RADwood hosts bodacious SoCal car show, Pebble Beach Concours gives back

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A Maserati Biturbo on the field at RADwood in Monterey | Andy Reid

RADwood, a celebration of cars and culture from the 1980s and ’90s, has come a long way since its start a few years ago, now holding multiple events around the U.S. (and a couple overseas) marked by an array of vehicles from the fabulous to the mundane, and a kaleidoscope of period costumes.

The third annual RADwood SoCal show takes place December 7 at Oak Canyon Park in Los Angeles, ending the schedule for 2019.  

“Los Angeles has proven it can bring the RAD,” according to the show news release. “This is going to be a great way to end our year with a bang, and you won’t want to miss it.”

As a special feature, Barrett-Jackson will have on display at RADwood some of the cars from the Paul Walker collection that will be auctioned at the Scottsdale, Arizona, sale in January.  Twenty-one vehicles from the late actor’s collection will be offered at the auction.

Free posters of the Walker collection will be given to the first 1,000 revelers through the RADwood show gate.

For more information, visit the event website.

Pebble Beach Concours chair Sandra Button presents the 2019 Best of Show award to a 1931 Bentley 8 Litre Gurney Nutting Sports Tourer | Bob Golfen

Pebble Beach Concours charitable  giving

The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance raised more than $2.1 million for charitable causes during the premier California event held in August. That amount ties last year’s all-time high, concours official said, adding that since its founding in 1950, the concours has raised more than $29 million in donations.

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“Through its primary charitable partner, Pebble Beach Company Foundation, the concours funds more than 90 of the region’s youth-focused nonprofits,” according to a concours news release.

The concours marks its 70th anniversary in 2020, with the Sunday, August 16 event presenting a special display of past Best of Show winners.  Other features will include Carrozzeria Pininfarina, Porsche 917 and Talbot-Lago Grand Sport.

For more information, visit the event website.

Saudi Arabia hosts auto festival

The new automotive festival in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, takes place November 21-26, featuring exhibitors and vendors from around the world, including collector car shows, displays and a Worldwide Auctioneers sale with about 400 vehicles plus automobilia.

Bonnier Events has organized the festival, which is part of the kingdom’s Vision 2030 plan to open the nation to new entertainment, cultural and business opportunities.  The festival, foreseen as an annual effort, is being promoted as the largest such event ever held in the Middle East. 

For more information, visit the event website.

Car show toy drives

The 16th annual Motor4Toys car show and Christmas toy drive will be presented by Keyes auto dealerships on December 1 at Pierce College in Woodland Hills, California. Admission is a clean, unwrapped toy valued at $15 or more; this year’s goal is reaching 100,000 toys to e given to needy children.  For more information, visit the event website

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Steeda Manufacturing hosts a Car Show and Toy Drive on December 7 at the company headquarters in Valdosta, California.  Admission is one new, unwrapped toy.  For more information, visit the event website

Hosting a car show/toy drive?  List your event in the ClassicCars.com Journal by sending the information to bobg@classiccars.com.  Include the date, location, website and contact information. 

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Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.

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