First Hagerty RADwood UK event a tremendous success

  • Thousands of guests attended the first ever Hagerty RADwood event on Saturday at Bicester Heritage 
  • Hundreds of RADwood-era cars, built in the 1980s and 90s, were on display with an eclectic selection ranging from Italian supercars to Japanese rarities
  • The prize for Raddest car of the show, presented by Paul Cowland, was awarded to an ultra-rare Nissan Exa Cabriolet, owned by Eddie Rattley
  • A special RADwood 80s and 90s DJ set kept crowds entertained away from the cars, along with a BMX and skateboard display, graffiti demonstrations and a selection of famous film star cars of the period

Northamptonshire 23rd August 2022

Hagerty’s first RADwood UK event celebrated the excess of ’80s and ’90s car and lifestyle culture in style, blending period-correct dress with automotive awesomeness.

Thousands of guests and hundreds of Radwood cars filled Bicester Heritage on Saturday, with many owners dressing in period-correct clothes to match the era of their car. From over-sized linen suits and Testarossas, to tracksuits and hot hatches, and city-brokers with red 911s the RAD spirit was fully embraced by UK car enthusiasts, creating the same fun and relaxed atmosphere the US RADwood events are famous for.

Paul Cowland was a part of a panel tasked with judging 50 cars in the Show & Shine display, an area that perfectly embodied the spirit of RADwood with vehicles ranging from a period-modified 80s Honda Civic, to a ‘red top’ Vauxhall Nova, along with a Transit camper and a selection of 80s and 90s Americana. Many prizes were awarded, including trophies given to an immaculate BMW 840ci, a daily-driven Polo G40 and an all-original, low mileage Audi 90. The coveted Raddest of Show prize was awarded to Eddie Rattley and his immaculate, ultra-rare Nissan Exa Cabriolet.

The show carparks contained hundreds of RAD cars, filling the grass areas of the Bicester Heritage site. All manner of 80s and 90s cars featured, from FOTU worthy Fiestas to 90s excess V8 German super-saloons, and guests spent hours enjoying the spectacle with many rare and unique vehicles being proudly displayed by enthusiastic owners.

RADwood celebrates automotive and lifestyle culture of the 80s and 90s to the fullest, with a host of period-correct entertainment provided by Hagerty to please the crowds in addition to the cars. Absolute Radio 90s DJ Andy Bush played 3 hours of 80s and 90s music, while guests enjoyed BMX and skateboard displays, graffiti demonstrations and a selection of film star cars which included the KITT Pontiac Firebird and the A-Team GMC van.

Mark Roper, Managing Director of Hagerty International, said, “The first Hagerty RADwood UK event exceeded all expectations, with hundreds of amazing cars and many owners embracing the RADwood spirit in period attire. UK classic car culture is wide and varied and Hagerty is at the heart of a new generation of enthusiasts with events like Festival of the Unexceptional and now RADwood. I would like to thank everyone who made the first Hagerty RADwood UK event such a success and we will be back, bigger and better, in 2023.”


Editors Notes

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