Goodwood to host '80s &'90s RADwood summer car event

by Dominic Tobin on 13th June 2019

American RADwood festival scheduled to come to Britain this summer at the Goodwood Motor Circuit

RADwood Goodwood August 2019

Goodwood is set to host the festival of 1980s and '90s cars Photo: RADwood

Goodwood will host a celebration of 1980s and 90s car culture in August, as the American RADwood festival comes to Britain.

Designed to showcase cars that are too old to be seen frequently on the road, but not yet seen as classics, the concept has won a devoted following in America, since the first was held in 2017.

Attendees are encouraged to dress in period clothes, and the events attract cars as diverse as first-generation Mazda MX-5s, Ford Escort RS Cosworths, DeLoreans, and Ferrari Testarossas.

RADwood UK is scheduled for August 11 at the Goodwood Motor Circuit, with static car displays and a DJ playing hits from the 80s and 90s. Organisers have not yet released a list of confirmed cars, but rumours - and the official poster - suggest that a McLaren F1 may feature, along with a Jaguar XJ220.

RADwood Austin 2019

RADwood in Austin, Texas, earlier this year Photo: RADwood


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Rare models and supercars typically sit side-by-side with boxy Volvos and early Toyota Priuses, with each one eligible for class prizes.

Two decades after the end of the 1990s, cars from that era are increasingly being featured at retro events. The Silverstone Classic first introduced ‘90s-era GT cars in 2014.

Next weekend’s Festival of the Unexceptional, at the Claydon Estate in Buckinghamshire, celebrates mass-market models sold up to 1989.

Ticket details for the event have not yet been released.

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