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Vin Diesel surprises crowd at Arizona FuelFest

He joins Tyrese Gibson and Cody Walker for a ‘Fast and Furious’ reunion

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Fast and Furious star Vin Diesel made a surprise appearance this past weekend at the inaugural FuelFest event at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park just south of Phoenix. Fellow stars Tyrese Gibson and Cody Walker were scheduled to be present, but Diesel arrived unannounced for a reunion.

The Arizona event was the third FuelFest, an event launched by Gibson and Walker and previously held in Los Angeles and London. The events raise funds for Reach Out WorldWide, a non-profit founded by Walker’s actor/car-collector brother, the late Paul Walker. 

FuelFest is billed as an automotive, art and entertainment experience that features live music, food, celebrities and more. The car show at Wild Horse included more than 600 custom and exotic cars and trucks, as well as a drift course and the Barrett-Jackson VIP lounge.

FuelFest, Vin Diesel surprises crowd at Arizona FuelFest, ClassicCars.com Journal
Before going to FuelFest, Craig Jackson took part in The Driven Project, where he was reunited with Jared 10 years after their first ‘supercar therapy’ drive

In addition to its participation at Wild Horse, Barrett-Jackson took part earlier in the day in the Driven Project at the Phoenician resort. The Driven Project provides “supercar therapy” to children fighting life-threatening illnesses. 

At the Phoenician, owners of such cars gave rides to 20 VIPs — very important passengers — from the resort to FuelFest. Among those taking part was Barrett-Jackson chairman Craig Jackson and his Bugatti Veyron.

Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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