RM, RADwood join for car show at Fort Lauderdale auction

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RADwood car shows feature cars and culture from the 1980s and '90s | RADwood photos

RM Auctions and RM Sotheby’s have been in the process of offering the Youngtimer Collection at their recent sales in the United States and Europe. That next-generation of collectible cars and their collectors will be underscored at RM’s 17th annual Fort Lauderdale, Florida, auction March 29-30 as the auction house and car-show organizer RADwood stage not only a car show but present a curated group of more than 30 cars from the 1980s and 1990s.

“We could not be more excited to join forces with RADwood at our Fort Lauderdale auction,” Gord Duff, RM Sotheby’s Group global head of auctions, said in a news release. “Many members of the RM Auctions team as well as our clients are true enthusiasts of the ‘80s and ‘90s automotive era, and we’ve been fans of RADwood events from the very start. 

“The show will pair perfectly with the South Florida vibe and with cars from the Youngtimer Collection on offer in Fort Lauderdale, which features some of raddest and previously under-appreciated emerging collectibles of the period.”

Fort Lauderdale sale will include RADwood car show

“For years, ‘80s and ‘90s cars have been written off as generally not fun to drive, uninspiring, and uniformly boxy,” added Art Cervantes, one of the RADwood organizers. “RADwood aims to prove that there were plenty of exciting and interesting enthusiast cars of the era worthy of celebration, and RM Auctions is definitely on the same page.

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“Whether you love minitrucks, lowriders, Euro trash, American muscle, sport compact cars, imports, race cars, or something else entirely, RADwood wants to help put you together with like-minded enthusiasts that will appreciate your ride. This show is going to be all that and a bag of chips.”

In 2018, the owner of the Youngtimer Collection consigned more than 140 modern collectibles to RM Sotheby’s, 19 of them are on the Fort Lauderdale sale docket, including a 1984 Renault 5 Turbo 2, 1990 Nissan 300AX Turbo “Shiro Z,” a 1995 Porsche 968 convertible and a 2002 Bentley Continental R Le Mans Series. 

RADwood showers are encouraged to dress in period fashions

RADwood car shows are patterned after the Goodwood Revival in England, though featuring cars, costumes and culture from the 1980s and 1990s. 

The Fort Lauderdale sale and RADwood show will take place at the Broward County Convention Center. The show will be the first in Florida for RADwood.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the Web and becoming the author of more than 15 books. In addition to being Editorial Director at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times, writes a weekly automotive feature for The Detroit News and is an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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