s to not say the JDM and American lovers didn’t symbolize too. One in every 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 appeared to be the organizers’ favourite too given it gained 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 just a few years again, however had no thought it was native. There’s a lot to say, that I feel it’d deserve its personal unfold. What do you guys suppose – ought to we do a full function on this factor? Contemplating we dwell in a world the place each 911 appears to share the identical ethos, it’s fairly refreshing to see a wholly totally different strategy from the opposite facet of the spectrum.


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


With a number of passes by way of 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. For sure, the sweat was price it.


RADwood continues to impress us all, with the cycle of occasion individuals continuously displaying 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 yr.

Naveed Yousufzai
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