Car show honors ‘Furious’ star Paul Walker, supports life’s work

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Family. It’s a word that resonated this weekend during the first ever In Memory of Paul car show in Santa Clarita, California.

“Events like this just go to show that the car community is very gracious, supportive and generous,” Cody Walker, the brother of late The Fast & The Furious star Paul Walker and host of the car show, said.

The sold-out show was held on a beautiful, overcast day at College of the Canyons. It housed a wide variety of cars anywhere from a rat rod to a highly modified Toyota Supra to a classic Bugatti. A handful of Fast and the Furious-inspired cars were also in the mix, as well as vendors such as Hagerty, Tesla, Jay Leno’s Garage and many more. 

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As expected, some of the cars were inspired by “The Fast and the Furious.” | Rebecca Nguyen Photo

“It’s something that the fans have been asking for for a long time,” Cody Walker said.

Even with only five weeks to plan and market the event, it was a huge success. Several thousand people poured through the gates to honor Paul Walker’s memory and support a good cause.

A good amount of people poured through the gates despite the show being planned in just five weeks. | Jose Pineda Photo

All proceeds from the show were given to Reach Out Worldwide, a nonprofit that works to rapidly accelerate natural disaster relief efforts around the globe. Paul Walker founded the group and was very active in it prior to his death nearly five years ago.

“The whole point of this show it to memorialize Paul and his philanthropic work and what he did with creating Reach Out Worldwide,” Cody Walker said.

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Cody Walker, the brother of the late Paul Walker, addresses the crowd. | Jose Pineda Photo

“Without the support of the car community, there’s no way that the organization could continue to run … It’s a little piece of him he left behind and it’s really important for us to keep it going.”

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An experienced automotive motorsports photographer and enthusiast of all things with wheels, Rebecca Nguyen is the Marketing Manager of ClassicCars.com. Former Marketing and Project Coordinator for several aftermarket brands, Rebecca has a unique perspective developed from being on several different sides of the automotive world. From developing innovative automotive products to doing her own DIY modifications on her 2003 Subaru WRX and 2014 Ducati Monster, Rebecca’s passion for the hobby brings fresh ideas to The Journal. In addition, she has spent many years publishing event coverage for events like SEMA, Formula Drift, and Global RallyCross while coordinating the annual Future Collector Car Show in Scottsdale Arizona.

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