Eye Candy: ‘Fast and Furious’ Race Wars tribute

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The idea was to move the Fast and Furious movie franchise off the big screen and put its cars and their owners and their friends on the ground for a day-long car show and drag racing competition at the Gila Bend Municipal Airport in the southern Arizona desert.

The event title was taken from a scene in the original The Fast and the Furious movie in which the main characters participate in a high-speed and loud-noise event, Race Wars, held in a desert location.

However, while the idea might have been brilliant, the execution was not. Even with people pre-registering for either racing, the car show or as spectators, promoters didn’t foresee just how many people would be drawn to the site, and not only from Arizona but from across state lines. Traffic was backed up for some five miles and many people were turned away as the site’s capacity was reached very quickly.

Millennials have grown up watching the film series, including the most recently released Furious7, and have become a very large if not quite so well known part of the car community.

And while those in attendance tended to be in their teens and 20s, their vehicles ranged from highly modified sport compacts and American muscle cars to European sports cars, sport bikes, supercars, classics, trucks and rat rods.

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Photography by Hans Marquez

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Nicole James has been involved in the automotive world her entire life. Her dream car is a 1965 Shelby Daytona Coupe. She currently drives a 2005 Mustang affectionately known as Marilyn and uses the car to participate in track events, car shows, and explore the world around her. Nicole joined the ClassicCars.com Content and Marketing team in 2014. Nicole is an automotive journalist and the creator of Pretty Driven - an online source for car culture and news for millennials, as well as a contributor for ClassicCars.com. Follow Nicole on Instagram and Facebook - @Nicoleeellan