In Memory of Paul Hangout, Fuel Curve

In Memory of Paul, A Smashing Success

The In Memory of Paul Hangout was therapeutic on so many levels.

Seventeen years ago the first Fast & Furious movie was released on the big screen and since its humble beginnings the franchise has arguably changed the face of modified car culture worldwide. It spawned an entire generation of enthusiasts that took inspiration from Japanese-based tuner culture, mixed it with the American domestic market, and birthed a vibrant and healthy niche within the car scene.

In Memory of Paul Hangout, Fuel Curve

Fans looked up to series heroes like Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker), and when Paul tragically died in a car crash in November 2013, a huge community came together not only to celebrate his character and life, but also support his charity foundation Reach Out Worldwide.

In Memory of Paul Hangout, Fuel Curve

The first ever Walker family-sanctioned car meet-up was held last Sunday at College of the Canyons in the Santa Clarita Valley, California to celebrate Walker and raise money for the foundation. Rows and rows of cars packed out the parking lot next to Cougar Stadium and the crowds were so large that they had to briefly stop letting people in to maintain the event!

In Memory of Paul Hangout, Fuel Curve


Walking through the show, the variety was endless and it really took all sorts to put on such a great display for the inaugural In Memory Of Paul hangout. You’d find a jacked-up Tundra dwarfing a heavily modified S2000 in the space next to it, or a 1930s Ford hot rod parked next to a brand new Lamborghini. The cars were built to all styles, and it was an endless stream of inspiration to see all the different colors, modifications, accessories and more.

In Memory of Paul Hangout, Fuel Curve

In Memory of Paul Hangout, Fuel Curve

Of course, on display were some of the original cars built for the Fast & Furious movies, including the iconic Supra and Eclipse from the first movie, alongside which you could find others like the blue Ford Escort from Fast & Furious 6, or the Maximus Charger – the aluminum brushed beast ’68 Charger from Furious 7.

In Memory of Paul Hangout, Fuel Curve

In Memory of Paul Hangout, Fuel Curve

Paul Walker’s personal white Skyline GTR and white Supra Turbo were also on display – the Supra being best known as the car used for the ‘one last ride’ scene in Furious 7, released posthumously after Walker’s death and in which his brother Caleb and Cody help play their brother’s character to complete the storyline. Both Caleb and Cody were there on the day, with packages being offered for a lunch with the stars as well as goodies and photo ops.

In Memory of Paul Hangout, Fuel Curve

In Memory of Paul Hangout, Fuel Curve

Outside the franchise-based stars, there was a generous heaping of high-profile builds to ogle over like this insane F-truck dubbed the “Coyote Truck” and built by the team at Needful Thingz. It was powered by yep, you guess it, a Ford Coyote motor and the fit and finish on the entire build was drool-worthy.

In Memory of Paul Hangout, Fuel Curve

There were rows and rows of builds from mild to wild, and a few of the more outlandish ones definitely won over the attention of the crowds like this wild Porsche build with a one-piece lift-off roof and almost Tesla-like styling cues. A few feet away a rat rodded ’54 Chevy shoebox lay slammed on the floor, competing for attention with its twin-turbo motor poking out and over the front clip.

In Memory of Paul Hangout, Fuel Curve

In Memory of Paul Hangout, Fuel Curve

The In Memory Of Paul Hangout drew in a diverse crowd with such a wide-ranging array of cars. The family event was embraced by everyone who walked through the doors, whether they were six years old or 60.

In Memory of Paul Hangout, Fuel Curve

In Memory of Paul Hangout, Fuel CurveIn Memory of Paul Hangout, Fuel Curve

The support shown not only for the actor’s legacy, but the Reach Out Worldwide foundation was heartwarming and spending a few hours wandering through a curated selection of awesome cars – one could imagine – is exactly how Paul would have wanted to spend his Sunday, too.

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Povi Pullinen grew up in Australia and spent a few years as Art Director for Street Machine Magazine before picking up a camera and a pen and returning to his birthplace of California quite recently. Since then he's traveled the country shooting, filming and writing about four-wheeled machines and the community of crafters and storytellers that surround them. If he’s not outdoors chasing light or chasing cars, you'll find him hanging around traditional hot rods, swapping tall tales and stockpiling parts for his first build back on USA soil.

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