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    • Honoring a fellow car enthusiast and a reminder how quickly it can all end- Paul Walker killed in a wreck

      Those who visit this site know who Paul Walker is and have likely seen the Fast and the Furious movies. The 40 year old Walker died in a tragic accident when the Carrera GT he was the passenger in lost control and slammed into a tree at a high rate of speed. The car caught fire and as the pictures show below there was not much left of the car or those inside. Paul is survived by his 15 year old daughter Meadow.


      This website is for performance automotive enthusiasts and does not make attempts to delve into celebrity and TMZ fueled culture but this is different. Yes, Paul Walker was an actor in a well known series of automotive movies that we often make fun of here. Not because we don't like them but actually because we like to them to such a level as enthusiasts we understand how Hollywood fudges with the reality of the automotive world for the purpose of entertainment.

      The thing is, Paul Walker was not just some guy playing a guy into cars. He was a true automotive enthusiast with a passion for the topic. He had a slew of modified cars one of which was a supercharged BMW E92 M3 built for track duty by the same company working on my car. I saw his vehicle many times when I would go check the status of my own M3 and I always in the back of mind thought I would run into him at some point down the line. This was not some random rich celebrity isolated in a bubble but there was a very real world automotive enthusiasm to him that at least for me had tangible aspects.

      Speaking of his M3 he raced it as part of the AE Performance team and one of those team members was the driver of the Carrera GT. Getting lost in the tragedy is that two people lost their lives here. Roger Rodas was the driver and obviously we do not know exactly what happened other than he clearly lost control of the vehicle. The Carrera GT is considered a high level drivers car and it definitely can bite you if you push further than you should. No matter how good of a driver you are (or think you are) this accident reminds us it can happen to anyone.

      This network wishes to pay its respects to both men and to their families who obviously are grieving. We consider ourselves car guys and so we honor our fallen fellow enthusiasts and hope another article like this never needs to be written. Those reading need to remember there are very real consequences to actions in high powered cars. Those consequences are often elevated when on public streets.

      Mr. Walker, you were participating in a charity event and participated in several humanitarian aid efforts. You used your fame and fortune to help others which is what made you different. Being an avid car enthusiast and contributing to the automotive community was just a cherry on top. You have had a greater impact on worldwide car culture than any of us can ever hope to even approach.

      You will be missed.







      This article was originally published in forum thread: RIP Paul Walker started by xShadows View original post
      Comments 118 Comments
      1. JRCART's Avatar
        JRCART -
        There are several sites saying this is a hoax, but as you said TMZ is usually credible so not sure which is true.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Oh $#@!! Not surprising nobody survived...

        Click here to enlarge

        Man, I don't know what to say. Going out with everything going for you that's terrible. I was really hoping to meet the guy one day as he seemed to have a genuine passion for cars.

        It's a shame the passenger also died but fortunately nobody else was injured.

        Wonder what kind of Porsche it was?
      1. xShadows's Avatar
        xShadows -
        Porsche 996 GT3 RS? That's the one from the movies. >.<
      1. bigdnno98's Avatar
        bigdnno98 -
        He made good movies and loved bmws. RIP brother.
      1. ra2289's Avatar
        ra2289 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        Wonder what kind of Porsche it was?
        Read it as a Porsche GT. There's also a picture floating around of a red Porsche Carrera GT if those stories are accurate.

        Yeah this sucks if true.
      1. fastgti69's Avatar
        fastgti69 -
        FML I wanna throw up..
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by fastgti69 Click here to enlarge
        FML I wanna throw up..
        He had a good life.

        I mean I'm bummed too but I usually don't waste tears on celebrities.
      1. xShadows's Avatar
        xShadows -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        He had a good life.

        I mean I'm bummed too but I usually don't waste tears on celebrities.
        Not many people do, I think people are just upset because they were in the middle of filming Fast 7.. :/
      1. bigdnno98's Avatar
        bigdnno98 -
        I thought they were done shooting 7?
      1. ra2289's Avatar
        ra2289 -
        Attachment 34715
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Yep sure looks like a Carrera GT. Or what's left of one:

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      1. Legionofboom's Avatar
        Legionofboom -
        Roger from AE Performance was with him, from what I have been told.
      1. whoosh's Avatar
        whoosh -
        Whether or not you're a fan of the Fast and Furious franchise, Walker was a true car guy and I think deserves some respect. RIP.

        Actor Paul Walker died in a car crash in Santa Clarita, Calif., on Saturday (Nov. 30), his rep has confirmed. He was 40 years old.
        Walker's team released this statement:

        "It is with a truly heavy heart that we must confirm that Paul Walker passed away today in a tragic car accident while attending a charity event for his organization Reach Out Worldwide. He was a passenger in a friend's car, in which both lost their lives. We appreciate your patience as we too are stunned and saddened beyond belief by this news. Thank you for keeping his family and friends in your prayers during this very difficult time. We will do our best to keep you apprised on where to send condolences. - ‪#‎TeamPW‬."

        Walker was best known for his roles in the "Fast And The Furious" movies.

        TMZ reports that Walker was in a Porsche when the driver somehow lost control of the vehicle. It then slammed into either a post or a tree and then burst into flames and exploded.

        It is not yet known what caused the driver to lose control, but the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said that the crash happened around 3:30 p.m. in the 28300 clock of Rye Canyon Loop.

        Walker's other credits include “Varsity Blues,” "Into the Blue," “Flags of Our Fathers” and “Takers.” He is survived by his 15-year-old daughter, Meadow.
        http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/1...n_4366214.html
      1. Legionofboom's Avatar
        Legionofboom -
        Roger from AE performance was also with him. RIP guys.
      1. AlexQuattro's Avatar
        AlexQuattro -
        Apparently he was the passenger? Not 100% confirmed though.
      1. bigdnno98's Avatar
        bigdnno98 -
        That's what I've heard too.
      1. AlexQuattro's Avatar
        AlexQuattro -
        Either way, this is very bad news. He was doing a lot of charity work. Condolences to the family.
      1. whoosh's Avatar
      1. MSIZZLE's Avatar
        MSIZZLE -
        very very sad news
      1. BoostAddict's Avatar
        BoostAddict -
        I'm very said. Paul was a symbol of our car culture. The f&f came out shortly after I had started getting into cars. I couldn't even drive yet, but knew what I wanted to be apart. R.I.P. Paul Walker. Hopefully those last moments in that Porsche were more exciting that than treacherous.