How driving 2 hours can take you back to 1984

The things we do for our love of this hobby–like getting up at 3:45 in the morning to drive 2 hours to an event that won’t open to the public for another 2 hours.

But for another opportunity to show our 1984 Porsche 911 Carrera at Radwood at The Amelia, we’ll do it. Happily.

Since the car still looked fairly good from its appearance at Lake Mirror’s Radwood last fall, pre-show prep more or less followed Tim McNair’s 1-hour detail: Griot’s quick detail, synthetic clay pad and then ceramic wax.

We also worked on the details: rubber, glass, tires and interior.

[How to prepare for a Radwood event]

The morning of the show–Saturday, March 4–we shoved off, bound for Amelia. After check-in, we were guided to our parking spot for the day–right up front near the entrance with the other Radwood Royalty cars.

Then we could get the bike set up–in keeping with the theme of 1984, this one is our personal BMX bike from that year.

[Rad car, rad bike, Radwood]

A quick wipe-down of the car had us ready for the big show.

An hour after gates opened, though, a pause for rain: bike off the roof–that dirt is genuine ’80s dirt–and, to be honest, a quick nap in the car.

After the showers passed, the bike was back on the roof, and we were in business.

Highlights of the day:

Catching up with old friends.

Making new ones.

Seeing so many people again enjoy the BMX/Porsche pairing–and hearing genuine excitement in learning that the bike wasn’t some eBay find but the one we pedaled through our formative years, back when we’d spend all day cruising the mean streets of our youth without a worry or a cell phone.

In keeping with our period-correct theme, we also installed a pair of New York plates paired with a frame from Autohaus, the local Porsche dealer of our youth.

[How important is period correctness to you?]

On the showfield, we overheard a woman mention the company name while pointing it out to the rest in her party: “Autohaus in Huntington.”

So we stepped in to inquire: Not only did she know the dealership, but she owned it.

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Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
3/6/23 1:21 p.m.

Why is it that waking up at 6 for work can seem like a hassle, but staying asleep until 3 for a car show (especially when it's something like a concours) is almost impossible? wink

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
4/4/23 10:42 a.m.

In reply to Colin Wood :

Good question. I know I barely slept the night before that day. Had fun, though, and would/will totally do it again. 

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