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Rad Sunday 8th September 2019

New Venue : The Castle Inn - Little Wakering - SS3 0JW

Next Rad Sunday event 'King of the Castle' will be on: 8th September 2019 - Venue: The Castle Inn, Little Wakering, Southend, SS3 0JW

About Rad Sunday

What is Rad Sunday?

Rad Sunday is part of the Southend Volkslore. Established in 1988 by German Car Company and Karmann Konnection head honcho Ritchie King as a local gathering of the new wave vibrant Cal Look Volkswagen scene. Now affectionately known as 'Back to 89' or 'B289'.

It's no surprise that the man behind 'Back to 89' Stu Betty together with his partner Heather has resurrected 'Rad Sunday' with Ritchie King back in 2012 with the main ethos that it would be a show than a gathering and it would be a FREE event for all and bring back something for the local Southend community by donations for local charities where we have raised a lot of money by local businesses donating raffle prizes.

Rad Sunday the event itself starts with a seafront cruise along the Southend Golden Mile to the event. Once at the venue we have Aircooled Volkswagens to Custom Cars, Hot Rods and Classic cars on show. We also welcome BMX Life who's members bring their Old School BMX's from the 70s and 80s and line these up on the lawn. 

We have top 5 Raddest Rides Trophies for the top 4 cars and BMX winner. In the past we have also had 'Spirit of 89' trophy for someone within the scene deserving of the award. In 2018 we lost Rosa Neto and were pleased that the family have agreed to the 'Rosa Neto Memorial Trophy' 

Special Guests we have welcomed many famous faces from Gary Constable of 'Thump! Thump!' fame, Brian Burrows (VW Action), Brett Hawkesbee (original founder of Bug Jam) , Mark Salisbury (aka Silly Syd the BMX kid and BMX rider of the 80s) and in 2018 we had Simon Emery who celebrated 30 years of the 'Paintbox'. We had some fantastic 'Paintbox' cars at the event plus a celebration on the video screens with over 500 pictures. 

The show has grown to be a popular event with many returning year after year. We hope to see you at our next show.