Fans of Analog Toyota Trucks Are Gonna Love ‘Radwood’

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SoCal celebration returns in December, shining a spotlight on cars, trucks, and culture from the awesome ’80s and grungy ’90s.

For too long, car culture has ignored most everything produced in the 1980s and 1990s. But as us Toyota truck fans know, that’s a mistake. While it’s true that many vehicles produced over those two decades aren’t exactly “reliable” or laden with things like “build quality,” many others were and are. Like our venerable Toyota trucks, obviously. And now, an enterprising group is working to change that perception with a celebration/car show called Radwood.

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Radwood debuted just last year and immediately captured the fascination of all who attended. Judging by the reaction, it was immediately evident that this is a niche that needed to be filled. So much so that this year’s event will take place at The Phoenix Club in Anaheim, California, on Saturday, Dec. 2. The only rules? Participating vehicles must be from the ’80s and ’90s (with few exceptions). And you have to come dressed in your best period garb. Well, OK, that part is optional…but highly encouraged.

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If you’re wondering how, exactly, this great idea came about — as well as the passion behind it — our brother site Rennlist got a chance to sit down with Radwood co-creator Bradley Brownell recently. Brownell was even kind enough to let us in on a few “secret” changes to this year’s event.

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If you’re itching to show off your Toyota truck at Radwood, it’ll only set you back $25. And a few select rides will be deemed “Radwood Royalty,” which means you get primo parking and a t-shirt. Either way, attendees and participants will be treated to plenty of live entertainment and a hella good time. So if you can find a way to be near Anaheim in early December, be sure and grab your tickets here.

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Brett Foote has been covering the automotive industry for over five years and is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto Group sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other popular sites.

He has been an automotive enthusiast since the day he came into this world and rode home from the hospital in a first-gen Mustang, and he's been wrenching on them nearly as long.

In addition to his expertise writing about cars, trucks, motorcycles, and every other type of automobile, Brett had spent several years running parts for local auto dealerships.

You can follow along with his builds and various automotive shenanigans on Instagram: @bfoote.

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