The above Geo Metro is certainly unique. With its pink paint and gold wheels, the Radwood-approved droptop enjoyed its day in the sun. This past weekend saw lovers of all things 80’s and 90’s flock to Northern California for another dose of radness.
We’ve asked you Radwood questions in the past, but today I want to plumb the depths of your brains for some Hooniverse-grade knowledge.
Which vehicle, fitting within the dual decade restraints of the Radwood organizers, would you bring to the show that no one would ever expect? What is left out there that screams 80’s or 90’s and would leave everyone in period correct states of awe?
Sound off below, my dudes and dudettes.
Hooniverse Asks: What unexpected vehicle would you bring to the next Radwood?
83 responses to “Hooniverse Asks: What unexpected vehicle would you bring to the next Radwood?”
I’m a truck guy, so I’ll go Bronco II
If I was a truck guy too, I would go +1 more Rad with a Skoda Felicia Fun pickup:
May not meet any of the American expectations of a ‘truck’,
May not even have met Czech expectations of a truck,
probably this just proves “I am not a truck guy”)
If i was a truck guy, etc. …with a Suzuki X90;
If I was etc. …Honda HRV;
(yada yada yada)
I must be in an Isuzu state of mind today.
Isuzu Amigo. 1st Gen because box flare fenders.
Also, rear quarter windows are for sissies.
I was referring to the 2nd gen’s quarter window on the B-pillar.
With the “fun” moniker removed, the Felicia pickup was a solid bottom-of-the-market worker’s car. In the Danish Netflix series “The Rain”, a guy drives around a postapocalyptic scenery in one of thesr, and gets the comment: “Why would you drive such a shitcan?”, implying that postapocalyptic car choices should offer a wider variety.
For ultimate radness, needs to be a Saleen Ranger.
Or for full mullet rad, a Choo-Choo Customs El Camino SS.
I deeply regret that I couldn’t find one painted aqua blue with splash graphics but this is not far off. If I was a truck guy, etc. (sung to the tune of “If I Was A Rich Man”)
The ultimate Radwood truck would be a Marlboro Syclone. When they come up for sale, they sell for obscene amounts of money, but if I had the means…
An Impulse is exactly the Isuzu they’ll be expecting! What you really need is its Stylus sedan stablemate, preferably an XS (to keep that rad “Handling by Lotus” badge).
About half the profile height are windows though; looks outlandish seen with today’s eyes. Would be a great Encyclopedia Hoonatica, too: Which cars have more than 50% of their profile covered in glass?
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/70/Matra_Rancho_vue_arriere.jpg (By Julien FLORENT – Self-photographed, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2588103) and https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/9/9f/Fiat_Multipla_silver_rear.JPG/1024px-Fiat_Multipla_silver_rear.JPG (By Corvettec6r – Own work, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=10398014)
Trans-Am GTA. Oh sure, how stereotypical. But wait, the NOTCHBACK version!
For the import category:
For the 80’s, a Citation X-11. And for the 90’s, the basket-handle Cutlass convertible. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c9ca516e6f7d424f3c6c2c48f8f07f1c66144c0ab0d681cc6a35d53e6e21ceb9.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0dc8c83d83f9c9746f07fd70449608c563454561683e82429023f062a49fc4e8.jpg
For totally unexpected, a 1980 IH Scout CVI Hot Stuff edition.
Is there a list of cars that have been to Radwood? If I were shooting for obscure, I’d want it to be obscure enough to be the only [insert car] in attendance. There aren’t a whole lot of cars that are obscure enough to pull that off at an event like Radwood. Has anyone brought a Bitter SC yet? If ever there were a gathering likely to bring in a Bitter, it would be Radwood.
If I abandon the desire for obscurity, the floodgates open. There are so many cars of the ‘80s and ‘90s that I like. I’d just buy something that I like (rather than buying something with Radwood specifically in mind) and, if it meets the age requirement, bring it. Sadly, even with a 20 year window, only 1 of my 7 vehicles meets that requirement, and I’m neither driving nor towing my LeMons car 2500 miles to go to Radwood.
I guess on that note, I’d need something roadtrip-worthy. Bonus points if I can sleep in it. Now, I’m thinking Airstream B190.
Wagon Queen Family Truxter should check all your boxes. Mundane, yet rare, good cross-country, with room for sleeping.
This is perhaps more than a strictly academic question.
While maybe not Rad, a conversion van is very period appropriate. Going more obscure, a Vixen or LeSharo?
Why go with a high-volume seller like the Bitter SC? How about a MAX Roadster instead (the lesser known car brand from the Netherlands – so you can show up Dr Harrell’s needlessly mainstream Volvo 66)
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/5/5c/1992_MAX_Roadster_%2814581810499%29.jpg/1280px-1992_MAX_Roadster_%2814581810499%29.jpg (free photos & art – 1992 MAX Roadster, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=36349024)
And the concept car (clearly something got lost in the styling while readying for production):
Yep, I brought my ’85 Bitter SC to Radwood @ HooptieCon in March (https://www.instagram.com/p/Bgy04PJl3xq/ ) and to Radwood NorCal this past weekend as well (https://www.instagram.com/p/BkasBmYnbc6/, https://www.instagram.com/p/BkbsUiEB33z/ )
1987-89 Buick Skyhawk Turbo coupe.
Retractable headlight front facade mandatory.
I prefer my J body headlights semi-hidden.
Pontiac Grand Prix 2+2
For the early 1980s European Import category, a Lancia Scorpion.
1998 Corvette Pace Car edition.
(I remember when these came out. It was ugly then too.)
What about sneaking in a brand new vehicle and no one would notice?
Rad enough for me.
Are boats welcome at Radwood? If so, I’m also pulling in with a sweet Carlson Scimitar – T-tops on a boat? Yes please.
How long did they last before getting a “cease and desist” letter from Ferrari?
Like the one the company that did these R-R mockups based on Holdens got from Rolls-Royce
I’m not sure that arriving with an unexpected vehicle is really my thing, but I’ll give the question some thought tomorrow while driving towards Mini Meet West in my A-Plus Series Austin Allegro 3.
https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5b35101576f5e8364688f3956419d01c53c464298d3228b2596541e730fa391d.jpg A 1987 Nissan Van (US market). There apparently have been a rare few that didn’t catch on fire or weren’t bought back by Nissan.
The pride of Kalamazoo, Michigan!
I like the idea of a Kei truck fire engine, this one is a 1991 Subaru Sambar
One of my college roommates drove a Peugeot 505 diesel– I think it would fit right in. I always thought it was a handsome car, inside and out.
Although I’m sure that plenty of 280Z’s have been to Radwood, a Black Goo-old! Fairlady Z with gullwing half-doors would be suitably obscure (at least for North America).
If I’m bringing it, I must be owning it. I wanna be owning a Peugeot 205 GTi. Looks beautiful from every angle.
Ginetta G32 – mid engined, late 80s styling, 750kg, it’s like a hardcore but slightly shonky MR2
I’d roll up in a Rolls Royce Camargue with an engine rated at “adequate” and a look that James May calls, “that pug-faced but well-dressed bloke down the pub.”
Jeep Comanche race truck. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e36090533b1bb5e2fc459779741e333db370c416c23ffc944fcd8abef520131d.jpg
I take it back. I’d love to rock this last of the breed 1980 Bradley GT.
Evidently, it was originally electric powered but now rocks a VW Scirocco (not Beetle) engine.
Needs more abject failures.
(No, I don’t own a C5, and I wouldn’t be likely to be at a Radwood event. But, it’s from the time period…)
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