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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. mjmarovi's Avatar
        mjmarovi -
        He was the passenger in a 2005 Carrera GT which apparently was his car. Man, this story just $#@!ing sucks...no other way to put it. True enthusiast, I've seen the videos of when he got to tour and drive some real GT-R's and he was totally into it. He really cared about this stuff, so sad to see someone in their absolute prime go.

        RIP Paul Walker
      1. godmachine's Avatar
        godmachine -
        RIP Paul Walker
        Carrera GT sure has claimed a lot of good people
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by godmachine Click here to enlarge
        Carrera GT sure has claimed a lot of good people
        What I was thinking. That car is nothing to play with.
      1. chrisisnapping's Avatar
        chrisisnapping -
        Sucks to hear. He seemed like a good dude, rarely ever bad press on him, truly into cars, and did a $#@! load of charity work.

        I may just have to go get a tuna on white -- no crust, tomorrow.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by chrisisnapping Click here to enlarge
        I may just have to go get a tuna on white -- no crust, tomorrow.
        I didn't even think of that. I'm going to do the same.
      1. mjmarovi's Avatar
        mjmarovi -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        I didn't even think of that. I'm going to do the same.
        X3 sounds so good, I'm going to Publix tomorrow. I also want to buy every F&F movie on blu-ray that I haven't already. Actually hard to believe I don't already own them all...what is wrong with me?
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by mjmarovi Click here to enlarge
        Actually hard to believe I don't already own them all...what is wrong with me?
        You're into cars.
      1. leo985i's Avatar
        leo985i -
        Just read the story. The car was completely destroyed. Doubt they felt much. RIP Paul Walker.
      1. LZH's Avatar
        LZH -
        That sucks. Glad a mini van with a family didn't get take out as well because with that much damage they must have been in the triple digits....on a city street. Such a shame, rip guys. Makes me think of Leo parentes commentary about being asked to ride shotgun. Chilling to say the least.


        Amazing commentary but at 5:40 is what I'm taking about.


        http://drive.jalopnik.com/this-is-wh...for-1450148857
      1. blaster3500's Avatar
        blaster3500 -
        Here is a video from right after the crash. LSB M3 I am sure it is someone in the community. Sad they just sat and watched but I guess there is not much they could do with a large fire. RIP seems like he was a good guy

      1. blisstik's Avatar
        blisstik -
        Click here to enlarge RIP
      1. Jacob502's Avatar
        Jacob502 -
        really dissapointing. I like Paul Walker
      1. LZH's Avatar
        LZH -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by blaster3500 Click here to enlarge
        Here is a video from right after the crash. LSB M3 I am sure it is someone in the community. Sad they just sat and watched but I guess there is not much they could do with a large fire. RIP seems like he was a good guy

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?annota...&v=9IApWF225SI
        Agree at that point there was probably not much they could have done....but just the whole mentality of that dude saying get away it's going to blow up pisses me off. $#@! should have run over there to see if he could pull someone out. but they run the other way...they should be ashamed.
      1. Irishace's Avatar
        Irishace -
        RIP Paul, thoughts go out to your family 15 year old daughter.
      1. ihc95's Avatar
        ihc95 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        What I was thinking. That car is nothing to play with.
        Yep, it's a notoriously difficult car to drive. Who else died in a CGT?
      1. chrisisnapping's Avatar
        chrisisnapping -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by ihc95 Click here to enlarge
        Yep, it's a notoriously difficult car to drive. Who else died in a CGT?
        Not sure if any other famous people have, but googling CGT deaths and excluding Paul walker results, there are quite a few.
      1. ra2289's Avatar
        ra2289 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by mjmarovi Click here to enlarge
        Actually hard to believe I don't already own them all...what is wrong with me?
        Nothing. Tbh I think all the F&F movies are pretty dorky. Entertaining but any "car" movie that inspires people to go to AutoZone for mods. irritates me a little.

        With that being said ask me how many of them I've seen...but not in theaters though, I have a line haha.
      1. Scorpion's Avatar
        Scorpion -
        He was one of the few that didn't go brag about his celeb status. Sad stuff.
      1. ra2289's Avatar
        ra2289 -
        Yep. All-in-all he just seemed like a really cool dude in real life, especially since he was a true car enthusiast.

        Front page?
      1. xShadows's Avatar
        xShadows -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by ihc95 Click here to enlarge
        Yep, it's a notoriously difficult car to drive. Who else died in a CGT?
        Ryan Dunn from Jackass (I know it was a Porsche of some sort)