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Pete Gossett
Pete Gossett GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
12/4/19 9:32 a.m.

David, this just popped up on my FB memories. 

John Welsh
John Welsh Mod Squad
12/4/19 9:58 a.m.

In reply to Pete Gossett :

Young Pete in the black shirt? 

Pete Gossett
Pete Gossett GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
12/4/19 10:36 a.m.

In reply to John Welsh :

Yup, I actually used to have hair...

AngryCorvair GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
12/4/19 12:02 p.m.
Pete Gossett said:

In reply to John Welsh :

Yup, I actually used to have hair...

the only one in above pic who looks like a musician...

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
12/4/19 5:53 p.m.

Nice Quadangle. A friend of mine (Matt, may he RIP) had an all-white Quad, down to white Z-Rims. His brother ran Dayton a few times a few years ago, so I got to catch up with the family. 

Mndsm MegaDork
12/4/19 7:08 p.m.
slowbird said:
BlueInGreen - Jon said:
slowbird said:

In reply to BlueInGreen - Jon :

BTW there will hopefully be multiple Ford Escort LX-E challenge cars next year. laugh

That would be awesome! 

And these Rad mudflaps will definitely be staying on mine.



Sweet! yes


On a different note, I really wish I knew how to get a kei car for challenge money.

Screw the car, I wanna know who actually has a set of auto couture's. 

Pete Gossett
Pete Gossett GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
12/4/19 8:30 p.m.
David S. Wallens said:

Nice Quadangle. A friend of mine (Matt, may he RIP) had an all-white Quad, down to white Z-Rims. His brother ran Dayton a few times a few years ago, so I got to catch up with the family. 

Thanks! I was completely infatuated with Quads, as I’d only ever seen them in the mags. I don’t even remember how/who/where I got the frame & fork from, but they were an earlier 80’s Race set...and it was as floppy & flexible as a wet noodle. I think I ended up replacing it with a Dominguez Strike Zone, but the memories are way too fuzzy to trust. 

darkbuddha HalfDork
12/5/19 1:51 a.m.

Just a question/thought regarding determining what is and is not "Radwood" (i.e. 200tw tires, standalone Jesus, engine swaps, etc.):  is there scored judging of the subclass?  If so, rather than trying to set specific criteria and/or limits for subclass builds, instead, let judging make determination about the level of Radwood-worthiness, legitimacy, and authenticty.  For example, a well built, competitive stock engined '87 Impulse would be marked down for wearing a 200tw tire, but marked down less than a similarly well built and competitive e30 BMW with an LS swap.

If the subclass isn't subject to scored judging, then require a subclass specific "build book" that has supporting documentation (magazine articles, video clips, catalogs, book citations, etc.) For the period correctness of any mods/parts used for on the build.

pimpm3 UltraDork
12/5/19 12:15 p.m.

I don't think a final tire consensus was ever reached.  We were looking for period correct modifications for the actual class to differentiate it from a "normal" challenge entry.

I personally think either 200 tw tires for eveything or open for tires are the best options.  Everyone competing should come to a consensus soon so people can begin planning their builds.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
12/5/19 7:19 p.m.

How do today's 200tw tires compare against the R-comps of the '80s?

ErikTheSwede New Reader
12/15/19 9:23 a.m.

Tires should be exempt but maybe points available for badging the tires with era specific lettering. Brakes should also be exempt. More modern brakes are better for safety. The big question would be appropriate body styles. I have a 1991 Volvo wagon I as building for the 2019 challenge but moving shop and getting set up while trying to make money put it on hold. I think if we focused specifically on 2 door cars we could narrow down the field. I do have an 83 Volvo 242 that would fit that bill

JITYRA New Reader
12/24/19 11:43 a.m.

NX2000 is about as Radwood as you can get. Stop thinking about a next project 

maschinenbau GRM+ Memberand SuperDork
1/28/20 7:43 p.m.
CrustyRedXpress GRM+ Memberand Reader
1/29/20 3:20 p.m.

In reply to darkbuddha :

I think you have the right idea-just let the judges make the decision on how "rad-worthy" a build is. If the judges dn't want to do sub-classes, let the people decide via. ballot.

Also, Standalone Jesus took me a minute...

surfshibby07 Reader
2/2/20 3:10 p.m.

I was excited about this class because of my love for this period of car. However i was going to have to enjoy it as an outsider with my 2001 mustang being my challenge car. 

Not anymore...

As of today i picked up my new challenge car, and radwood contender, a 1987 FC Rx7...

Straight from the drift track, it came with everything but a vape pen. Even came with an old sparco rave seat! I will dissapoint a few off the bat and say the rotary has long been ditched. The car had sn ls and retains the mounts. This means my ls combo is going in and we might have ourselves one heck of a ride. 

pimpm3 UltraDork
2/4/20 8:59 a.m.

Nice!  That thing is going to be awesome

captdownshift GRM+ Memberand UltimaDork
2/10/20 8:13 p.m.


Well you can all hate me now. Anyone who brings a drop top 5.0 may receive maximum concourse points from a completely unsanctioned unofficial panel member, who is an expert on radness though, (Of course assuming that any traction is gained). 

nocones GRM+ Memberand UltraDork
2/12/20 10:28 a.m.

EDIT!  E36 M3 deleted as I posted!!  Left picture for posterity.  Was $1000.  Hopefully someone offered money for the plow and the rest will be reposted for cheaper. 


Radwood Jeep

$1000 Jeep Renegade.  The Renegade kit looks to be in pretty good shape.

Fix rust, drop to Weeds with a F/R 4 link.  Try to find gear ratios that work for drag racing.  Mount 275 Hoosiers on the likely 15X10 radtastic wheels.  

Sell plow for recoup for the challenge or keep it and make some kind of 80s/90s popular drug reference.  

Seems like a winner to me.  Doesn't get more RAD then a Jeep Renegade.

nocones GRM+ Memberand UltraDork
2/14/20 11:54 a.m.

$1000 Subaru Brat

This looks pretty good for the money.  Would be awesome with a modern engine swap.   Seems very Radwood also.

drewkrew7 New Reader
2/16/20 5:36 p.m.

In reply to nocones :

May try building up my 97 Z28 for this year's challenge. Wondering it I may be able to 'double qualify' for Radwood as well. I graduated in 1999, so even though I owned a lowered standard cab S10 in high school (on 18s and four 10s in the bed w/ a 40" wide cutout to the cab - HA), I had a buddy with a LT1 Trans-Am and I loooovvved that car. Was the fastest at high school till some other dude put a Jackson Racing supercharger on his Miata. I definitely associate the 90s as Slamfest and Springbreak Nationals, but that may be more b/c I was into trucks at the time, so don't know how, if at all, a F-body fits in

DeadSkunk  (Warren)
DeadSkunk (Warren) PowerDork
3/10/20 5:34 p.m.
RossD MegaDork
3/11/20 8:25 p.m.

I just found out Stüssy is still a thing!


Brett_Murphy GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
3/11/20 8:41 p.m.

LT1 engines are in the $200-300 dollar range locally.

I could swap the pickup and still be in Challenge budget, but polishing the Fakata F-Body ($1000 total budget so far) seems like a better plan.

Indy "Nub" Guy
Indy "Nub" Guy PowerDork
6/30/20 1:56 p.m.
Dusterbd13-michael (Forum Supporter)
Dusterbd13-michael (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
6/30/20 1:58 p.m.

in dusting off my cd collection from high school. Radwood neon is my game this year!

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