Awesome Cleveland Car Museum Adds Radwood Exhibit to Celebrate '80s and '90s Car Culture

A few years ago, I visited Cleveland, Ohio, and stopped by the Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum—an amazing place filled with immaculate, rare, obscure cars, many of which I’d never even heard of. It was awesome, and now it’s probably to get even more awesome, as the museum just announced a new exhibit celebrating ’80s and ’90s car culture.


Radwood car shows for 1980s and 1990s cars have been sweeping across the nation, filling everyone’s hearts and souls with the joy that only square body stampings, cassette players, and burgundy interiors can provide. Now the phenomenon will reach one of America’s finest car museums.

The exhibit will be called Radwood: Cleveland Goes Rad, and it’ll be a collaboration between the Western Reserve Historical Society and the official Radwood organization that’s been putting together ’80s and ’90s auto shows for the past few years. The museum describes the exhibit, saying:

This new exhibition will feature 80s and 90s era cars from the Western Reserve Historical Society’s Crawford Collection as well as vehicles from private collectors. Each vignette will be complemented with examples of lifestyle and fashion of the era. Highlights will include the first production DeLorean, originally owned by Cleveland native Charles DeLorean (brother to John Z. DeLorean), and a 1982 PPG Pace Car used in the inaugural Cleveland Grand Prix.

It all begins on Jan. 10 with a ’90s themed party at the Cleveland History Center, and the exhibit concludes on March 24. So if you live near the home of America’s finest penetrating lubricant, stop by and check out some Radwood goodness.

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it would be nice if there were radwood radio stations... i’m getting really tired of places that play up to the 70's, but somehow omit the entire 1990-2000 era of music.

at some point, where do we re-define ‘oldies’?  do we have ‘old oldies’, and ‘new oldies’?