HooptieCon: March 24th, Sonoma Raceway, Be There

As one of the founding members of Radwood, the car show for discerning 80s and 90s car fans, I’m pleased to announce that HooptieCon is going to feature the third ever Radwood on Saturday, March 24th, 2018 (just a few weeks away). No true ‘Con’ could ever revolve around just a single event, however, and HooptieCon has no fewer than nine separate events going on throughout the day to keep your short automotive attention span sated. In addition to a proper 24 Hours of Lemons Race and Radwood, HooptieCon will also feature car shows from Billetproof, Concours d’Lemons, Gambler 500, The Arcane Auto Society, and Lemons Rally. There will also be an engine-head BBQ cooking contest, as well as the first ever Crapcannes Film Festival. Click the jump to find out more. 
Hooniverse has a, ahem, tenuous relationship with Sonoma Raceway, but we should have Tim’s Ranchero out racing that weekend, and a bunch of Hooniverse writers (and alum) at the track for the weekend’s festivities. Stop in, enjoy yourself, and say hi, it’s going to be a bomb time. 

The day’s schedule of events

7:00 a.m. – Gates Open
9:30 a.m. – 24 Hours of Lemons Green Flag
10:00 a.m. – Car shows start
3:30 p.m. – Radwood Awards
4:30 p.m. – 24 Hours of Lemons Checkered Flag
5:00 p.m. – Parade Lap of Sonoma for all car show participants
6:00 p.m. – The Great Engine-Heat BBQ Cookoff Judging
8:00 p.m. – Crapcannes Film Festival

HooptieCon Press Release

Against the advice their lawyers and therapists, the 24 Hours of Lemons will host the
first-ever HooptieCon (www.HooptieCon.com) at Sonoma Raceway on March 24th 2018. This
convention of rustomods, not-close-to-classics, and other vehicular jankery adds to the madness of
Lemons’ annual Sonoma endurance race, this year called the Sears Pointless at HooptieCon,
Slightly Classed up by Yokohama.
As 150 heaps struggle around the Sonoma’s famed road course in the 24 Hours of Lemons race,
the paddock’s rolling hills will simultaneously host a collection of weird, wonderful, and outrightly
tubular automobiles in a brace of off-kilter car shows. These include Radwood (‘80s and ‘90s cars
with period-correct dress), Billetproof (traditional hot rods sans billet and modernity), Concours
d’Lemons (celebrating the oddball, mundane, and truly awful of the automotive world), the
Gambler 500 (off-road navigation challenges and stupidity), Arcane Auto Society (“What kind of
car is that?” ad infinitum), and Lemons Rally (on-road navigation challenges and stupidity).
HooptieCon will also feature The Great Engine-Heat BBQ Cookoff (all cooking heat provided only
by engines) and Crapcannes Film Festival (a presentation of HooptieCon-caliber short films).
At HooptieCon you’ll find few ‘67 Camaros, aside from the ones graced with heavy doses of Hep C
and misspelled “CAMERO” badges. But if the round-the-fringes parts of the car world are your bag,
then HooptieCon will fill your soul with day-glo colors and rust flakes.
For links to the schedule, the various show groups’ information. and one-day $20 spectator tickets
go to www.hooptiecon.com now.

Radwood Press Release

Radwood is back for another round, this time in conjunction with 24 Hours of Lemons, Concours d’Lemons, Billetproof Hot Rods, the CrapCannes Film Festival, and even a BBQ cookoff! It hasn’t even been a year since the first Radwood, which was hella fly, and Radwood 2 was just, like, so awesome! Come join in the Rad fun at HooptieCon with all your Rad friends.
Radwood is the premier automotive festival of its kind, giving enthusiasts of 1980s and 90s cars the show they truly deserve. The show is intended primarily for cars built between January 1, 1980 and December 31, 1999, though exceptions will be made for earlier cars with a distinctly period-correct aesthetic, or later “continuation” models. Of course, much like that other “wood” event across the pond, period dress is compulsory, so bust out your Marty McFly vest, a pair of pastel pink high waisted slacks, or an old Motorola DynaTAC phone.  
HooptieCon, and by extension Radwood, will be held at world-famous Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California on Saturday, March 24th, 2018. The festivities begin at 11AM and will continue through 5PM. The standard cost to enter the car show is $25 per car, which includes entry to the track for as many people as you can fit (legally) inside. There will also be a limited number of #RadwoodRoyalty event entries given special display parking, as well as a special event t-shirt, at a rate of $50 per car. Tickets to enter your car in the Radwood show will not be available to purchase on the day, show entrants will need to buy tickets in advance at Radwood.org. Spectator tickets will be available to purchase from the track for $20 per car load. In addition to the cars, guests will be treated to period-appropriate entertainment, and a real good time. Coffee, juice, and donuts will be supplied in the morning, and lunch will be available for purchase.
We’re proud to be not only included in, but given featured space within, the very first HooptieCon, a convention for automobile enthusiasts of nearly every persuasion. There will be a full Lemons race happening on track during the show, providing tons of visual excitement and drama outside of the show, and there will be plenty of 80s and 90s cars in the race grid to cheer for. Stick around for an exciting film festival after night fall, and an awesome after party. Whether you love Minitrucks, Lowriders, Euro trash, American Muscle, Sport Compact Cars, Imports, Race Cars, or something else entirely, we want to help put you together with like-minded enthusiasts who will appreciate your ride.
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7 responses to “HooptieCon: March 24th, Sonoma Raceway, Be There”

  1. 1984resident Avatar

    I’ll be there!

  2. mdharrell Avatar

    I’m supposed to deliver a Yugo sway bar and a Ford Courier gas tank from Seattle to a couple of friends at the race, so I’ll be there. This assumes the Allegro will make it that far.
    So, you know, put me down as a “maybe.”

    1. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar

      Has your arrival ever been definite, anywhere?

      1. mdharrell Avatar

        There used to be an annual car show within easy walking distance of my house, so I felt pretty confident about that one. Then I moved to a different house.

        1. wunno sev Avatar
          wunno sev

          how sure were you that you’d make it to the new house

          1. mdharrell Avatar

            This is why U-Haul rents trucks and trailers.

  3. Ethan Tufts Avatar

    I’ll be there with my ’88 Chevy Nova Twin Cam. Or my ’87 Chrysler Fifth Avenue! Can’t decide!!