Radwood is a car show for those who are so nostalgic for the ’80s and’ 90s, they have Reebok parachute pants and pumps in their closets. Open to cars and trucks built from 1980 to 1999, the show celebrates see-through headrests, graphic equalizers, crown air fresheners, and teal paint. It continues to grow in popularity and locations. So if you haven’t been there yet, a Radwood might come to you.
Like the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, Radwood has won several awards and a Best-in-Show trophy. Since window shopping is all about competition, the team set out to find cars under $ 30,000 that could be won at Radwood. To judge our choices, we invited Radwood co-founder and automotive writer Bradley Brownell, who shows little mercy.
The first this week is Road & Track editor John Pearley Huffman. With its recent victory, Huffman selects the crown jewel of the Eagle range, the Premier sedan. Designed in France, engineered in Italy and assembled in Canada, the square sedan apparently inspired Chrysler Corporation’s LH sedans of the ’90s (or so Huffman claims), but it also shared its V-6 with the DeLorean. .
Contributor Jonathon Ramsey, who repeatedly lets us know he spent the ’80s in Columbus, Indiana rollerblading and going to Dairy Queen, finds a Chevy Celebrity wagon. This car once ruled American roads, but is now rarer than a Ferrari. Like the Eagle, the Ramsey’s Chevrolet is priced well below budget despite its excellent condition.
Deputy Test Director KC Colwell arrives with a 1986 Alfa Romeo GTV6 fitted with a body kit that, in typical Colwell fashion, almost blows the budget. And host and deputy editor Tony Quiroga picks the pseudo-gullwing Toyota Sera from the early ’90s, a car Toyota (perhaps wisely) never imported.
In the end, Brownell makes some surprising choices. Will the Celebrity wagon finally get the laurels it has always deserved? Or will dear Alfa win the trophy? Watch to see which car has the audacity to win Radwood.
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