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.
“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.
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.
“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.”