Hagerty’s RadVenture debuts next week with some great old cars

It’s mind-boggling to me that the cars I grew up with are now classics. Admitting that would force me to face entropy and my own mortality and I simply refuse to do that on a Friday. But if I have to, the right way to do it is to watch RadVentures.

Watch this trailer for the upcoming series and you’ll know what I mean, but note that it’s not a Radwood cut:

The video is hosted by a friend of Jalopnik, Ryan Symancek.

But first of all, I have to say that I disagree with the statement about the character and that he belongs exclusively to the narrator’s favorite generation of cars. Even though such a statement is not explicit, I believe it is implied (perhaps accidentally) in the sequence. But one generation of cars with character doesn’t preclude the others from having it, so I’m going to let it go.

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Glide like the F-150 Lightnings and 240SX in the video. The pictures are pretty funny as they are, but I found myself carspotting like a kid sitting in the back whose family goes to a mall with a Sears or a Radio Shack.

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There are the ninth generation F-150s, the first and second generation 240s, a Audi 4000CS Quattro, a first generation Range Rover and a Himalayan Defender 110 (possibly a Rover One Ten.) There’s even an APC for good measure which I’ll let you identify, readers, as I know next to nothing about military vehicles.

And the video left a welcome sense of estrangement from these cars that invites me to revisit all the other wonderful machines from this vintage. Machines like the Lightning’s rival, the Chevrolet 454SS. Together, these pickups make me cry the simplicity of the trucks of my youth. The video invites me to recall the ambitious Ford Taurus SHO, or the 300ZX, which is easily one of my favorite Nissans of all time.

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Photo: Nissan

It would be cheap to show off some 90s BMWs – the best BMWs – or Fox-Body Mustangs in order to instill nostalgia for the show, but the series seems to have a bigger perspective and that can only mean good cars are waiting.

The series drops February 26, so you have a week to buy your favorite ’90s junk food. I’ll find some Andy Capp’s Hot Fries and see if Pizza Hut will swap my old Book-It for a personal casserole. This series should be good.

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